“Over a billion people worldwide have little or no access to health services and the help and advice of health workers.”

-World Health Organization and the Global Health Workforce Alliance, 2008

About Global Health Teams

ISL’s global health teams are interdisciplinary and able to provide a variety of general medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, healthcare management, and nutrition services in developing communities. From urban centers to small towns and villages in remote areas, our teams work in various settings to provide field clinics in which patient needs are assessed and acute conditions are treated.

Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to not only interactively observe health professionals in action, but to actively assist with important aspects of health care under careful supervision. Our holistic approach makes ISL’s global health teams ideal for students of the health professions at all education levels.

Who is Right for Global Health Teams

ISL’s global health teams are ideal for those interested in Medicine, Osteopathy, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy, Nutrition, or Health Care Management.

Pre-health students welcome!

Additionally, our global health teams can be customized to include specialized physical therapy, chiropractic, optical, dental, and veterinary services with the participation of six or more volunteers with backgrounds in these disciplines!

What to Expect

Upon arrival in-country, you will be met at the airport by ISL staff. Your team’s first day will be busy with orientation and intensive training seminars on taking vitals, basic triage, and medical Spanish/Swahili; then the community work begins! Your team will be transported to a developing community to conduct in-home community health surveys to assess the need for health services. You will invite those in need of medical care to a field clinic staffed by local, licensed medical professionals. At the clinic, you will rotate through patient intake, triage, examination, diagnosis, and treatment, and pharmacy stations.

In the evening, you will participate in seminars on prevention and treatment of diseases common to the area and practice techniques such as suturing and administering injections. Your team will eat most dinners out in order to relax and experience the local culture and cuisine. You will learn a few traditional dances and explore some important historical/cultural sites.

Recreational opportunities vary by location, but you will have the opportunities to shop for local crafts and explore geographic treasures such as beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, or caves and explore ruins, city centers, or coffee plantations, and have time for activities such as ziplining, snorkeling, or safari!

Volunteer Involvement

ISL collaborates with in-country professionals and local Ministries of Health in order to determine how our volunteers can best impact developing communities. Level of volunteer participation is directly dependent on level of training. For example, each team has the potential for three levels of volunteer involvement: observer, assistant, and practitioner. Pre-health volunteers would fall into the “observer” category in terms of the examination/diagnosis/treatment process, but would be allowed hands on experience with non-invasive procedures such as taking vitals, as determined by local Ministry of Health standards, while a med student might assist in the examination, diagnosis, and treatment process to the degree determined appropriate by local Ministry of Health standards.

Patient consent is, of course, an essential pre-requisite for any level of volunteer participation.

Safety and Respect

For the sake of security, ISL volunteers remain together as a team from arrival to departure. Patient rights must be respected at all times; Patients have the right to refuse treatment.

ISL prohibits discrimination on the basis of color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion or any other factor.

What To Bring

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, drinking water, instruction by licensed medical professionals, project medications and supplies, tours and basic recreation.

217 teams found

#BAJA497 - Global Health Team in Mexico: Baja from Apr 09, 2017 to Apr 15, 2017 for $1395

Volunteers will be working with local health agencies to provide much needed health services in one of three ISL partner communities in and around Puerto Peñasco. They will also have the opportunity to explore the colorful Mexican culture and spicy cuisine and enjoy the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#COL415GH8 - Global Health Team in Colombia from Apr 15, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017 for $1395

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Colombia they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#CR415GH9 - Global Health Team in Costa Rica from Apr 15, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Costa Rica they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#PAN41517GH9 - Global Health Team in Panama from Apr 15, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Panama they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#JAM416GH7 - Global Health Team in Jamaica from Apr 16, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017 for $1495

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Jamaica they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#COL422GH8 - Global Health Team in Colombia from Apr 22, 2017 to Apr 29, 2017 for $1395

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Colombia they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#CR429GH9 - Global Health Team in Costa Rica from Apr 29, 2017 to May 07, 2017 for $1995

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Costa Rica they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#PAN429GH - Global Health Team in Panama from Apr 29, 2017 to May 07, 2017 for $1495

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Panama they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BAJA430GH - Global Health Team in Mexico: Baja from Apr 30, 2017 to May 06, 2017 for $1395

Volunteers will be working with local health agencies to provide much needed health services in one of three ISL partner communities in and around Puerto Peñasco. They will also have the opportunity to explore the colorful Mexican culture and spicy cuisine and enjoy the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE56GH - Global Health Team in Belize from May 06, 2017 to May 19, 2017 for $2195

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Belize they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 2 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!