Public Health Internships in Belize
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: San Pedro
- ROLE: Focusing on a variety of areas, including community outreaches and public health campaigns
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- ACCOMMODATION: Host families
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
A Public Health internship with Projects Abroad in Belize is a great way to gain practical experience in the field of healthcare while giving back to communities in need. Whether you are a student looking to gain experience in public health or already work in the field, you can contribute by helping local children and adults who would otherwise struggle to access healthcare or afford treatment. This internship is also ideal for students building a resume for medical school.
Based in San Pedro, the Public Health internship focuses on a variety of areas, including community outreaches and public health campaigns. Public Health campaigns will be a vital part of your work abroad and you will focus on issues such as sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and communicable diseases. This will also allow you to enhance your medical knowledge a great deal.
Interning Abroad in Public Health in Belize
In Belize, interns work alongside qualified medical professionals, who will be on hand to train you wherever possible and to answer any questions you may have. It is important that you show local staff that you are enthusiastic and have a good work ethic. Developing a trusting relationship with local staff will allow you to gain the most out of this internship. We also encourage you to ask questions and take notes so that you can learn as much as possible in your time abroad.
Did you know? Belize’s rainforests have thousands of trees, plants, fruits, and vines that were traditionally used for medicinal purposes by the ancient Mayans. Today, many Belizeans still use the same plants for medicinal purposes, and children learn about the benefits as well as the dangers of the rainforest.
Interns usually work from 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free to relax or travel, unless there is medical outreach work scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays.
During your time in Belize, you will live with a local host family, who will welcome you into their home and introduce you to the culture. You will also be able to explore your surroundings with other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers. Projects Abroad staff also organize regular social events that you can join in with if you wish.
Public Health internships in Belize are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.