Volunteer in rural health clinics in Belize and lend a hand in clinics that serve the less affluent citizens of the communities surrounding San Ignacio. Community members often lack access to health professionals and treatments. The clinic is manned by an advanced nurse who provides many services to the 7 surrounding communities including medical outreach and home visits. The duties performed at the clinic include infant immunizations, deworming, controlling fevers, treating work-based injuries, sutures, pre- and post-natal care and supporting lupus sufferers. There can be as many as 20 patients per day at the clinic with a range of ailments. Anyone who needs more intensive or extensive treatment is referred to the local polyclinic for an assessment.
The villagers themselves are poor and community health awareness is a vital part of this placement. Prices are very high in Belize but wages are low so community healthcare is important as apart from a select, few many are struggling and their physical well being is often neglected. You can help to improve the situation for many by becoming a volunteer in this rural health clinic and assisting the local nurse.
Why choose this project?
- Help run the clinics from recording basic patient information, especially for young children, giving basic nursing care to more advanced treatment depending on your qualifications.
- Benefit from a well-rounded experience.
- Add this experience to their CV/Resume while, and as well from improving their Spanish.
Role of the volunteer
Your role as a volunteer depends largely on your skills and experience:
- Nursing students will be placed at the centre and will work alongside the nurse. Your activities will very much depend on your training and experience. The local nurse will decide on the appropriate activities for you.
- Qualified nurses will register with the Belizean Medical Council and will be involved in more in-depth consultations as part of the local team.
- Qualified doctors will register with the Belizean Medical Council and will be able to practice within the community and within their specialization, assuming it’s in high demand.
All volunteers will gain valuable experience, and interact with people of all ages within the rural community. You may encounter minor ailments such as wounds that need cleaning, sores and infections. You may also be asked to take the lead in community health educational sessions, depending on the needs of the project at the time of your placement.
Nurses, community health workers and midwives will be well-utilised within the rural clinic setting. All volunteers will be asked to submit a CV/resume and attend a Skype to establish interests and expectations. If you are a qualified medical professional, you will need to register with the Belizean Medical Council to be able to treat in line with your training. You will be asked to send your medical license to enable the local team to obtain the Temporary Employment Permit. Please note that resources are limited, so if you need any specialist equipment to perform your duties we do recommend you to bring it with you. A good supply of masks and gloves is recommended, as well as scrubs.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Work alongside local Belizean healthcare professionals
To understand the healthcare needs of rural Belize
To explore Mayan ruins
Kaya’s programmes are based in San Ignacio and the surrounding communities. San Ignacio is located 2 hours from Belize City and is known locally as Cayo. The town and the surrounding communities contain a diverse mix of Creole, Maya and Mestizo populations. San Ignacio is an attractive market town set among pleasant tropical hills. On this project, you will work in rural communities close to San Ignacio.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 26 weeks
- Cost: £1582 / $2768 for 2 weeks
£493 / $863 per each extra week
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: San Ignacio, Belize
- Project activities: dependent on your level of experience, qualifications and registration; activities may include observation, taking vitals, community health awareness or suturing.
- Working hours: 6-8 hours per day, Monday – Friday. Shifts may vary.
- 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
- Food: 3 per day; light breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a cooked evening meal. Volunteers take turns once a week preparing something from their own country
- Airport pickup and drop off at Belize City International Airport
- Training: healthcare ethics & culture doc, pre-departure info pack, learning reflection manual, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support
- Excursion Planning: staff help organise weekend activities (Activity price may be extra)
What is not included
- Fees associated with registration with Belizean Medical Council including license registration ($150) and daily rate to practice or shadow ($25/day)
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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