RAXNAQIL PROGRAM

HEALTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

WELCOME MESSAGE

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Thank you for your interest in our program. If you are reading this it means that you already have the desire to help those in need, so do we!

Right now, in the world there are two major pandemics, and no, I am not talking about COVID-19, I mean Ignorance and Indifference, two great evils that have plagued humanity for a long time; now, it is our turn to combat them thoroughly.

This program is the outcome of my years of experience working with different non-profit organizations in which I have mentored hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students who were interest in pursuing a healthcare-related career and wanted to have a hands-on clinical experience in a real primary care context.

With that experience, I have focused my efforts on creating a novel platform that meets the expectations of our volunteers and our communities. I have noticed that volunteers have high hopes about their medical trips, they want to connect with patients and understand how a doctor-patient relationship is built; they also desire a good learning experience, one that goes beyond empirical knowledge and observation.

This volunteering addresses those expectations by allowing you to learn from a primary care physician for 6 days, interact directly with patients and make suggestions about diagnosis and treatments, always under the supervision of your mentor; hence, your involvement rather than just taking notes and vital signs, will be an inclusive experience in which you will apply a problem oriented medical record, and evidence-based medicine in a community setting.

Furthermore, we have included a 6 hour on-site medical course to impart you key topics about primary care, such as Infectious diseases, Basic Life Support, Prenatal Care, etc. Finally, if you choose so, you will have the opportunity to be involved in a scientific research project that, once concluded, can be published in a medical journal, and added to your academic resume.

Committed to the Code of Ethics and its principles of beneficence and do not harm, we have adapted our clinic in a way that allows you to be exposed to a real clinical scenario while preserving the patient privacy and integrity.

I firmly believe that an expert medical educator is someone who is continually improving their teaching skills. Great teachers make learning fun, attractive and approachable. They make complex concepts amazingly easy to understand, but more importantly, easy to recall. All of our medical staff is selected based on these qualities and we are dedicated to your success.

As you can see, our program provides a holistic approach designed to exceed your expectations. I am positive that you will have the opportunity not only to travel to Guatemala and support underprivileged communities, but also live a unique experience that will enrich both your personal and professional life.

Sincerely yours!

Mynor R. Bracamonte M., M.D.

Program Director, Raxnaqil Program
Chair - Statistics and Evaluation Department

Goals

Our main goal is based on the Sustainable Development Goal #3 of the World Health Organization; but we also keep in mind your volunteering experience as our cornerstone:
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Who can apply?

This program is best for undergraduate and graduate students who are planning to pursue a health-related career and who also want to improve their medical knowledge, clinical skills and boost their academic resume. However, everyone who wishes to help is ALWAYS WELCOME!!
Below you can read the requirements to collaborate with us as a volunteer.

You need proof of an International Travel insurance that covers at least 50,000 USD in case of an accident. We recommend you visit this site: https://www.imglobal.com/ (we have no partnership whatsoever with this company); but you are free to choose any travel insurance of your convenience. 

Proof of immunization status for: Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR vaccine), Chickenpox (Varicella vaccine) and Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DPT or Tdap vaccine). Also, if you have any relevant health conditions, please let us know (food allergies, drug allergies, etc.).

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the date the program starts. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this requirement.

You DO NOT need to speak Spanish to participate in our program. We have professionals Spanish-English interpreters that will be there for you at all times.

Although this program is oriented to undergraduate or graduated students interested in a health-related career, it is NOT necessary that you meet this criteria to participate in our program.

In order to participate in our program you must fill and send us via email to [email protected] all the application documents we will provide you when you begin your registration process. These documents include: Volunteer Application Form, Immunization Form, Waiver and Release Form, Publicity Release Form, Volunteer Agreement, your CV, recent photograph and a copy of your passport.

There are no current restrictions based on your nationality. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome!

During your staying we will required your participation in all the scheduled activities (check out our Itinerary Sample below). However, during your free time you can do other activities (not planned or related to Kalan Kuxtal) at your own risk and expense.

Naturally, all applicants must also have a genuine willingness to help others, show drive and initiative, bring a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and be respectful with our staff, other volunteers and, most importantly, with the people in the communities.

APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1
Registration

Review our upcoming trips calendar. Select the trip that best suits your personal scheduled and click in the REGISTER NOW button. Fill out the application form and submit it. You will receive an email confirmation with further instructions about the documentation required and the fee payment.

STEP 2
Program fee

After your registration is completed, we will ask you to please complete the program fee. (If you can’t pay it all at once, ask for our installments agreement). Once you complete the program’s fee, you will be officially enrolled. (Changing dates is possible if you let us know in advance)

STEP 3
Virtual Meetings

From the moment you register until your arrival, you are entitled to request virtual meetings to assist you in the application process (just contact us to scheduled one). By default, we always arrange 1 or 2 meetings with our volunteers to make sure they are at ease with their experience.

STEP 4
Travel & Enjoy

60 days before your trip: you will receive your briefing with relevant information about your trip (itinerary, research project, educational materials, etc.). 30 days before your trip: deadline for the program’s fee payment. 15-30 days before your trip: deadline to send your travel information. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

In order to carry out a volunteer event, we must have a minimum of 7 volunteers per group. Please, keep that in mind and contact us to find out if your selected event has met the minimum required before registering and making any payments.

If you would like to collaborate with us by coordinating a group of volunteers for a specific event, contact us via email at [email protected] and we will provide you with all the information. In appreciation for their work, we have several benefits for Group Coordinators.

Itinerary Sample

**This is a sample, the actual itinerary of your trip may differ in some aspects. We will send you the specific calendar 60 days before your arrival.**

Color Code

Green = International Travel

Orange = Non-Medical Activities

Blue = Medical Activities

Red = Internal Travel

Light Blue = Educational Activities

Yellow = Learning Activities

How do we distribute your payment?

Medications
11.68%
Medical Equipment & Supplies
8.46%
Local Professionals
25.07%
Lodging
15.46%
Meals
7.25%
Transportation
9.86%
Cultural Immersion
7.23%
Administrative & Operational Costs
11.38%

Contact us, solve your doubts and decide for this unique experience!