“The world needs a global health guardian, a custodian of values, a protector and defender of health, including the right to health.”
-Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
About Medical Teams
ISL’s medical teams provide medical care and public health education in partnership with local community agencies. From urban centers to small towns and villages in remote areas, our medical teams work in field clinics assessing patient needs and treating acute conditions. Volunteers have the opportunity to provide valuable services in developing communities, while increasing their own cultural competency skills.
Who Is Right For Medical Teams?
ISL’s medical teams are reserved for licensed health professionals and graduate students who have completed their first year of professional health training.
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 training seminars on medical Spanish and local use of natural medicines, and then the community work begins! Your team will be transported to a developing community to conduct in-home community health surveys in order assess the need for health services. You will invite those in need of medical care to a field clinic where you will work with a local, licensed medical professional. At the clinic, you will rotate through patient intake, triage, examination, diagnosis, and treatment, and pharmacy stations.
In the evening, you will engage in collaborative discussion and enjoy some rest and relaxation. You will have the option of eating dinners out, learning a few traditional dances and exploring 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, rain-forests, or caves and explore ruins, city centers, or coffee plantations, and have time for activities such as ziplining, snorkeling, or safari!
ISL collaborates with in-country professionals and local Ministries of Health to determine how our volunteers can best impact developing communities. US licensed health professionals and upper level health professions students are able to work at professional capacity in most locations.
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 local, licensed medical professionals, medications and supplies, tours and basic recreation.
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