Visit Tarija, a tranquil city in southern Bolivia of about 200,000 people. This picturesque region is known as the “Bolivian Andalucia” for its vineyards and Spanish cultural influence. Tarija offers universal health insurance, which can create high demand for services and strains on the system due to lack of personnel and equipment. During this program, interns will come to understand cultural and socioeconomic barriers patients face in accessing healthcare services and witness treatments for pathologies not commonly seen in North America, including parasitosis, tuberculosis, and Chagas. In addition to gaining insight into the local healthcare challenges and systems, interns will focus their efforts around contributing to the efforts of a local educational NGO, EdyFu.
Founded in 1997, EdyFu is a Bolivian non-governmental organization that aims to promote education amongst school-aged children and youth from underprivileged background. The overwhelming majority of the children that use EdyFu’s services come from an extremely disadvantaged and difficult background; many endure domestic violence, alcoholism in the home, sexual abuse, and many are not able to attend school regularly, as they must work to support their families financially.
The center provides them a secure shelter and a safe place for them to study and continue schooling. The organization runs 3 different centers in the city of Tarija and offers various services including: Academic tutoring after school program, free lunch program, academic scholarships, sports and recreation activities, social services and legal advice for parents and children, basic medical referral support, classes in trade jobs like gardening, electricity, or cooking, and store selling community-made arts and crafts.
The organization also runs a temporary housing facility for children who cannot stay home because of domestic violence or other extenuating circumstances. The staff focus on working with these children to address behavioral issues as well as values and self esteem. The lodging is temporary until the organization and government agencies can work and intervene to find a long-term solutions for the family and child in question. Interns on this program will contribute to all regular and ongoing program operations and initiatives including teaching, special activities, etc.
Ideal candidates will have experience in or knowledge of sexual/reproductive health and rights and gender, especially in low-resource settings.
To be determined.
- Academic Fee - $300
International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.
Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:
- Fall Semester: September-December
- Spring Semester: January-April
- Summer Semester: May-August
Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.
Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.
Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then Global Internship Manager Jean Oh will contact you to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.