Global Health Team #JAM527GH7

COUNTRY: Jamaica

ARRIVAL: May 27, 2018
DEPARTURE: June 2, 2018
DURATION: 7 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: Kinston
DEPARTURE CITY: Kinston
COST: $1695

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

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.

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.


Jamaica

Surrounded by the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean, Jamaica is a popular tourist destination known for its beaches, waterfalls, and music, but one does not have to venture far from the beachside resorts to witness the extreme need that exists in many Jamaican communities.

ISL’s Global Health teams to Jamaica fly in and out of Kingston and lodge in May Pen. We provide health services and medications in the Canaan Heights neighborhood, a shanty community in which the majority of houses are made of tin and other scrap materials.


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 (all meals on All Inclusive programs), drinking water, instruction by licensed medical professionals, project medications and supplies, tours and basic recreation.

What to Bring

All volunteers 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.

*All Inclusive programs include all meals and recreation, so bring funds only to cover personal spending and departure tax.

Meet the Staff

Princess Lawes Country Coordinator Jamaica
Princess Lawes
Country Coordinator

Princess Lawes has been with ISL in Jamaica since 2012 as a Country Coordinator and Team Leader. Her outgoing personality and familiarity with the needs of her community help her guide ISL volunteers to projects and clinics that have the most impact on meeting the needs of the people of Jamaica. She loves to cook and volunteers love her famous Christmas cake!

Activity Information

All volunteers 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.

*All Inclusive programs include all meals and recreation, so bring funds only to cover personal spending and departure tax.

Itinerary

The Colombia 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

Two Week Health Team Itinerary

Day One: Arrive at Matecaña airport in Pereira and settle in to hotel.

Day Two: Practical and Medical Orientations. Language class. Medical Clinics training (Vitals, Check-ups, Triage).

Day Three: House visits to underserved communities.

Day Four: Medical Clinic.

Day Five: House visits to underserved communities.

Day Six: Medical Clinic.

Day Seven: Medical Clinic.

Day Eight: Coffee Culture Tour. Shopping. City Tour. Hospital Tour. Juan Valdez Coffe. Dancing Lessons and Networking session.

Day Nine: Fond farewells and departure for home – let the story telling begin!


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.