We now have a firm plan for a trip in February 2013 and would like to hear from you of your interest.
There is space for 4 nurses - 2 from Feb 16-23 and 2 from
Feb 23 - Mar 2.
Location: Guatemala. First week will be working in villages around Rio Dulce in the northeast. Second week is
working in villages around Monte Rico in the southwest. Flights are in
and out of Guatemala City.
I will be accompanying both weeks to be your support/mentor.
Cost to you/Commitment: $250. One Nurse At A
Time, Jo's Nurses program will pay the rest of your trip costs (approximately
$1000 per person). You must also make a moral commitment to do another
volunteer trip by the end of 2014. Our hope is this mission will get you
over the "hump" of going on a first mission, that you will be excited
and eager to volunteer again somewhere around the world.
You will also be expected to attend planning meetings and
packing meetings prior to the trip to get comfortable with your teammates and
participate in the preparations. At least 1 planning and 1 packing are
required (unless you're out of the Seattle area, then we'll provide reading
material and phone calls to bring you up to date). Meetings are 1/5 and
1/26 0930 - noon (usually at Group Health Central) and packing is 2/2 and 2/9
0930 until finished (also at Group Health)
Organization is Guatemala Village Health. Spanish is
helpful, but not an absolute requirement as translators are available.
You'll be asked to not only be flexible and take on various tasks, but will
also be asked to assume a specific role such as triage (and teaching triage
techniques to the local nurses), patient education (they've done groups for
patients about dehydration, back pain, headache, skin issues, for example 5-10
patients with similar issues and give out Tums, tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.)
Training of nursing staff - sharing what and how we work here in the US with the
local nurses and health promoters who have much less formal training.
They see lots of diabetics, hypertension, prenatal care, malnutrition ... These
will be less clinic based and more village based, and an opportunity to be with
people in their home environments.
Please express your interest prior to December 15.
Send an email to OneNurseAtATime@gmail.com.
Include a brief introduction of who you are, what your nursing background is
and tell us why you want to participate in this mission, how this will impact
your career/life, what you anticipate your future in volunteering to be.
Tell us what you do well, what you don't. What you bring to this mission
and why you should be selected to participate. Don't forget your contact
information! I'll follow up with each of you, conduct a phone interview
and present candidates to the board of directors for a decision before the end
Let me know of any questions and hope to hear from you by