Kaya Health Care Volunteering Projects in Belize


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

BelizeSan Ignacio, San Ignacio NABZ

About

Counselling and Social Work

On this project, the college has a small staff that focus on individual counselling for the students as well as providing wider social skills development outside the classroom, including Building School-Community-Parent partnerships, Parental Educational Classes, Youth Leadership Development (working with various student clubs), The High School Life Skills Program, Drug and Alcohol Education and workshops to help students learn how to respond to peer pressure in school.

Volunteer in Rural Health Clinics in Belize

Volunteer in rural health clinics in Belize and lend a hand in clinics that serve the less affluent citizens of communities surrounding San Ignacio. Community members often lack access to health professionals and treatment. The clinic is manned by an advanced nurse who provides many services to the 7 communities surrounding the clinic including medical outreach and home visits. The duties performed at the clinic include infant immunizations, deworming, controlling fevers, treating work- based injuries, sutures, pre and post natal care and supporting lupus sufferers. There can be as many as 20 patients per day at the clinic with a range of ailments. Anyone who needs more intensive or extensive treatment is referred to the local polyclinic for assessment.

The villagers themselves are poor and community health awareness is a vital part of this placement. Prices are very high in Belize but wages are low so community healthcare is important as apart from a select, few many are struggling and their physical well being is often neglected. You can help to improve the situation for many by becoming a volunteer in this rural health clinic and assisting the local nurse.

Work in Hospitals and Clinics in Belize

Volunteer in Central America and work in hospitals and clinics in Belize serving citizens while learning about the health-care setting. Lend a hand in a public polyclinic or private hospital that serve local citizens, regardless of income or social standing.

The polyclinic offers first line of care and gives local access to free medicines. Departments include public health, vector control, ER, dental, pharmacy, maternity and outpatients. The private hospital charges a fee for its services but many on lower incomes prefer to use the services of this centre. The private hospital offers ER, paediatric care, dentistry, gyne and a diabetes clinic.

Both the hospital and the polyclinic refer more serious cases to Belmopan Hospital. Join us in Belize as a medical volunteer and gain and support the local team of doctors, nurses and house staff with their daily duties while gaining an insight into the Belizean healthcare system.

PLEASE NOTE - for electives, rotation or internship, please see medical elective option. This option will not provide documentation on performance.

Medical Elective/Rotation/Internship

Spend your final year of med school on this medical elective / rotation / internship in Belize and consolidate your studies. You will learn from local doctors and help in hospitals and clinics that serve the local citizens, regardless of their income. Free public hospitals and clinics are typically underfunded, understaffed and struggling to meet the needs of everyone they care for. Help is needed in all aspects of the running of the clinics, from basic nursing care to surgeries.

You will gain valuable clinical experience, which will look great for future employers, and you’ll be providing valuable help where it is needed most. You will work alongside a local qualified doctor who will mentor you during your stay. If you do have focus in a specific area of medicine, then please let us know and we will place you in line with that. This elective is designed to provide hands on experience to students prior to graduating.

Skills

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

N/A

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