High School Global Health Team #BZE85HSGH9
High School Global Health Teams
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
What to Bring
Meet the Staff
Gidda HydeTeam 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 MoguelAssistant 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 CoyocCountry 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 AndersonTeam 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 RequenaTeam 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 CastellanosTeam 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
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 CoyocTeam 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.
Meet your Team Leader at the airport, and settle into Ayalah’s Guesthouse, family-style lodging located within walking distance of many San Ignacio Town attractions
Morning: “Welcome to Belize” Orientation
Afternoon: Tour the San Ignacio area; dinner out featuring traditional Belizean cuisine
Evening: Learning session on Maya culture/group reflection on day’s events
Morning: Medical Orientation – Intro to the Health Professions (MD, PA, Nursing, DDS, PT)
Afternoon: Interactive – Why the health profession, why a particular one? (Practice taking vital signs and performing a physical exam)
Dance lessons at the Benque House of Culture – learn traditional Maya/Mestizo dances (Mestizada, Zapateado, and Waltz) to marimba music.
Evening: Learning session on Chikungunya and Dengue Fever (diagnosis, treatment, prevention); group reflection on day’s events
Morning/Afternoon: Visit a rural community; closely observe living conditions. Clear standing water, give handouts on Chikungunya and Dengue Fever, plant flowers and face painting with local children
Evening: Discussion on lifestyle impact on health from observations made in rural community. What can be done? Work in subgroups and come out with possible solutions to share with rest of the group
Morning/Afternoon: Visit Xunantunich Archaeological Site; Xunantunich which means “stone woman” in Maya, was the Maya civic ceremonial center 750-900 CE. Go tubing in the gentle rapids of the Mopan River
Evening: Discussion on Maya history and archeology
Morning: Training for charting growth curves and providing hypertension screening
Afternoon: Soccer match with local children
Learn the Punta, a pulsating afro-rhythm dance of the Garifuna, Belizean descendants of West African, Central African, Island Carib, and Arawak peoples
Evening: Prepare for Health Fair; group reflection on day’s events
Morning: Prepare healthy snacks to share
Host Health Fair (growth curve screening for children; hypertension screening for adults)
Afternoon: Share games/snacks with community children; dance off
Evening: Learning session on suturing; group reflection on day’s events
Snorkeling at Caye Caulker, a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea, accessible by water taxi
Group reflection on week’s events