Global Health Team #BZE108GH

COUNTRY: Belize

ARRIVAL: October 8, 2016
DEPARTURE: October 16, 2016
DURATION: 9 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: Belize City
DEPARTURE CITY: Belize City
COST: $1795

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

Team #BZE108GH will be working in developing communities in Belize 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.

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.


Belize

Enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Belize, rich with Spanish and British influence, featuring attractions such as Mayan archaeological sites, the world’s second longest barrier reef, caves and rivers, along with a variety of cultural foods, while serving and learning amongst its peoples.

While public health care in Belize is available to the population at no direct cost to the individual, most rural health clinics suffer from inadequate staffing, lack of financial resources to handle the patient volume, and a lack of equipment and medicine, according to the World Health Organization.  Many families also lack the resources to travel to the nearest health care facility. Join ISL in aiding developing communities in Belize!


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.

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.

Meet the Staff

Gidda Hyde Team Leader Belize
Gidda Hyde
Team Leader

Gidda is a native Belizean who has worked with ISL since 2009. Her natural leadership skills and easy going personality makes her an excellent Team Leader.

Juliet Moguel Assistant Country Coodinator Belize
Juliet Moguel
Assistant Country Coodinator

Juliet is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2010. When not helping Denise prepare for ISL teams, she lectures at a local college.

Denise Neal Coyoc
Denise Neal Coyoc
Country Coordinator

Denise is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2007. As a former teacher, she is extremely well organized and able to deal efficiently with the myriad of details involved in preparing for ISL team visits to Belize. Her easy-going personality enables her to work calmly under team deadlines! She loves to cook and travel in her spare time.

Rose Anderson Belize Team Leader
Rose Anderson
Team Leader

Rose is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL for over 2008. Her experience as a health educator with the Ministry of Health and her extensive knowlege of western Belize qualifies her as an excellent Team Leader.

Javier Requena Belize Team Leader
Javier Requena
Team Leader

Javier is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2011. Volunteers love his easy going personality. As a self-employed business owner, he is able to arrange his schedule to work with ISL teams whenever he is needed.

Ana Castellanos Belize Team Leader
Ana Castellanos
Team Leader

Ana is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2012. As a former teacher, her organizational skills and extensive knowlege of Belize history and culture make her an excellent Team Leader.

Fidelio Montes Jr. Team Leader / Driver Belize
Fidelio Montes Jr.
Team Leader / Driver

Fidelio is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2011. When not leading ISL teams, he is a freelance tour guide. His out-going personality and extensive knowlege of Belize make him an excellent Team Leader.

Antonio Coyoc Team Leader Belize
Antonio Coyoc
Team Leader

One of ISL’s most experienced and energetic Team Leaders, Antonio’s work as a Public Health Nurse with the Ministry of Health makes him a valuable asset to our programs and teams.

Activity Information

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.

Itinerary

The Belize pre-health and health teams are general medicine teams and are provided opportunities in the medical, nursing, public health, and pharmaceutical fields.  All medical experience is professionally supervised. Seminars and/or field experiences will be offered in house and village clinics.  Students will receive clinical training, as well as training in traditional medicine, appropriate Spanish, and other subjects of interest as indicated by the team itself.

Typical Daily Itinerary for Health Teams

7:00 am: Wake up and get ready

8:00 am: Eat breakfast at camp

9:00 am: Leave for clinic

10:00 am: Set up clinic and begin work

5:00 pm: Pack up clinic

6:00 pm: Arrive back at camp and eat dinner

7:00 pm: Seminar, suture, movie night, visit orphanage, night out, etc.

10:00 pm: Bedtime

Nine Day Health Team Itinerary

Day One: Arrival, Belize Orientation, get settled in

Day Two: Worship (optional), Medical Orientation, Tropical Medicine Seminar.

Day Three: House Triage – Village 1, Visit Maya Ruins, eat at restaurant.

Day Four: Clinic – Village 1

Day Five: House Triage – Village 2, Medicinal Trail

Day Six: Clinic – Village 2, Suture Night

Day Seven: Clinic – Village 3

Day Eight: Recreation – beach, snorkeling at Caye Caulker

Day Nine: Travel to airport and depart for home.


NOTES:

  1. This schedule will change due to the difficult logistical conditions of our travel and service sites.  Consider it a rough draft only.

  2. Briefings and debriefing will be held daily when possible.

  3. As per the program outline, students will be responsible for an average of one meal per day.  Students on a budget often have the option of a snack or brown bag with ISL staff, gratis.

  4. The first few days will be more closely scheduled in order to accomplish the many start-up and training tasks required on this expedition.  Once we’re in the field, scheduling necessarily becomes more fluid, depending on circumstances.