BELIZE Trip 2020

belize 2020 - service trip

Program organized in cooperation with GPSA for Health, and in educational collaboration with Duke University and Johns Hopkins University that offers students the opportunity to work with faculty and undergraduates from some of the best medical programs in the world, including Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. Students will travel as a group to the San Ignacio and Santa Elena region. While there is a significant tourism industry along the coast, San Ignacio and Santa Elena can be found in the interior of the country. Belize is a beautiful, yet impoverished, English-speaking, Central American nation bordering on the Caribbean. For their clinical service, students are divided into teams led by trained college students (premeds from Duke, Johns Hopkins or similar universities) or faculty. Students learn to facilitate several medical interventions and screenings (how to vaccinate, how to measure infant height and weight, how to measure blood pressure, heart rate, etc.). Participants not only learn more about healthcare, but they also get to know a new and different culture, perhaps making some lifelong friends in the process. Participants will be making a difference and starting their medical careers now!

DATE

WHERE

Cost

CONTACT

February 13 - 21, 2020

Belize

$4,900 - 5,200

trip itinerary

Belize Tentative Itinerary

(Changes may occur to the order of events as necessary to accommodate the community’s needs).

Departure - Thursday February 13

Friday February 14

Arrive (around noon preferably)

Travel to Guest family in San Ignacio and Santa Elena region 10 PM Quiet time in room (journaling, tweeting, photo journals) 11 PM Lights out

Saturday February 15

7 AM Wake up.

8 AM Breakfast.

9 AM - 7 PM “Welcome to Belize” Orientation (GPSA Staff) / GPSA Orientation Dinner 7 PM - 8 PM Dinner.

8 PM - 10 PM Homework, Reflections Sessions: journaling tweeting, photo journals. 10 PM Quiet time in room

11 PM Lights out

Sunday February 16

7 AM Wake up

8 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Transport to community

9 AM – 7PM Cultural day: Archeological, cultural or environmental tour 7 PM – 8 PM Dinner

8 PM – 10 PM Reflections Sessions: journaling tweeting, photo journal 10 PM Quiet time in room

11 PM Lights out

Monday February 17

7 AM Wake up

8 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Transport to community

9 AM Hands on health care work in clinic / home visits / health fair

12 PM – 2 PM Lunch at homestay

2 PM – 3 PM Free choice activity

3 PM – 4 PM Yucateca and/or Spanish language and cultural training

4 PM – 6 PM Technical session

6 PM return to homestay for dinner

7 PM – 8 PM Dinner

8 PM – 10 PM Homework, Reflections Sessions: journaling tweeting, photo journal 10 PM Quiet time in room

11 PM Lights out

Tuesday February 18

7 AM Wake up

8 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Transport to community

9 AM Hands on health care work in clinic / home visits / health fair

12 PM – 2 PM Lunch at homestay

2 PM – 3 PM Free choice activity

3 PM – 4 PM Yucateca and/or Spanish language and cultural training

4 PM – 6 PM Technical session 6 PM return to homestay for dinner

7 PM – 8 PM Dinner

8 PM – 10 PM Homework, Reflections Sessions: journaling tweeting, photo journal 10 PM Quiet time in room

11 PM Lights out

Wednesday, February 19

7 AM Wake up

8 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Transport to community

9 AM Hands on health care work in clinic / home visits / health fair OR Health education at schools

12 PM – 2 PM Lunch at homestay

2 PM – 4 PM Prepare for GPSA student conference

4 PM – 6 PM Technical session

6 PM return to homestay for dinner

7 PM – 8 PM Dinner

8 PM – 10 PM Reflections Sessions: journaling tweeting, photo journal

10 PM Quiet time in room

11 PM Lights out

Thursday February 20

7 AM Wake up

8 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Transport to community

9 AM Hands on health care work in clinic / home visits / health fair

12 PM – 2 PM Lunch at homestay

2 PM – 6 PM Prepare for GPSA Conference

6 PM – 7 PM Free time activity

7 PM – 8 PM Dinner

8 PM – 10 PM Homework, Reflections Sessions: journaling tweeting, photo journals. 10 PM Quiet time in room

11 PM Lights out

Friday February 21

7 AM Wake up

8 AM Breakfast

Depart to Belize City airport