Blanca’s House doctors, surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, CRNAs, OR, floor, pre-op and PACU nurses and surgical techs of varying specialties are recruited to match up with the host country’s particular medical needs at a specific site. The medical team not only provides care, but also pre-screens candidates, schedules the surgical rotation and provides post-surgery care and training for follow up with local providers.
Nurses and surgical techs can volunteer for any trip and will be matched for a mission based on their area of expertise as well as where they are needed most while gaining a global health perspective.
Non-medical volunteers provide the foundation for all of our missions. At least half of our volunteers have no medical background and their services are a critical component to the successful operation of our work. As a non-medical volunteer you will work side by side with the medical team throughout the hospital or clinic as well as build relationships with the community. Interacting with the people of our host country is a critical component for all short term medical mission trips and allows us to leave a lasting footprint on the community.
Some common roles for non-medical volunteers:
- Hospital/Clinic set up and breakdown
- Patient registration and intake
- Patient escort services
- Translation services
Whether we provide patients with their first dental experience or a returning patient needing additional restorative treatment, we are providing unparalleled dental care for people who would otherwise have limited or no access to a dentist. By providing dental screenings, on-site surgeries, and educational outreach, Go Dental Mission provides twenty-first century dentistry to the underprivileged living in remote communities throughout Ecuador. All our team members are volunteers, paying for their own travel expenses and donating their time and expertise for every mission.
Blanca’s House facilitates the logistics of the mission trip as well as, organizes and transports donated dental equipment and supplies to the communities we serve. You will be redirected to their website to apply for a mission and pay mission costs. https://godentalmission.wordpress.com/
The Junior Volunteer is one of the hardest working members of the Blanca’s House team. Junior Volunteers support the running our hospital operations. They assist in patient intake, triage, data and medical notes computer input, and have the opportunity to observe in and out of the operating rooms.
In addition, the following assistance is part of the responsibilities of a Junior Volunteer:
- Lifting and moving equipment
- Transporting patients
- Escorting patients
- Maintenance of paperwork
- Translation (where applicable)
Medical Students and Residents
Medical Students and Residents will:
- Be supervised by practicing Health Care Providers in their specialty.
- Be exposed to social and cultural issues more intensely than they would ever experience at home. We take care of problems caused by poverty, malnutrition, inadequate immunizations, inadequate health care systems, illiteracy, and inadequate sanitation in a culturally sensitive way.
- Be exposed to many disease entities that are uncommon in the United States and many that are in more advanced stages than would be expected in a first world country.
- Practice their clinical and surgical skills
In offering this educational opportunity, Blanca’s House enlarges the perspectives of Health Care Provider students, both culturally and medically.
Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners
PAs and Nurse Practitioners can volunteer for any trip and will be matched for a mission based on their area of expertise as well as where they are needed most.
Physician Assistant Students
Serving the undeserved is an unparalleled and extremely unique educational opportunity for those Physician Assistant students in their didactic or clinical year.
During a Blanca’s House medical mission, PA students will:
- Be supervised and taught by licensed/practicing medical providers in areas such as: General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, General Medicine, Pediatrics etc.
- Have the opportunity to practice skills such as history-taking, physical examinations and assessment and plan development, as well as starting an IV, suturing skills and giving injections
- See pathology that may never be seen or is rarely seen on US clinical rotations as disease entities tend to be in more advanced stages in a third world country
- Have exposure to a different culture and their understanding of illness/wellness.