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 Dental care at the Jornada de Salud (Mobile Clinic)

Dental care at the Jornada de Salud (Mobile Clinic)

If you are a medical person (or non-medical) and are interested in being a part of one of our MELA Teams, we would love to hear from you.  Please contacts us at the email address below. 

Because we are a non-profit organization with limited resources, volunteers are responsible for the cost of travel to and from Bolivia. If needed, volunteers are encouraged to raise money for their participation through personal donations from their church, schools and community groups. MELA intermittently will offer limited grants to support travel cost when funds are available.


For our main Acute Care conferences MELA requests a trip deposit fee of $200.00 for Physicians, $150.00 for nurses and PAs, $75.00 for others. No Trip Deposit is requested from those who sign up as interpreters or are in-training (students, residents, fellows); or if you are involved with the Trauma Courses.

If selected the deposit is applied toward the total cost of your trip. This is primarily applied to in-country travel during the medical education conference.  If not selected you have three options. 

  1. Donate the funds to the MELA General Fund,

  2. Apply the funds as a deposit toward another trip, or

  3. Request a refund

Once you have submitted your application you will be contacted by a MELA staff person letting you know we have received it. Once the posted deadline for a specific trip applications has passed, the team coordinator will contact you and let you know whether or not you will be accepted to participate at the upcoming education event. Volunteers healthcare providers desiring to have a clinical experience in rural areas are asked to provide a current medical license.  Once you have been accepted to the MELA team you are not eligible for a refund of the Deposit fee or any other payments that you have made toward the cost of your trip.

Fields marked with an asterisk are mandatory and must be completed before you application will be accepted.

Name *
As it appears on your passport
Applying for Trip Scheduled for:
Applying for Trip Scheduled for:
Conference start date
Indicate topic(s) you can present and/or station. Physicians: For Trauma Course please choose 2 topics PLUS a Station. Paramedics: Choose station
Physician, nurse, dentist, etc.
Indicate Level of Fluency in Spanish: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Fluent (native speaker)
For medical and licensed professionals only
If you are planning to see patient during the trip.
Is your professional license current and active?:
If yes, is your license unencumbered?:
Has your license ever been suspended or revoked?:

For Questions, please contact MELA-MN at: or for Nursing topics:

2019 Courses

The International Course on Acute Care - XII February 21-March 2, 2019

Volunteer to teach in Bolivia for MELA's XII International Conference on Acute Care. The course is divided into 2 sections, one for nurses and one for doctors.  Our Acute Care Course for Nurses will be February 21-23, 2019, and the Acute Care Course for Doctors will be the following week, February 28 -March 2, 2019.

Topics will cover Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Toxicology, Mental Health, Neurology and Endocrinology. 

For the Physician Section, we would love to have you present one or two of your favorite canned lectures. Something you have presented in the past and was well-received.

For specific Nursing Topics, click here.

We will need interpreters willing to stay at least 1 of the 2 weeks. MELA offer Travel Grants for up to 3 interpreters. the range of the grants is from $600-$1000 to help defray the cost of participating.

Add a Bolivian Excursion Before or After the Conference

In addition to participating in this MELA conference, our volunteers will be able to visit the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats of Bolivia), Lake Titicaca, and other amazing sites in Bolivia during this trip.

2018 Courses

Pre-Hospital Trauma Management Course - November 5-10, 2018

After the success of the last Pre-hospital course, we were tasked to do another similar course. We had 40 participants that included doctors, nurses, and medics (police and rescue personnel). The 2.5-day course taught the basics of triage and initial assessment and management of the trauma patient. MELA is enlisted 6 instructor volunteers, and 5 interpreters.


  • Initial Assessment of the prehospital trauma patient

  • Hemorrhagic Shock

  • Airway and Ventilation

  • Orthopedic and neurologic trauma

  • Pediatric and Geriatric patient

  • Mass Casualty Incident - Triage

  • Case studies in Trauma

  • Putting it all together


  • Assessing the Multiple-Injured trauma patient

  • Airway and Oxygenation

  • IV Access

  • Managing Musculoskeletal Injuries

  • Triage - MCI

  • Pediatric and Geriatric Trauma Case Management

  • Safe Extrication

The International Course on Acute Care - XI March 5-11, 2018

This course went extremely well with instructors from Guatemala, Bolivia and USA. Due to a smaller venue, we were only able to accommodate 194 participants. Due to the occurrence of a political event during the course, approximately 1/3 of the  physicians were mandated to attend this event and were unable to complete the course. Overall, we had 166 nurses and doctors complete the entire course.

Specialties of our instructors included Psychiatry, Public Health, Anesthesiology, Psychology, OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, PreHospital Care

PreHospital Trauma Management Course March 14-16, 2018

 Our volunteers from Coeur d'Alene (MELA-CDA) did an amazing job in presenting the first MELA sponsored PHTLS. Due to the success of this course, Mano a Mano Bolivia has requested a repeat in the fall. We are looking into the logistics of setting this up for November 2018.