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GET INVOLVED

Each year we select committed individuals to serve in the clinic and dedicate themselves to the rewarding work we do in Guatemala. We seek thoughtful, diverse, and hardworking volunteers. For every application, we consider the applicant’s volunteer and academic history, Spanish level, length of commitment and enthusiasm. 

VOLUNTEER   INFO

Physicians, medical students, registered nurses and nurse practitioners work together to attend to patients by completing clinical examinations and distributing medications, with an emphasis on pediatric care. Clinical volunteers work side-by-side with Guatemalan and foreign medical volunteers and work directly with a Guatemalan supervising physician. Medical volunteers must be able to examine a patient entirely in Spanish and be able to appropriately answer patients’ questions and prescribe medications. click anywhere to close
Our Dental Program is looking for Dental students or dentists who are interested in assisting the Dentist in consultations at the clinic. The Dental assistant would also participate in the preparation and delivery of health education workshops on dental hygiene to students during mobile clinics. click anywhere to close
Health Educators work with Guatemalan students, teachers and community members to prepare and run the mobile clinics and provide health workshops on topics such as nutrition, hygiene, puberty, sexual education, children’s rights, self-esteem, alcohol and drug abuse. Volunteers must have the confidence and ability to speak in front of the group and be able to appropriately answer questions from students in Spanish. click anywhere to close
Nutritional Recuperation Facilitators work alongside our Nutritionist to improve the nutrition of the targeted children through both direct treatment and parallel education for the parents. An ideal candidate would be interested nutrition, public health, and education. This position requires flexibility in schedule and also a willingness to go out into rural communities three-four times per week. He/she must be comfortable speaking in front of groups and answering questions in Spanish. click anywhere to close
Development Researchers will be responsible for projects relating to the long-term sustainability of the organization including researching and networking, grant writing, fact-finding, and collaborating with other organizations. An ideal candidate would be interested in non-profit administration, international development, and/or public health. Additionally, he/she would have experience with databases and Excel and have strong writing skills. We do give preference to college graduates for this position. click anywhere to close
Primeros Pasos is looking for talented individuals to expand and improve our online presence. The volunteer would need to have experience in at least one of the following: website design and development, video editing, graphic design, social media development and management, journalism, and/or photojournalism. click anywhere to close
Medical Professionals
Spanish Level - Advanced
Min. Time Commitment: 4 weeks
Dental Assistant
Spanish Level - Advanced
Min. Time Commitment: 4 weeks
Children's Health Educator
Spanish Level - High Intermediate / Advanced
Min. Time Commitment: 8 weeks
Nutritional Recuperation Facilitator
Spanish Level - Intermediate
Min. Time Commitment: 8 weeks
Development Researcher
Spanish Level - Basic
Min. Time Commitment: 4 weeks
Communications / Social Media Assistant
Spanish Level - Basic
Min. Time Commitment: 4 weeks

INTERNSHIPS & RESEARCH

Internship and research opportunities are always available at Primeros Pasos. Most of our volunteers pursue independent projects apart from the traditional positions, and over the years volunteers have helped us develop curriculum, implement new systems, evaluate our data, and other important projects that insure the success of the clinic. 

FAQS

ARE THERE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH VOLUNTEERING?

Primeros Pasos is a grass roots, low budget organization that relies on the generosity of our volunteers and supporters to provide quality health care at the Clinic.  Operations depend heavily on donations, both monetary and in-kind. We ask all volunteers to fundraise the equivalent of 300 USD on behalf our organization before or during their time with us so that we may continue to provide medical and educational services to the communities of the Palajunoj Valley. This goal can be met either by fundraising or collecting supplies or a combination of the two. As a volunteer you will become a representative of Primeros Pasos and by fundraising not only will you provide needed funds and supplies but you will also raise awareness about our work here in Guatemala.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR VOLUNTEERS?

Primeros Pasos does not accept volunteers under 18 years of age. We do not have an upper age limit, however all volunteers must be in good physical shape: able to walk mid-long distances, able to stand for hours of work, etc. This can be discussed on an individual basis.