What is the Medical Elective Internship in Belize all about?
Spend your final year of med school on this medical elective/rotation/internship in Belize and consolidate your studies. You will learn from local doctors and help in hospitals and clinics that serve the local citizens, regardless of their income. Free public hospitals and clinics are typically underfunded, understaffed and struggling to meet the needs of everyone they care for. Help is needed in all aspects of the running of the clinics, from basic nursing care to surgeries.
You will gain valuable clinical experience, which will look great for future employers, and you’ll be providing valuable help where it is needed most. You will work alongside a local qualified doctor who will mentor you during your stay. If you do have a focus on a specific area of medicine, then please let us know, and we will place you in line with that. This elective is designed to provide hands-on experience to students prior to graduating.
Why choose this Medical Internship?
The local hospital will benefit from additional pairs of hands when interns work alongside locally qualified doctors and medical staff. Medical students can get unique and valuable hands-on experience working with patients from communities in a developing country, and the practitioners will support and assess your work to feedback to your school body. It is a great opportunity for you to develop your CV/Resume.
Role of the Medical Intern
The role of the volunteer depends largely on their skills and experience. Medical students, duties may include administering medication, giving vaccinations, taking vitals and providing general health care, shadowing lead practitioners and providing assistance on daily routines. Those with specialist skills can be placed as required in areas including Urology, Gynecology, Dermatology, Pharmacy, dentistry, mobile clinics and General Practitioners. Your competence will be monitored by the local team and feedback given to you regarding your progress. Please be aware that any treatment will be at the discretion of the local team and will be determined by the skills, aptitude and attitude displayed during your placement.
Additionally, for those that are ‘STOP THE BLEED’ certified, you can help deliver workshops to the local schools and community, to teach this lifesaving skill to others.
What skills do I need to be a Medical Intern?
All volunteers must be in their final year of medical school to be accepted onto this placement.
You will be asked to send your CV/Resume and transcripts before being accepted on this project so that we can send it to the team in Belize to review, then they can select the best placement for you. All interns will be required to bring their own scrubs and appropriate shoes for working in a hospital.
Please bring a laptop with you to document your learning during your placement.
Placements for 3 weeks may be considered if this is in line with another elective in another country. Please speak to a Kaya advisor to find out more about this.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain practical experience to compliment your studies
Gain experience in a different clinical setting, consolidating your studies
To work under the guidance of a qualified medical professional
Where will I work in Belize?
Kaya’s medical elective programmes is based in San Ignacio. San Ignacio, referred to locally as Cayo, is 2 hours from Belize City along the Western Highway. It is a tourist centre and market town. The town and the surrounding communities contain a diverse mix of creole, Maya and mestizo populations. Set among pleasant tropical hills it is a lovely location for volunteering. During your free time explore the local Mayan ruins or for those feeling a little more adventurous why not try your hands at cave tubing or horse-riding.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 6+ weeks
- Cost: £4670 / $7290 for 6 weeks
(Note that a deposit is required to secure booking. The deposit amount varies depending on the length of your placement. Please speak a Kaya advisor for further information)
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: San Ignacio, Belize
- Working hours: Monday to Friday, 6 to 8 hours per day, shifts may vary
- Project availability: All year round, at least 4 months advance booking required to participate in this project.
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared room in volunteer house
- Meals: 2 per day; a light breakfast and a cooked evening meal. Volunteers take it turn once a week to cook a meal from their home country.
- Airport pick up and drop off at Belize City International Airport
- Training: Healthcare ethics & culture doc, pre-departure info pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support
- Assistance with booking weekend activities
- Learning Reflection Document
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
What is not included
- In-country transport
- Fees associated with registration with Belizean Medical and Nursing Council including license registration ($150)
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Excursions in additional weeks
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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