Global Health in Colombia

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About

Assist in providing community and medical services to those in need while gaining global health experience and immersing yourself in a new culture!

ISL serves small villages in the high-altitude coffee region of central Colombia which are too far for regional hospitals to provide healthcare on a regular basis. These farm-working communities mostly live an agrarian subsistence living off the land and harvesting coffee.

Colombia has both Global Health and Nursing teams traveling year round.

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Highlights
  • ISL has over 20 years of experience providing volunteers opportunities in 12 different countries
  • Our programs are always coordinated by our in-country employees, who are locals and know the area and culture well
  • We work under the direction of the local government Ministries of Health, and students are only involved to the extent that these officials approve
  • We treat acute conditions only and maintain contact with, and in most cases, re-visit work sites again and again to ensure a lasting relationship

Questions & Answers

Hello! I am not entirely sure but you can contact the country program coordinator Glen Galindo with any questions I believe he can probably make that happen for you. His information is: Glen G. Galindo, Ed.M Abroad Service Advisor Colombia Country Coordinator ISL - International Service Learning Email: [email protected] US Cell: 509-432-1921 (US) Colombia: 323-505-5710 (COL) Skype: glen_galindo...

Reviews

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  • Impact 10
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  • Fun 9.8
  • Value 9.8
  • Safety 9.8
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Valeria
10/10

An unforgettable life changing experience

Serving in impoverished communities in small remote villages near Chinchiná, Colombia opened my eyes towards the privileged life that I live. In one of our usual door to door check in’s we met a family in which the son and the daughter had a chest bone deformity. They have been to several doctors who have concluded that as long as this condition doesn't affect their internal organs and their breathing they will have to live with it. The mother told us that her daughter started having some difficulty breathing due to the deformity and so the specialist that they saw suggested a surgery. We chatted with them about their life and their hobbies and school. The girl was highly praised by the teachers at school and aspired to become a doctor some day. The boy was saying that he doesn't mind his bone deformity because it allows him to have an advantage when playing soccer. We all had a laugh and realized that this family is truly living by enjoying life the best they can despite difficulties. Over and over again I had the privilege of hearing similar stories in which I realized that possessions, money, or any other material thing is nothing compared to living a joyful life surrounded by your family and friends. The many Colombians that I have met have strong family values and do things that make them happy even if they are struggling financially and living a difficult life. They always gave thanks for what they had and stated that they're doing the best they can. Being part of this experience broadened my view on humanity, on life and brought new joy and purpose.

How can this program be improved?
I believe the program could be improved in a few ways, here are some suggestions:
1. Having a space where the volunteers can have the ability to make their own meals in the spare time available.
2. Allowing volunteers the opportunity to do triaging and be taught the ability to triage during clinics.
3. During the first day when visiting villages (when walking for a long time) being allowed to wear a t-shirt with company logo and longer shorts or sport pants instead of scrubs (which get dusty and is difficult to hike long period of times in.
4. For the classroom sessions when learning new techniques or about different diseases making them more concise and possibly earlier during the day in such a way that it can free up the evenings for other cultural activities can be nice.
This is by no means a critique of they way the program is being run currently, these are just a few ideas that come to mind that could of improved the program for me.
Yes, I recommend
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James
10/10

Colombia Medical Mission Trip

I've been on 4 medical mission trips and the one I took to Colombia was by far the best. The staff that was involved is the main reason the trip was so successful. Glen and his staff made it clear that they were as dedicated to helping our patients as we were. It was one of the best learning experiences I have ever been through. Nothing will compare to the experience this trip gave me.

How can this program be improved?
Have the plan for how the clinics will be set up and run ready to go before we get there.
Yes, I recommend
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Tracey
10/10

Chinchina Colombia

ISL is such an amazing organization that helps bring helpful hands to a country and people in need and fills the hearts of both the giver and receiver. Thank you for an amazing experience! ISL helps coordinate the housing, transportation, areas to visit, most of the food and connect those in need with those of us with medical skills. The house visits were my favorite as you get to be inside the humble homes and really see how the people live. The clinic days are wonderful and busy and we learned so much about common and tropical diseases. We learned more things you could never learn in a textbook. Thank you ISL!

How can this program be improved?
1. Continue to have the orientation day include practice and role play.
2. Improve the house visit and clinical worksheets to be better coordinated and shorter.
3. Have Tracey Long teach all the classes!
Yes, I recommend
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Rolando
10/10

Experience of a Lifetime

I have gone on several medical mission trips in my life and this is by far the best. The doctors and staff took excellent care of all the students that attended. Not once did I ever feel unsafe or scared, I only felt welcomed to a country that I had never been to before. I would love to participate with this team again! This truly was an experience of a lifetime that I wish everyone could enjoy.

How can this program be improved?
If the program included every single meal, only breakfast and lunch was covered in the tuition of the trip.
Yes, I recommend
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Sonny
10/10

Amazing

The experience was too valuable to put into words. Being immersed in the culture and language really taught me things that I wouldn't have learned elsewhere. The impact we had was the best fulfillment.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing that I would change is to have more off program time with the local bilingual assistants because that is where I think the best growth in language can happen.
Yes, I recommend

About International Service Learning

International Service Learning (ISL) is a volunteer organization offering global health, education, and community enrichment opportunities in twelve different countries. Our mission is to support cultural awareness, service-based learning, and...