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Program Volunteer Roles


Compañeros En Salud (CES) is an affiliate of Partners In Health in Chiapas, Mexico. The organization’s mission is to build a primary health care model of excellence in rural Mexico. To learn more about the organization and its mission, as well as the location and living conditions of our site please visit The PIH website offers additional context at:

CES strives to create volunteer positions that serve the organization’s mission and priorities as well as provide a substantive learning experience. The volunteer roles are based in Chiapas, Mexico, and contribute to key service and research functions of the organization.

These roles are ideal for a recent college graduate exploring global health, medical or graduate student taking a gap year, or a mid-career professional interested in exploring a global health career.  The volunteer roles are not clinical in nature.

All applicants should have high proficiency in Spanish, and be able to confidently carry out work conversations exclusively in Spanish. CES also looks for applicants who have a demonstrated ability to adapt to rural conditions, such as candidates who have lived in a resource-poor or rural area previously or who have participated in wilderness or camping activities.

Support to Volunteer

CES is able in most cases to provide housing and any work-related transport once on site. CES is NOT able to defray the cost of flights to Chiapas or to provide stipends to volunteers. If you plan to apply for travel or financial support from your university, workplace, or another institution, we will collaborate with you by providing any necessary letters or site paperwork.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please include any time constraints related to fellowship applications in your application.

Organizational Profile

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change. 

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.

Position: Secondary and Tertiary Care Program Intern
Reports to:
 Executive Director

Overall Responsibilities

CES’ Secondary and Tertiary Care Program Volunteer will focus on providing access to secondary and tertiary clinical services for patients living in low-resource communities. The Secondary and Tertiary Care Program Volunteer will assist the program’s director in integrating the new surgical program as part of the organization’s secondary and tertiary care umbrellas. S/he will work primarily within the fields of logistics, monitoring and evaluation, research, and peace practice/conflict resolution. S/he will help with transcribing interviews, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and helping in the creation of secondary/ tertiary care programs. This position will lead/organize the logistics of infrastructure development for the newly implemented surgical program. One key aspect of this position is to build relationships with between CES and local community hospital. The volunteer will have the opportunity to assist the Secondary and Tertiary Care Director in creating research projects with the goal of monitoring, improving the quality and innovation of services. The role will be based in office setting with access to visit rural maternal birthing center and local basic community hospital on a regular basis.  This position is ideal for a candidate with an interest in global surgery, global health program evaluation, and improving hospital care access. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Analyze, interpret, and present surgical datasets on a monthly basis.
  • Conduct literature review of ongoing global secondary and tertiary programs and review Mexico’s national surgical data.
  • Develop instruments to monitor and evaluate the global surgery program.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data of ongoing research.
  • Develop surgical protocols to implement in a hospital setting
  • Develop curriculum of surgical and quality improvement topics to be taught to hospital staff
  • Manage relationship with hospital leadership and staff
  • Help recruit and support CES surgeons, anesthesiologists, and gynecologists working at the hospital


  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to problem-solve as part of a team and with limited resources.
  • Proactive and collaborative work style.
  • Spanish fluency or high proficiency.
  • Well-developed organizational skills.
  • Fluency with Excel; interest in learning and mastering new data systems and techniques.
  • Preferred experience with SPSS, STATA, QGIS or other statistical analysis program.
  • Research experience both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Experience in a low-resource or rural setting strongly preferred.

Application Instructions

Please include a resume or CV AND cover letter in order to be considered. In your cover letter, please detail your previous relevant experience as well as details about your Spanish language proficiency.

Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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