Puentes de Salud attracts more than 200 active student and faculty volunteers from eleven colleges and universities throughout the Philadelphia region. We rely on the diverse skills of the volunteer staff who support our clinical, educational and wellness programs. Our comprehensive strategy for improving the health of Philadelphia’s Latino community draws on volunteers from many disciplines, including medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, law, education, and visual arts. This interdisciplinary group learns about important issues in Latino health firsthand through supervised volunteer work at our various programs. All volunteer opportunities require an application process.

Please Note: we are unable to accept visiting or Walk-In volunteers, student research proposals, or short-term class project/paper volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please see the volunteer options below. Contact us with any questions at volunteer@puentesdesalud.org.

Professional Volunteers

If you are a provider, physician, nurse, NP, PhD, social worker, or a professional in a field related to our work and would like to volunteer please contact us at volunteer@puentesdesalud.org

In-Service Speaker Series

The Puentes de Salud In-Service training series is a year-long series of lectures focusing on the social determinants of health. The lectures are also a key component of Puentes de Salud’s Escolares program, which exposes volunteers to the social determinants of health through lectures, reflection sessions, and volunteer experiences. The In-Service series focus on issues of community health, health care for uninsured and marginalized populations, cultural sensitivity in health care, and issues relevant to Latino health. Volunteers from all backgrounds in the Puentes de Salud community are welcome. Presentations are geared towards clinic volunteer students and providers. They are presented in English for one hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on a Monday or Wednesday. If you or your organization would like to be a guest speaker please email info@puentesdesalud.org.

Clinic Opportunities

Clinic Intake and Vitals

Applications open for summer and fall!

Academic Year (September – May), Summer (May – August). The purpose of these positions is to expose students to innovative non-profit health and wellness models. This position gives students an active role in the process of patient triage care through In-take and Vitals.  The intern will work closely with healthcare professionals and medical students. This position provides valuable mentorship for students considering or preparing for health professions. Students will gain insight and understanding of cultural sensitivity, as well as clinical and social determinants of health that impact vulnerable communities. Application deadlines: Academic year priority deadline: August 15th; final deadline September 1st; Summer: May 4th. Apply here: Puentes de Salud Clinic Internship Application

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Clinical Volunteer

The Clinical Volunteer position provides a great opportunity for third and fourth year medical students, PA, dental and graduate nursing students to gain experience shadowing a provider and learning how to conduct a patient interview. Select Medical MS3 and MS4 students are sometimes allowed to conduct the majority of a patient interview and learn how to report back to the provider with their findings. Please note we are unable to accommodate first and second year medical, undergraduate or post-bacc students for this role. Apply Here: Volunteer Interest Form

Clinic Admin/Flow Coordinators

Applications open for summer and fall!

Admin/Flow Coordinators take an active role in organizing patient and volunteer flow, managing patient records, and assisting staff, physicians and all providers in the running of the health clinic.​ ​This roles provides coordinators with valuable insight and experience in patient care and navigation, public health and non-profit primary care clinic functions. Application deadlines: Academic year priority deadline: August 15th; final deadline September 1st; Summer: May 4th. Apply here: Admin/Flow Coordinator Application Contact us with any questions: cliniccoordinator@puentesdesalud.org

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Graduate Student Coordinators

Puentes de Salud has developed a highly organized student coordinator structure to fill 6 positions that manage communication, clinical and general volunteers, community engagement, Charla program, and complex care.  All coordinators attend clinic every 2-3 weeks to support patient and volunteer flow.​ While there are tremendous rewards, and many opportunities for patient contact in all of these roles, the success of the Puentes Clinic requires a significant amount of time management and communication with fellow coordinators and staff. Eligibility & Requirements: Coordinator positions are available to highly responsible and independent graduate, professional, public health, post-bac, medical, and nursing students.  Bachelor’s degree required. Microsoft proficiency required. A minimum of a one-year service term January – December is required. Preference is given to current and previous Puentes volunteers. Note each position may have additional requirements. Positions are limited and competitive, please apply early.  Interviews occur each November/December to begin the following January. You may choose up to two preferred roles in your application, final position is assigned. Contact us with any questions at studentchair@puentesdesalud.orgApplication deadline: December 5th. Apply here:  https://goo.gl/forms/LWHZHG1PVPWkPMZw1

Student Coordinator Positions Include:

  • Medical/Nursing Students only
  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Assists in development of case management programs for complex case patients identified by Puentes providers
  • Supervises a cohort of volunteers in provision of individual outreach and follow-up care projects
  • Works in direct partClinicInternshipProgramIn-takevitals (1)nership with Puentes’ Clinical Nurse Liaison and Director of Medical Education to meet the health system navigation needed by patients
  • Maintains an evaluation of programs and health centers that our patient population utilizes
  • Serves as patient navigator/interpreter/advocate while at reference centers
  • All fields
  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Manages Puentes’ social media presence (Facebook, twitter, website)
  • Creates and manages newsletters, which should be shared on a quarterly basis
  • Disseminates information within the Puentes community in a timely manner
  • Maintains close contact with Nurse Liaison, Medical Directors, and Managing Director as these are the contacts who will approve the sharing of sensitive information
  • Maintains and updates Puentes databases. This will involve learning about Puentes’ programs, services, partnerships and will ensure appropriate contact and operational information is available for Puentes team reference
  • All fields
  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Is responsible for organizing and/or helping Promotoras with community outreach events
  • Organizes targeted outreach efforts or creates new opportunities to strengthen our presence in the community by taking on special projects
  • Organizes team coherence building activities
  • Recruits and trains volunteers for events
  • Is responsible for sustaining our ongoing clinic and community-based projects. These include community nutrition classes, diabetes patient management, and patient satisfaction surveys
  • All fields
  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Is responsible for our internal educational program development
  • Recruits volunteers to give patient information sessions in clinic waiting room
  • Oversees development of new charlas and improvement of existing charlas
  • Oversees the charla archives and maintains the charla google account
  • Is responsible for coordinating waiting room talks from other organizations
  • Stays in touch with representatives from various organizations
  • All fields
  • Spanish not required
  • Holds responsibility for recruiting and training new student volunteers (e.g. interns and clinic volunteers)
  • Responds to emails from interested volunteers
  • Keeps track of who is qualified for what roles based on clinical skill and Spanish fluency
  • Communicates with organizations, community members, and other schools for training
  • Provides supervision and mentorship for volunteers
  • Medical/Nursing/Health field students preferred
  • Spanish not required
  • Ensures that enough volunteers and providers staff the clinic during active shifts
  • Sends intern schedules and weekly reminders to interns, volunteers, and providers
  • Works closely with Nurse Liaison and Senior Clinic Administrator to identify special needs and appointments at the clinic
  • Manages issues regarding clinic equipment, paperwork, and facilities
  • Is responsible for communication between directors of clinic and the larger Puentes community – manages email listserv, contacts, and sends announcements

Wellness & Education Opportunities

Charla Program Volunteer

Charla volunteers present discussions, or charlas, on a wide range of topics, in the Puentes clinic. The charlas are informative talks in Spanish through which we engage patients to discuss topics that affect the Latino community in South Philadelphia.  This program exposes volunteers to topics in medicine, public health, and social determinants of health, outreach and addressing a patient population. Apply Here: Charlas Volunteer Application

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Adolescent Sexual Education classes

The purpose of this position is to give volunteers an opportunity to participate in a team effort to create a sex-ed program for adolescents of the Latino community. This position gives volunteers an active role in the different aspects of health promotion, reproductive health, and class planning and implementation. The volunteers will work together to develop the curriculum, lead and teach the classes. The volunteers will work closely with parents and children and healthcare professionals to develop this class. This position provides valuable mentorship for those considering or preparing for health professions. Students will gain insight and understanding of the clinical and social determinants of reproductive health impacting the South Philadelphia community.  Eligibility & Requirements. This position is open to undergraduates, graduate students, post-bac, nursing and medical students. Individuals must be able to commit several hours per week; remote work is required. To apply please contact Dr. Daphne Owen (daphne.owen@gmail.com). Please include a statement of interest and CV/resume. Stay tuned for dates and times for Spring 2018!

Escolares de Salud Program

Academic Year (September – May).  The Puentes de Salud Escolares Program is designed to provide current and future health care professionals with the tools they need to better understand and serve under-resourced communities both locally and globally.  Although the content of this program is primarily focused on gaining knowledge and insight into the Philadelphia Latin American immigrant community, participants in the program will also gain a broader understanding of how social, cultural and environmental factors influence disease, health, and well being.This course will focus on the theoretical and practical study of the social determinants of health and provide participants with the tools to improve their understanding of the community and their interactions with patients. Eligibility & Requirements: Open to all Puentes de Salud volunteers regardless of their academic or career levels. To request an application, please contact Dr. Sara Shuman at sara.shuman@puentesdesalud.org

Adult Literacy ESOL Classes

The purpose of the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Teacher and Teaching Assistant positions are to take an active role in preparing for and teaching the Saturday ESOL course offered at Puentes de Salud. The ESOL Teacher will work closely with the coordinator and teaching assistants to develop and implement curricula. The teacher is responsible for promoting student learning and ensuring that lesson plans are designed to meet student needs. The TA will have the opportunity to contribute directly to program facilitation, develop an understanding of the social determinants of health impacting our community, and receive valuable mentorship. Teachers and TAs must possess interpersonal skills and an enthusiasm for supporting the education of Latino adults in Philadelphia. Contact Clara Warden with any questions at cwarden@alumni.stanford.eduApplication deadline: Priority August 9th, final September 9th. Summer: April 13th.

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Yoga Class Volunteers 

Our wellness programs offer families the opportunity to take advantage of programming while their children participate in enriching activities. We strongly believe that barriers to childcare should not be an obstacle for families. Our volunteers are crucial to the success and effectiveness of our programs. Early Childcare volunteers will have the opportunity to take an active role in the care and development of children while their parents are on-site and attending a class or workshop. Yoga Volunteers needed Tuesday evenings. Application deadlines: Academic year: September 8th. Summer: April 13th. To apply send a statement of interest and cv to yoga@puentesdesalud.org.

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Art & Culture Volunteers

Art contributes to the holistic mission of Puentes de Salud by promoting healing through expression and storytelling. The art coordinator and volunteers will work with the artist, children, adolescents, and families to explore culture, identity, empowerment and much more through art. Schedule: Wednesdays 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Sessions are ongoing. Application deadlines: Academic year: September 8th, Summer: April 13th. o apply send a statement of interest and cv to art@puentesdesalud.org.

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Children’s Education: Puentes Hacia el Futuro

We seek highly motivated individuals from all backgrounds to serve as Tutors/mentors, and Team Leaders in our After-School Program, Summer Camp, Adolescent Programs, and Early Childhood Education Programs at Puentes Hacia el Futuro. Students may use this work to fulfill academic field work, internship, or independent study.

Adolescent Group Lanzando Lideres

Lanzando Lideres is accepting Tutors-Mentors for a pilot adolescent program. Lanzando Líderes (Launching Leaders) is a community-based, afterschool youth leadership program for Latino high school students. ​We believe that each student has a unique ​camino ​(path) to explore and pursue. Our program supports students in their development as young leaders by fostering cultural pride and identity, building knowledge and skills, and​ ​promoting​ ​personal​ ​wellbeing. Schedule: Monday – Thursday 3:30pm – 6:00pm (choose at least one day per week). Accepting applications for 2017 – 2018 academic year!

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After-School Program

The After-School Program Academic Year (September – May) allows Tutors and Team Leaders a dynamic experience with students and families in South Philadelphia. Tutoring sessions pair tutors/mentors in small groups with children in grades K-8. While the program focuses on literacy, many academic, social, and cultural topics, activities and events are explored throughout the year. Team Leader at Puentes Hacia el Futuro internship is to take an active role in preparing for, leading, and following up on academic support sessions and educational activities. Dates: Orientation – week of September 11th, Monday-Thursday, 3:15-5:30pm (select one day). Sessions Fall: September 18-December 7, 2017; Spring: January 22-May 3, 2018. Schedule: 3:15-5:30p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. (select one day minimum). Deadline: Tutors 9/8/17, Team Leaders 8/9/2017  Apply Here

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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Internship position provides students an unparalleled opportunity to work and learn at both the intersection of research, action, and social justice and at the cutting edge of urban education. The interns will engage with issues of education and equality in a community‐based, multilingual, and transnational context, preparing them as a future leader and expert in their field. We are accepting 12 interns. Experience with young children preferred. Please contact us for more information. Dates: September 25, 2017 – May 10, 2018.  Schedule: 8 hours per week. Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30pm – 6:00pm. Application Deadline: April 13th, 2018. To apply email CV and statement of interest to education@puentesdesalud.org

Summer Camp Internship

(July – August) The Puentes Hacia el Futuro program offers a six-week summer program to 40-50 children who could most benefit from extra support in reaching grade level literacy. Summer student interns will have the opportunity to facilitate interactive sessions. Interns will have a significant amount of leadership and teamwork responsibility and thus are expected to be highly motivated. The interns will be responsible for the daily functioning of the program by leading educational, cultural, and activities and lessons for the children. The interns will work closely with educators, and leaders in the Puentes organization and gain an understanding of the social determinants of health and social justice issues impacting our community. This is a special opportunity to learn about and to practice the process of implementation of a public health initiative. Dates: July 5th – August 17th, 2018 (Orientation: July 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 9am-4pm) Weekly Schedule: July 11th-August 17th, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm (Thursday field trip times vary) 

Application Deadline: April 13th, 2018. Apply Here: Puentes Hacia el Futuro Summer Camp Internship Application

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