A Jamaican patient has his blood pressure levels measured by a teenage Public Health intern during a medical outreach.

Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Jamaica

Work with teenagers your age to do health checks and raise awareness of diseases in disadvantaged communities

Join our Public Health internship in Jamaica for teenagers and gain practical healthcare experience while helping people in disadvantaged communities. You’ll do basic health checks, and help raise awareness of diseases and how to prevent them. We’ll teach you basic medical skills, and you’ll get first aid training. This will add a lot of value to your CV, which could help your future career.

The healthcare work you do in Jamaica is important. Many of the communities we travel to are severely disadvantaged, and don’t have access to basic medical services. There’s also a lack of knowledge about diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, which are on the rise in Jamaica.

You’ll live and work in the university town of Mandeville, and stay with a local host family. Projects Abroad staff will supervise all your activities, from your project work to sightseeing trips. Throughout it all, you’ll be with a group of teenagers your own age.

We currently don’t have any available dates for this project. Contact us on 1 212 244 7234 to discuss future dates or alternative projects.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school break

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:

Mandeville (Read More)


Host family Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • 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

  • 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 supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organized weekend tourism trips

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is Public Health work in Jamaica for teenagers right for me?

This internship is perfect for teenagers who want to get practical healthcare experience and help people in need at the same time.

This internship is especially useful if you’re planning on studying medicine in the future. The experience you get here will boost your CV, and give you plenty to talk about in interviews and applications. It will also demonstrate your commitment to helping others, which is important for anyone working in healthcare.   

You don’t need any experience to join. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, and all your work is supervised. In addition, Projects Abroad staff are there to offer constant guidance and support. 

Are you travelling abroad for the first time on your own? No worries! Our High School Special is designed to give you as much support as possible, and our staff are always there to help. You’ll also work, socialise, and go sightseeing with a group of teenagers your own age.

All of our High School Specials take place over fixed dates in the summer, and have a set itinerary.

As part of the Public Health placement for teenagers in Jamaica, high school students explore over weekends with staff and new friends from around the world.

What will I do at a Public Health placement in Jamaica for teenagers?

These are some of the main activities you will take part in during your Public Health internship in Jamaica:

  • Take part in community outreaches to improve healthcare in disadvantaged areas
  • Attend workshops led by medical professionals to learn more about healthcare practices
  • Receive training and become certified in first aid
  • Explore Jamaica with new friends from around the world  

Public health work in Jamaica for teenagers focuses on these main areas:

Take part in community outreaches to improve healthcare in disadvantaged areas

The communities you’ll work with have limited access to basic medical care. You’ll work alongside medical professionals, and do tasks like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Doctors and nurses will use the information you gather to identify patients who need further treatment. All of your work is supervised.

Education is a big part of our outreach work. You’ll help us raise awareness of diseases, especially non-communicable diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. We’ll teach you about the most serious diseases affecting Jamaica, and you’ll share this knowledge with disadvantaged communities.

Attend workshops led by medical professionals to learn more about healthcare practices

You will attend workshops and learn from experienced doctors. These workshops include presentations and training in basic medical procedures. We’ll teach you skills like measuring blood pressure, sugar levels and vital signs, and you’ll also learn to check height and weight.

Receive training and become certified in first aid

During your internship, we’ll give you first aid training, and you’ll get a certificate at the end of it. These training sessions also involve monitoring vital signs.

Explore Jamaica with new friends from around the world

We have organised some exciting activities for you and your group to explore more of Jamaica. When you’re not working, you’ll visit local sites, like YS Falls, or take a trip to Turtle Tower Beach. Our staff in Jamaica will also organise some cultural and social events. You’ll get to learn how to dance to reggae music, and go for a Jamaican cooking class.

Where in Jamaica will I work?


You’ll live in Mandeville, and work in and around the city.

Mandeville is the largest town in the Manchester parish. Many communities are disadvantaged, and there is a lot of need for improved healthcare.

Your work will take place at several facilities. These include a health clinic, community health centres, and at residential care facilities like centres for the disabled and the elderly. You’ll also do outreach work outside of these placements.

When you’re not working, our staff have plenty for you to see and do. With your group, you’ll do cultural and social activities like a reggae dance lesson and a cooking class. Over the weekend, you’ll go on a sightseeing trip to Turtle Tower Beach and the spectacular YS Falls.


When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Jamaica Arrival Procedures page.

Aims and Impact of our Public Health placements in Jamaica for teenagers

The main aim of this project is to improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged communities in Jamaica.

Jamaica faces several social and economical challenges. There are high levels of poverty, and many communities have limited access to healthcare services. Our Public Health programmes provide basic care through outreaches, and we also work to share knowledge about diseases and how to prevent them.

You’ll be part of these efforts by doing health checks and assisting medical professionals with identifying patients who need treatment. You’ll also participate in the educational talks we do.

In addition, this project also focuses on teaching you basic medical skills, which can help your future career. You’ll also gain an insight into the healthcare challenges people face everyday in a developing country. 

Join us as we work to improve healthcare services in Jamaica, and gain valuable medical work experience in the process.

As part of the Public Health placement for teenagers in Jamaica, students have fun with school children during an exercise activity.

Management Plans

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

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.


You'll stay with a host family in Mandeville. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Jamaica and have a truly unique experience.

On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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