Hospitalito Atitlan

Hospitalito Atitlán is a small private non-profit hospital serving a population of 43,000 Tz'utujil Maya on the southern side of beautiful Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.

In close collaboration with the local Guatemalan physicians, nursing, and administrative staff, volunteer medical personnel are instrumental in providing a comprehensive scope of care, including the only 24/7 emergency and surgical obstetrical care within a 2-hour radius.

Hospitalito Atitlán considers medical volunteers as integral members of the healthcare team and rely on them for their energy, enthusiasm and skills. Our physicians, nurses, administrators and technicians - as well as our volunteers - greatly benefit from the professional and cultural interaction between Guatemalan and medical colleagues from around the world.

We also welcome the families of our medical volunteers and embrace them as members of the Santiago Atitlán community.

Volunteers at Hospitalito Atitlán practice medicine in a setting that challenges and enriches their professional lives. They work independently, without supervision, and are part of the on-call schedule serving, at times, as primary physician in charge. If you are a recent graduate with limited experience, check out Medical Students/Recent Graduates volunteer opportunities.

Whether treating diabetes, stitching a machete injury, or bringing a new baby into the world, medical volunteers feel strong links both to the past and to the future, and, a deep sense of personal and professional satisfaction. The Hospitalito changes lives - not only of its patients, but also of its volunteers.

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