From:     Providence Health International

Date:      May 15, 2017

RE:         2017 Fall Volunteer Opportunities for Emergency Obstetrics Training Team

Providence Health International (PHI) is recruiting volunteer team members for two, one week-long clinical training missions on emergency obstetrics to Chicaman, Guatemala. These trainings are the continuation of a new area of work for PHI in health systems strengthening that reinforces the clinical skills and knowledge of Guatemalan clinicians in Chicaman, Guatemala. Providence is partnering with Medical Teams International (MTI) for this initiative.



Training Workshop on Emergency Obstetrics in Chicaman, Guatemala

A team of four clinical volunteers will deliver five days of didactic and practical training on Emergency Obstetrics to eight Guatemalan doctors and nurses who work in the clinics and hospital in Chicaman, Guatemala. Those eight Guatemalan clinicians will then provide these trainings to their clinical staff. The same clinicians have already received and replicated trainings from Providence volunteers this past Spring in the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI). Follow this link if you would like to read about those trainings.


We are seeking the below clinical specialists with extensive OB emergency experience and Spanish fluency:

  • Family Medicine Physicians
  • Nurse Midwives
  • OB Nurse Practitioners
  • Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialists or Educators


·         Providence/Providence-affiliated caregiver

·         Ample clinical training experience

·         Flexible, adaptable under challenging circumstances, good sense of humor, comfortable in cross cultural settings

·         Willingness/availability to prepare sessions (during the months prior to workshop) based on curriculum and agenda provided by our in country partner

·         Previous volunteer experience preferred

·         Some international travel experience

·         Spanish fluency required. NOTE: teams will teach in Spanish, as well as use curriculum material in Spanish to prepare lessons, so a comfortable level (perfection NOT required) of Spanish fluency is needed.


1)      Module/Team I, Emergency Obstetrics: September 23-October 1, 2017.

2)      Module/Team II, Emergency Obstetrics: October 21-29, 2017.

IV. PTO and TRIP COST: Accepted volunteers will be required to use their own time (paid time off). All trip expenses (flight and in-country) are funded by Providence.


Volunteers will participate in a half day curriculum face-to-face meeting, as well as participate by phone or Lync in 2 trip orientations and a post-trip debrief.

 1)      TEAMS I and II (separately)- Mid June- Orientation #1-Curriculum Face to Face Meetings plus Trip Overview. Once we have all of our team members recruited for both Teams I and II (September and October Teams), we will schedule a half day face to face working session for those in close enough geographic proximity. We will include those on Lync who are unable to participate in person.

2)      TEAMS I and II together- Week of July 24th- Orientation #2- Lync Call- Introduce Teams I and II, Touch base on curriculum development and describe what our week in Guatemala will look like.

 3)      TEAM I- Week of September 11th- Final Orientation - Cover final details and last minute questions

 4)      TEAM II- Week of October 9th- Final Orientation- Cover final details and last minute questions


 As People of Providence, our work in Guatemala extends our Mission beyond our region and our nation, offering us the opportunity to care for the poor and vulnerable outside of our own borders. Please submit your application as soon as you can. Complete your application here by May 30th for this mission opportunity. Service, medical and surgical team alumni are encouraged to apply.


For additional information, please contact Training Teams Program Manager Carrie Schonwald, at carrie.schonwald@providence.org or 425-525-6425.