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 Latinx community draws on volunteers from many disciplines, including medicine, nursing, public health, law, education, and visual arts. This interdisciplinary group learns about important issues in Latinx health firsthand through supervised volunteer work at our various programs. All volunteer opportunities require an application process.

Please Note: In order to provide quality direct service to our community and a quality immersion experience for our volunteers, we are not able to accept visiting or walk-in volunteers,  student research proposals, or short-term class project/papers 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 Latinx 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

Administrative Assistant Position

The Administrative Assistant will provide valuable behind-the-scenes support to our clinic. This position involves calling patients, scheduling appointments, scanning medical files, and managing office needs. Hours are flexible and will allow an opportunity to work closely with Puentes staff, as well as provide an in-depth understanding of the administrative processes that go into running a clinic. Flexible schedule. *It is open for undergrads, postbac, graduate students and medical students

Puentes Clinical Provider Liaison Internship

Puentes de Salud relies on volunteer providers (Physicians, NPs, Nurses) to help staff our clinic and serve our patient population.  We are seeking one intern to work closely with the Assistant Medical Director to help with recruitment, onboarding, and credentialing of our new and existing provider volunteers.  This is a great way to get involved with the behind the scenes work at the clinic and to learn about the medical-legal aspects of providing volunteer medical services.  The responsibilities will have a flexible timeline and can be completed on your schedule.

Skills required: professional communication, tech savvy, excellent organizational skills

Expectations: about 5 hrs/week of time, meet with Assistant Medical director regularly, recruit new providers, help new providers along the credentialing process (license verification, etc) & work closely with Puentes staff

Clinic Intake and Vitals (MS1/MS2)

Applications open for spring!

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. Students 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 for spring: Final deadline: December 29th and mandatory orientation/training day: January 8th. Apply here: Puentes de Salud Clinic Internship Application

Clinical II Volunteer (MS3/MS4)

The Clinical II Volunteer position provides a great opportunity for third and fourth year medical students (MS3, MS4), 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. Applications due December 29th. Apply Here: Volunteer Interest Form

Clinic Admin/Flow Coordinators

Applications open for spring!

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.​ ​These roles provides coordinators with valuable insight and experience in patient care and navigation, public health and non-profit primary care clinic functions. Available to Post-Bacc and Undergraduate Students. Final deadline: December 29th and mandatory orientation/training day: January 8th. Apply here: Admin/Flow Coordinator Application Contact us with any questions: cliniccoordinator@puentesdesalud.org

Graduate Student Coordinators

Puentes de Salud has developed a highly organized student coordinator structure to fill positions that manage communication, clinical and general volunteers, community engagement, Charlas program, and complex care. 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 – January is required. Preference is given to current and previous Puentes volunteers. Advanced Spanish fluency is required for all positions. Note each position may have additional requirements. Positions are limited and competitive, please apply early.  Decisions will be made via email. Contact us with any questions at studentchair@puentesdesalud.org.

Application deadline: December 7th, 2018. Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/PXgiHD2PpOVdQFyt2

Student Coordinator Positions Include:

  • Work with Puentes’ Assistant Medical Director to meet health system navigation needed by patients
  • Assist in the development of case management programs for complex case patients identified by Puentes providers
  • Supervise volunteers in provision of individual outreach and follow-up care projects
  • Maintain an evaluation of programs and health centers utilized by patients
  • Serve as patient navigator/interpreter/advocate while at reference centers
  • Manage Puentes’ social media presence (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Manage the Puentes de Salud website (puentesdesalud.org) in both English and Spanish
  • Disseminate information within the Puentes community in a timely manner
  • Maintain and update information about Puentes services
  • Support Promotoras with planning community-based projects, outreach, and events
  • Recruit volunteers and organize targeted outreach efforts to strengthen collaboration with the community by taking on special projects
  • Develop and distribute the clinic’s monthly internal newsletter
  • Organize team coherence building activities
  • Recruit volunteers to give patient information sessions in clinic waiting room
  • Oversee development of new charlas and improvement of existing charlas
  • Oversee and maintain the charlas archives
  • Coordinate waiting room talks from other organizations
  • Recruit, train, and support new and current volunteers
  • Respond to inquiries from interested volunteers
  • Keep track of volunteer applications and qualifications
  • Communicate with Puentes programs, outside organizations, community, and other schools for training and outreach
  •  Ensure that volunteers and providers staff clinic shifts
  • Send weekly reminders to volunteers and providers
  • Work closely with Nurse Liaison and Administrator to identify specific needs and appointments at the clinic
  • Provide clinic support with equipment, administration, and facilities

Wellness & Education Opportunities

Youth Education Volunteer 2018 (ages 3-18)

The Puentes Education branch serves youth ages 3-18 and their families through year-round, out-of-school-time programming. As education is inextricably tied to the health of individuals and communities, we strive to support holistic child development academically, socially, and emotionally, while fostering bilingual literacy and family engagement.

Our Programs:

Early Childhood: Mondays-Thursdays, 2:45-5:30pm, Southwark School; Elementary: Mondays-Thursdays, 3-6pm, Southwark School; Middle School: Mondays-Wednesdays, 3-6pm, Southwark School; High School: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30-6:15pm, Puentes de Salud Wellness Center. Deadline: December 31st. Apply Here: Education Volunteer

Community Engagement Volunteer

(Summer dates: May 8 – August 31, 2017; Year dates: September 4, 2017 – May 11, 2018)  Summer placements are given priority for academic year participation.

Community Engagement volunteers help coordinators in the Welcoming Ambassadors, and Conversations programs. The Welcoming Ambassadors program provides an incredible opportunity for dedicated volunteers to have meaningful roles in helping immigrant families in the Philadelphia community. Welcoming Ambassadors share resources and provide a supportive role for families who have just arrived in Philadelphia within the last year. The Conversations program was created to address the growing need in the community for more English classes. Unlike ESOL classes, the Conversations Group provides a student guided learning environment. Once a week, volunteers answer specific questions and have discussions with community members as a way to help practice and develop their English speaking skills. This a rewarding opportunity to help make a positive influence in the daily lives of our immigrant community.

Eligibility & Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required for Welcoming Ambassadors. Preferably student seeking advanced degrees. Fluency in Spanish and English are required.

Schedule: Conversations- Thursdays 6-8pm, Welcoming Ambassadors- As needed- 5hrs a month

Application: Send CV and statement of interest to volunteer@puentesdesalud.org

Welcoming Ambassadors (part of the Community Engagement team):

The Welcoming Ambassadors program provides an incredible opportunity for dedicated volunteers to have meaningful roles in helping immigrant families in the Philadelphia community by helping recent immigrants navigate the Philadelphia public schools and social services system. Welcoming Ambassadors share resources and provide a supportive role for families who have just arrived in Philadelphia within the last year. These volunteers work closely with the Promotoras, Alexandra, and the Puentes education programs. Apply here: Welcoming Ambassador

Child Care (part of the Community Engagement team):

Child care volunteers provide a critical role by facilitating a wide array of clinic and community activities. Many of these activities require childcare so parents and caregivers are free and able to dedicate themselves to the resources available at Puentes. It’s a great way to spend time with kids (mostly ages 4-8) doing fun activities, and get to know the community. The time commitment is often a couple times a month during weekday afternoons, but depends on event scheduling. Apply here: Child Care

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 Latinx 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. Deadline: December 29th. 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 Latinx 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 Latinx 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).

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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 Volunteer Program

(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 volunteers will have the opportunity to facilitate interactive sessions. Volunteers will have a significant amount of leadership and teamwork responsibility and thus are expected to be highly motivated. The volunteers will be responsible for the daily functioning of the program by leading educational, cultural, and activities and lessons for the children. Volunteers 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 Volunteer Application

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