Project Las Delicias, El Salvador

Challenge:

In Las Delicias, the increase in single parent homes due to illegal migration to the United States and a strong adherence to religious and folkloric beliefs add a unique spin to treating common health problems such as parasites and malnutrition. Programs must not only address the child but the entire family's physical, psychological, and economic wellbeing. FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows will be challenged to contribute to the clinic's efforts with their own holistic approach to community development projects.

Mentor/Staff Support:

Ambassadors/Fellows will partner with the Clinic Doctor, the Field Operations Manager, the Global Innovations Manager, and/or the local Health Promoter in project development and implementation.

Commitment:

Ambassadors/Fellows are expected to be present during clinic hours, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Housing and Transportation:

Project Las Delicias provides comfortable living quarters at the Volunteer Guest House in Colonia Escalón, San Salvador, just 45 minutes away from the clinic. Centrally located near grocery stores, cafes, and plenty of night life, the Volunteer Guest House features secure quarters, dormitory style living, internet, hot water, cleaning services, and breakfast when other volunteers are present.

Cost:

Details are available upon request during the recruitment process.

Visa Requirements:

FIMRC El Salvador Ambassadors/Fellows work on 90 day tourist visas that can be purchased for $10.00 at Immigration in the Comalapa International Airport.  There are different options to renew a visa for Ambassadors/Fellows that are on site beyond 90 days. The Field Operations Manager will facilitate this process in country.

Past Projects:

  • The investigation and implementation of Electronic Medical Records.
  • The development of an Art Therapy program for students with evident emotional or learning disorders.
  • The development of a Teen Youth Group to address important physical and social issues for this age group.
  • Providing support for the Nutrition Program including the organization of a Health Foods Gastronomical Festival.

Featured Ambassador


Gieric Laput first became involved with FIMRC in December 2008 when he volunteered as a Global Health Volunteer at the Las Delicias clinic. His loyalty to FIMRC’s mission continued in 2009 with a trip to Project Alajuelita under the Global Health Volunteer Program. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a major in Biochemistry and minors in Health Policy Studies and Art History, Gieric once again looked towards FIMRC to put his multiple talents and interests to use, applying for a position as a FIMRC Ambassador. Gieric’s interest in art as a medium for youth and community development earned him a spot on Team El Salvador, where he served as an Ambassador from May to July 2010. Gieric is currently preparing for medical school and is also involved with Beyond Basics, a non-profit organization that offers art and literacy enrichment programs to children attending Detroit public schools.

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