Volunteer in Belize and lend a hand in public 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. Interns will gain valuable clinical experience, which will look great for future employers, and you’ll be providing valuable help where it is needed most. If you are a pre-med student looking for experience to help you get a feel for clinical work overseas before you start medical school and want to be involved in a formalised appraisal system to help with university credit, rotation and placement requirements, this is a great formal programme that allows you to achieve this. You will work alongside a local qualified doctor who will mentor you during your stay. If you do have focus in 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 project?
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 volunteer
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, Gynaecology, Dermatology, Pharmacy, dentistry, ER, 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.
All volunteers must be in their final year of medical school onto be accepted onto this placement.
Although Belize is an English speaking country many patients, doctors and nurses will speak Spanish so any Spanish speaking skills would be beneficial but are not essential as translators are available.
You will be asked to send your CV/Resume and transcripts before being accepted onto 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.REQUEST MORE INFO RESERVE YOUR PLACE
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Kaya’s medical elective programmes is based in San Ignacio and the surrounding communities. 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.
- Duration: 6 – 26 weeks
- Cost: £3685/$6449 for 6 weeks, £555/$971 for each additional week. Please note a deposit of £250 / $438 is required to secure your placement
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: San Ignacio, Belize
- Project activities: Dependent on level of experience. May include observation, taking vitals or possibly minor surgery.
- Working hours: 6-8 hours per day, Monday – Friday
- Project availability: starting on the first or third Saturday of each month.
- Arrival day: Saturday
- At least 2 months advance booking required to participate in this project.
What is included
- Accommodation: shared room in volunteer accommodation with access to a pool table and a bar. Some single rooms are available for an additional fee.
- Food: 3 meals per day; light breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a cooked evening meal. Volunteers take it in turns once a week preparing something from their own country
- Training: Healthcare ethics & culture doc, pre-departure info pack, learning reflection manual, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24 hour support
- Excursions planning for each weekend
What is not included
- Air conditioning is available for an additional cost of $10 per day per room
- 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
Easy 3-step application process
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Apply online and pay your project security deposit. Our advisers will then contact you to guide you through the final steps.
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