Public Health in Jamaica for Teens
- Placement location: Mandeville
- Types of placements: Community Outreach
- Accommodation: Host Families
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
- Arrival Airport: Kingston (KIN) or Montego Bay (MBJ)
- Local Languages: English & Patois
The majority of our Public Health interns 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, on this Public Health project based in Mandeville, Jamaica, you are likely to encounter many conditions that are less common than in North America and Europe.
On the Public Health project, you will get a chance to attend workshops facilitated by qualified healthcare professionals, be certified in First Aid training, and participate in several community outreach activities including health fairs. You will also have the opportunity to tour the regional hospital in Mandeville.
Along with the group, you will also be a part of a workshop and community health clinic during your two weeks in Jamaica. The workshop involves presentations and training in basic procedures such as measuring height and weight, blood pressure and sugar checks, taking 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 in areas of the local community where healthcare may not be readily accessible. This practical engagement will allow you to use the skills you develop during your workshop and training sessions.
As a Public Health intern, you will gain a great deal of valuable medical experience alongside some of the most skilled and inspirational healthcare professionals in the country. You will also get to experience Jamaican hospitality living with a local host family.
Over the weekend you will go on a trip with the other interns and Projects Abroad staff to one of the island's famous beaches or caves. This will be coupled with a rich immersion into the music, dance, food, and other cultural aspects for which Jamaica is known.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Jamaica Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.