Socios En Salud
Location: Lima and Carabayllo, Peru
Duration: 8 – 10 weeks
Housing: In intern housing owned by the host organization in Lima
Socios En Salud (SES), a sister organization of Partners in Health since 1994, has been treating disease and training community members to provide prevention and care for their neighbors in the shantytowns around Lima. Based in the northern Lima town of Carabayllo, SES is one of Peru’s largest non-governmental healthcare organization, serving an estimated population of 700,000 inhabitants, many of whom have fled from poverty and political violence in Peru’s countryside. As a valued partner to Peru's Ministry of Health, SES has also had an impact on national policies for prevention and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV and provides important training and support to help implement those policies nationwide.
While supporting national programs to combat TB and HIV, SES has maintained and expanded a wide range of primary care and social support services in the shantytowns of Lima. SES has recently built a Cultural Center in Carabayllo to serve the youth and families of the community. SES will place two Mount Holyoke students to develop programming that will include fostering creativity in the music and the arts; designing and delivering workshops on nutrition and other health-related topics; and providing training in the area of technology. The project will require community participation (such as working with the Center’s youth volunteers) to facilitate the continuity, evaluation and growth of the program. While the interns will work under the supervision of an SES mentor, they will be expected to work independently and creatively in developing a program of workshops and activities that will become the foundation for programming at the Cultural Center. At the conclusion of the internship, the interns will be expected to conduct an assessment of their program and make recommendations for improvement.
Students will live in Lima in housing own by SES. SES will provide transportation to the community of Carabayllo (about 1 hour by car each way).
Requirements: fluency in Spanish is required; experience working with community-based organizations and a background in developing educational programming preferred.
Current as of Summer 2013.