Join a Public Health Team Trip to Belize and do health checks in disadvantaged communities. You’ll work outside of a hospital environment, and learn under supervision from local healthcare professionals. This is a great way to add medical work experience to your resume, which can help your future career.
You’ll focus on promoting healthy living and helping to identify undiagnosed diseases, like high blood pressure and diabetes. You’ll do this through health checks during mobile clinic outreaches. In the process, you’ll get a deeper insight into the healthcare challenges people face in developing countries. This is critical work, as the communities we work with have little access to basic medical services.
You’ll live and work in the town of San Pedro, and stay with a host family. To ensure you make the most of the break, we’ve put together a set itinerary that includes medical work, a tour of San Pedro, and a trip to the beach!
Please note this calculator is for pricing information only. You will need to choose your final dates and duration on our application form.
Get a week free if you apply for a Flexi Trip before 15 March 2019. Read our T&Cs here.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
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Team Trips - Become part of a set team and tackle a new challenge together
Belize > Public Health
Fixed dates throughout the year
Anyone aged 18 or over 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
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
Organized weekend tourism trips
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What public health work will I do in Belize?
On this Public Health Team Trip, there’s plenty of opportunity for practical work and learning. Here are some of the tasks you’ll help with:
- Assist with basic health checks for people in local communities
- Raise awareness around key healthcare issues affecting the community
- Attend medical workshops to learn skills necessary for mobile clinics
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Health checks during community outreaches
A big part of your project work is going out into communities and running mobile clinics. You’ll work alongside a local nurse, and check blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight. Nurses can then use this data to make referrals or recommend lifestyle changes that could prevent illness.
Healthy lifestyle awareness campaigns
You’ll also help with healthcare awareness campaigns in schools and local communities. You’ll conduct research and create eye-catching posters about common healthcare problems in San Pedro. Then, you’ll go into local communities and give talks or lead workshops to get students thinking about health. Awareness campaigns are an important part of preventing illness and creating a community of healthier individuals.
Medical workshops and lectures
You’ll learn the skills required for the mobile clinics and awareness campaigns during regular workshops. We’ll teach you about different diseases and assessment techniques. You’ll also attend a lecture on communicable diseases.
Where in Belize will I work?
This internship is based in San Pedro, a town on Ambergris Caye, the largest island off the coast of Belize. The town is home to over 15,000 people.
You’ll be conducting health checks in local communities. This is where most of your work will take place. You’ll also conduct awareness campaigns in local schools.
San Pedro has beautiful beaches, giving you the chance to experience authentic island life. But the communities where you work will be less developed than you’re used to. They’ll typically have muddy terrain and the people don’t have regular access to healthcare facilities. This makes your role as a Public Health intern particularly important.
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
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