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Become A Volunteer

“Somos Amigos doesn’t seek to change the people of Naranjito so much as it frees them to reach their full potential. I think it has the same effect on its volunteers. I’m not sure which is more powerful.”
– Marcus Jimenez, Physician Volunteer

Nurses

Our nurses do intake, draw blood, check vitals and assist the physicians. Some nurses interpret for physicians if they are bilingual or fluent in Spanish.

Our nurses do intake, draw blood, check vitals and assist the physicians. Some nurses interpret for physicians if they are bilingual or fluent in Spanish.

Amigos in Action

Stories from Naranjito

The Americans, for us in this community, have been a success.  And not just in Naranjito, but many in the area benefit.  They began in 1997, working on a small aqueduct here.  This has been for us, a blessing.  And then they installed the clinic, and this, in reality,...

Something important, is what happened after this group, Somos Amigos, began visiting us.  Because in this community, we had nothing.  We had no water, there was no school, no church; the beautiful health center that we have now, didn’t exist.  And after they began to visit, our community began...

This is my 6th Somos Amigos medical mission.  We bring supplies and good will and positive energy.  I always get back so much more than I give, even though all the volunteers here really give 100% night and day.  The focus is always patient-centered.  It is an amazing organization. ...

The first time I came, they served me a good breakfast.  My leg hurt, lots of things hurt in my body but since I’ve been coming here, I feel much better.  We poor people must come here because if you can’t afford to go to a clinic, you have...

I’ve been coming here for over 15 years.  I’ve seen children grow up here and feel part of the lives of the families.  It’s a very special group because people come together from many places.  Unlike a lot of other groups, we come back to the same place every...

When we see patients, whether they’re dental patients, medical patients, a 90-year old, or a newborn baby, we all come together as family and friends, and that’s what Somos Amigos means to me.  In Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s words, if we each do a little thing, all of those little...

I have been working with Somos Amigos Medical Missions since 1997.  My job is to make food for them, prepare meals every day.  We have shared so much that now they feel like family.  We have changed so much since they’ve been coming, from the medicine, the dialogue.  Each...

I feel really happy since this group of doctors has been coming here for 20 years.  I worked with them at first, boiling water.  I thank Frank and the whole institution, because it is so much that they have done, in the community and outside it.  We are a...

We can keep a patient for as long as we want, and fix them!  One time we delivered a denture to this lady, and they told her, “smile!”, and she said, “I don’t know how to smile.”  She had been without teeth for so long that she never smiled. ...