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Medical Volunteering for High School Students

All you need to know about our international medical programs

By Isabel Silva | 28th February, 2019
Updated on 02nd March, 2020

What makes our medical volunteer opportunities for high school students special?

 

What is the goal of our summer medical volunteer programs for high school students?

  • Teach you basic medical skills and give you first-hand insight into what life is like as a medical professional
  • Provide opportunities to intern in a medical facility in various departments while living in a new country
  • Understand how medical professionals diagnosis and treat patients
  • Learn about the different healthcare challenges patients face

What will you do on our medical internships abroad?

  • Gain experience and learn basic medical skills before college
  • Assist doctors and nurses on outreaches to improve access to healthcare
  • Participate in awareness campaigns to spread the word about disease prevention and more
  • Have the time of your life traveling with new friends around a beautiful country, with support and guidance every step of the way.

Read on below to discover what to expect during one of our medical internships abroad for high school students.

1. Gain experience and learn basic medical skills before college

The first step to become a doctor, nurse, or any other medical professional is to learn the basics. As part of our medical volunteer opportunities abroad, you and other high school students will learn directly from professionals. They’ll teach you basic skills during workshops and you’ll shadow them as they treat patients in medical facilities or the community. Some of the valuable skills you’ll learn include:

  • Measuring vitals, such as blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Administering injections and stitches
  • Providing first aid care and support
  • Disease and illness prevention

Worried about not being able to stand blood or open wounds? While you’re shadowing medical staff, you might have the chance to observe various medical procedures. In some of our programs, you might:

  • Observe surgeries, such as abdominal, ENT, dental, or open-heart surgery
  • Observe C-sections and natural births
  • Shadow medical professionals during ambulance night shifts
  • Assist with eye tests and use the x-ray machine

Learning is only a small part of the process. And we offer more. We’ll give you the opportunity to practice your new skills. You could give injections to oranges, practice stitching on pig skin, or measure blood pressure at community healthcare outreaches.

“Honestly, I always said blood or raw wounds didn’t bother me but at the same time I didn’t really know if it did or didn’t bother me. In the clinics that we were put in, I was exposed to flesh wounds and blood and I really got to know myself and I discovered I could handle blood. I learned so many things within the clinic and during our workshop lessons. Things like how to stitch, what type of stitches to use, and how to give injections, which we did on a piece of fruit and a pig leg.” - Faith L, Medicine in Peru

2. Assist doctors and nurses on outreaches to improve access to healthcare

For us, it’s important that we make a positive impact in the communities we work. For this reason, you’ll get to assist doctors at various community healthcare outreaches. Many of the communities in which we work don’t have the necessary funds or transport to seek medical care. Without regular screening, illness could go undetected until symptoms become severe. Your participation in our summer medical volunteer programs helps provide free basic medical services to communities in need.

You’ll help with routine health checks under supervision of medical professionals. You’ll use the skills you and the other high school students learned in your international medical internship workshops. In 2018, our high school medical interns helped local healthcare individuals screen over 7,650 people!

3. Participate in awareness campaigns for disease prevention

Our volunteer opportunities for high school students interested in medicine are fantastic to understand how diseases and illnesses affect individuals. You’ll use the knowledge you’ve learned during your medical project to create awareness campaigns with other medical volunteers. These campaigns are important aspects of the project as they educate communities on disease. You'll share information about causes, symptoms and treatments for these various common illnesses.

This awareness work will increase general well being of the local community. Some projects our volunteers have worked on are:

  • Teaching children effective teeth brushing techniques
  • Preparing lessons on diabetes prevention
  • Promoting a healthy diet and exercise.
  • Avoiding mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, and actively remove mosquito breeding grounds

As part of the awareness work last summer, our interns:

  • Inspected 126 family homes in Jamaica and Sri Lanka to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds
  • Distributed dengue fever information leaflets to 500 community members in Sri Lanka
  • Spoke to the residents in 99 houses in Belize, and handed out brochures to raise awareness of mosquito-borne diseases
  • Removed potential mosquito breeding grounds along 5 main roads in Sri Lanka
A high school student teaching children how to brush teeth during our medical project abroad for teenagers.

4. Have the time of your life!

Last but not least, you’ll share this experience with other high school students from all over the world. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and build up an international network of future medical professionals.

We do more than just organize an internship with like-minded people, we also make sure you get to explore the country! Our great staff will prepare:

  • Social activities
  • Cultural events
  • A weekend trip

Depending on where you intern, these can include safaris through national parks, a day at famous temples like Angkor Wat, or a trek to find the most beautiful waterfalls. You may even get to try your hand at salsa, learn how to make Chinese dumplings, or spend the day in a traditional Maasai village. We want you to truly embrace cultural exchange!

A group photo of high school volunteers and staff before a medical outreach to gain medical work experience abroad.

"Overall, my time in Ghana was the best month of my life and I made friends I hope to never lose. The experience I gained in the medical field was invaluable and it solidified my desire to go into a medical profession. I hope to return to Cape Coast next summer to visit the many friends I made there, and I also hope to continue volunteering with Projects Abroad. I encourage anyone interested to consider going to Ghana. Who knows? It could quite possibly change your life." -Victoria, Medicine High School Special in Ghana

These programs will help you decide if a medical career is something you truly want. It’ll push you in the right direction while allowing you to be a part of something bigger: our efforts to improve healthcare in developing countries. And you'll achieve it through the support of our helpful staff and volunteers from around the world.

Are you ready to discover what you’re capable of in 2020? Take a look through our High School Special Projects to decide which one is the best fit for you. Reach out to us at anytime; our Project Experts will love to help you find the perfect placement for your summer volunteer abroad program.

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