Training with ryan bemis

Feb 12, 2020 - Feb 19, 2020

Managua, Nicaragua

Training with ryan bemis

+ Get your Certification as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist

+Fulfills didactic and intern requirements for therapists/nurses/health/harm reduction workers to become Nationally Certified as Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association NADA ear acupuncture providers)

+Intern alongside local community workers offering care for trauma

+Gain first-hand clinical experience in assisting with grassroots barefoot acupuncture programs

+Inter-cultural exchange to learn about the root causes that drive migration in the Americas

+ Crossroads will teach you how to set up and sustain an acudetox clinic within public health settings in your community

+Opportunity to support solidarity and resilience building in Nicaragua

+First step for teachers wanting to become certified NADA ear acupuncture trainers (Learn more about our apprentice program here)

+Bilingual English/Spanish

+ Fees cover lodging, food, transport during project


How to apply a standardized ear acupuncture protocol and establish community-supported services to treat addictions, stress, anxiety, PTSD, depression, and psychological and emotional trauma.

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About Crossroads’ immersion experience
Since Crossroads was founded in 2010 in response to violence in Mexico, we have facilitated immersion programs for dozens of volunteers and students to be a part of our vision for making healthcare something real and authentic within underserved communities. Our NADA ear acupuncture training program is unique in offering not only a path to certification for Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists, but also a cross-cultural educational program to learn about the root causes that drive migration in the Americas.

Cultivating solidarity in the Americas
Crossroads’ work comes out of a solidarity with communities affected by the changing socio-political context in the western hemisphere. On the US/Mexico border, we work with refugees and migrants seeking asylum.

Walking alongside people as they re-build their communities and assist those in need, we cultivate relationships, and out of these connections, we have the opportunity to build bridges across borders.

Our volunteers stay with local host families and develop long-term relationships with local community workers. They hear from people affected by trauma and poverty their stories of resilience building. From this cross-border exchange, we strive to cross cultural and class barriers while empowering local communities affected by trauma with a greater capacity to respond to their own healthcare needs.

Beyond a medical missions project
We understand the limitations of outside aid in the aftermath of disaster and violence. Crossroads works to educate our students about the value of a sustainable, community-supported health program, in contrast to a hit-and-run medical aid project. Students will learn new skillsets to help people affected by trauma and gain a deep understanding of how acupuncture works as a humanitarian aid intervention and empowerment tool. You will have the opportunity to not only offer direct service, but will be a co-participant in making community supported healthcare possible.

In the spirit of the Barefoot Doctor Movement in China, our goal is to help local community workers establish and sustain these types of health services for their own people in rural and urban areas of Nicaragua, in places that lack access to doctors and medical care, let alone acupuncture.


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