WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
Primary Care Centres are the first level of access for disadvantaged people in poor
neighbourhoods and are strategically located within these neighbourhoods to be closer
to the people. They are also the first place to go to when you have a health problem
and need professional assistance. You'll help these community members to improve
their health and search for more efficient ways of preventing diseases.
In Primary Care Centres they have family doctors, paediatricians, nurses, psychologists,
dentists and social workers, as well as other specialties.
You’ll shadow doctors and nurses in their daily activities as they work with patients,
including taking vitals, treating injuries and interacting with patients. You may
also be asked to perform other duties when needed, such as assisting with document
translations and helping to categorise medications that have been donated to the
The local doctors and nurses will assist you to gain knowledge about the practice
of medicine in poor communities and neighbourhoods, as well as providing you with
a practical perspective regarding the needs and concerns of the people who attend
the Health Centre. Here you'll have a real opportunity to exchange information,
questions and answers with patients and doctors and get to know a real community
and its daily struggles.
In turn, the medical staff have commented on the value of learning from you - "We
learn from their experience and knowledge [including] different ways of communicating
with patients and professional staff."
You'll work an average of 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday, leaving you enough
time to explore beautiful Buenos Aires!
WHO CAN APPLY?
Applicants should be able to meet the following criteria:
- Be over 18 years of age.
- Previous experience or advanced studies in the health area required.
- Be able to hold a conversation in Spanish (Intermediate to advanced level) as the
doctors and patients do not speak English
- Be able to stay for a minimum of 8 weeks in order to really get familiar with the
Centre and its work.
- You should also be outgoing, sociable and very able to use your own initiative.