Global Health Team #COL520GH9

COUNTRY: Colombia

ARRIVAL: May 20, 2018
DEPARTURE: June 2, 2018
COST: $1995

Just 2 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Colombia they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Global Health Teams

ISL’s global health teams are interdisciplinary and able to provide a variety of general medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, healthcare management, and nutrition services in developing communities. From urban centers to small towns and villages in remote areas, our teams work in various settings to provide field clinics in which patient needs are assessed and acute conditions are treated.

Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to not only interactively observe health professionals in action, but to actively assist with important aspects of health care under careful supervision. Our holistic approach makes ISL’s global health teams ideal for students of the health professions at all education levels.


Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world and is experiencing economic and cultural transition with its recently found civil peace and growing trade with the U.S.  Urban areas have made great strides in reducing poverty and providing health care, but rural areas are still in great need of health care, education, and development support.

Equatorial Colombia is situated at the meeting place of Central and South America, and is the only country on the continent of South America with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.  Tourists are drawn to Colombia’s clean tropical beaches, lush rain forests, snow-capped Andean mountain peaks and fertile coffee plantations.  ISL teams serve in the heart of rural coffee plantation country in the central cordillera of the Andes, at an elevation of just under 4500 feet, where the yearly average temperature is a pleasant 78 degrees.

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day (all meals on All Inclusive programs), drinking water, instruction by licensed medical professionals, project medications and supplies, tours and basic recreation.

What to Bring

All volunteers will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and *funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

*All Inclusive programs include all meals and recreation, so bring funds only to cover personal spending and departure tax.

Meet the Staff

Glen Galindo - Colombia Country Coordinator
Glen Galindo
Country Coordinator

Glen says working with ISL as a Country Coordinator for Colombia is his dream come true. Glen has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and is a former US Marine Corps officer and director for a logistics support company. He enjoys facilitating safe & fun learning experiences for ISL volunteers and making a difference in the lives of the people of Colombia.

Stiven Lopez
Stiven Lopez
Bilingual Assistant

Stiven is a home-town talent from Chinchina as a gifted artist and actor.  He is a big fan of English music and movies. Within Chinchina, Stiven is known as an up and coming young leader engaged in various civic initiatives, primarily in music and theater. He is particularly excited to have the opportunity to share his beloved Colombia with our visiting volunteers.

Daniel Sterner
Daniel Sterner
Bilingual Assistant

Daniel graduated in Health Services Administration from James Madison University. He then worked for INOVA Health System for two years before coming to Colombia to teach English and master his Spanish. He plans on applying his background in health management as he grows within the ISL Colombia leadership team.  Daniel is an all-around athlete and enjoys sharing his passion for health and travel with ISL volunteers.

Aidee Ospina
Aidee Ospina
Co-Country Coordinator

Aidee grew up in the coffee region of Colombia, where ISL’s sustainable Colombian work sites are located. Her past experience organizing teams of youth and women to solve community challenges throughout Colombia makes her an excellent choice as an ISL Team Leader.

Dr. Ricardo Quintero
Dr. Ricardo Quintero
Medical Educator

Dr. Q is in his second year of rural medicine. He is passionate about providing medical care to Colombian coffee farm communities. He speaks English fluently due to his extensive studies in Australia.

Dr. Jorge Garcia Colombia Faculty
Dr. Jorge Garcia
Medical Educator

Dr. G is a faculty member at the Universidad of Caldas School of Medicine in Colombia, the faculty adviser for the Colombian Student Medical Association, and the founder of a healthcare insurance start-up providing low-cost healthcare services. His passion is teaching and he is responsible for the workshops provided for ISL volunteers. He speaks English fluently and has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.

Dr. Angela Sarria
Dr. Angela Sarria
Medical Educator
Dr. Melissa Gomez1
Dr. Melissa Gomez
Dr. Derick Jiwan - Agriscience Educator
Dr. Derick Jiwan
Agriscience Educator
Jeison Chaparro - Assistant Team Leader
Jeison Chaparro
Assistant Team Leader
Diego Gutierrez - Bilingual Assistant
Diego Gutierrez
Bilingual Assistant
Jaidiber Castano - Bilingual Assistant
Jaidiber Castano
Bilingual Assistant

Activity Information

All volunteers will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and *funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

*All Inclusive programs include all meals and recreation, so bring funds only to cover personal spending and departure tax.


The Colombia pre-health and health teams are general medicine teams and are provided opportunities in the medical, nursing, public health, and pharmaceutical fields.  All medical experience is professionally supervised. Seminars and/or field experiences will be offered in house and village clinics.  Students will receive clinical training, as well as training in traditional medicine, appropriate Spanish, and other subjects of interest as indicated by the team itself.

Typical Daily Itinerary for Health Teams

7:00 am: Wake up and get ready

8:00 am: Eat breakfast at camp

9:00 am: Leave for clinic

10:00 am: Set up clinic and begin work

5:00 pm: Pack up clinic

6:00 pm: Arrive back at camp and eat dinner

7:00 pm: Seminar, suture, movie night, visit orphanage, night out, etc.

10:00 pm: Bedtime

Two Week Health Team Itinerary

Day One: Arrive at Matecaña airport in Pereira and settle in to hotel.

Day Two: Practical and Medical Orientations. Language class. Medical Clinics training (Vitals, Check-ups, Triage).

Day Three: House visits to underserved communities.

Day Four: Medical Clinic.

Day Five: House visits to underserved communities.

Day Six:Medical Clinic.

Day Seven: Horseback riding. Zip Lining and Repelling (optional). Hot Springs and Chorizo dinner.

Day Eight: Coffee Culture Tour.

Day Nine: House visits to underserved communities.

Day Ten: Medical Clinic.

Day Eleven: House visits to underserved communities.

Day Twelve: Medical Clinic. Share with the Community – Children’s English class.

Day Thirteen: Shopping. City Tour. Hospital Tour. Juan Valdez Coffe. Dancing Lessons and Networking session.

Day Fourteen:  Fond farewells and departure for home – let the story telling begin!


  1. This schedule will change due to the difficult logistical conditions of our travel and service sites.  Consider it a rough draft only.

  2. Briefings and debriefing will be held daily when possible.

  3. As per the program outline, students will be responsible for an average of one meal per day.  Students on a budget often have the option of a snack or brown bag with ISL staff, gratis.

  4. The first few days will be more closely scheduled in order to accomplish the many start-up and training tasks required on this expedition.  Once we’re in the field, scheduling necessarily becomes more fluid, depending on circumstances.