IIP Placements in Bolivia
Bridges to Prosperity
Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Bridges to Prosperity provides isolated communities with access to essential healthcare, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassible rivers. By working within the local context and training local technicians, their programs aim to develop locally appropriate designs, which can be economically and safely replicated. The ideal candidates for this internship would have experience working in rural areas of the developing world and experience in basic construction and masonry skills. The interns will be expected to train and work on a cable-suspended bridge project, approximately 60 meters in span. The project will be under the guidance and, when necessary, supervision of the Bridges to Prosperity Program Manager. Candidates with an academic background in Civil Engineering are encouraged to apply. Interns should be prepared to live and work in a rural area, lacking electricity and running potable water. Basic speaking capabilities in Spanish are strongly desired. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Child Family Health International (CFHI)
Location: La Paz and Tarija, Bolivia
CFHI provides service learning in international health for medical and pre-medical students. Students wishing to learn about health care systems in other countries, especially among underserved communities, will find the clinical rotation programs of particular interest. Interns work alongside local physicians and explore primary care, rural health, and traditional medicine. IIP placements are available in Mexico as part of the Cultural Crossroads in Health theme, and in Bolivia, focused on pediatric health. Rotation schedules will be sent to the selected IIP interns prior to arrival. Good knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Note: The CFHI program fee, which covers accommodations, meals, orientation, etc., will be covered by the IIP in its entirety. IIP interns are responsible for their airfare. Extensive program details are available in the Office of International Programs. Please make an appointment.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: Shadowed doctors in various hospitals and clinics; Performed basic check-ups and assessments of patients; Assisted in a surgery and a birth. Intern 2: In my first month in La Paz, I worked alongside a doctor every morning until lunch time. Due to our clinical rotations schedule, I was able to work with a different specializing doctor every week, so while I was in La Paz I worked with a general surgeon, general care doctor, oncologist, and nephrologist. In the afternoons, I took medical Spanish classes. During my second month in Tarija, a city in southern Bolivia, I also worked in a weekly clinical rotations schedule. Here, I explored primary care and Chagas disease research. I had a similar work schedule here in that I worked in the clinic only until lunch time, and then after lunch I volunteered at a children's care center until it was time for dinner. Intern 3: Shadowing doctors in hospitals and clinics; Disseminating health information at a health fair; Attending weekly lectures about a topic in healthcare; Volunteering at a children's home in the afternoons. Intern 4: La Paz (July—4 weeks): Hospital rotations 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday; Weekly presentations from doctors ; Rotatations at various pediatric clinics and hospitals. Tarija (August—4 weeks): Hospital rotations 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday; Clinical rotations at primary and secondary level clinics (rural and community health); Volunteer 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.