Volunteer with the Community Health Council
Hippocrates once said, “Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.” At CHC, this is a philosophical ideal for the way in which we want to be global health practitioners and conduct healthcare interventions. The love of medicine is rooted in a love of people; the love of people is rooted in many hundreds of meaningful interactions with many hundreds of people. The hope of this organization is that the CHC can be a place at which people can gain such special interactions with the people with whom we work.
Who, Why and How?
Come and join the Community Health Council team and work in a free clinic in a post-disaster region, and participate in other projects that help lift families out of poverty. The cost is reasonable, and the memories will last a lifetime, as will some of the friendships you make. DO humanitarian aid work and KNOW what you’re doing is really making a true difference in someone’s life.
Volunteers without clinical skills are encouraged to apply. You would be surprised how much work there is for you to do in a clinic, even if you don’t have clinical skills. In fact, a benefit of our trips is so that people without clinical skills can get this sort of experience.
Shoot us an email at VOLUNTEER@CommunityHealthCouncil.org (or fill out the form below) with any questions you might have. Volunteer spots for upcoming trips are limited and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Check out our video testimonials below from past CHC volunteers.
Next CHC Peru Trip - July 2 - July 10, 2016
We plan to run 2 or 3 primary care clinics, which include a dentist, basic lab and pharmacy, in the impoverished neighborhood of Belén in Iquitos, and in the town of Nauta upriver on the Marañón. We will also run 4-6 health education and deworming clinics for children in villages along the Marañón, and visit a home for displaced children.
For more information, contact Jana Mooster at jana@communityhealthcouncil.
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Sample Volunteer Trip Itinerary
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Day 1–Arrive in Iquitos. I will meet everyone at the airport and escort them to the hotel. We will all have dinner together in the city and a get to know each other.
**Volunteers have the option of arriving a day early to have a touristy day that we will arrange for you but it is not included in your volunteer fee. It usually costs ~$30-50 and includes a boat ride on the Itaya River; a visit to Monkey Island (you can hold rescued monkeys, sloths, anacondas, etc. at your own risk); visiting local communities who sell homemade crafts; go for a swim in the Amazon (again, at your own risk) and having lunch on a floating restaurant on the river.
Day 2–Medical clinic in Iquitos/Belen–we’ll take a taxi or a boat to this clinic. Clinic starts around 9 AM so we leave the hotel by 8 AM sharp. Return to hotel around 5 PM. Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch served in clinic. Dinner out in the city of Iquitos.
Day 3–Wake up early and travel by bus to Nauta–2 hours away. Upon arrival in Nauta, we will check in to the hotel, drop our bags and immediately head to port. Public health day in a rural community off of the Maranon River. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Bring granola bars or other snacks for lunch.
Day 4– Public health day in a rural community off of the Maranon River. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Bring granola bars or other snacks for lunch.
Day 5– Public health day in a rural community off of the Maranon River. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Bring granola bars or other snacks for lunch.
Day 6—Medical clinic day in Nauta at San Juan Community Center. Leave immediately after clinic for Iquitos. Dinner in the city. Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch served in clinic. Dinner out in the city of Iquitos.
Day 7–Fly home.
*Disclaimer: This is a sample itinerary and as such, it may change as projects begin or end. For a more accurate itinerary, please contact the Peru Program Coordinator.
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|(30 minute commute) PAP hospital; 2 hr tour 11am||Orientation||Blood Pressure Clinic/Mobile Clinic/Dental 9:00am||Blood Pressure Clinic/Mobile Clinic 9:00am||Leave PAP 9:00||First drop off at 8:00|
|-drop off books
|Drive & Hike to Orange||Pill packing!||3 hr commute|
|-30 person van||Preparation for Clinics||Merebalais arrive 12:00||Second drop off at 11:00|
|-Bring 15 gallons of water||Dental Hygiene Clinic||Pack up 16:00||2 hr tour|
|-Bring Snacks (lg box of granola bars, trail mix, jerkey)|
|In Port Au Prince/Leogane|
|Pick up clinic volunteers||Leave by 18:30|
|Van picks up at 4pm||Orientation||-send someone down to get supplies if necessary (by 1pm)|
|Drive||End clinic by 17:30||Dinner|
|Check-in||Review/Reflect||Sleep in PAP|
|Dinner||Dinner||Dinner||Dinner||Sleep in PAP|
*Disclaimer: This is a sample itinerary and as such, it may change as projects begin or end. For a more accurate itinerary, please contact the Haiti Program Coordinator.