Travel VP for Jamaica Trip
Robyn Bockrath, Medical Missions Coordinator for American Caribbean Experience
Price range and breakdown of costs
For a two week trip the cost is approximately $1,500. For a one week trip, the cost is about $1,000.
Fundraising options plus any template letters you used
None of us did any fundraising for this trip. However, students in other trips sent letters to family and friends.
Hep B is recommended.
Visas are only required for students who are not US citizens. If you are not a US citizen, you must go to the Embassy of Jamaica website and find out what type of visa you are required to have to enter the country. After December 31st, 2005 all travelers to Jamaica (US and non-US citizens will require a valid passport to enter the country).
Timeline of the program
Once you decide that you want to go on the trip, you must contact Robyn Bockrath, at firstname.lastname@example.org, so the necessary paperwork can be turned in before the deadline. You will be told what the deadlines are at the main informational meeting for abroad studying. The next step is to turn in the deposits and the full payments to ACE. They will take care of purchasing your tickets and arranging every other detail for the in-country stay for you. At least one organizational meeting will be arranged for the students who are traveling and Dr. Guy prior to leaving the country, where you will obtain all the information you need.
Pre-travel preparation which is recommended
You are encouraged to do some reading about history and current events in Jamaica prior to leaving US. A packing list will be provided to all the students who are going on the trip, several weeks before departure. The only thing students need to make sure to do a few weeks in advance is to pay for their trip and get the Hep B vaccine.
Brief information about what students would be doing during their stay
Students would be working along with other health care students (med students, nursing students) under the supervision of a health care professional, such as Dr. Guy. They will be seeing patients in government clinics, in a rural setting. The main responsibilities involve taking vitals, taking patient histories and giving out prescription/non-prescription medications to the patients after consulting with the doctor on staff. Other possible activities include taking a tour of the hospital in Port Maria, spending time with the patients at the infirmary, organizing the pharmacy. Besides the medical aspect, this trip is very beneficial in the sense that it provides a great cultural experience. All the workers at the Galina Breeze Hotel (where you will be staying) are Jamaican. You definitely have the opportunity to get to know them and their culture pretty well.
Joe Rettig and Katie Jaap
Summer break (June-July). Usually 3-4 weeks depending on the number of students participating and what fits your schedule.
Approximately $3000, maybe more. The largest determining factor is airfare (usually $2000-$2300). This approximation includes housing, food, car rental, and weekend getaways.
A local French Club collects money and donates it to the group each year. This usually amounts to a couple hundred dollars per person, depending on the number traveling. You are always encouraged to send letters to family, friends, churches, etc.
Hepatitis A, Malaria prophylaxis
Only a passport is required.
Informational meeting will be held in the Fall and Winter and actual trip preparation will start in late Winter or early Spring. We will meet with Dr. Roger Pacholka who is a Wright State alum and ER doctor at Miami Valley who travels to Swaziland several times a year. He will share valuable information about the country and hospital and what you should expect. We will also have a pre-trip orientation meeting with Dr. Kate Cauley.
Brief Description of Activities Onsite
You will work at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital during the week. You will have an opportunity to shadow doctors in the following departments - Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, and Surgery. You will also have a chance to spend evenings and weekends in the ER and the labor ward.
Within the limitations of practice for a medical student having recently completed the first year of undergraduate medical education, you will be given as much responsibility as you are willing to take on, under the supervision of the local physicians. Outside of the hospital you will be able to visit various orphanages and game parks.
There will also be opportunity to travel with local groups to various parts of rural Swaziland to take part in the mobile clinics.
Housing is dormitory style at Raleight Fitkin Memorial Hospital, with all of the conveniences of home (hot running water, refrigerator, oven, microwave.) This makes working in the ER and L&D in the evenings very safe and convenient.There is an American style grocery store a few minutes from the house. You will be there during their Winter, but the weather is beautiful, 70s and sunny in the day, 40-50s at night.
You will be in the city of Manzini, which has a population of approximately 80,000. If interested in researching flight information, the Manzini airport code is MTS.
Indian Health Services
Various Indian Reservations in AZ, SD, MT, MN, AK, TN, NM, AK
IHS Student Opportunities
Price range, and breakdown of costs
- Travel to and from the reservation (although some locations will reimburse the student up to $500).
- Housing and meals are provided.
- Fundraising options plus any template letters you used.
Timeline of the program if there is one
Accept third and fourth year students for one-month rotations, or year round commitments.
Pre-travel preparation recommended
Research each facility to determine which is the best fit for the applicant.
Brief blurb about what students would be doing during their stay
Depends on the site, but the focus is on primary care. It is recommended that the student bring transportation in order to enjoy the great outdoors and national parks in their free time.
Mandatory reading material
A list of frequently asked questions about traveling to the designated country with answers: www.ihs.gov and search for faq.