All Inclusive Program Team #BAJA1231AIP8

COUNTRY: Mexico: Baja

ARRIVAL: December 31, 2017
DEPARTURE: January 7, 2018
DURATION: 8 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: Phoenix, AZ
DEPARTURE CITY: Phoenix, AZ
COST: $1515
This is an All Inclusive Team and covers all food and recreation. Volunteers will be working with local health agencies to provide much needed health services in one of three ISL partner communities in and around Puerto Peñasco. They will also have the opportunity to explore the colorful Mexican culture and spicy cuisine and enjoy the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

All Inclusive Program/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.


Mexico: Baja

ISL’s Baja Mexico program is an on-going humanitarian project that takes place in Puerto Peñasco, situated along the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Though Puerto Peñasco is a safe tourist area, due to high unemployment and high numbers of newly deported nationals struggling to get home, it also houses a very large underserved community. We work with global health agencies, local health ministries, and other NGOs to build capacity in needy communities. Volunteers are able to gain valuable experience regardless of team size, participating in community clinics and working in institutional and community health contexts.


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

Saul Veladiz Mexico Assistant Team Leader
Saul Veladiz
Assistant Team Leader

Saul Veladiz is a native of Mexico who was raised in Phoenix, AZ. He is now an entrepreneur and small business owner in Puerto Penasco. This allows him the flexibility of being available to ISL teams as needed. Saul’s positive and outgoing personality, hard work ethic, and love of helping people any way he can makes him a favorite of ISL volunteers.

Ruben Escobido Mexico Assistant Team Leader
Ruben Escobido
Assistant Team Leader

Ruben Escobedo is a native of Mexico, who specializes in sustainable desert agricultural practices. When not helping ISL teams, he works at Livingstones Christian Community Center as a teacher and assistant administrator. He enjoys working with people of all ages.

Dr. Eliel Lopez Mexico Medical Director
Dr. Eliel Lopez
Medical Director

Dr. Eliel Lopez is a native of Mexico and is also the Health Services Coordinator for one of the primary governmental health agencies in the area. He’s been a doctor in Puerto Penasco since 1989. ISL is pleased and honored to have him on the team. He is very passionate about his work and loves teaching ISL volunteers.

Maricela Moad Administrative Assistant Mexico
Maricela Moad
Administrative Assistant

Maricela is a native of Mexico. Besides her job as administrative assistant, she loves helping out on teams as needed. She is very organized and is a great asset for ISL. When she is not working, she enjoys exercising, cooking, reading, and tanning at the beach.

Michael Brinbaum
Michael Birnbaum
Mexico Country Coordinator

Michael is the founder of ISL and, among other duties, he serves as a New Programs Organizer, including the ISL Baja Program. In setting up the Baja Program he has implemented the first “full-time-come-anytime” ISL location. Michael enjoys living in the neighborhood ISL serves, with the people they serve. He also enjoys visiting his grown sons and their families in Washington State as often as… Read more

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.

Itinerary

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Baja Mexico – 8 days

This sample itinerary is subject to change

 

Goal: To learn about global health issues, provide acute care to populations with little or no access, experience Mexican culture, and gain perspective on the global landscape.

 

Day 1

 

Afternoon/evening: Meet ISL staff at the airport in Phoenix, Arizona and drive across the border into Mexico; arrive in Puerto Penasco to meet the rest of the staff and have dinner; settle into housing.

Each team member has a bed in a double room with a private bathroom. Hot water, Internet access and beautiful and peaceful gardens and ocean view are some of the plus volunteers can find here.

Dinner provided by ISL

 

Day 2

 

Morning:  “Welcome to Baja” Orientation; Spanish Class

Afternoon: Professional Orientation (practice taking vital signs and patient histories, patient examination, house visits, community triage).

Evening: Latin Dance Class; Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided by ISL

 

Day 3

 

Morning: House Visits in Community #1 a rural community located 30 minutes from the hotel.  (Team splits into small groups and visits homes in an ISL partner community letting them know that we are providing free health care, assessing living conditions and selecting people with acute problems that can be treated in our clinics. Common acute health concerns include lice, scabies, intestinal parasites, diarrhea, and acute childhood illnesses. This will allow volunteers to also correlate lifestyle with disease.)

Afternoon: Share with the community (volunteers will prepare activities to perform with children).

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided by ISL

 

 

 

Day 4

 

Morning/Afternoon: Set up field clinic. Clinic in community #1 (volunteers work in small groups and rotate performing patient interviews, taking vitals, and helping in the pharmacy. They will also have the opportunity to observe the examination/diagnosis/treatment process where appropriate under the supervision of a local professional). Suture Class.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided by ISL

 

Day 5

 

Morning/Afternoon: Continue clinics in community #1. Injection Class.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided by ISL

 

Day 6

 

Morning: Visit the health clinic. Assist with activities such as grooming, give a dental care talk, prepare an exercise session, taking vital signs.

Afternoon: Tour Puerto Penasco City. There will be an opportunity to purchase local crafts and souvenirs.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided by ISL

 

Day 7

 

Recreation Day. Sea of Cortez 

Website: Puerto PenascoSea of Cortez

 

Basic recreational options included in cost of trip:

Tide pool exploration, in-shore snorkeling, marine science center visits/presentations, beach time, swimming, souvenir shopping and whale watching (seasonal).

 

Day 8

 

Depart

Breakfast provided by ISL.

 

 

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