We are an non-governmental organisation in Guatemala welcoming international interns, which is part of how we finance the services we provide to primarily very low income indigenous​ ​women. We have a policy to offer care to all women who come to us. This means that we do not turn away​ ​a​ ​client,​ ​even​ ​if​ ​they​ ​do​ ​not​ ​have​ ​the​ ​money​ ​for​ ​their​ ​appointment.


Our intern program has been functioning for almost twenty years and we have given over 100 students​ ​an​ ​insight​ ​into​ ​midwifery​ ​and women's healthcare​ ​within​ ​the​ ​guatemalan​ ​culture.

 Interns will also have involvement at our center in Guatemala City: ​Centro de Parto Natural Ixchel.​ They will have the opportunity to participate in clinical practice according to the North American midwifery model of care in which the priority is highly personalised,​ ​respectful​ ​care​ ​that​ ​is​ ​directed​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​woman’s​ ​empowerment. Basic to intermediate​ ​Spanish is a requirement.

We appreciate if you share our feminist views on sexual and reproductive​ ​health.

Must​ ​be​ ​a​ ​very​ ​motivated,​ ​flexible​ and self-sufficient person.

We offer a rich cultural learning environment and an opportunity for you to improve your Spanish. 

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

1 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Spanish (predominantly)
  • Caqchiquel
  • English (a little)

People on site

3 - 10

Dry season

February to November

Wet season

December to January

Living Conditions.


  • private room
  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access


  • fast: streaming video


Manos Abiertas is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Midwifery
  • Women's Health
  • Spanish

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