Medical and Public Health Volunteer Opportunity
Interested in working with disadvantaged youth internationally? This is a 2-week opportunity to work side by side with a pediatrician volunteering for a local pediatric non-profit organization called Colombia Somos Todos in Ibague, Colombia. Ibague is 2 hours from Bogota, the capital of Colombia and one of the largest cities in South America. Duties will include taking anthropometric measurements of children ages 7-14 and screening them for basic primary care needs. Part of this opportunity also involves developing and leading public health talks and workshops for children and their parents. Spanish will be helpful but not required as you will be working and living with a UF pediatric resident who is fluent. Dates are May 9-21, 2015.
Meet your Trip Leader
Diana originally hails from Medellin, Colombia but has lived in the States most of her life. She is currently finishing her pediatric residency at the University of Florida and will start her neonatology training this summer. Diana believes in the potential of Colombia to grow as a country and wants nothing more than to invest in its youth. Through this project, she is excited to be able to collaborate with two incredible organizations who are both doing so much to improve the lives of Colombian children.
About the Foundation
THE DREAM OF A COUNTRY
Colombia Somos Todos is a country’s yearning for a place where everyone has the right to dream, to imagine becoming great athletes, scientists, entrepreneurs, professionals, technicians or any other activity that will contribute to personal growth so they can be a positive contribution to society.
Who are we?
A team led by James Rodriguez and his family, integrated by people and organizations willing to support children and youth who are at - risk for not accomplishing their dreams. Since 2011, we have been collaborating with vulnerable families in the city of Ibague, Colombia and have been growing into other zones around the country.
What motivates us?
The innate potential in human beings to develop skills and talent. The capabilities of cooperation and for the well-being of others. The effect in transformation by the enrichment and fortifying of abilities and their resources.
What do we do?
Empower the vital capital, strengthen the biological tools, scaffolding cultural and ecological niches in children and adolescents at risk of frustration of their talents. The vital capital is an asset we all have to become powerful and influential in society.
How do we do it?
Through play and experiential learning; specifically through soccer and pedagogical learning in practice, empowering self-knowledge and fortifying the vital capital.
We are all Colombia
Talent is sprung from the crib. Colombia needs us to work together. We focus in children, adolescents and their families.
You are Colombia
Imagine if we could spark this in as many lives as we can. We can move from being a country worried about the basic needs and survival of its people to one investing in innovation, creativity, and quality of life. A country for all requires that we are all Colombia.