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United Hatzalah Colombia

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Due to global health & safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, United Hatzalah Colombia has decided to offer flexible booking options for some of their upcoming programs. Learn more about COVID-19 updates to stay tuned regarding program information.

About

When emergencies occur, rapid medical treatment increases chances of survival exponentially. Using specially equipped motorcycle ambulances, United Hatzalah’s colombia network of more than 75 volunteer medics help save thousands of lives each year across Colombia by providing medical treatment in an average response time of 3 minutes or less. Our humanitarian services are free, universal and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. we allso use normal Ambulances. and run clinics

with us you will not only learn how to save a life, you will get to save a life! we respond to emergencies 24 hours all year around. you will get to Volunteer with us in our ambulances.

Attention Pre-Med Students!

If you would like to get hands-on experience in the field, join us! In Colombia, you will not be shadowing-- you will be doing.
Headquarters

Calle 125 55
Manizales , CAL, 170001
Colombia

Reviews

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Alejandro
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I wanted to be a nurse since I was a kid, did apply last year but had more than 2000 people applying and the school only accept 145 students, so unfortunately I did not get in. The student advise told me to go get experience, I looked everywhere in my home country Spain, but all I found was red cross, I joined them but did only last 2 weeks. all I was doing was shadowing I did not get to do anything my self regarding patients care etc. I, therefore, decided to look abroad! I looked at many health programs, but I found only hatzalah Colombia offering after the course an international EMT certificate, and for me, I needed something with an international certificate to have better odds of getting into nursing school. The course with hatzalah is absolutely great, it's so practical orientated, before I arrived hatzalah send me all the theory material, and when I arrived from day 1 everything was practical! I attended more than 20 patients or day, everything from small accidents to huge trauma calls with multiply injuries people. sometimes we even attended some animals. after I came home mike there course director called the nursing school in Spain and I now have an appointment for joining the course in Spain as an EMT skilled student!! Thanks so much to mike and the hatzalah team, and to gooverseas for helping me join this amazing program!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
we got called to a fire in a house, when we arrived lucky there where no humans in the building. But there was a dog, after we rescue the dog out of the burning house, I treated the dog with oxygen and after 1 hour the dog was running around happy! that was such an amazing experience!!
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Noah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would never ever had imagined that I would be saving someone's life! that someone I don't ever have met, but that what just what I did!
I'm Noah, A swiss guy! I am working in IT, so for me to become an EMT was just so far from what I am working with. But I wanted to learn something new, something useful and get to help people in need. I joined this program because I saw that they said you will not only learn how to save a life, you will be saving a life! for me, that was just the perfect motivation! and I can honestly say yes you will get to save many lives! I did the fully EMT course, plus there Search and rescue course with there helicopters, was a demanding education, but so freaking awesome!! I am now back working in IT and there is not a single day where I don't wish I would be back saving lives with Hatzalah Colombia!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
the first time I had to give CPR to a real person, that was a nerve moment! but it worked, and the patient gained vital signs!
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Noah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would never ever had imagined that I would be saving someone's life! that someone I don't ever have met, but that what just what I did!

I'm Noah, A swiss guy! I am working in IT, so for me to become an EMT was just so far from what I am working with. But I wanted to learn something new, something useful and get to help people in need. I joined this program because I saw that they said you will not only learn how to save a life, you will be saving a life! for me, that was just the perfect motivation! and I can honestly say yes you will get to save many lives! I did the fully EMT course, plus there Search and rescue course with there helicopters, was a demanding education, but so freaking awesome!! I am now back working in IT and there is not a single day where I don't wish I would be back saving lives with Hatzalah Colombia!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
the first time I had to give CPR to a real person, that was a nerve moment! but it worked, and the patient gained vital signs!
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ian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hello, parceros! My name is Ian. I am an EMT from America. I found out about hatzalah first time when i attended TED MED years ago, and I was so impressed with how they manage to have a response time in 3 min! let's be honest in EMT that is a game-changer!! I decided to join Hatzalah Colombia, to do there advances paramedic course to get better odds to be able to join paramedic school back home! After a video call with Mike their course director, I was on board,and 3 weeks later i was on my way To Colombia! And yes i am sure about you all have questions what about the coronavirus. Well, Mike and the team helped me get on a special flight, and they even arranged for a corona test for me before I took the flight! Luckily in Colombia, they have the coronavirus in control and don't have many cases. So I did feel absolutely safe. During my stay, i attended patients in ambulances, boats, helicopters and their famous motorbike ambulances. We also did arrange a lot of health camps, and what I love so much about this! is that Hatzalah is the only free emergency service in Colombia! Thanks to Mike and the whole team for the best Para-Medic course I ever could have done!! I will for sure be back next year.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
i would stay longer, and do one of they search and rescue courses they are offering! but I will be back next year.
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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hello guys and girls! This is Laura from Norway sharing my awsome experience with the hatzalah team in Colombia!! I am in 2 year of my EMT school back home, and I wanted to go abroad and get real hand on experience! in My country when you volunteer in a ambulance, you only get to shadow the patients. so for me it was so important to find a program there would alow you to get to attend the patients. I did tons of research, and I decided to book with hatzalah Colombia because they where the only program I found online, where I saw that people mention it was a real hands on practical Emt course!! It was super easy to book, after a online skypoe call with mike from hatzalah, I was hooked, he send me all the student material, and an info package, and I was off to Colombia!! I was of course a little worried if I could travel due to the corona virus, but they helped me get on a special plane for health workers, and got me a special permit to travel and get into the country. they even arranged a corona test for me before I left my country. When I arrived mike and the team picked me up in the airport, I started my 3 day training course, and the rest of my time I was working alongside them in there motorbikes, ambulances, fast response cars, I even got to attend in a helicopter!! so cool!! honest i could not have asked for a better experience, and the accommodation was perfect, big room with pool and private shower and toilet. cant wait to be back for my advanced course next year with hatzalah Colombia!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
when we attended a big accident with more than 14 patients, I had to use all my training to do a fast triage assessment, and treat stabilize and transport all the patients.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Sally Lou Carter

Sally is a professional EMT working in the Miami ambulance service.

Why did you choose this program?

I wanted to go abroad to gain experience in how other ambulance services operate. I have always been fascinated by the hatzalah model and how they respond in a maximum of 3 min to all the emergencies. So for me, there was no doubt: I had to go and work with Hatzalah Colombia! Colombia is a country I always wanted to visit.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I contacted Mike from Hatzalah Colombia, and the same day we had a Skype video chat - he showed me the base and all their ambulances! Two weeks later, I was on my way to Colombia.

When I arrived, they did a 3-day course for me. I am a professional EMT, but I still did learn a ton of new stuff on the course. They use a lot of technology, and for me, it's brand new how they always send a fast response motorbike to stabilize the patient until the big ambulance arrives.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Embrace it! You will for sure get tested physically and mentally, but you can do it! And don't be afraid to practice your Spanish! I did not speak much Spanish, but the patients and families are so understanding.

I also, prior to my trip, did a lot of physical training to get in shape, and it honestly did pay off. You don't need to be a Superman, but it for sure helps to be in shape.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

There is no average day - it's never the same! That's what I love about the EMT world: no day is ever the same!

They use a lot of technology, and for me, it's brand new how they always send a fast response motorbike to stabilize the patient until the big ambulance arrives. After my training, I was working alongside there the whole team. I did respond to every emergency you can imagine - from urban to the mountains of Colombia.

This course is honestly the best I could have done, I am today using many skills I learned from my time in Colombia in my daily work as an EMT. I can't wait to be back with Mike and the team one day!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

When we did our mountain rescue course. We had to climb a mountain, and after that, repel 178 meters.

It was for sure nerve-wracking, but so much fun. I had to trust my training, and I knew I had the skills to do it! I have had vertigo since I was a little girl, so you can for sure imagine this was a really big fear for me.

What is your favorite memory of this trip?

My favorite story about this program is how the Hatzalah Colombia work.

They are the only free emergency and ambulance service in Colombia. These guys don't get any money from the government or the people. I think it's so amazing to see free emergency services in a world where health is a business and not about saving lives!

These guys are simply a bunch of superheroes working day and night to save lives!