Some years ago, the staff at Hospital Adventista de Valle de Angeles started a clinic in the capital city of Tegucigalpa to bolster their income and attract patients to our rural hospital.  This clinic was recently moved, expanded and is now attracting community doctors to work there in its various services.  It has become a major part of our health services in the country and holds the potential for becoming a major revenue center. Patient count remains low at the hospital, though the administration is now launching some new initiatives. Joel and Jennifer Mundall continue to anchor this institution while also helping in the city clinic.

 

Hospital Description

Setting:  Rural town in a valley of pine trees (30 minutes outside the capital city - Tegucigalpa - which has a population of 1 million)

Number of Patient Beds:  24
Bed Occupancy Rate:  30%
Outpatients Seen Per/day:  20
Departments/Specialties:  General Surgery, OB, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Dentistry, Psychiatry, Plastic Surgery, Psychology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine
Typical Cases:  Respiratory infections, diarrhea, high blood pressure, diabetes, trauma, gastrointestinal problems, alcohol abuse, surgical patients
Languages Spoken:  Spanish
Language/fluency requirements:  Spanish fluency not required but very helpful
Additional volunteer opportunities:  Special music or presentations at local church; Assist at elementary school or with Pathfinders clubs; Teach English; Visit orphanage; Work with community health projects; Assist with hospital maintenance; IT; Biomed; etc. as able

Note:  Maximum 4 students at a time

Trip Logistics

Recommended Airport:  Toncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa (TGU)
Visa requirements for U.S. citizen:  None, unless staying for longer than 3 months - If so, arrangements are made once volunteer is in country
Transport from Airport Provided:  Yes
Transportation costs:  $35/trip
Time for Airport to Hospital: 45 minutes
Type of Student Housing:  Guest housing double/triple rooms
Cost of Housing/night:  flat $25/person/day ($10/day extra if requesting private room)
Meal Plan:  Cafeteria (vegetarian)
Additional fees:  $40 airport tax upon departure
Recommended months to visit:  Year-round

Click here for the site's volunteer handbook

Website:  www.havahn.org (Spanish)
www.havahn.org/English (English)

Country/travel information and entry requirements: travel.state.gov/honduras