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Program Volunteer Roles, 2019-2020


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. Start Date: June 2019 End Date: June 2020

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, Russia, 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:             Maternal Health Program, Community Health Volunteer

Reports to:         Maternal Health Program Coordinator


The project is centered around the quality improvement of the obstetrics services delivered in a rural maternity center and hospital. This is supported by the implementation of monthly courses and supervision on site for providers,  the WHO’s Safe Childbirth Checklist and other protocols with the CES team. The CES maternal health team consists of a maternal health coordinator, 7 obstetric nurses in training, 1 general nurse in training, and 1 perinatal nurse, various global health clinical fellows, as well as a number of community health workers and traditional midwives in the different communities in which CES operates. Do to the nature of this position, we require a one year commitment.

Specific Responsibilities

Community activities:

  • Maternal Health Community Health Workers: training, supervision and drafting of training sessions
  • Family Planning Program: training of health care providers and communities, follow up of program in the clinics
  • Standardization of pre-natal care visits and of postpartum period in the clinics: follow-up and standardization of tools
  • Supervise transport support system for pregnant women travelling from the communities to the hospital or casa materna (birthing center)
  • Training and follow up of Maternal health community committee
  • Women’s Health Topics for general population
  • Build personal/professional relationships with the traditional midwifes
  • Spend 2 to 3 weeks of each month in remote, rural CES communities implementing educational programs for traditional midwifes, community health workers, and maternal health patients.
  • Liaison with other maternal health team members: coordinator, perinatal nurse, , research volunteer, M+E volunteer, community health workers volunteer, social service obstetric nurses

General activities:

  • Midwife training program at community and hospital level
  • Awareness program for health care providers at hospital regarding respectful, safe, and intercultural birth experiences
  • Provide support for general program monitoring and evaluation: data collection
  • Provide support regarding general topics of maternal health during courses for social services doctors and obstetric nurses
  • General/Logistic support regarding maternal health emergencies
  • Support in multiple maternal health activities


  • Strong or native Spanish skills
  • Fluency with Excel
  • Ability to problem-solve as part of a team and with limited resources
  • Ability to effectively communicate with diverse groups
  • An interest in harnessing data for social justice
  • Time management and ability to work independently
  • Experience in a low-resource or rural setting strongly preferred
  • Women’s health knowledge or research skills and an interest to increase women’s health knowledge

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 (PIH) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee. It is the policy of PIH not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  PIH works in and with a number of governments in and outside the U.S., and to the extent applicable, this statement is intended to incorporate the prohibition of any unlawful discrimination covered by applicable laws in such countries, states and municipalities.  

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