Partner Organization:  Una Nueva Esperanza, Asociación para niños con cáncer

Location:  Puebla, México

Number of Students: 2 students

Dates:  Flexible but must also factor availability and schedule of site mentor.

In person opportunities summer 2021: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2021: Yes

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Proficiency in Spanish required
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  Interest in cancer research, public health and healthcare necessary
  • Major Requirement:  Open to ALPP or SCPP pre-med, biology, science majors, or healthcare related majors. 
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements: None
  • Other: None

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)

  • Ethical Issues in Medical Context
  • Red Cross Certification
  • Self Defense

Site Description:  

See the official Una Nueva Esperanza web page.

Una Nueva Esperanza is a non-profit organization located in Puebla – México that favors the socioeconomic conditions of low-income children and Young people diagnosed with cancer, through comprehensive support and accompaniment during their treatment to increase their life expectancy.

The organization has five areas of work. First, oncological medical services that include a pharmacy, chemotherapy unit and support for treatment. Una Nueva Esperanza also provides support with lodging, food and transportation to children and their families. Psychological and emotional support, as well as education on wellness and nutrition, are services offered to children and the families affected by cancer. Finally, the organization has professionals dedicated to the education and entertainment of children while in treatment.

The Center for Cancer Research (CIO for its initials in Spanish) is a growing and central part of the work of Una Nueva Esperanza. It was created in 2015 in a joint effort between the organization and the Universidad Popular Autonoma de Puebla (UPAEP). The objective of the CIO is to create research areas to advance in the knowledge of the illness in the local population, and that in the long term will translate into the improvement of quality of life and life expectancy of children diagnosed with Cancer.

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/engagement.   

This site can be in person and/or virtual for summer 2021.

Scope of work in person:

Under the supervision of the CIO Director and lab Coordinator, one student will support a research project on non-coding RNAs in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The assigned tasks may include (but not limited to): analysis of lab results, literature review and support on basic lab procedures. A second student will work at the oral medicine unit of Una Nueva Esperanza. The main project consists on compiling information and producing a report about the work that this unit has done during the last two years working with children affected by cancer.

Scope of work virtual:

Students interested in Bioinformatics and computational biology, will have the opportunity to support remotely the ongoing CIO research projects. Some of the anticipated tasks will be literature review and data analysis from the samples and research done at the CIO.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students have separate rooms while living with a host family.  Students are expected to be a respectful guest, to obey house rules, and to conduct themselves appropriately as one would living with any family. 

Breakfast and dinner, Monday through Friday, are provided by the host family.  It may be possible for the home stay to accommodate a vegetarian diet. Students are responsible for lunch during weekdays and their own meals on weekends.

For More Information:

Visit the official Una Nueva Esperanza website or the Center for Cancer Research (CIO).

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.       


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