At a glance
Join a Public Health Alternative Spring Break Trip to Belize and do health checks in disadvantaged communities.
As a Public Health volunteer, you’ll:
- Assist with basic health checks for people in local communities
- Raise awareness around key healthcare issues affecting the community
- Attend medical workshops to learn the skills necessary for mobile clinics
Belize has major development challenges and there’s a general lack of education about medical conditions that affect lifestyle. Public Health Project in Belize is a great way to do something different, gain practical experience, and contribute to an alternative, worthwhile program over your spring break.
The project is suitable for any college student interested in volunteering abroad. It’s especially useful for:
- Students studying healthcare
- Pre-med students building resumes for medical school
If you’re interested in getting hands-on healthcare experience and want to work with a team in a tropical setting, this is the perfect project for you. It’s especially useful if you’re building a resume for college.
You don’t need previous experience to join. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, and you’ll work under supervision. You can also reach out to Projects Abroad staff for support and guidance at any time.
Fixed dates during spring breakSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
Where will I work in Belize?
This alternative spring break project 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.
What impact will I make in Belize?
There are two main goals for this project:
- Teach you about community healthcare in Belize
- Help you to be part of our efforts to give communities the basic medical care they need.
We want to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to potentially pursue a career in healthcare. You’ll have medical professionals with you during outreaches, giving you the chance to learn directly from them.
What’s more, you’ll also be helping provide much-needed medical care to people in remote communities as a group. There are no hospitals on the island of Ambergris Caye. The staff at the polyclinic and two private practices, the only medical facilities on the island, are overburdened.
Lack of public transport also makes it difficult for people to seek medical help. The work you do during mobile clinics makes it easier for people to monitor their health and get treatment if needed.
Join our Public Health internship in Belize with a group and help us work towards these goals.
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.
Food And Accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in San Pedro. 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 Belize and have a truly unique experience.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Safety And Staff Support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team
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