What makes our medical volunteer opportunities for high school students special?
- You'll gain firsthand experience into providing medical care in a global context
- Everything is planned for you, so all you need to do is focus on your experience
- Volunteers from around the world will be living and working with you to achieve the same goal
- Staff will be by your side every step of the way, and your safety and well-being is our greatest priority
- We coordinate weekly social activities so you can experience a new country from a local's perspective
- You’ll become part of a global network of aspiring medical professionals
- They coincide with your summer break and follow a set itinerary
What are the goals of our summer medical volunteer programs for high school students?
Our Medicine internships for high school students are designed for teenagers in mind. They aim to do the following:
- 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
- Show how medical professionals diagnose and treat patients
- Teach you about the different healthcare challenges patients face and how medical professionals work with limited resources.
- Spread awareness about medical issues and healthy lifestyles
- Help you decide which areas of medicine you want to pursue in the future
What will you do on a medical internship abroad?
There are a variety of medical internships available for High School students. They all provide medical training and allow you to learn about local hospitals and outreach work. However they have different areas of focus. You can choose from:
Medicine and Healthcare - Gain experience in a hospital setting
Dentistry - Shadow dentists at their surgery
Public Health - Visit different locations and communities to provide healthcare.
Physiotherapy - Shadow physiotherapists at hospitals and spinal injury centers.
Here are a few of the things you and other high school students will experience at your medical placement overseas:
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 work experience abroad for teenagers, you’ll 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
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
A great way to shadow doctors and gain practical medical experience is with our Medical High School Special Project in Nepal.
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 interns helped local healthcare staff screen over 7,650 people!
Other medical initiatives included health checks for 1,130 children, elderly and disabled people in Cambodia.
With all the information you’ll gather, doctors can refer patients to seek further treatment.
"My favourite part of my medical placement was the ability to talk to the doctors; whether it was explaining a patient’s situation, or helping me to figure out how to do the perfect stitch. Every day was different and this made my experience so much more interesting and helped solidify my desire to pursue a medical degree."
- Kaylie E, Medicine High School Special in Argentina
Argentina offers one of our best educational experiences as you work very closely with our medical professionals. If you're looking to gain skills for a career in medicine, read more about Medicine Internships in Argentina for Teenagers here.
3. Participate in awareness campaigns to spread the word about disease prevention and more
As mentioned above, you’ll learn all about the diseases and illnesses that are prevalent in the country you’ll work in. You’ll use the knowledge you’ve learned during your medical project to create awareness campaigns with the other high school students. 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. And there’s no limit to the information you can share!
You can teach children effective teeth brushing techniques. You can talk to students about preventing diabetes and other non-communicable diseases through a healthy diet and exercise. You'll help people learn how to avoid mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, and actively remove mosquito breeding grounds. Any information you share will improve quality of life.
As part of the awareness work last summer, our interns:
- Inspected 126 family homes in Jamaica and Sri Lanka and eradicate mosquito breeding grounds
- Distributed dengue fever information leaflets to 500 community members in Sri Lanka
- Removed potential mosquito breeding grounds along 5 main roads in Sri Lanka
- Presented at public health conferences in the Philippines
Learn more about awareness campaigns and conducting home visits with our Public Health Internship for Teenagers in the Philippines.
"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."
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 ? Take a look through our High School Special Projects to decide which one is the best fit for you.
If you'd like more information about our medical projects and high school special trips, contact one of our team today!