Medicine and Health Care Programme
- Location: Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia
- Types of Partners: Hospitals, Health Centres and Laboratories
- Population Served: Children and adults
- Age Group Served: All
- Number of People Cared For: 20+ (varies for each partner)
- Minimum Stay: From 2 weeks
- Sustainable Development Goal: Good Health and Well-Being
- Programme Requirements: No specific requirement for pre-medical volunteers, as you will only be able to observe. Medical students will also only observe and any practical work will be at the discretion of the partner. Professionals will be asked to register to do practical work, to observe only no registration is required. RSVP Caribbean will guide you through the simple registration process.
- Work Schedule: 5 hours per day, Monday – Friday
- Activities: Weekly workshops and cultural events
- Accommodation Type: Host Family
- Price: From $1,400USD per person, convert to your currency. Please see Programme and Project Price for each country
- Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner (adapted to dietary requirements as necessary)
- What is Included: 24-hour support, accommodation, programme, two meals, transportation to and from the airport, taxi cost from host family to partner agency, please see What is Included for a full list
- What is Not Included: Airfare, daily lunch, internet, laundry, travel and health insurance, please see What is Not Included for a full list
- Start Dates: Flexible
- Age of Volunteer: Must be 18+
Health care systems in the Caribbean continue to face enormous challenges from limited equipment and resources, to an overburden on the system due to the volume of lifestyle diseases. There continues to be the need for additional support staff to meet the daily workload and improve patient care. As a pre-medical volunteer you can observe at a health-care centre. Medical volunteers can observe at a hospital or health centre dependent on their year in school. Given the legal and ethical considerations only observation opportunities will be guaranteed for non-medical professionals. Professionals can register with the relevant agency in their chosen destination to get practical work.
Volunteers who meet the requirements to volunteer at a hospital will have the opportunity to observe in several departments including general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics. For volunteers working in health-care centres the departments available for observation include adolescent health, health and wellness, child health, curative health, family planning and sexually transmitted infections.
Your role includes assisting local nurses, doctors and care-givers to provide patient care. It is important that health care volunteers have realistic expectations with regards to what activities they can be involved in. You will be expected to observe but if given any tasks these will be limited to taking vital signs, dressing wounds, shadowing doctors and socializing with patients. What you get to do on the healthcare programme is always dependent on your level of training and expertise; and the willingness of the local healthcare professionals to facilitate your involvement.
Volunteers will also be involved in monthly outreach activities providing services and support to communities.