Paying jobs in Latin America?

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by kep308 Member

How does one find out about any potential paying nursing jobs in Latin America?

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 16 years experience. 14,116 Posts

Peace Corps

BonnieSc

2 Articles; 776 Posts

There aren't many that I've ever found. Peace Corps is one as the above poster says--that's a fairly new program (the nurse role, I mean) and pay is very low. Doctors without Borders sometimes sends nurses to Latin America, but not very often. Africa is a more likely possibility for paid nursing positions in the developing world. Why do you want to go to Latin America? What skills do you have to offer?

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 16 years experience. 14,116 Posts

There aren't many that I've ever found. Peace Corps is one as the above poster says--that's a fairly new program (the nurse role, I mean) and pay is very low.

It's not a new role. My sister was in the Peace Corps ~25 years ago and they were sending nurses then.

You get your room and board paid, as well as a monthly stipend, and travel expenses to come back home for visits (annually, I think).

BonnieSc

2 Articles; 776 Posts

I don't know what they were doing 25 years ago, but I assure you, it's a new program. Global Health Service Partnership | Peace Corps

At least in recent history, nurses who were in the Peace Corps were doing the same work as any other volunteer assigned to healthcare who didn't have a nursing background. This is the opportunity for nurses to do professional work--focused on education, but in the hospitals, working with local nurses at the bedside.

(The Peace Corps also hires some nurses/nurse practitioners to provide services to volunteers, but that's different from Peace Corps proper.)

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

Are you wanting to work for a US-based organization (with US wages) in Latin America? Or work for a Latin American organization? Two very different kettles of fish there. If it's the second scenario, keep in mind that nursing wages & employment conditions are waaaaaaay different.

BrandonLPN, LPN

Has 5 years experience. 3,358 Posts

Also, "Latin America" is a pretty broad descriptor. Working/economic conditions in Chile or Argentina are very different from those in Guatemala or Honduras.

kep308

15 Posts

I lived in Mexico for 3 years and am close to being fluent in Spanish. I want to become 100% fluent and to be a medical interpreter along with being a nurse.