Partner Organization:  Cre- Ser Foundation

Location:  San Juan,  Argentina

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Students must be flexible.  Date will be determind in coordination with the Foundation.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Strong proficiency in Spanish required
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  None
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements: None
  • Other:  Interest in medicine, public health and healthcare settings preferable but not necessary.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment: 

(The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • Teaching and Working with Children Workshop
  • Self Defense

Site Description:  

This is a new ISSLP site for 2017. ISSLP students will have the opportunity to work with two organizations in San Juan. The first one is Manos Abiertas, which serves, promotes and dignifies those in need by improving their quality of life and easing situations of poverty, pain and suffering of shortages.  Inspired by the contemporary examples of solidarity of St. Alberto Hurtado and St. Teresa of Calcutta, and nurtured in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Manos Abiertas manifests love "more with gestures than words."

ISSLP students will have also the opportunity to work at the Center for Prevention of Child Malnutrition and Human Promotion  (CONIN), which is an organization that aims to eradicate child malnutrition in Argentina. CONIN envisions "a country with equal opportunities where everyone can deploy their genetic potential and freely choose the way to go."  The successful model of this organization is based on an integrated approach to tackle the social problems that give rise to extreme poverty and malnutrition. All programs developed in CONIN seek to strengthen protective factors and provide strategies to minimize or eliminate those risk factors in the child's household. CONIN works with approximately 300 children age 0 to 5, their mothers and pregnant women (regardless if they have other children).  Women are offered educational activities that promote healthy lifestyles and parenting skills to foster a culture of protection of children's rights.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival.   

At Manos Abiertas, students will have the opportunity to work in “Casa de la Bondad”, which is a hospice that provides comprehensive palliative care to terminally ill patients, disadvantaged patients and/or patients without family support. It also provides social and psychological assistance to the patient's family. At CONIN, ISSLP students will be assisting some of the professionals in the nutritional programs and also participating in additional programs in the Rawson Hospital and the Hospital Marcial Quiroga.

Two students from the Universidad Católica de Cuyo and two students from the Universidad Católica de Argentina will join the ISSLP students in their daily activities for one week during the summer. ISSLP students will also be invited to participate in lectures within the Universidad Catolica de Cuyo to interact with other university students and to deepen their understanding of socio-economic and educational context of Argentina.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students live with host families arranged by the Cre- Ser Foundation.

For More Information:

Fundación “Manos Abiertas”:
Universidad Católica de Cuyo:
Universidad Católica de Argentina:
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