Ruth Bell riverboatBolivia

Specialties Needed

Dentistry, Dermatology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Registered Nurses

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Hospital Website
https://samaritanspurse.org/medical/ruth-bell-riverboat-bolivia/
Mission Organization
Samaritan's Purse operates the Ruth Bell riverboat in the Bolivian Amazon Basin, bringing medical and dental aid to remote riverside communities, along with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Profile
Many communities in the Bolivian Amazon are isolated from the rest of the world. People have no access to land or air transport, communication networks, or basic humanitarian services. Consequently, many people are unaware of basic health and sanitation practices and suffer from a variety of illnesses, both medical and dental. Many have yet to embrace salvation through faith in Christ.
Time Difference
-1 hour Eastern Daylight Savings Time, U.S.A. Same time as Eastern Standard Time, U.S.A.
Travel
Fly by commercial air to Bolivia. You will stay in Santa Cruz for one day and then take an in-country flight to Trinidad where you will board the riverboat. Typically the Ruth Bell will depart from and return to Trinidad, however each trip schedule can be slightly different. You will fly back to Santa Cruz where you will spend two nights before returning to the U.S.
People
Bolivia has a population of 11,513,100 (2019 est.) The largest of approximately three dozen indigenous groups are the Quechua (29% or 2.5 million), Aymara (24% or 2 million), Chiquitano (1% or 180,000), and Guarani (1% or 125,000). No other indigenous groups represent more than 0.5% of the population. Bolivia is one of the least developed countries in South America. Around 51% of its people, many of whom are subsistence farmers, live under the poverty line of 2 USD a day.
Language
Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, and Guarani are four main languages spoken throughout Bolivia. Translators are available to assist medical personnel treating patients on the Ruth Bell.
Climate
The temperature stays consistent year-round, with highs in the mid 80s Fahrenheit during the day and lows in the mid 50s Fahrenheit at night. The rainy season usually begins in November and continues until the beginning of April. April through November is generally very dry. This time of year can be very dusty and might not be a very enjoyable time for allergy sufferers.
Housing
During your time in Beni, you will be staying on the boat. Accommodations on the boat include a dining hall, two small depositories (check-up rooms), a kitchen, and two bathrooms on the first deck. The second deck includes the captain's bridge, seven cabins with twin bunk beds, and two bathrooms with showers.
Food
Local food including rice, chicken, fish, and fried bananas will be served.
For More Information
Contact Sandy Souto by email or by phone at: (828) 278-1006.