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Public Health in Jamaica
High School Projects for 15-18 Year Olds

Overview
Project Overview

Winter
2 weeks
  • Sunday June 9th 2019 - Saturday June 22nd 2019
  • Sunday June 30th 2019 - Saturday July 13th 2019
  • Sunday July 14th 2019 - Saturday July 27th 2019
  • Sunday August 4th 2019 - Saturday August 17th 2019

  • Placement location: Mandeville
  • Types of placement: Community health centres, hospitals, infirmaries, residential care facilities and community outreaches
  • Accommodation: Host Families
  • Age Requirements: 15-18 years old

Volunteering on a Medicine project in Mandeville, Jamaica is a challenging and exciting experience. As a Medicine volunteer you will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience alongside some of the most skilled and inspirational health care professionals in the country.

The majority of medical volunteers find that the facilities in Jamaica are of a good standard; in fact Jamaica was one of the first countries to establish a national health service. However, you are likely to encounter many diseases that are less common than in North America and Europe.

Medicine in Jamaica

Two week medical volunteers will get a chance to attend workshops facilitated by a medical doctor and nurse, be certified in First Aid Training and participate in several community outreach activities including health fairs. Medical volunteers will also be a part of a workshop and community health clinic during their two weeks in Jamaica. The workshop involves presentations and training in basic procedures such as measuring height, weight, blood pressure and sugar checks, vital signs and first aid responses.

The community health clinic will allow you to assist healthcare professionals with health education, screening, testing, and routine checks of patients within an assigned community in the parish where healthcare may not be readily accessible. This practical engagement will allow volunteers to use the skills they develop during their workshop and training sessions. Volunteers will help promote awareness of non-communicable diseases, improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups and improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to tour the regional hospital in Mandeville.

At the weekend you will go on a trip to one of the island's famous beaches or caves. You will stay with a local host family and this will be coupled with a rich immersion into the music, dance, food and other cultural aspects for which Jamaica is known.

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