The power of knowledge transferred between
Who We are
We believe in the power of knowledge transferred between communities. We are a non-profit organization that provides training services to students and professionals alike which also benefit Nicaragua's most under-served communities. We provide a medical training service to international students who want to define their vocation while also providing at-risk, under-resourced communities in Nicaragua with free public health, medical, dental, and veterinary attention.
To foster a world where true development is seen not as a one-way transfer between the haves and have-nots, but as a knowledge exchange between two communities respected for their valued contributions.
To facilitate the exchange of knowledge amongst communities of the global north and global south via mutually beneficial exchange learning programs, serving Nicaragua's most underserved communities.
Provide low-resource, at-risk communities with free education and health support while providing participants with the opportunity to receive advanced education support training from Nicaraguan education professionals, participate in innovation projects, or the opportunity to define their vocations and learn from Nicaraguan healthcare professionals working in a low-resource, rural environment.
1. Provide medical, veterinary, dental, psychological and public health care attention to at-risk communities in Nicaragua.
2. Promote and facilitate the exchange of knowledge between health professionals from Nicaragua and international volunteers.
3. Define and encourage the vocation to serve for international participants.
Our Medical Program
Place of work: Under-served communities of Nicaragua.
Program Duration: 8 days
Program Director: Dr. Cesar Antonio Boza Gaitan
Minimum Number of Participants: 15 people
We guarantee that your Synaptic Communities (SC) trip to Nicaragua will be an amazing and unforgettable experience. We will provide you with all the tools you need to ensure that this trip is a huge opportunity to receive rural medical training and learn about medicine in another country as well as provide a free medical service to people in Nicaragua’s high-risk communities.
On the day after arrival, the seminar starts at 8am in the Hotel auditorium and ends around noon with a 15-minute morning break. During the seminar, the students will meet the SC Staff; learn about the culture of Nicaragua and the communities where they will be working. One of the doctors will also give a brief class on the pathologies and treatments that they will see during the clinic days. Synaptic Communities will provide students with a document that contains information snap-shots on these pathologies and treatments prior to their arrival in-country). The seminar will conclude with instructed practice exercises on how to take vital signs as well as a mock-clinic exercise to prepare them for the clinic days.
Students will arrive to the communities at 8 am, be introduced to the SC Community Staff Member, and then be divided into groups tasked with taking the vital signs and medical history of each patient that is sent by the SC staff. This can take between 10 to 15 minutes per patient.
Once the medical history and vital signs have been taken, students will brief the doctor on the patient information and the doctor will explain the pathology and appropriate treatment while providing the patient with the appropriate treatment. The prescriptions will be signed and stamped by the doctor with the following information: 1. Name of the patient, 2. Age of the patient, and 3. Name of the medication (each medication prescribed must be on a separate prescription).
Once the prescription is ready, a student will go to the pharmacy to bring the medication/s for the patient and the doctor will explain to the patient how he/she must take the medication while the students observe.
Cultural Tour Day
As a break between the four clinic days, students will get a full day of fun activities including zip-lining, lounging in Masaya’s beautiful lagoon, and/or a visit to Masaya’s live volcano.
*Activities are subject to change depending on weather and environmental factors.
Day 1: In-Country Arrival
Day 2: Seminar and Arrival to Community Hotel
Day 3: Clinic Day
Day 4: Clinic Day
Day 5: Cultural Tour Day
Day 6: Clinic Day
Day 7: Clinic Day
Day 8: Airport Departure Day
Students will arrive at Augusto Cesar Sandino, International Airport (MGA), Managua, Nicaragua. The SC team leader will await the group at the main exit door holding an SC sign and wearing an SC T-shirt. We require that students send us their proposed flight itinerary for validation before booking as well as a complete flight itinerary so that we may ensure a smooth trip for all.
On arrival day, students will have free transportation from the airport to the hotel. On departure day, students are responsible for the cost from the hotel to the airport.
To best ensure the student’s health and safety during this trip, we require information on all dietary restrictions, allergies, and medical issues.
Our Dental Program
Place of Work: Under-served communities of Nicaragua.
Program Duration: 8 days
Program Director: Dr. Gerald Aleman
Minimum Number of Participants: 15 people
"We are a national and international organization of Nicaraguan health professionals focused on rural communities in our country with the objective to be a movement that improves the state of both oral and general health of the population. Our teaching methodology focusses on developing the clinical skills of our students practicing prevention, interception, and dental correction while providing a free service to our most at-risk and underserved communities.”
The Dental program focuses mainly on the oral problems, such as gingivitis and tooth decay, that communities face due to limited access to dental care and education. These diseases cause infections which later progress or cause other chronic diseases. The Dental program provides a solution to the oral health problems of our communities by providing immediate dental care, preventive treatments, and education through mobile medical clinics. These clinics are coordinated alongside our Medical program and endorsed by the Government of Nicaragua.
Volunteers or students will be able to:
Services offered by the Dental Clinics:
• Cleaning treatment - the elimination of bacterial plaque, supra-gingival and infra-gingival tartar, and alba´s material of the teeth through a prophylaxis technique and/or brushing technique in some of the cases with manual and ultrasonic use.
• Restorative treatment and extractions - the elimination of cavities and restoration of teeth with fissures using the technique of obturation. Resins will also be applied, and in the case of very advanced cavity formation, tooth mobility, and/or tooth loss, the extractions of the tooth or its radicular remains will be carried out.
•Education Charlas- cleaning, maintenance, and the adequate masticatory process will be included in the Education Charla directed by the students prior to the patients’ treatments. Students will explain and demonstrate the correct way to brush and chew by means of a typodont.
• Referral to specialized dental centers - At the time of dental diagnosis, the patient will receive an explanation of the treatment that will be performed. However, if the work requires more specialized attention, the patient will be sent to a more specialized center free of charge (such as the hospital/dental faculties of one of Nicaragua’s universities).
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Code of Conduct
Other examples of student behavior that may lead to immediate dismissal:
· A threat to the health or safety of self or others
· Sexual harassment of any kind
· Illegal drug use
· Abuse of alcohol
· Failure to attend required activities
· Unauthorized absence from the program
· Unauthorized changes in housing
· Arrest for infractions of local laws
Meet Our Team
Dr. Cesar A. Boza M.D. M.S.
Co-Founder and President
Cesar is the creator and director of the Medical Program. Aside from being the co-founder, he is also one of Synaptic Communities' Physicians responsible for providing medical services to poor communities and providing students with an amazing learning experience.
He is a licensed General Physician from the American University in Managua and holds a Master degree in Public Health from the Center of Investigations and Studies for Health in Nicaragua. He has over 5 years of experience as a medical teacher working with more than four Non-Governmental Organizations sharing knowledge with students while providing communities with free medical attention.
He also worked for the Global Fund as the head consultant for a national program in Nicaragua that focused on reducing the stigma that people with tuberculosis suffer. Through this role, he prepared and gave seminars in every department of Nicaragua focused on teaching doctors and nurses strategies and tools for how to reduce the stigma. He also designed the national manual on the de-stigmatization of TB, which will be used by the national Ministry of Health.
"I guarantee that the Medical Program will be both an amazing learning experience for North American students as well as an opportunity to help Nicaragua's most under-served populations with a high-quality medical service that they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford.
Medicine is the love you share helping others which will not make you irreplaceable but unforgettable". - Dr. Cesar A. Boza
Dana L. Terry M.A., PMP
Co-Founder and CEO
Dana is the creative brain behind the logo design, branding, and website. Aside from being the Co-Founder, she is also Synaptic Communities' program designer, graphic designer, and technologist currently finishing the organization’s official mobile web-app.
She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI (Project Management Institute), a M.A. degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University specializing in Post-Conflict Community Development and International Organizations, and a B.A. degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. She is also a self-taught graphic designer, graduate of TCC’s online mobile app coding course, and recent graduate of the I/O Avenue Coding Academy Summer 2018 Bootcamp.
Her work experience ranges from IT Project Management and Business Analytics to implementing and managing initiatives to grow community development programs, fostering innovation, and empowering women and minority-owned businesses in both Tallahassee, Fl. and Nicaragua to assisting in the program operations of international organizations based in New York.
From 2015 to 2018, she worked directly for two Non-Governmental Organizations in Nicaragua developing and implementing economic development and innovation projects as an ‘intraprenuer’, partnering with various other civil society institutions in the region, coaching local entrepreneurs, and starting projects to increase access to and understanding of technology. She hopes to open Synaptic Communities' Innovation Lab in the future.
Her publications have appeared in LSE’s Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, UNA-USA’s blog, UN Department of Information, and a few other online publication sites.
"We believe in the power of knowledge transferred between communities in a world where true development is seen not as a one-way transfer between the haves and have-nots, but as a knowledge exchange between two communities respected for their valued contributions. We seek to empower individuals to be the protagonists of their own development stories."
- Dana L. Terry
Dr. Gerald Aleman D.M.D.
As Dental Director of Synaptic Community, Gerald Alemán created and coordinates the Dental Program as well as serves as the head dental clinic professor. He is a Dental Surgeon with three years of experience working as a brigade dental professor in rural communities who has also had his own private practice in the city of Masaya for the past three years. Gerald has a postgraduate degree in Endodontics and a degree in Superior Dental Technician from UCICA (Universidad Catolica Redemptoris Mater), a university in Managua.
“The integrity of our principles plays an important role in all forms of human service. Cultivating these principles over the years has allowed me to realize that professional technical skills must go hand-in-hand with human-centered skills for true healthcare quality to be ensured.”
- Dr. Gerald Aleman
Geo is a computer engineer with a Data Analysis in Public Health Research specialty. He is passionate about making a difference one day at a time.
He started working on Public Health projects in 2009 with many programs for technologies in health. For the last 5 years, he served in Central American developing communities as a Public Health Project Logistic Coordinator for Medical, Dental, and Veterinarian campaigns.