Medicine Volunteer Projects in Jamaica
- Placement location: Mandeville
- Role: To gain valuable work experience whilst working alongside local doctors and nurses
- Type of placements: Hospitals and health centres
- Requirements: Volunteers must be aged 18 years or older
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Medicine project in Jamaica is a challenging and exciting experience. As a Medicine volunteer you will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience alongside some of the most skilled doctors in the country.
The majority of Medicine volunteers find that the facilities in Jamaica are of a good standard; in fact Jamaica was one of the first countries to establish a national health service. However, you are likely to encounter many diseases that are less common than in Europe and North America including malaria, sickle cell anaemia and rare cancers.
Medical volunteers based in Mandeville work at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, or at a health centre, depending on their studies.
Volunteers must be in their fourth year of medical studies to be placed at Mandeville Regional Hospital. Other medical students, Pre-medical students and anyone seeking some form of medical experience will be placed at a health centre. Depending on your area of interest, medical students may also be placed in the Health Department.
Volunteering in a Hospital in Jamaica
Doctors welcome enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to learn and participate. The role of the volunteer is only to observe. Your supervisor will ensure that you work in a variety of areas during your placement, and learn as much as possible about medical practice in Jamaica.
Medicine volunteers need to be at least 18 years old.
Our Medical and Health Care Project Officer organises regular workshops for our Medicine & Healthcare volunteers. These meetings will provide you with a deeper insight into the healthcare system in Jamaica. They will also provide an opportunity to become familiar with the most common illnesses in the country and to discuss and share the work that you do at your placement.
Volunteering on a Medical Outreach Programme in Jamaica
As a Medicine volunteer, you also have the opportunity to participate in our regular outreach programmes in Jamaica. Through these initiatives, which include health awareness presentations, you will be able to help the local people learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. You will receive thorough training from a qualified public health nurse and you will, therefore, be able to offer free health care assistance to community members who may not have access to the local services. All outreach programmes are run under the guidance and supervision of a qualified local medical personnel as well as a Projects Abroad member of staff.
Whichever volunteer Medicine placement you choose in Jamaica you will live with a local host family, who will provide your meals and a real taste of Jamaican hospitality. When you aren’t at work there is plenty to do in and around Mandeville, and our lively, diverse volunteer community means there are always other volunteers and Jamaicans around to make friends with.
You can join the Medicine project in Jamaica for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. Please be aware that the number of departments you can experience may be limited and you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Jamaica.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Jamaica Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.