Masatepe is a community of roughly 45,000 people located in the Central Pacific region of Nicaragua and is approximately one hour south of the capital city, Managua. It is in the heart of a region known as the "Meseta," and is believed to be the most densely populated region of the country, outside of the capital city. There are many trees, lakes, and mountains surrounding Masatepe. The community of Masatepe is split 50/50 amongst urban and rural populations. The rural segment of the economy consists mainly of subsistence and small-scale farming, whereas the urban center consists more of micro-enterprises in the areas of carpentry and artisanal products. What Masatepe might lack financially, it makes up with its people, culture and resources!
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Unemployment rate is high throughout the country, and Masatepe's unemployment rate is just below the average. Poverty is widespread, especially in the more rural areas. The vast majority of the population here in Masatepe professes Catholicism or Evangelical Christianity, with over 30 churches established within the town's limits. Yet, we believe the holistic Gospel includes more than what has been experienced here so far. We believe that the Jesus of the Bible cares about the poor and oppressed; in Masatepe there is still a ways to go to see holistic transformation within the community.
Given the challenges the people of Masatepe face, both economically speaking as well as opportunity, we know the solution has to be an innovative one. That's why we'e chosen an entrepreneurial and ministerial approach towards Integrated Community Transformation (ICT)* here in Masatepe. *Following Jesus' example to care for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the people.
Goers in this position would work alongside the Centro de Salud to help promote better health care practices, as well as work with Medical Mission teams to bring supplies and training to locals. Goers will also volunteer with local hospitals and health centers, help develop new partnerships in the community, and assist the Short Term Medical Missions teams.
- Fluent in Spanish
- Experience in hospitals, health centers, rehab centers, or assisted living
- Nursing Degree, CNA, or healthcare background
- Experience in Physical and Speech Therapy
- Experience with Medical Missions
- Knowledge of a socialistic health system
- Passion for Community Development