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RSVP Caribbean Volunteers

Medical Intern and Assistant

Providing assistance to doctors and nurses at hospitals and health centers to help with patient care.

About the Program

Health care systems in the Caribbean continue to face enormous challenges from limited equipment and resources, to an overburden on the system due to the volume of lifestyle diseases. There continues to be the need for additional support staff to meet the daily workload and improve patient care. As a pre-medical volunteer you can observe at a health-care centre. Medical volunteers can observe at a hospital or health centre dependent on their year in school. Given the legal and ethical considerations only observation opportunities will be guaranteed for non-medical professionals. Professionals can register with the relevant agency in their chosen destination to get practical work.

Volunteers who meet the requirements to volunteer at a hospital will have the opportunity to observe in several departments including general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics. For volunteers working in health-care centres the departments available for observation include adolescent health, health and wellness, child health, curative health, family planning and sexually transmitted infections.

Your role includes assisting local nurses, doctors and care-givers to provide patient care. It is important that health care volunteers have realistic expectations with regards to what activities they can be involved in. You will be expected to observe but if given any tasks these will be limited to taking vital signs, dressing wounds, shadowing doctors and socializing with patients. What you get to do on the healthcare programme is always dependent on your level of training and expertise; and the willingness of the local healthcare professionals to facilitate your involvement.

Volunteers will also be involved in monthly outreach activities providing services and support to communities.

The Location

The project is located in the town of Mandeville or 30 minutes from the town. All project sites are government run facilities that have limited resources and staff.

Safety and Support

Traveling in and around the Caribbean is safe, but like anywhere in the world, there are just some basic travel and safety tips you should follow.

Your safety is our number one priority. We ensure that programmes, projects, accommodations and communities are safe for our volunteers to work and live by conducting risk assessments and preparing risk management and safety plans. We provide a detailed orientation the day after arrival which includes the necessary safety tips. Background and reference checks of staff, host families and volunteers are completed. We have first aid qualified staff and proper emergency response planning.

As a responsible provider of volunteer placement opportunities, we ensure that we provide information and support about safety and security to our volunteers. With our risk management and safety plans across programmes and countries, we take a comprehensive approach and provide volunteers with the relevant knowledge needed for them to keep safe, secure and healthy while volunteering on our programmes.

Before leaving home our staff will provide safety tips and information to volunteers. On arrival there is a comprehensive one day orientation that further helps to prepare volunteers for their experience. It covers a wide range of topics that allows the volunteer to understand the local culture, programme objectives, expectations, health and safety and other key elements. All host families and programme partners are required to adhere to the risk management and safety plans. The plan guides the identification, assessment, analysis, mitigation of all risks associated with each programme and procedure of our organization. 

Our team is available 24-hours each day to provide support to volunteers if the need arises. 

Travel Tips

Volunteers will travel by taxi to and from their projects. On orientation day a staff member will travel with you on a taxi and show you the route and how to find your taxi area. While traveling around we advise that you take only the registered taxis which are clearly marked. We also recommend that you:

  • Never travel with your passport as this is not necessary, leave it at your host family
  • Do not walk around late at nights
  • If you are out at nights call a taxi to pick you up from your location (we will provide numbers for taxis you can use)
  • Do not walk around and always show your phone, laptops or ipads/tablet

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Typical day

Health Centre
  • 08:30am - 09:30am - Assist with administrative work
  • 09:30am - 11:00am - Observe doctors and nurses in different departments (adolescent health, health and wellness, child health, curative health, family planning and sexually transmitted infections)
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm - Assist with administrative work
  • 12:00pm - 02:00pm - Observe doctors and nurses in different departments (adolescent health, health and wellness, child health, curative health, family planning and sexually transmitted infections

Hospital
  • 08:30am - 09:30am - Assist with administrative work
  • 09:30am - 11:00am - Observe doctors and nurses in different departments (general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics)
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm - Ward rounds
  • 12:00pm - 02:00pm - Observe doctors and nurses in different departments (general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics)

These working schedules are only a rough guideline and can be changed.Volunteers will also be involved in monthly outreach activities providing services and support to children in need.

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Medicine, general health care at Pre-University, University or Professional level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Flight itinerary and Qualifications (if any)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Health care, completed courses in related field
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 14:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at RSVP Caribbean Volunteers are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

It is not only about work, although that is important. Once per week we coordinate a social and cultural event for you. You get to learn more about the culture of the island by learning patois (the local language), dancing to the sweet reggae and dancehall music, cooking delicious meals and exploring other aspects of the truly unique Jamaican culture. 

On the weekends you can explore other parts of the island such as the waterfalls, rivers, beautiful beaches, rustic countryside, mountain climbing - as you will be chilling in Caribbean.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Contact & Reservation
$694
/week
$694
/week
2 - 16
weeks
2 - 16
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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Services by RSVP Caribbean Volunteers

Volunteer fees cover the following:

  • Accommodation
  • Project
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Transport to project Mondays to Fridays
  • Cultural Events
  • Workshops
  • 24-hour support
  • Resources to project (as necessary)
  • Quarterly donation an organization in need
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Souvenir

Airport Pickup at Norman Manley

Two weeks before arrival the volunteer will receive by email the name and picture of the driver who will be picking them up at the airport. The driver will have a sign and special instructions will be in email sent. The volunteer will be picked up after exiting the airport, just outside the arrival area. The volunteer can arrive either at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston or the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The travel time from Kingston is 2 hours and from Montego Bay 3 hours.

Accommodation

Staying with a Caribbean family allows you to experience the true hospitality and warmth of islanders. Think about how nice it will be to live with a Caribbean family, eat home cooked meals, listen to the accents and become a part of the family and the community. This will be a priceless part of the experience; authentic cultural immersion. You will feel the vibe and connection to the family and the community – join us, Respond...Discover...Change Lives.

Each host family is carefully selected. A staff member visits the home and completes an assessment survey which takes into consideration safety, basic amenities (running water, electricity), proper sanitation, sufficient ventilation, adequate storage and a family-friendly atmosphere. Once the standards are met, a background check is done of all persons in the household and if everything is satisfactory the host family is provided with an orientation, a host family manual and then begins hosting volunteers. There is a quarterly visit to the host family to ensure standards are being maintained.

Living with a Caribbean family is your home away from home. You will become a member of your family, experiencing the camaraderie, humor, support and social activities that define Caribbean family life. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in family activities such as going to the beach, visiting other family members, playing games.

A month before your arrival your host family is provided with details about you so they can fully prepare for your visit. Host families are usually located within 15-45 minutes of your programme or project. Your host family will prepare your breakfast and dinner but you are responsible for doing your laundry and keeping your room and bathroom clean.

You may not want to leave after you have met your Caribbean family – so Respond…and come to the Caribbean to Discover and Change Lives.

For individual volunteers you will live with a host family. Groups can live with a host family or at hostel/hotel. Note that the price quoted is for host family and hostel/hotel request is done on a case by case basis. 

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast options include typical Caribbean breakfast dishes such as fried fritters, fried dumplings, breadfruit, bread, callaloo, ackee and saltfish, steamed vegetables, porridge or light options such as fruit, cereal, toast, coffee and tea. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

Dinner options include chicken (fried, baked, stew, curried, jerk), fish, mutton, beef, pork along with plain rice, rice and peas, yam, boiled banana, potatoes, steamed or raw vegetables and a drink. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. 

Volunteers can note any special dietary requirement and this will be accommodated.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$2,000.00
5 weeks
$3,200.00
6 weeks
$3,600.00
7 weeks
$4,000.00
8 weeks
$4,400.00
9 weeks
$4,600.00
11 weeks
$5,200.00
16 weeks (max. stay)
$6,200.00
Average fees
$694.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mandeville /Jamaica between 2 weeks and 16 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. RSVP Caribbean 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 RSVP Caribbean Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Jamaica

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Jamaica. Please check the visa regulations for Jamaica.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Jamaica.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Norman Manley (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Jamaica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Jamaica.
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