Published On: Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014

Cruz Roja Mexicana Bilingual Services: For English-only speaking visitors and residents

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Program Basics:

Cruz Roja Delegation Mérida established the Bilingual Services program in order to communicate with Mérida’s English-only speaking visitors and residents. The program was launched on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
No prior Red Cross or EMT experience is necessary to volunteer with the program. The only requirements are that you are bilingual, able to be idle (at radio dispatch) for extended periods, and be able to function under stress. All other training will be provided.
We seek two types of volunteers:
1.- Weekly – those who can commit to at least one 4-hour shift per week.
2.- Reserve – those willing to serve as volunteers during periods of disasters when larger numbers of volunteers are needed to assist México’s English-speaking visitors.

Program’s Goals and Objectives:

Current staff – Increase English-language capacity
1.- Working with The Modern Language Institute to develop a curriculum based on basic and specific terminology gleaned from established protocols.
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
  • Radio Communications
New Volunteers – Recruit, train and retain
1.- Initial focus will be on Merida but will expand to Progreso and Valladolid.
2.- Training to include:
  • Introduction to Cruz Roja Mexicana and the International RC/RC Movement
  • EMT and radio – communications terminology and protocols.
  • Disaster Services on-the-ground evacuee mobilization, relocation and care
  • Shelter operation and management
  • National and international deployment possibilities
3.- Expand bilingual EMT capacity by providing bilingual volunteers with the 52-week EMT certification training to volunteers who are interested at no cost.
For more information, please contact
Todd Mosley at 999-362-5949 or at ToddnMX@aol.com
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  1. Michael Dean says:

    Greetings.
    I have lived in Mexico for aprox. thirteen years and have been an active volunteer in Cruz Roja Mexicana for over ten years. My delegation is located in Tlaxco, Tlaxcala. Not too many English speaking people here. I’m sixty four years young and active in emergency ambulance service and,and have a COVE certificate.
    I just happened across your page and my Spanish isn’t that great. If you ever need help let me know.
    Tengo un buno dia.
    Mike

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