Yale Service Program to León, Nicaragua 2013

Project Descriptions

To assist the community of Trohilo, we are planning to set up groups which will be participating in a variety of projects, based on the community needs and our volunteers’ talents and expertise. We can also customize a project for volunteers with specialized skills they would like to share. Our target groups are as listed below. Find an area that interests you and sign up!

Medical and Public Health 

Nurses, physicians, physician assistants, dentists and pharmacists are needed to provide clinical and diagnostic services to communities which have limited access to medical care. Medical specialties in demand include all Primary Care, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Dermatology, Nephrology, and Ophthalmology. We also need bilingual volunteers who are interested in serving as interpreters for the medical team. The medical team will focus on the following projects:

Primary Care and Women’s health
Maternal and Child Health
Acute and chronic illness
Physical exams
Skin, eye, and orthopedic problems
Respiratory infections and asthma
HBP, DM, cardiovascular
Mental Health and Domestic Violence
Public Health

Arts and Education 

The arts and education group will work with 280 students in pre-K through 6th grade in the schools of Trohilo. Volunteers will offer tutoring and workshops for both children and teachers in a variety of subjects including crafts, visual art, English, math, computers, music and dance.  

In the past, our YASC volunteers have made drums with the children. They have also taught musical lessons on the recorder and the piano (on a portable keyboard). Murals painting, jewelry making, and a wide variety of other arts and crafts activities have also been enjoyable activities. The specific design of the educational program will depend on the skills and interests of volunteers who participate in this project.

Construction and Water Filters

Volunteers will work alongside our local partner CEPAD and community members to build soccer goals, a library, tables for the school and potentially renovating existing community buildings. The construction team will also assemble and help install water filters for individual houses. We completed 100 of these installations last year and we hope to do the same this year. These filters are critical to provide clean water and improved health for these families. 

Small Business Consulting

We will be looking for volunteers with a background in marketing, accounting, design, asset building, or related fields will have the opportunity to work with adults who are eager to learn small business management skills. Our business volunteers will teach local clients strategies to manage their finances and work competitively at selling their goods and services in the local marketplace. Clients in this program represent producers of agricultural products and finished goods like jellies. We are currently evaluating the needs of the community we are visiting and the scope of the business consulting project has not yet been determined. 

Athletics

Sports enthusiasts are encouraged to join our talented alumni to participate in soccer, baseball clinics and boxing lessons. The volunteers will be conducting exciting sports camps for children and teens at the existing sports field right next to the school and clinic. The community is very interested in learning specific skills in these sports to better improve themselves.