Jamaica Medicine

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where? Mandeville, Jamaica
Volunteering in Jamaica
Volunteering in Jamaica

Taking part in a Group Trip to Jamaica on a Medicine Project will provide you a full experience where you will learn much about medicine and healthcare in a developing country. Jamaica is a unique destination. With a rich cultural heritage, beautiful beaches and people who will capture your heart, you will have much to tell your friends and family when you get home.

Volunteer in Jamaica

Jamaica was one of the first countries in the world to establish a national health service, so volunteers will find medical facilities here are of a good standard. Group volunteers will shadow doctors and nurses throughout a variety of departments. These include medical, surgical and pediatric departments. You may have the chance to see lab work, the hospital pharmacy and the x-ray department. Volunteers will have plenty of opportunity to ask the doctors questions and discuss procedures with them.

Volunteers on the project may also have the opportunity to help on a medical outreach project, or a community healthcare clinic, where you will help with basic observations and procedures including weight, height, blood pressure, and first aid responses. These are also intended to help with medical screening, health education and routine medical tests for patients in communities where access to healthcare may not be available.

When in Jamaica, groups will stay in an apartment or hostel. You will have plenty of time to steep yourself into the colorful Jamaican culture with organised trips and activities. You will be able to go to a quintessentially stunning Jamaican beach, dance to the Reggae beat, and partake in traditional Jamaican cuisine.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

 

Sample Itinerary

  • First week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    1 Sunday Picked up from airport by Projects Abroad staff. Welcome - Volunteers get a chance to meet and greet staff. Dinner at OMG Restaurant
    1 Monday 8:00 – 8:30 Pick up from accommodation
    9:00 – 16:30 Induction: Volunteers will be picked up from their accommodation by a Projects Abroad staff member to start a tour of the Mandeville town on route to the Projects Abroad Jamaica Office. They will be taken to the bank and the local Digicel phone store to get local currencies and, SIM card and phones respectively. Volunteers will then be taken to the Projects Abroad Jamaica Office for their first briefing to learn about the cultural norms and expectations. They will then be taken to their placement to be introduced to their supervisor and other staff members. After which they will be taken to lunch and return to the office for their second briefing where they will get a better understanding of their placement’s expectations.
    16:30 – 18:30 Welcome Dinner at one of Mandeville’s fine dining restaurants.
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    3 Tuesday 8:30 – 9:00 Pick up from accommodation & travel to placement
    9:00 – 12:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital: Volunteers will be placed in clinical and none clinical areas as listed below: male surgical ward, female surgical ward, male medical ward, female medical ward, children's ward, medical outpatient clinic, surgical outpatient clinic, accident & emergency, pharmacy, x-ray and lab. Departments have been assigned based on the interest expressed in the pre-departure responses and the vacancy of that area at the hospital.
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at placement
    13:00 – 15:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    15:15 – 16:00 Pickup from Placement & Travel time
    16:00 – 16:30 Jamrock chill, mix & mingle
    16:30 – 18:30 Reggae Dance Class
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    4 Wednesday 8:30 – 9:00 Pick up from accommodation & travel to placement
    9:00 – 12:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at placement
    13:00 – 14:30 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    14:45 – 15:30 Pickup from Placement & Travel time
    15:30 – 16:30 Jamrock chill, mix & mingle
    16:30 – 18:30 Patois and Culture Class
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    5 Thursday 8:30 – 9:00 Pick up from accommodation & travel to placement
    9:00 – 15:00 Workshop: The workshop provides an avenue for volunteers to learn more about the Jamaican health care system as well as get a chance to learn how to do basic wellness techniques such as checking the different vital signs. You will also get practical demonstration in basic CPR and first aid responses. These practical demonstrations will prepare you for providing practical assistance in checking blood pressure, blood sugar and other vital signs in the community outreach in which they will participate.
    15:00 – 16:30 Jamrock chill, mix & mingle
    16:30 – 18:30 Supervised free time
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    6 Friday 8:30 – 9:00 Pick up from accommodation & travel to placement
    9:00 – 12:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at placement
    13:00 – 15:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    15:15 – 16:00 Pickup from Placement & Travel time
    16:00 – 16:30 Jamrock chill, mix & mingle
    16:30 – 18:30 Blog competition
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    7 Saturday Day Trip to Ocho Rios: Turtle Tower Beach and Cultural Experience (craft market)
  • Second week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    8 Sunday Day Trip to YS Falls and Bluefields Beach
    9 Monday 8:30 – 9:00 Pick up from accommodation & travel to placement
    9:00 – 12:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at placement
    13:00 – 15:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    15:15 – 16:00 Pickup from Placement & Travel time
    16:00 – 16:30 Jamrock chill, mix & mingle
    16:30 – 18:30 Games evening
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    10 Tuesday 8:30 – 9:00 Pick up from accommodation & travel to placement
    9:00 – 12:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at placement
    13:00 – 15:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    15:15 – 16:00 Pickup from Placement & Travel time
    16:00 – 16:30 Jamrock chill, mix & mingle
    16:30 – 18:30 Movie night
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    11 Wednesday 8:30 – 9:00 Pick up from accommodation & travel to placement
    9:00 – 12:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at placement
    13:00 – 15:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    15:15 – 16:00 Pickup from Placement & Travel time
    16:00 – 16:30 Jamrock chill, mix & mingle
    16:30 – 18:30 Supervised free time
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    12 Thursday 8:30 – 9:00 Pick up from accommodation & travel to placement
    9:00 – 15:00 Community Outreach: You will travel to a community in Manchester where a medical outreach clinic will be held under the auspice of the Mandeville Comprehensive Health Center. (Clinic in charge of offering primary health care services to various communities) You will get a chance to assist nurses in basic health education on nutrition and basic healthy lifestyle practices as well as checking vital signs and any other general duties in which the Nurses may require assistance.
    15:15 – 16:00 Pickup from Placement & Travel time
    16:00 – 16:30 Jamrock chill, mix & mingle
    16:30 – 18:30 Talent & Quiz Evening
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    13 Friday 8:30 – 9:00 Pick up from accommodation & travel to placement
    9:00 – 12:00 Volunteering time at Percy Junor Hospital
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at placement
    13:00 – 15:00 Pickup from Placement & Travel time
    15:15 – 16:00 Tour of Mandeville Regional Hospital & distribution of gifts to pediatric patients
    16:00 – 16:30 Jamrock chill, mix & mingle
    16:30 – 18:30 Shopping & Goodbyes
    18:30 – 19:00 Pick up and taken to accommodation
    14 Saturday Depart: transported to the airport

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