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:  

ISSLP students will have the opportunity to work with four organizations in San Juan.

The Center for Prevention of Child Malnutrition and Human Promotion  (CONIN), 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.

La Casa de la Bondad is a hospice that provides comprehensive palliative care to terminally ill patients, disadvantaged patients and/or patients without family support. ISSLP students can schedule few hours per week to work at the hospice. La Casa is supported by Manos Abiertas, which is an organization that 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."

Students can also work at Casa SAHNI, which is an organization that provides housing for economically disadvantaged mothers and children while they receive treatment at the hospital. Mothers and their children are provided with rooms, daily meals, and living spaces to feel at home.

Finally, Casa FundaMe is the fourth organization where the students can work at during their time in San Juan. FundaMe supports children affected by cancer and hemophilia and their families.  

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.   

In 2017, ISSLP students divided their time between the four organizations. At CONIN, students helped with the outreach activities at the newly opened office in San Juan. They organized presentations for the community on Conin’s mission, and worked with the pediatrician, nutritionist, and social worker helping them with basic tasks. Students also put on educational talks for mothers in the community on different topics, such as maternal lactation. At La Casa de la Bondad, students were in charge of preparing breakfast and assisted patients eating their meals. Twice a month the students worked at Ferias Americanas to fundraise for La Casa.  At FundaMe, students spent few mornings during the week talking and playing with children in the hospital, and visited with patients who were hospitalized. Finally, at casa SAHNI, ISSLP students helped with household chores and garden work.

For 2018, it is expected that the students spend most of the time in Conin in San Juan. There will be room for scheduling some hours during the week to work in the other organizations depending on the need of the organizations and the interest of the students.  

Housing & Lodging Information:

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

For More Information:

Fundación “Manos Abiertas”:
Fundación FundaMe:

Former ISSLP Participants:

Christina Murphy’18 (ISSLP 2017)
Brett Whalen’18 (ISSLP 2017)


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