International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) Medical Campaign

Are you interested in joining a 2-week IVHQ Medical Campaign with a group of SDSU students in Peru or Costa Rica?

There are mandatory Steps to Participate that need to be completed prior to the deadlines in order to fulfill the CHHS International Experience requirement and/or receive CHHS credit for your program. The steps are explained in detail below. Please follow the directions carefully. 

What is an IVHQ Medical Campaign?

During the 2-week long campaign, your group will work together with our local team to provide basic health services to populations that may not otherwise have access to regular healthcare services.

Volunteers working on a medical volunteer campaign aid in treating and educating patients, providing basic checkups and treatment to members of the community. Volunteers also help to distribute vitamins and other medication, and deliver health education information appropriate to both children and adults. A Medical Volunteer Campaign involves visiting and working with up to five communities throughout each week and days typically include 4 hours volunteer work per day.

IVHQ Groups are incredibly beneficial to these communities, as they enable both children and adults to receive basic check-ups, important vitamins and medication and to increasing their understanding of basic health topics.

Who is eligible?

IVHQ Medical Volunteer Campaigns are open to all SDSU students with all levels of training and education. Volunteers will always be supervised by local staff regardless of their level of qualification and experience. For those with a higher level of training, IVHQ may ask for transcripts to demonstrate their qualifications to the on-site staff.

Volunteers are required to bring their own basic medical supplies, including a white coat, scrubs, disposable rubber (or latex) gloves, antibacterial soap or sanitizer, and donations you may like to distribute. Advice on further supplies to bring can be provided by the IVHQ Groups Manager and the in-country team.

More information about IVHQ Medical Campaigns can be found HERE.

Students can choose from the following start dates for Summer 2019:

  • Summer 2019: June 3, 2019 start date (Students arrive Sunday, June 2, 2019 and depart Saturday, June 15, 2019)

Please note that we will need a minimum of 8 students per start date, so be sure to tell your classmates about this opportunity!

Locations & Cost:

Approximate Program Fee for each group of 20 volunteers (includes an SDSU discounted IVHQ registration fee of $269.10). Please note prices are subject to change based on the final group size and program inclusions:

2-Week Summer 2019 Medical Campaigns (applications are closed)

2-Week Winter 2019/2020 Medical Campaigns (more information coming soon!)

A typical day in the life of a volunteer: 

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation in a local homestay with shared dorm-style rooms
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner)
  • Airport pick up & drop off Program and placement orientation
  • Volunteer placement & transportation to and from placement
  • 24/7 in country support

What’s Not Included:

  • International Airfare
  • SDSU tuition
  • CSU mandatory international insurance*
  • Cultural excursions (available for an additional fee)
  • Lunches – budget US$5 – $10 per day to purchase locally
  • Extra nights accommodation

*NOTE REGARDING INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE: SDSU Students are required to be enrolled in the CSU’s Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP) typically 30-days prior to departure. For students that are registered through Aztecs Abroad for an approved international program, they will be automatically enrolled in this coverage and billed on their student account. Students do not need to take any additional steps to receive this insurance. As you complete all of the required steps in Aztecs Abroad to confirm your participation, you will receive an email from the ISC’s Study Abroad Office confirming your FTIP enrollment and expected billing date. Details about coverage, including the policy number, can be found here: 

Steps to participate in Winter 2019/2020 Medical Campaigns:

  1. Decide on a destination
  2. Fill out the CHHS Medical Campaign Inquiry List to receive details and updates about this program. We will need a minimum of 8 students per start date to continue the program.  Deadline to submit: 4 pm, Friday, September 25, 2019. Please note: This is not an application to the program!
  3. Complete the CHHS Medical Campaign Program Agreement:
    • The Winter Agreement will ONLY be sent to those on the inquiry list. This will be your confirmation of participation
  4. Register (“Apply”) through Aztecs Abroad  when application opens.
    • Winter Aztecs Abroad Registration/”Application” deadline: November 1 (recommend completing by October 15th or earlier!!) 
    • Summer Aztecs Abroad Registration/”Application” deadline: TBD
  5. Student participants that fill out the program agreement will receive a link via email to apply directly to IVHQ with payment instructions: Deadline to apply using the Medical Campaign link TBD
  6. Registration fee ($269.10) due to IVHQ 60 days prior to start date
  7. Program fees (vary, depending on the destination) due to IVHQ 30 days prior to start date

CHHS Credit:

Students are required to earn either 1 or 3 units of CHHS credit in conjunction with these programs:

  • 3-units of Credit through the College of Health & Human Services
    • The 3-unit online course (HHS 350: International Experience) will satisfy SDSU’s GE Explorations Area B (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Cultural Diversity and the CHHS International Experience requirements. Offered the semester AFTER your program (Fall or Spring only). Students must be at least a Junior to enroll.
  • 1-unit of Credit through the College of Health & Human Services
    • The 1-unit course (HHS 290: International Experience) will satisfy the CHHS International Experience requirement only. There are no class meetings and students will complete several assignments related to their international program. Offered the term during or after your program (Summer, Fall, or Spring).