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 01903 708 300 to discuss future dates or alternative projects.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
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 personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised 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
Organised weekend tourism trips
What's not included
Visa costs (where applicable)
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.
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.
I feel I have grown as a person after this experience, as I had time to work on my communication skills, teamwork and my confidence.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Jamaica
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