Global Partners provides teacher workshops to organizations and schools in communities with limited resources. Topics focus on fundamental skills including early literacy, reading, math and classroom management.
Why this matters: Children who do not achieve reading and literacy skills in primary school will have lower educational and economic developmental opportunities in their future.
Global Partners provides comprehensive eye exams and glasses to immigrant and indigenous populations with limited or no access to vision services.
Why this matters: There is a shortage of trained eye doctors in Central America, making it difficult for many individuals—especially those living in remote areas or in poverty situations—to receive eye care.
Global Partners volunteers provide education, exams and early treatment of cervical cancer along with education on self-breast exams to women in underserved areas. They also train local providers in early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.
Why this matters: Lack of effective prevention and detection programs in low-resource countries contributes to breast cancer being detected at more advanced stages, with lower survival rates.
In November 2019, an exploratory team traveled to four cities and met with a variety of organizations in Guatemala. They found promising opportunities for partnerships and the development of initiatives in the region. Discussions for sending a small pilot team in 2020 are underway.
If you are interested in volunteering on a trip to Central America, please fill out this volunteer form.
Frequently asked questions
How much do trips to Central America cost?
Trips to Central America typically cost between $1,850-$2,100 which includes flight, hotel, breakfast, transportation, interpreters and other team expenses. Other potential expenses include medication/vaccinations, passport fees and some meals. Gundersen employees may apply for a Global Partners grant for up to $500 in trip costs.
Do volunteers need to have a medical background?
No, volunteers do not need to have a medical background; volunteers from a variety of backgrounds are needed. Please complete a volunteer form to describe your interest and a member of the Global Partners team will follow up with you to discuss opportunities.
Does Gundersen provide time off for my trip?
You may choose to take PTO or unpaid time off; you will need to make arrangements with your manager. Gundersen medical staff may also use CME time, but not CME money.
For more information on specific trip details, please refer to our Central America Volunteer Info document.