Rural Immersion Experience


Go beyond the typical short term service experience…

rural immersion

 

Work together with a team of volunteers and rural community leaders this summer to improve children’s nutrition!

    Anemia is considered a condition of epidemic proportion. The prevalence of anemia in children 6-9 months of age in the rural areas of Nicaragua is of 30.6 % (ENM 2000), which can lead to delayed development and increased risk of disease in the lives of these children.   You are invited to share your skills and passion for service during a 12-day experience in rural Nicaragua to improve nutrition in children under 5 years. Volunteers will work as a team alongside community leaders and AMOS staff to lead educational workshops, surveys, measurements, and testing needed to assess nutritional status.

   

This experience will allow you to:

 
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture and language by living among local community members for an extended period of time.
  • Gain hands-on experience working on a public health project that includes data collection, nutrition education, and community empowerment tools.
  • Improve your Spanish language skills. We encourage Spanish Majors/Minors with a strong level of Spanish to apply.
  • Prepare for graduate school studies or work in a health-related career field.
   

Eligibility:

 
  1. Must be at least 18  to apply
  2. Have at least a conversational level of Spanish
  3. Must have a passion for service
  4. A desire to learn and try new things
  5. Willingness to work alongside local leaders to help improve the health of rural families
 

Program Costs:

  costs rural imm           Airfare is not included in this cost. You are responsible for your own travel plans to and from Nicaragua.        

The program fee will cover all major expenditures including the following:

 
  • Trip coordination and logistics planning through a team coordinator
  • All meals and lodging at AMOS and in the rural community.
  • Accompaniment by AMOS Staff to help process the cross-cultural experience
  • Transportation, including pick-up and drop-off at the airport, and between Managua and the rural community
  • Orientations, trainings, debriefing sessions
  • Project coordination in the field
  • Internet at AMOS-Managua offices
  • One-day retreat to reflect on your experience as a group and individually
  • Tour of Managua
  • Trip to a local Nicaraguan market with a chance to purchase souvenirs
               

   

Service Trip Dates: August 4th – 16th

 

Apply today!

The application deadline for this program is April. 1,  2014. To begin the application process please fill out our

online application form

  For questions regarding the program, please email: Desiree Sanabria at volunteer.coordinator@amoshealth.org.   At AMOS, we want everyone interested in being a part of this team to be able to participate. Talk with us about ways you can find funding for your trip. amy correll       boy