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项目地点：阿根廷Project Location Argentina, Buenos Aires
Medical Interns on this program will have the wonderful opportunity to stay in vibrant Buenos Aires, meet with amazing people and experience the exciting Latin American culture, while having the opportunity to explore this wonderful city. Known as the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires is filled with amazing architecture, fun nightlife and many cultural activities. Volunteers without two left feet can learn the tango – the traditional dance this country is famous for! This program offers many amazing volunteering and travel experiences for the international traveler.
This important program was created with the goal of supplying essential medical treatment in Buenos Aires. Volunteers and interns who join this project will be able to work closely with a supervising physician, and are paired with a full-time doctor or nurse who they will shadow on daily rounds. Intern responsibilities vary according to their own qualifications, experience and/or comfort level. Participants with a full medical degree will often enjoy far more access when it comes to administering care and interacting with patients, but it is important to note that most interns only observe or help out with more minor tasks. While every aspect of the internship is carefully monitored by the supervising staff, this program provides far greater opportunity to get this far behind the scenes in a hospital at home – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for medical students.
Goals of this Project:
Provide quality healthcare to the people of Buenos Aires
Offer a teaching and overseas medical experience for medical professionals while also supplying a much-needed volunteer labor force
Improve the health and long term wellbeing of Buenos Aires
Provide an opportunity for cross cultural exchange
This volunteer program provides an amazing experience for medical professionals who wish to gain international experience. This program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for medical students to monitor, observe and help where appropriate, gaining a great deal of experience and observation time. For experienced medical professionals the program offers the extremely rewarding opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with another culture.
Depending on current needs, interns may be able to choose which department they work in and in most cases it’s possible to spend supplemental time in a second department as well. These are just a few of the main healthcare departments in the hospitals: Pharmacology, Family Medicine, Community Medicine, Orthopedics, Emergency Room, Paediatrics (OPD/Ward), Nursing (follow the nurses most of the time), Rehabilitation and Surgery. Depending upon the working schedule of the paired doctor and area of the hospital an intern is placed, the times and days of work may fluctuate. As with all medical placements, patience and flexibility with work schedules is greatly appreciated.
Volunteers contribute in a number of ways on the program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
Work in a renown public hospital and supply medical assistance to those who need it most
Network with local medical and local project staff
Supply medical services to the people of Buenos Aires
Help with medical care as appropriate to the volunteer’s skills and training
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OPTION (US$100):
For those Volunteers/Interns who wish to gain valuable insight into Emergency Care we can arrange for you to spend one shift per week (Saturdays) at the Hospital Tornu - which operates one of Buenos Aries busiest Emergency Departments. Here you will shadow an emergency care specialist as they carry out their demanding work load. This is a fast-paced and challenging environment - a not-to-be-missed experience for those who aspire to work in Emergency Care!
This program offers an amazing opportunity for suitable applicants who are 18 years and over to work alongside qualified medical professionals and gain first-hand insight into the healthcare system of Argentina. It is open to those with experience and/or education in the field of medicine, as well as med-school and pre-med students. Volunteers on this project will need at least an intermediate understanding of Spanish in order to communicate effectively with patients and staff. Naturally, all applicants must also have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Airport Pickup Included
Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. Here you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. They will also provide you with your Welcome Pack, which contains a local sim phone card, local maps and a transport guide. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.
Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
Arrival/Departure Airport: Ministro Pistarini International Airport (aka Ezeiza Airport), Buenos Aires, Argentina (Code: EZE)
Volunteers on this project will be accommodated in a multi-story, dormitory-style volunteer house which is perfectly located in the neighbourhood of San Cristobal, in the heart of central Buenos Aires and within a short walk from the many attractions of this vibrant city. The Volunteer House has free WiFi and great facilities for volunteers, including a roof-top terrace and barbecue area, communal kitchen and living areas, hammocks and a TV room. Nice!
Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom with up to three other volunteers of the same gender. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding and towels provided. Bathroom facilities are shared between volunteers with hot showers and western-style toilets.
Breakfast is provided for all volunteers each day and volunteers can prepare/cook lunches and evening meals for themselves in the generous and well established communal kitchen of the volunteer accommodation which has a gas hob, oven, microwave, fridge and pantry space. This also gives volunteers to opportunity to go out and experience the amazing culture and cuisine that Buenos Aires has to offer. Simply get a few of your fellow house mates together and head out to one of the hundreds of local restaurants, bars, cafes or Churrascaria’s (Argentina’s famous BBQ joints – YUM!).
Private single rooms within the Volunteer House can be arranged for an additional US$35/night. Home-stay options are also available on request (additional costs apply).
WHAT TO EXPECT
A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:
7:00am Breakfast at the hostel
7:30am Walk or bus to project site
8:00am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor
8:15am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START
A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.
2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END
2:15pm Debrief with project supervisor
2:30pm Walk or bus back to hostel
Evenings Free time to relax and grab some dinner or explore the sights and sounds of central BA!
In addition to the program fees a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).