Project Restauración, Dominican Republic

Project Restauración currently welcomes volunteers travelling individually or in groups of up to 12. If you are interested in organizing a group larger than 12 as we are occasionally able to expand our capacity. Volunteer activities run year-round, so please contact us with the dates you would like to travel!

The nature of a volunteer mission to Restauraci√≥n will vary depending on the number of volunteers in each group, the length of the volunteer trip, respective proficiencies in Spanish, medical expertise, and the current needs of the community and the clinic upon arrival. What FIMRC can guarantee, however, is that every volunteer mission will be culturally and socially enlightening to its volunteers. Each volunteer will have opportunities to examine the Dominican Republic's systems of medical provision in numerous ways and learn about health care disparities between multiple countries.  Many volunteers will also have the opportunity to explore health care in Haiti, although this will depend on the work being executed at the time of your trip.

Currently, FIMRC is working to set the groundwork for a sustainable program focused on preventative health dealing with the most common problems of the area.  This translates into community diagnostics, dedicated time in each of the rural clinics that are run by the Ministry of Health, field work with local doctors and nurses, as well as specialized programming created by the Field Operations Manager.  

Progress is occurring at a rapid rate, and volunteers maintain important roles in the project's future. Activities include house visits in rural communities to assess current standards of living and what services will be provided, observing in the rural clinics, conducting anti-cholera campaigns in the most remote regions of the community or creating health education sessions to be given in our "sister community" in Haiti. There are many opportunities for shaping an itinerary to skills or interests, as FIMRC's goal is to provide every volunteer a memorable, worthwhile experience that will leave lasting impressions about healthcare in developing communities.

We give each volunteer the opportunity to observe in one of the local health clinics or the hospital located in the center of town.  It is important to note, however, that a visit to a FIMRC clinic may not revolve around clinical or medically focused experiences for the volunteers. While giving an injection, for example, may be an inspiring experience for a volunteer interested in a career in medicine, FIMRC maintains the policy that medical care must be delivered by qualified, trained professionals for the benefit of our patients. Those volunteers with medical background or expertise will likely have the opportunity to work in a medical capacity alongside our clinic staff. Student volunteers are asked to enhance our projects by participating in and conducting health education seminars, construction related projects, and other activities that promote FIMRC's mission, in addition to their time in the clinic. FIMRC asks that all volunteers be flexible and willing to help FIMRC staff where needed.

The following is a sample itinerary of a one-week volunteer mission with Project Restauraci√≥n. This itinerary has been made to provide a clear, general impression of the way volunteer time is spent. Please note, however, that in order to ensure that a volunteer's work has the greatest, most relevant impact on clinic and community, volunteer schedules are established upon a volunteer's arrival at the clinic.

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

8:15 AM

Depart from homestay

Depart from homestay

Depart from homestay

Depart from homestay

Depart from homestay

9 AM-12 PM

Planning health education lessons

Shadowing physician in examination room

Plan health education session for local high school

Shadowing physician in examination room

Clinic improvement construction project

12 PM-1:30 PM

Lunch in Restauraci√≥n

Lunch in Restauraci√≥n

Lunch in Restauraci√≥n

Lunch in Restauraci√≥n

Lunch in Restauraci√≥n

1:30 PM-4 PM

Health Committee training on community diagnostics

Discussion with young mothers on prenatal care

Discussion of parasite prevention in local high school

Community visits with local doctor and nurses for cholera prevention

Work in Haiti on health education initiative

 

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