Volunteer Abroad in Nicaragua - An
Opportunity for Students and Professionals to Give Back
Abroad in Nicaragua offers the opportunity to experience another
culture, to learn things not found in books or classrooms, and to gain
a new perspective on the world at large.
Whether you’re looking for a change of pace (or scenery!) from your
current medical/healthcare career or are looking for an exciting way to
fulfill your internship responsibilities, The Roberto Clemente Clinic
in Nicaragua presents an invaluable volunteer opportunity. It offers
the chance to combine the adventure of travel with the benevolent act
of giving back to those in need.
Volunteers primarily assist in the clinic, provide public health
education and ongoing education for our medical staff, and help with
daily administrative tasks. Volunteering at the Roberto Clemente
Clinic can even give you the unmatchable experience of working
side-by-side with our doctors and nurses to help save lives or help
create new healthcare programs for the clinic and possibly, the entire
VOLUNTEER VACATIONS IN NICARAGUA CAN RE-ENERGIZE THE BODY AND BRAIN
If discovering a new country through surfing, camping, horseback riding
and hiking sounds ideal to you, consider a volunteer vacation to
Nicaragua! Imagine a morning filled with the smiling faces of
children eager to learn basic hygiene from you, followed by an
afternoon of surfing or leisure at the beach. Imagine providing
vital medical care to an underserved community in the morning followed
by a nature hike in the evening.
I Don't Have a Medical Background
But Still Want to Be Part of Your Volunteer Program in Nicaragua!
Don’t worry! We can match your individual skill set to a local need.
Social workers, students, teachers, and many other backgrounds have
been very useful. Our international volunteers have included everybody
from Peace Corps participants to high school, college and graduate
students to retired professionals looking for a new challenge.
What Do Volunteers in Nicaragua
The activities described below are examples of the types of projects
that volunteers are involved in during their trip. It is important to
keep in mind that the type of activities you will be doing will depend
on several factors including your ability to communicate in Spanish,
your level of education and/or medical experience, how comfortable you
are speaking in front of large groups of people, as well as interacting
with patients on an individual level. Once our staff has identified all
of the appropriate information, we can arrange your itinerary, which
will include some or all of the following aspects:
We are a small consultation and urgent care clinic that attends to
approximately 12,000 patients a year. In addition to daily
consultations, we offer several weekly services including pediatrics,
dentistry, and laboratory services.
For those who are health professionals,
medical students, and nursing
students, much of your time will be spent in our clinic. Health
professionals with three years or more of experience and can speak
Spanish at an advanced level are able to interact one on one with our
patients doing consultations, performing minor procedures, and
prescribing appropriate treatments. For individuals who are studying to
become doctors, nurses, physician assistants, etc. your tasks may
consist of observing our medical staff, assisting with patient intake,
giving injections and/or vaccinations, taking vital signs, and
distributing medications. Students and those who are in their residency
can expect to do a similar level of medical procedures that you would
do in your country of residence. Regardless of your level of
experience and education our local medical staff will always be present
so if you have any questions during your work at the clinic, do not
hesitate to ask.
Nicaragua, is for
sure the best decision I made in my life"
Many professions in addition to
healthcare are welcome!
Aside from assisting in the clinic, volunteers are vital in the
administration of various community outreach projects. This can include
a range of different activities, however, the majority of the outreach
we do is public health education. This can take place in several venues
including schools, health centers, libraries, and in some cases, a
community member’s house. Education topics include hygiene, nutrition,
reproductive health, transmittable diseases, infections, and various
chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Through educating our local
communities we hope to prevent chronic diseases, instill healthy
practices, and reduce growing health concerns such as teenage
pregnancy. In addition to teaching local people, our medical and
non-medical volunteers are also instrumental in distributing the
numerous donations we receive at the clinic. For example, this year we
received a donation of water filters from a local NGO, which we were
able to give to the three largest schools in the area. Other examples
of donations include anti-parasite medication, reading glasses,
toothbrushes and toothpaste, and clothing. If there is something that
you would like to bring with you to donate to the clinic please let us
know so that we can plan accordingly. For those who are public
health students this will be your main task during your time at the
clinic. With the help of our staff, public health volunteers can work
to identify a specific health issue facing the community and after
thorough research can work to identify and implement an attainable
We encourage those with specific training or skills to teach our local
medical and ambulance staff. Topics have included intubation, emergency
eye care, proper use of an EKG machine, and emergency first aid. All
topics are welcome; however, please let our staff know what you are
interested in doing prior to your arrival so we can plan accordingly
with our team at the clinic. This component of the program is not
necessary for everyone and is only meant for those with sufficient
experience and knowledge in a particular subject matter. If you are
unsure if you qualify do not hesitate to contact us and ask.
you for the opportunity to volunteer and help people living in such
awful conditions. I truly enjoyed my time in Nicaragua, especially
helping pregnant women that came for consultation. Dr. Flores and staff
All volunteers regardless of their language ability or work experience
will participate in this component of the volunteer program. Such tasks
vary on a weekly basis depending on what needs to be done that day.
Tasks include but are not limited to: doing inventory either in the
pharmacy or the clinic, organizing donations, medications, or supplies,
creating education materials, painting when necessary, and assisting
our administrative staff in their daily tasks.
Program Donation Information
In order to participate in Roberto Clemente’s volunteer program, a
program donation is due from each volunteer before arriving to
Nicaragua. The minimum donation amounts are as follows:
For students, non-medical professionals, and medical
professionals with 3 years or less of work experience we require a
of $400 which covers up to two weeks of volunteering.
For medical professionals with 3 or more years of work experience
we require a
donation of $200 which also covers up to two weeks of
If you would like to volunteer for more than two weeks, the
donation amount would increase by $100 for every additional week.
The program donation covers local transportation to and from the
clinic as well as outreach activities. Your donation also helps to
pay the salaries of our local doctors and nurses who work day and
night to provide quality healthcare to our clients.
While the needs of our clinic prohibit our ability to provide
discounts to all who request them, we are able to make considerations
for volunteers staying for 4 weeks or more. If you will be staying with
us for a prolonged period of time, please let us know so we can give
you the adjusted amount.
In addition to the program donation, we also welcome donations of
medical supplies. Please note that there are some restrictions as to
the types of medications that can legally be brought into Nicaragua.
Please contact us at 410-777-8626 – with any questions.
The following are the steps to planning a volunteer trip:
Familiarize yourself with the information on the volunteer page
Fill out the volunteer
registration form or contact us at
clinic @ nicaclinic.org and we will send the link to you. You will
email from our staff once we have received your registration form to
discuss your individual itinerary.
Make your travel arrangements and notify our staff with the
dates you will be volunteering.
Set up your pick up from the airport with your hotel and
try to coordinate your trip so you can start working on a Monday if
possible. Our volunteer coordinator is not available Saturday or Sunday
unless you are coming with a group.
Get ready to enjoy the afternoons and sunsets in our Nicaraguan
We prefer that you send in all documents 8 weeks prior to your arrival;
however we can accept volunteers up to two weeks before.
Experienced Medical Professionals (3
or more years of work experience):
1. A notarized letter of intent (in Spanish) describing the type of
volunteer work you would like to perform as a certified medical
professional (We can provide the template for you to complete).
2. Copies of your licenses, permits and credentials.
3. Copies of your Diploma if you have been practicing for 3 years
4. Copies of your passport with picture.
5. Up-to-date Resume or CV.
8. Waiver signed and notarized (we will send it by email).
9. International travel insurance in case of an accident.
10. A letter with full inventory of medicines pre-approved 8 weeks
before arriving if you plan on bringing a large quantity of donated
11. Copy of electronic receipt which you will receive after you make
the program donation.
For Students, Non-Medical
Professionals, and Recent Medical Professionals (less than 3 years work
1. A copy of your passport with picture
2. Up-to-date Resume or CV.
5. Waiver signed and notarized (we will send it by
6. International travel insurance in case of an
7. Copies of your licenses, permits and credentials
(medical professionals only).
8. Copy of electronic receipt which you will receive
after you make the program donation.
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Call us at 410-777-8626 to answer your
questions. This is the most efficient way of communication to begin
setting up your volunteer vacation!