Physical Therapy Team #BAJA610PT7

COUNTRY: Mexico: Baja

ARRIVAL: June 10, 2018
DEPARTURE: June 16, 2018
COST: $1395

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

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.

Physical Therapy Teams

ISL’s Physical Therapy teams are hands on and highly specialized.  Volunteers learn methods of restoring functional movement, perform orthopedic massage, and learn to assess and evaluate soft tissue manually, without the aid of x-ray and MRI testing, an excellent triage method for determining the site and extent of an injury when high tech equipment is not available.

Our Physical Therapy teams work in institutions for the disabled, nursing homes, and in field clinics, assessing patient needs, providing relief from pain, and offering education and insight.  Physical therapy volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to not only observe physical therapist in action, but to actively assist with important aspects of physical therapy treatment.

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, drinking water, instruction by licensed physical therapists, medications and supplies, and tours and basic recreation.

What to Bring

You will need scrubs, donations of medications (optional), goniometer, massage lotion, exam gloves, pump bottles of Biofreeze (optional), gait belt (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, 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

You will need scrubs, donations of medications (optional), goniometer, massage lotion, exam gloves, pump bottles of Biofreeze (optional), gait belt (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.



Sample Physical Therapy Itinerary



Important Program Note:  Teams will participate in some of the following global health/physical therapy activities: Hospital tours, home visits, institutional assignments, community clinics and health screenings stations, assisting at the  Centro de Salud, DIF – rehabilitation center and school screenings/health education sessions. Therefore, time periods noted as “Physical Therapy Activities” may refer to any of the above, to be determined based on volunteer expertise level and needs of our community at the time.


Optional Activities: Additional service work can be offered midway through program.


Day 1:  Travel day from airport; arrive in Puerto Penasco in early evening for Mexican dinner, donations processing, and cultural seminar; group reflection


Day 2: Medical Spanish and Public Health Surveying Seminar; Basic Medical/Physical Therapy Training Seminar.  Tour of Puerto Penasco.  Afternoon intro to Health Field Work.


Day 3:  Physical Therapy activities; Border Health Seminar, free time, medical/physical therapy/public health skills practice.


Day 4:  Physical Therapy activities; late afternoon Hippotherapy; group reflection


Day 5:  Physical Therapy activities; late afternoon Desert Medical Plants Seminar;

dinner and shopping at El Malecon (waterfront); group reflection


Day 6:  Clinic with full medical staff sharing with the community—Piñata time!

Recreation or optional additional community service time; sunset cruise ($15 per person); group reflection


Day 7: Depart