Join us on a medical internship in Jamaica and get the work experience you need to launch your career in medicine. You’ll shadow doctors in a large hospital and rotate between different departments. Use this internship to expand your practical medical knowledge and give your CV an extra edge.
Be prepared to learn a lot! Ask questions about the diseases and conditions you see, and doctors will explain their diagnosis and treatment methods. What you see in Jamaica may be different to what you’d see in a hospital at home. The experience will give you a deeper insight into the medical challenges people in developing countries face. You’ll also do hands-on work, and go into disadvantaged communities to help provide basic medical services.
You’ll live and work in Mandeville, where you’ll have an unparalleled learning experience surrounded by the beauty of the tropical Caribbean!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Professional Volunteers and Medical Electives for Students
This project is also ideally suited to professionals interested in using their skills to help, as well as university medical and healthcare elective students.
As a professional, you can be sure we will match your training and expertise to the placement where you are needed most. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact on the local communities we work with.
If you are an elective student, we will organise an elective placement where you can learn as much as possible. We want you gain the knowledge and skills that will begin to shape your professional career.
What do you do on the Medical internship in Jamaica?
You’ll work at a hospital or health centre in Jamaica. At both placements, there are plenty of opportunities for medical interns. Here are the tasks you can expect to do:
- Shadow doctors as they diagnose and treat patients at a large hospital
- Spend time in several hospital departments, including surgery, gynaecology, and paediatrics
- Provide basic medical treatment during outreaches in disadvantaged communities
- Give health talks in communities and schools and focus on topics like nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and personal hygiene
- Participate in medical seminars
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe doctors on their rounds
On your first day, you’ll put on your white coat and start exploring the world of medicine! You’ll shadow doctors on their rounds, watch what they do, and you can ask questions. We encourage you to make notes so you remember everything you experience and learn.
Spend time in several hospital departments
This internship gives you the opportunity to experience the work in several hospital departments. If you’re placed at the hospital, you’ll shadow doctors working in surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, accident and emergency, and more.
If you’re placed at the health centre, you’ll get to spend time in clinics specialising in family planning, wellness, psychiatry, and more.
Spending time in different departments will broaden your medical knowledge and diversify your learning experience.
Participate in outreach work
In Jamaica, we also organise outreach days. These outreaches are an opportunity to get practical experience and give back to communities where healthcare is difficult to access. You’ll take time out from your regular schedule and join other interns. You’ll work under supervision, and do tasks like measuring blood pressure levels.
Health education campaigns
Health education is an important focus of our medical internship in Jamaica. You’ll help run interactive lessons on good nutrition, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and personal and oral hygiene. You can also talk about other topics that are relevant to local people. We recommend discussing these topics with your supervisor first.
Throughout the year, medical seminars are organised by the hospitals. These cover different medical-related topics, and serve as a wonderful opportunity to learn. Attending seminars will add to your learning experience while abroad.
Where will I work on the Medical internship in Jamaica?
You’ll live and work in the university town of Mandeville.
Mandeville has a small town feel. It’s a four hour drive from the popular beach town, Montego Bay, and a similar distance from the nation’s capital, Kingston.
Your medical placement in Jamaica depends on your level of experience. If you have no previous experience or are in your first or second year of studies, you work at a health centre. Students in third year or higher are placed in a hospital, where you will rotate through more wards and departments.
The regional hospital is one of the major hospitals in the area, but does struggle with limited resources.
Both placements are within walking distance from the Projects Abroad office, and are easy to get to by taxi from your host family.
During your free time, you can discover majestic waterfalls on hikes or relax on idyllic beaches. Some memorable places to visit include Portland, Ocho Rios, Negril, YS Falls, and Treasure Beach.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
After not getting through my interviews to study graduate medicine first time, I decided to apply again but needed something special for my applications, so I thought what better way than to go and get some experience abroad.
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