Guatemala Summer Institute:
May 17 to July 19, 2020
May 17 - June 16
June 17 - July 17
July 18 - 19
The Summer Institute in Guatemala trains and places up to 18 participants to volunteer in hospitals and clinics. Participants assist with critical medical device repairs, translation of instruction manuals, preventative maintenance, hospital staff equipment training, and other services.
Participants begin with a month in Quetzaltenango, taking tailored courses in both Spanish and biomedical equipment. Our partner, Do Guatemala, arranges homestays and provides Spanish courses. EWH provides instruction on common medical devices and methods for troubleshooting and making repairs in low-resource settings.
After the first month of training, participants remain in Guatemala to work with EWH partner hospitals in groups of two or three. The partner hospitals are public Guatemalan hospitals. In addition to the main departmental (state) hospital, participants have the opportunity to work in other Ministry of Health clinics and health outposts around the department/state they are assigned to.
Participants are typically housed in a homestay during the second month to continue building Spanish and cultural knowledge. Some placements are urban cities, while some are more rural.
Some of the public departmental hospitals in Guatemala have some form of technical assistance; however, gaps in training and language barriers often prevent effective equipment repair. Participants work closely with Guatemalan technicians and medical staff in overcoming these hurdles to make equipment repairs, execute trainings, install equipment, or perform other engineering duties for the hospitals. There is usually little to no English spoken in the public hospitals.
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