The Medical Program
For healthcare students and professionals wanting to put their skills to the test and help those in need, this program will certainly be a wonderful experience. Based in the historic Nicaraguan city of Granada, volunteers will work mainly in the outlying rural areas to provide support to its impoverished inhabitants. This health and medical program is designed for medical students and health professionals from diverse areas and backgrounds, to work in rural clinics helping patients who have very limited access to health services. It is best suited to medical students, physiotherapists and those with a medical or health background. Volunteers on this crucial medical program will work alongside local doctors and nurses to treat different conditions and prevent health issues through education and care. This is an area with scarce resources and high healthcare needs, which is why volunteer help is so essential. Volunteers will gain beneficial medical experience while helping those in true need.
Goals of this Project:
- Make a real difference to the rural people in the outlying areas of Granada
- Provide free healthcare to those who need it most
- Improve the health and long-term well-being of some of Nicaragua’s most impoverished people
- Offer a teaching experience for medical students while also supplying a much-needed volunteer labor force to benefit locals
How You Can Help
Volunteers on this important medical program will find they are truly helping those in need of healthcare support. Nicaragua is a developing nation that sadly lacks medical funding and resources. By bringing their skills, knowledge and compassion, volunteers on this program will be providing essential medical care to impoverished and at risk members of the community of all ages. Volunteers will undertake many tasks and offer support in many areas, largely depending on their education and experience. For medical students the placement will provide much needed real-life experience and the ability to witness medical conditions and issues often not seen in their own countries. From assisting doctors and nurses, to taking vital signs and helping to diagnose conditions or assisting with physiotherapy, volunteers will find they are putting their skills to good use. Depending on their background participants may also help with various other tasks such as lab work, helping in the pharmacy or helping with nutrition.
Volunteers contribute in a number of ways on the program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Work in rural clinics to supply medical assistance to those who need it most
- Network with local residents and local program staff
- Provide healthcare education and prevention where possible
- Help with medical care as appropriate to the volunteer’s skills and training
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 Nicaraguan healthcare system. 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 have at least an intermediate knowledge 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:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
Located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Granada is home to multiple Spanish colonial landmarks that have survived repeated pirate invasions. The city’s main plaza, Central Park, is dominated by the colorful, neoclassical facade of the Cathedral of Granada, originally dating to 1583. The Centro Cultural Convento San Francisco nearby is famed for its displays of pre-Columbian statues.
Granada's restaurants have received international recognition by newspapers like the New York Times. In the city of Granada, there are many restaurants to visit and in recent years, the cities evolving culinary scene mixes local and international flavors, as well as supporting farm-to-table sustainability of local growers and producers. Granada's economy continues to grow in big part because it is fast becoming a tourist attraction for its colonial architecture, as well as its ecological beauty and now as a food destination. This is a fantastic place to be a Love Volunteer!
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs typically start every 1st and 3rd SUNDAY of each month. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 4 weeks 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.
Arrival & Orientation
Upon your arrival in Managua, you will collected at the airport by a member of the local project team and taken to your accommodation in Granada. Here you will be welcomed by your host family and settled into your new surroundings.
On Monday morning you will be collected and taken to the local team offices where you will receive a full project and safety orientation. 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. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have. You will then be taken to your projects site where you will be introduced to the onsite project team, ready to start work. Easy!
- Project Arrival Day: SUNDAY (7am to 10pm)
- Project Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival Airport: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, Managua, Nicaragua (Code: MGA)
- NOTE: If you are arriving on a flight after 10pm there is an extra charge of
US$100 for the airport pickup)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers in Nicaragua will stay with a local family which is a great way to be immersed in the culture. All families have been fully vetted by our local team and have experience hosting international volunteers. The home-stays are in safe neighborhoods, and are within a 15 to 25-minute walk or 5 to 10-minute bus ride from the project sites. All families have been fully vetted by our local team and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Depending on the time of year it may be necessary to share a room with other volunteers, but private rooms are often available upon request (additional fees may apply). Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom. Host families are often happy to wash clothes for volunteers for a small fee to cover the additional electricity, though mostly volunteers will use a local laundromat. Wifi is available at most host family houses, however we ask volunteers to remember access to this service is a privilege and may be limited at times. A multitude of internet cafes are available throughout Granada.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided throughout the placement, including weekends. Nicaraguan food typically centers on the key ingredients of corn, chillies and beans. A traditional dish is tamale which consists of a starchy corn-based dough wrapped in a leaf and steamed. Volunteers in Nicaragua have the opportunity to savor these and other delights in the homes of ordinary local people famed for their friendly dispositions.
*In addition to the program fees listed above 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).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.