Local Healthcare Supporter

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Coordinator | Nicole
Coordinator | Nicole

High­lights

Volunteer in Jamaica and gain valuable experiences abroad
Improve the health prospects of the local people
Provide quality physiotherapy care to the people served by this project
Get the chance to learn and observe how physiotherapists work abroad
Receive a better cultural insight and understanding with locals
Volunteer with this program as it offers a unique opportunity to experience a tropical island getaway while helping to ‘do good' and gaining practical experience. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
This program provides a unique opportunity for volunteers which are studying or practicing physiotherapy. Set in the gorgeous Caribbean island of Jamaica, volunteers will help in hospitals and homes for the elderly in a system that faces enormous medical resourcing issues. Accessing physiotherapy care privately is very costly in Jamaica, with most depending on government agencies for this type of care. This results in the government system being overburdened, under staffed and lacking sufficient resources. This is why international volunteers are so desperately needed to help support the physiotherapy care of locals. Professionals will be asked to register if they want to do practical work. This volunteering program is a perfect learning occasion for students or those thinking about a career in physiotherapy, giving them wonderful observation and support experience. Jamaica is an amazing place to visit with volunteers having the opportunity to soak up the friendly Caribbean culture and its beautiful locations. Become a Love Volunteer today and play your part in helping care for those less fortunate in spectacular Jamaica.

Typical day

With an over-burdened medical system, volunteers are greatly needed to help provide quality physiotherapy care to the people of Jamaica. Volunteers on this program provide support to staff to meet the daily workload and improve patient care. There is typically a long waiting period for physiotherapy care, with follow up greatly lacking. Volunteers help to relieve the burden by assisting local professionals across a multitude of areas. Volunteers may find themselves assisting with; orthopaedic cases, those suffering from stroke, muscle problems, chest conditions, developmental problems, back pains, post-surgery care and brain disorders. Volunteers will also work on preparing and completing treatment plans for patients. Practicing physiotherapists and physiotherapy students will be able to provide support in a hospital or infirmary where their skills are particularly needed. Volunteers will find a placement on this program to be an extremely beneficial addition to both their physiotherapy careers and their life experience.

Volunteers contribute in many ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist medical staff in the treatment of patients
  • Prepare treatment plans
  • Interact with patients and provide support
  • Assist with administrative duties where required

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:30am Breakfast at the host family home

8:00am Walk or bus to the project site

8:15am Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor

8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES BEGIN

Volunteers work from 8:30am to 2:00pm daily with a break for lunch (provided) at the health centre or hospital. There is the option to continue volunteering up to 5:00pm if wished but this is not compulsory.

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

Afternoons and evenings are free to relax, enjoy the beautiful location, explore, stay in touch with friends and family back home or socialise with other other volunteers.

Free-time activities

As with all of our Jamaica volunteer programs, volunteers on this project will be based in the idyllic city of Mandeville. Situated in the heart of the island at 2000 feet above sea level, Mandeville is one of the more peaceful and attractive places on the entire island of Jamaica.

Thanks to this esteemed history, Mandeville is not only a booming business center and capital of the Manchester Parish, it is a contrast of the new and old set amidst rolling hills and lush vegetation. What a wonderful place to volunteer!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers should have completed at least one year of physiotherapy studies (for observation only), or two years or more to access practical work experience at the discretion of partners
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified below)
  • Food & Meals (as specified below)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Return airport transfer 
Airport Pickup at Norman Manley International Airport
Upon your arrival into Kingston or Montego Bay, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. Here you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. They will also provide you with your Welcome Pack, which contains

 maps of the local area, supplies, volunteer t-shirt, contact information, and a volunteer manual to help you to be more aware and fully prepared. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

Accommodation

Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local Jamaican host family, where they will have the opportunity to become fully immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. Jamaican families are renowned for their hospitality and love to learn more about different cultures. Living with a local family truly is the best way to throw oneself into the local culture and to meet people who will often become lifelong friends!

All host families have been fully vetted by our local team, receive a detailed orientation and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Depending on the time of year it may be necessary to share a room with other volunteers, but private rooms are often available upon request. Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom and laundry. Volunteers are responsible for doing their own laundry (machine wash or hand wash onsite) or can pay a small fee to cover the cost. Wifi is available at most host family houses, however we ask volunteers to remember access to this service is a privilege and may be limited at times. A range of internet cafes are available in Mandeville.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Host families will provide breakfast and dinner daily (including weekends). Lunch is not included but can be purchased at a nearby café while at your project site – a wonderful opportunity to check out the huge variety of local and international restaurants, cafés and bistros in Mandeville!
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston. We assist you to find cheap flights to Jamaica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Jamaica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Jamaica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Jamaica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAYS
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAYS
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica (Code: KIN) OR Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica (Code: MBJ)
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,738
3 weeks
$ 2,068
4 weeks
$ 2,398
5 weeks
$ 2,728
6 weeks
$ 3,058
7 weeks
$ 3,388
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,038
Average fees
$ 644 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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  Americas The Caribbean Jamaica  Mandeville ,  Calledonia Road

Local Healthcare Supporter

Volunteer with this program as it offers a unique opportunity to experience a tropical island getaway while helping to ‘do good' and gaining practical experience.

$644/week

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