Make a difference through community healthcare

Where to: San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala

When: from Jan 2020

Duration: 6-8 weeks

Spanish level: Minimum of GCSE level (or equivalent)

Application deadline: 30 April 2020

Our next Information Day will be held in the Reading office on Friday 11th October 2019

Further Information Days:

Tuesday 19th November 2019

Thursday 24th January 2020


Project outline

Ami San Lucas  is a Christian project based in San Juan La Laguna, in the West of Guatemala. They work in San Juan and also in the surrounding communities, undertaking community development with a focus on integral mission. They accompany local churches and communities, offering two main programmes:

1. Community health
2. Risk management and climate change

Their mission is to be instruments of God to accompany and impact communities; their vision is to be recognised for their technical and moral excellence in community development.

There is a well-established clinic in San Juan, where our previous medical students have served alongside the doctor. The clinic sees patients every morning - there is a doctor there, as well as several nurses and midwives in attendance. They also have an on-site pharmacy from which they can often give medication at subsidized prices to those without resources, as well as a labour ward, and a small operating theatre. 

In addition to running the clinic, Ami San Lucas also organise regular medical campaigns in the villages around the area. They take a team of health professionals to visit those in need, and also do health promotion work. Previous Striders have helped in these campaigns.


You'll be placed with a Latin American host family, which is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture. Latin Americans are very hospitable so you'll most likely become a real part of the family!

You will have everything you need, but expect fairly basic and cosy accommodation as placements are often in areas/communities of need


We think it is of utmost importance to prepare our volunteers well and so hold a compulsory Orientation for all those wishing to serve in Latin America. 
It is a residential Orientation weekend (Friday-Sunday) so food and accommodation will be provided and the cost covered by your launch costs - all you need to do is get there!

Orientation for 2019 will be held just outside Reading from 21st - 23rd June.

How much does it cost?

All placements are self-funded. The total cost of your placement will depend on a number of factors (where you're going/ how long for) but below is an overview of how costs are calculated:

Paid to
Launch costs Latin Link Application process, DBS, health checks and advice, residential Orientation, debriefing, fundraising support  £1100
Monthly contribution Latin Link Insurance, mentoring, supervision, placement set-up, team days and conference

£175/ month 

(£350 for 2 months)

Flights Travel agent Flexible return flight ~£700
Living costs In country Food, accommodation, transport, communication etc.


(~£1000 for 2 months)

How to apply

To apply for a Medical Elective you need to complete a Stride Application form AND a Supplementary Information form.
Click on the links below to download the forms. Complete them, save them to your computer and email them as  attachments to [email protected]

  Stride Application Form    Supplementary Information