Project HOPE is seeking qualified, Spanish-speaking volunteers to support clinical and community health initiatives. The Monte Plata, Herrera, and Haina clinics in the Dominican Republic provide quality primary health care services to underserved populations, featuring the "5 Star Program," a Ministry of Health-approved and nationally recognized program developed as an innovative strategy to promote patient awareness and compliance during pregnancy and throughout the first five years of life. The HOPE program serves a population of nearly 500,000 (approximately 5% of the country) and focuses on essential health services. The 5 Star Program can be summarized as an inexpensive way to improve care quality that is easy to monitor; an excellent way to educate pregnant women, mothers and the community at-large on a vitally important subject; and an effective means to empower and motivate mothers to serve as role models for others. Volunteer opportunities may include supporting the "5 Stars" Maternal and Child Health program or other clinical services and community health programs offered via the two primary care clinics.
Once you are approved, specific goals and objectives will be developed to meet the needs of the clinic and communities while engaging the specific skills of the volunteer.
Accommodation and Volunteer Information:
Volunteers will have accomodations and meals arranged during their length of stay. Prices vary based on preferences. Complimentary office space with Internet and a printer will be made available.
- Volunteer is responsible to arrange and pay for roundtrip flight.
- Complimentary airport transportation will be made available at the beginning and end of the stay.
- Volunteers should obtain temporary traveler's health insurance for the duration of their trip.
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Provided by Project HOPE
- Standard Project HOPE t-shirt, hat, and reusable nametag
- Medical evacuation insurance
Minimum of 2 weeks, longer stays are highly recommended
Project HOPE has been working in communities throughout the Americas since May 1962, when the SS HOPE first docked in Peru. HOPE's long-term programs have ranged from the development of basic health training programs for mothers, to major infrastructure reform to humanitarian assistance in times of natural disaster. Project HOPE programs are developed in partnership with local counterparts to meet the particular demands of the communities, within local constraints and culture.
Herrera, Dominican Republic & Monte Plata, Dominican Republic
Fluent in Spanish
Candidates will be specialized in one or more of the following specialties to provde training:
- Community health work in: Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Breast Cancer, Adolescent Pregnancy
- CPR (adults and children)
- High-risk pregnancy (emotional and physical support)
- Pediatrics - growth development, vaccines, nutrition, IMCI
- Neonatal respiratory therapy
- Biosafety (health behavior change)
- Biomedical engineering (training on ventilators, incubators, CPAP machines, radiant warmers)
Experience working in Latin America
Licensing / Credentials Required:
Copy of valid medical licenses and certifications
Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
Ability to withstand hot and humid working areas