Global Health Corps

Organization: Global Health Corps

Address: 220 Wellness and Recreation Center Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Contact Phone Number: No number listed, but reached through University of Northern Iowa                                                                                                     

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Student Opportunities: The Global Health Corps is a student led organization at the University of Northern Iowa, that focuses on issues of public health in developing areas around the world. I was told that if Drake University students wanted to participate and volunteer for the Global Health Corps, that they would be able to. The Global Health Corps publishes a semi-annual health newsletter with student written articles on infectious disease and other endemics in developing areas. Students are also able to volunteer to assist physicians if they would like to.

Best Time To Be Reached: No telephone number was listed for this student organization. E-mail is the only way to communicate. I received a timely response, so if students are interested, and not discouraged by driving to Cedar Falls, they should contact the Global Health Corps.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: Volunteering is not compulsory. A student can put in as much time, or as little time as they would like.

Training Needed: THe Global Health Corps requires that students have some training and have a background in either biology or pre-med or pharmacy. There are four levels within the Global Health Corps, which require:

Level 1: 18-hour Certificate
12-hour Academic Course            Concentration Area
Level 2: Short Term Mission Practicum
Level 3: Short-Term International and Domestic Missions
Level 4: Long-Term International and Domestic Internships

Regions Served: The Global Health Corps has sent students to nations such as Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Israel, Mexico, Romania and St Lucia.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? The University of Northern Iowa established the Global Health Corps in 1996 as a field-based training program to enhance the professional preparation of post-secondary students in the area of cross-cultural community health.As globalization, economic disparity, devolution and migration become more common in the 21st century, community health and related students must be better prepared to address a wider variety of disease patterns within increasingly diverse and underserved populations internationally and domestically.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker


IOWA SISTER STATES – Merida, Yucatan

Address: 200 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Contact Number: 515-725-3163

Web Address:

Program Representative: Carol Grant

There is an internship program currently taking shape between Drake and the Iowa Sister States. Take note: this internship is not yet completely established.

This internship would not be open to applicants everywhere; instead the internship would be arranged by Drake in coordination with the Iowa Sister States office. Interns would work with delegations coming in from Mexico or other groups from the Yucatan province. Some skills pertinent to the internship would include Spanish competency. This is not an internship in which students are encouraged to apply individually.

There will be occasional volunteer opportunities available, but these would also be coordinated through Drake.

Look for more information from the Service-Learning Staff or Career Opportunities staff at Drake about this great opportunity.

****Note: Iowa Sister States also has partnerships with cities in other regions.  Please visit their website for more information.

Mercy Hospital Volunteer Services – Latin America

Address: 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Phone: 515-247-3246

Web Address:


Opportunities are somewhat limited for college students. Service depends on interest. Specifically, all opportunities are geared toward the healthcare world, but concrete medical experience is not required. The best process to obtain opportunities is through open houses, which take place twice a month during sessions offered in both the morning and evening.

Specifically, there is a program in which patients are brought in from the Yucatan Province of Mexico for cardiac surgery for six months, and students can work with this program as interpreters.

All volunteer positions require training and orientation.  For more information, contact the Volunteer Services office.

LUNA: Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer

Address: 4313 Fleur Drive Des Moines, IA 50321

Phone: 515-271-5060

Contact Name: Adriana Flores

Program Website:

LUNA’s mission is to “empower, educate, and advocate for victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community, so that they may build futures free from violence.”

Many internships with LUNA involve one-on-one collaboration between the interns and Adriana Flores, the program director.  Many of the internships are health-concentrated.  Please contact the office for more information.

Iowa Office For Latino Affairs

Address: 321 E. 12th Street, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 515-281-4080

Contact Name: Alba Perez;

Program Website:

This organization is a department of the Iowa state government that is devoted to removing economic and cultural barriers to society for Latin-American immigrants in the state.

There are plenty of opportunities at the Office for Latino Affairs; more than likely, these opportunities will be internships. The office is currently working on parameters for their intern program. An example of the successes and goals of the Office include access to healthcare for Latin American refugees. Volunteering will also be available through the Office during its annual Youth Initiative. These internships will be in the Summer, most likely from May till July, and the hours are to be determined.

Las Americas de Comunidad de Fe

Las Americas de Comunidad de Fe
Trinity United Methodist Church

P. O. Box 41006 (1548 8th St) Des Moines, IA 50311

Contact: Wendy Vazquez
Phone: 515-771-8656
Best time to call: mornings/afternoons

Las Americas is part of a church organization aimed at helping the Spanish-speaking community. There are a lot of volunteering opportunities that Trinity United has implemented in the organization. A lot of these services include ESL classes, citizenship classes, vegetable distribution, and legal classes. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm during the school year starting in September, there are English classes for Spanish speakers. There are various different level classes that would love more English teaching assistance in the classroom. Proficiency is necessary but volunteers do not need any specific ESL background to provide service. Curriculum is provided as well. There is also a childcare program provided if volunteers are interested in working with children on Thursdays during the English classes. The citizenship classes are generally on Wednesdays from 6-8pm.

In addition, the church sets up various Latin American festivities and they often do spring break mission trips to Latin America regions. Spring of 2012 the church went to El Salvador for humanitarian work.

Contact Wendy with the information provided above if interested.

Latinos United of Iowa

Latinos United of Iowa

Des Moines, IA

Contact: Joseph Enriquez Henry


phone: 515-208-7312

best time to call: no specific times, whenever is needed

Latinos United of Iowa, Council 307, is the local chapter of the national League of United Latin American Citizens. The council was formed to implement jobs, education, and health care resources for the growing Latino community within Iowa. Latinos United of Iowa branch of LULAC has just started in October 2011 and this council provides awareness to residents about language and immigration issues, sponsor programs and advocate for Latino-sponsored programs.

Since Latinos United just started their charter, they are currently seeking more support to jump start the program. They are offering volunteer positions or paid internships, the internship will naturally require medium-high level of involvement of about 20 hours a week.  They would like people to research and raise awareness in order to build the organization and reach out to more Latinos in the community. A knowledge of excel and google documents is recommended. Call for more information about applying and what the internship entails.