At a glance
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 CV, 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!
Fixed dates throughout the yearSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
Is Public Health work in Belize with a group right for me?
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 CV for university.
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.
This trip runs during select dates throughout the year. During this experience, you’ll become part of a team and work towards the same goal.
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.
What are the aims of a Public Health placement in Belize for groups?
There are two main goals for this project: to teach you about community healthcare in Belize, and for 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.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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