Honduras Medical Project

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1. In Brief

Immerse yourself in the Honduran culture and experience the sights and sounds of this unique country. Help in assisting medical staff at a hospital or clinic and in turn support local communities, while getting valuable medical work experience.

Add a touch of spice to your project by using your spare time to explore the spellbinding landscapes and natural wonders of this fascinating country. Enjoy adventure sports like scuba diving, horseback riding, trekking, relax on the spotless white sand beachesand make friends in your new home.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Providing assistance in patient care
  • Volunteering in a hospital or clinic
  • Improve your Spanish with daily lessons
  • Explore Honduras in all its glory

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Intermediate level of the Spanish language required

FAST FACTS

Location La Ceiba, Honduras
Activities Assisting with patient care
Supporting the medical staff
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival
Airport drop-off on departure
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 3 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Airport drop-off
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be supporting staff at a local hospital or clinic in the city of La Ceiba. Your time may be spent shadowing or working alongside healthcare worker or directly with patients.  You may even be required to provide assistance with a variety of technical and administrative support as required.  

Your internship will give you invaluable preparation for a career in medicine and is geared towards those who wish to pursue a career within a medical field.  Those with determination, enthusiasm and aptitude may be able to assist the doctors, nurses and lab staff in their duties and gain hands-on experience of administering care to the Honduran people, however please be aware that your involvement is completely dependent upon your own skills and experience and the needs of the hospital / clinic at the time of your placement.

The centrally located hospital receives a wide range of patients with a multitude of ailments whereas the  clinic, situated in the suburban area of La Ceiba, was founded for young people up to the age of 19, who attend for help and advice on such matters as pregnancy, SOA tests and psychological problems.  The most successful volunteers are those who can be flexible, proactive and enthusiastic about helping out where they are needed most.

Your day will be divided into volunteering at the Health Centre and partaking in Spanish lesson’s at the Central American Spanish School. This provides a great opportunity to brush up on your Spanish whilst working in the clinic where you will need it!

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

There are two options for arriving into Honduras, either to fly into San Pedro Sula or direct to La Ceiba. If you fly into La Ceiba you will be collected from the airport by a friendly local staff member, who will then escort you to your home in La Ceiba, a port town on the north coast of Honduras, where you will live for the duration of your stay.  If you are arriving into San Pedro Sula you will then make your way to La Ceiba via bus, detailed instructions for which will be provided prior to your departure.  If you choose the San Pedro Sula option please aim to arrive no later than 2pm in order to make the last bus.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying with a friendly Honduran host family, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in the culture and language of Honduras as you will be living just like a local! You will have a private room and bathroom facilities will be available. Your host family will be welcoming and friendly and will try to make you feel like a member of the family.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day. These meals will be typical Honduran dishes consisting of beans, rice, tortillas, meat, cheese and eggs. Food can also be obtained at local supermarkets. Sample some of the country's local food such as meaty tortillas, fried beans, and papaya.

4. The reviews

A Great Opportunity to Help a Hospital in Need  | 30 Jul 2013
I choose to go to La Ceiba, Honduras because I wanted to have a hands on experience in a hospital...

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Just the medicine!  | 4 Dec 2012
This project has been brilliant for me – getting valuable experience in this industry will ...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Honduras offers a host of adventure and cultural experiences for you to enjoy in your spare time. Possible extra activities include hiking, horse riding, snorkelling, trekking, rainforest expeditions, and scuba diving. It is also possible to add a teaching project to your language experience. Travel to the Lagoon of Cocoa to see monkeys and bird species.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,645

Extra week US$545

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): San Pedro Sula (SAP), La Ceiba (LCE)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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