What you will do
ALAS is in constant need of volunteers to support its cause. Depending on your qualifications, you might want to help us “on the field”, with the administrative and strategies issues, or help us raising funds. That is, if you are a student or a mental health professional, you can help us by visiting destitute families and provide them with therapeutic sessions.
Health care students and professionals:
As a health-oriented NGO, ALAS can offer volunteers with a background in health studies a valuable opportunity to support the care we provide to families with members suffering from mental health disorders. Nurses, doctors, psychiatry residents and fellows would have direct contact with patients and assist in the assessment process, diagnosis, treatment and follow up under the supervision of a local psychiatrist.
The experience in a poor-resources setting along with long-term diseases will push volunteers to develop further their clinical expertise and be creative in terms of finding ways to deliver a good quality service given the circumstances.
Moreover, being in contact with mayan families in extreme poverty will bring back human qualities that the usual clinical training sometimes take away from the physician-patient-family relationship.
Students and professionals in other areas of expertise:
Unlike what is sometimes thought, an NGO works muck like a regular, for-profit company. Whiles our operations are indeed focused on providing mental health care, ALAS also needs to improve its "corporate" organizational structure such as its expansion strategy, financial system, marketing, sources of funds, and all the other areas that you can find in an enterprise. As a consequence, it does not matter what your background looks like, ALAS will welcome anyone who is interested in supporting our cause.
In other words, if you studied accounting or finance, you can help us improve the quality of our financial systems and financial reports. If you specialized in marketing, you can help us improve our brand image and make us known at the national level. If you have experience in organizing events, come and organize fundraising events that will serve to finance our operations!
ALAS needs your support, and we promise that your experience with us will be filled with learning opportunities. Naturally, you will also have the chance to join us when we visit patients and get to know their difficult socio-economic situation. It is a unique experience that will make you grow, both at the professional and the personal levels.
We would like to precise that speaking fluent Spanish is essential to join ALAS. Indeed, most of the patients we work with speak local dialects and you will have to work with a translator.
If you wish to join us, kindly fill in the following questionnaire and send us the duly filled document to the following address: