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Our medical internship abroad in Jamaica is ideal for medical professionals (or those still in training), healthcare enthusiasts, and anyone with a background in medical care interested in traveling abroad to gain valuable experience. The medical internships we offer will give you the chance to help underserved communities in Jamaica receive free medical care, support, and advice.

Overview

Medical Internship Abroad in Jamaica

We work with pre-med students, doctors in training, graduates who need hours, and certified doctors and nurses who need to complete hours to be recertified. We also offer a wide range of customizable public health internships abroad programs to match your area of specialization, so that whatever medical area you are specializing in, we will be able to find the ideal placement for you.

By joining our medical internship abroad project, you can go out into local communities to provide free medical services and also have a chance to work in local clinics and with medical specialists. These medicine internships abroad will award you with a priceless learning experience as well as the chance to test and hone your skills in real-world situations.

Why should you join medical internship abroad projects?

Pre med internships abroad or Medical internships abroad offer more than just a change of scenery from your home country. By travelling abroad from a developed country to intern in Jamaica, which is a developing country, oftentimes referred to as a ‘third-world country’, you get a first hand experience on just how different the medical field operates in each country.

While an internship in your own country is certainly a valid option, a medicine internship in Jamaica will allow you to get experience in the international medicine field, network with medical professionals in Jamaica, meet and treat patients from all walks of life, and so much more.

Here’s why you should consider a medical internship with us:

  • Challenge Yourself:  Joining an internship in the medical field is challenging enough, but travelling to a foreign country where you have limited to no prior exposure to the country’s culture takes the challenge to a whole new level. 
  • Meaningful Engagement: Connect authentically with local communities and build lasting friendships.
  • Personal Growth: Uncover new passions, strengths, and weaknesses, potentially finding a new life purpose.
  • Learning and Development: Gain valuable insights to become a more knowledgeable student and a more effective contributor to global health and well-being.
  • Cultural Immersion: Dive into Jamaican culture with interactive lessons and tours, including visits to local markets and indigenous communities.
  • Versatile Experiences: Enjoy a balanced mix of professional development, fun, and sightseeing for a well-rounded and memorable experience.

Your medical internship abroad Rewards:

  • Make an impact on a rewarding experience in Jamaica
  • Up to 40 internship hours each week
  • Medical internship certificate
  • Jamaican culture certificate
  • Language certificate
  • Travel Safety & Security certificate
  • 10% off all tours & adventures

Details

What Qualifications or Experience do I need to join medical internship abroad?

You do not need prior experience to join our medical internships abroad programs in Jamaica. However, if you wish for more advanced placements where you will be doing medical work such as attending to your own patients, surgeries, using medical machinery, or other tasks, you need qualifications and experience.

Healthcare professionals will need to provide such qualifications during the application to secure advanced placements.

Ideal Interns

  • Medical professionals
  • Healthcare students
  • Teens and young adults who would like to explore the field of medical care
  • Couples and families with at least one member qualified to do medical work
  • Corporate groups
  • Business owners
  • Mature professionals
  • High school and university groups

Planning Your Project Activities

We encourage all interns to pre-plan for their medical internship in Jamaica. This ensures you will make the biggest impact while gaining the most experience and knowledge from your trip. When you are accepted to join the project, we will advise and assist you with brainstorming about the activities you wish to do during your healthcare internships abroad programt. We can also schedule a meeting with you to go over the activities you have planned.

What can you do during your medical internship abroad:

  • Embark on community outreach programs to provide medical care, conduct health workshops, distribute educational material, and educate the public on proper health care practices.
  • Intern in local clinics to shadow doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, assist with patient care, and record patient history.
  • Assist with diagnosing patients, distributing medications prescribed by the doctors.
  • Visit local schools, orphanages, clinics, and other organizations to educate locals on proper health care practices.
  • Conduct a fundraising campaign back home to raise cash and kind to donate to the medical facility or clinic where you will be interning.
  • School medical internships abroad can be arranged for medical schools or healthcare related classes looking to travel for in-the-field experience overseas.


These are just some examples. Feel free to discuss any other activities you would like to engage in during your project.

What to Expect on Your First Day

On the first day of your medical internship abroad, you’ll visit your internship site with your Project Advisor. You’ll receive a tour of the property, meet your team members, get a brief project orientation, and learn how to get lunch and more.

How will You spend Afternoons And Weekends?

During afternoons and weekends without scheduled internship work, you can purchase a tour and adventure package to add some fun to your healthcare internships abroad.

What Happens After Completing Your medical internship abroad?

Upon completing your medical internship in Jamaica, you will receive an Internship Certificate signed by our Managing Director. We will also sign any documents verifying your internship or service hours if you provide them.

Do You Need Any Resources for the Medical Internship Abroad?

We encourage all interns in our medical internships overseas program to fundraise at home to gather resources for donation to your project. These may include medical supplies, medications, educational materials, and equipment. We will provide a list of needed resources for your internship site.

Recommended To Take With You

  • Money to purchase lunch ($3 – $5 USD per day)
  • Insect repellent to prevent mosquito and bug bites
  • Supplies to assist with your project
  • A camera to take pictures
  • Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Notebook or electronic device to take notes
  • Cash for any shopping or excursions
  • Water shoes if you plan on swimming

Pricing & Requirements

Jamaica Medical Internship Abroad Packages

Tuition for our medical internship abroad program

*All fees listed below are in USD and priced Per Person

Enrollment Fees

Project Format Enrollment Fee
Placement Only Enrollment Fee $349
Full Project Enrollment fee $200

Full Project Tuition

Project Duration Tuition
1 Week $999
2 Weeks $1,499
3 Weeks $1,999
4 Weeks $2,499
Extra Weeks $500

Tour & Adventure Packages

Tour Packages Cost
Ocho Rios Adventure & Kingston Highlights $300
Portland Escapade & Blue Mountain Trek $300

Tour add-ons are done on weekends and include multiple attractions and all entrance fees

Placement Only medical internship abroad Projects Include:
  • Guaranteed placement within an organization in Jamaica where you will volunteer or intern
  • Do meaningful volunteer or work activities within your program
  • Enrollment in our Jamaican culture course for a thorough lesson on the different aspects of the Jamaican way of life
  • Receive lessons in Jamaican Patois, our island’s native and somewhat popular dialect
  • Jamaican safety and security course
  • A dedicated Project Advisor who will check in with you during your project to ensure you are on track and to solve any issues that may arise
  • Receive a volunteer/internship certificate at the end of your project
  • Complete up to 40 hours of volunteer hours or internship hours per week during your project
  • Develop your critical thinking skills as you solve daily problems as they arise

Here are some of the highlights of the Full internships in medical field:

  • Dorm accommodation at Barnett’s Homestay
  • Air-conditioned room, WiFi, cable television, and more
  • Receive full breakfast and dinner each day
  • Transportation to and from your volunteer project daily
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off at the beginning and end of your project
  • Welcome kit with your itinerary, emergency contact info, brochures and other surprises
  • Receive pre-arrival support with planning your project
  • Meet other volunteers, interns or students from around the world who may join during your stay
  • 24-hour support while in Jamaica

Barnett’s Homestay – Jamaican Homebase

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Our primary accommodation is Barnett’s Homestay, located in the quiet community of Portmore, St. Catherine. You will stay with Jomo Barnett, the Director of Jamaica International Projects, and his family during your project. This is your chance to live with a Jamaican family and learn our culture.

Amenities at Barnett’s Homestay include:

  • Shared dorm room with air conditioning and spacious beds
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • Eat authentic and delicious Jamaican meals, or request meals for special diets
  • Private room available upon request
  • WiFi
  • Rooms and common areas cleaned daily
  • Clean towels, wash rags, blankets and bed linen provided
  • Live with a local family and learn our culture
  • Cable television
  • Work area
  • Games and activities planned each night

What are the requirements for our medical mission trips?

What do you need to join the ranks of medical interns? The minimum age to enroll alone is 16 years old. Interns under 16 looking to join this project must be accompanied by an adult.

Once you have applied and paid your enrollment fee and project tuition, there are a few documents we will ask you to share with us.

  • 2 Reference letters (1 personal, 1 professional)
  • 1 recent photo ID (passport, national ID, school ID, or driver’s license)
  • Proof of travel insurance (if you do not have insurance, you can purchase it here)
  • Flight itinerary
  • Completed medical internship project application
  • Proof of qualifications if you have any


Email these to your Project Advisor during the enrollment process or you can submit them during your application.

How do our medical internships abroad work?

Medical shadowing abroad opportunities such as those offered by Jamaica International Projects are designed for a mature audience seeking meaningful medical experiences.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Meaningful Internship Placements: Get placed within a Jamaican medical facility where you can learn and share your knowledge about medical care and healthcare practices.
  • Comprehensive Support: From arrival to departure, receive full support throughout your stay to maximize your strengths and gain valuable experiences.
  • Orientation: Start with an orientation session to understand local culture and project expectations, ensuring a smooth transition.
  • Peer Interaction: Connect with like-minded interns on the medical clinic internship, fostering potential lifelong friendships.
  • Daily Debriefs: Engage in daily discussions with your Project Advisor to address concerns and share experiences about your clinical internships abroad.
  • Safety and Security: Benefit from the presence of a first-aid certified Program Advisor, secure homestays, and consistent support throughout your stay.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Stay in homestays with amenities like free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and daily cleaning. Private rooms are available at an additional cost.
  • Cultural Immersion: Live with a local Jamaican family for an authentic cultural experience, treated as a family member rather than just a guest.
  • Inclusive Meals: Enjoy included breakfast and dinner, with accommodations for special dietary needs (e.g., gluten-free, vegan, diabetic).
  • Leisure Activities: Participate in organized evening activities and weekend outings, including cultural tours and local dining experiences.
  • Transportation Provided: All transportation for activities and projects is included, ensuring ease and safety in travel.
  • Join Any Time: Internships are offered year round. Even though spring and summer medical internships abroad are common time frames, you can join us whenever you have time and availability.

This structured and supportive environment ensures a fulfilling and safe experience for mature interns focused on medicine internships abroad.

Enrollment

When you are ready to enroll in our medical internship abroad opportunities in Jamaica, you can begin our simple enrollment process. Our team is always just a quick call or message away. Follow these steps to start planning and preparing for the internship experience of a lifetime.

Research & Get the Facts

Step 1: Research

Read through this page, what is included in our medical internship abroad project, and decide if this is right for you. Consider the costs involved, project durations, the requirements, and what you are able to do.

Step 2: Learn about us

Feel free to learn more about us and what we stand for. Read about us, check out our reviews, download our brochure, or read through our FAQ.

Step 3: Open a dialogue with family and advisors

Start talking with your parents or guardian, friends, academic advisors, or mentors about the medical internship for international students program, why you want to join, and what you hope to accomplish during your trip. Be sure to share our website or brochure with them.

Step 4: Connect with a Project Advisor

Reach out to us to connect with a Project Advisor who will guide you through the enrollment process, answer any questions you have, help you set your goals and itinerary, and meet with you and your parents or guardians to provide more information.

Admissions – Get Started

Step 1: Apply

Complete the application form for the medical internship abroad experience. By applying, you won’t be making a commitment or locking yourself into the project, so you are free to explore other options and compare our projects with other medical internships abroad companies. Instead, your application will help us better advise you, plan your itinerary, and customize a project for you. We review and respond to applications within 48 hours.

Step 2: Meet us

Schedule a virtual meeting with us. If you are under 18, you are required to have a parent or guardian present. Meetings are done on Zoom, Google Meets, or via phone call.

Step 3: Review the Medical Internship Tuition Cost

Review the offer email which includes the cost, sample itinerary, what is included, and what you need to submit.

Step 4: Secure your medical internship abroad placement

Pay the Enrollment Fee and the Project Tuition. You have the option to pay the Project Tuition in full or request a payment plan.

Step 5: Start submitting documents

Submit outstanding payments and documents

The documents you should submit include:

  • 2 Reference letters (1 personal, 1 professional)
  • 1 recent photo ID (passport, national ID, school ID, or driver’s license)
  • Proof of travel insurance
  • Completed application form
  • CV or resume
  • Proof of qualifications (if you are certified or have experience in a specific field)
  • Flight itinerary (Full Projects)

Pre-Arrival Prep & Getting Ready to Go

Step 1: Onboarding call

Within a month of the start date of your medical internship abroad program, we will host a 30-minute onboarding call on Zoom or Google Meets with you. This includes an official welcome, tips and guides, and virtual orientation. You will get access to our Jamaican culture and our travel safety and security course online that you can complete at your own pace.

Step 2: Ensure you are travel ready

Check your passport to ensure it will not expire during your trip, research if you need a visa to stay in Jamaica, obtain a travel medical insurance plan that covers you during your medical internship abroad, and book your flights.

Step 3: Finalize your medical internship abroad enrollment

Confirm that all fees are paid, and submit all required documents.

F.A.Q.

Who Can Become a Medical Intern?

There is no restriction on the nationalities that can participate in our international medical internships abroad opportunities. Our only restriction is the age range of our participants, which is 16. Interns younger than 16 will need to travel with a parent or guardian.

Yes! Read our reviews to see what our past interns have to say about us and during the enrollment process, you can request to connect with a past intern.

This depends on the time of year that you join, but you may meet other interns during your project. Keep in mind that other interns may be enrolled in a different project than yours.

You must be 16 years old or older to enroll on your own. If you are younger than 16, you will have to enroll with a parent or guardian. For a full list of requirements, check out this list. Jamaica is an English-speaking country, so you should be able to read, write, and speak English (you don’t need to be fluent).

No experience or qualifications are required, just a willingness to do a great job and have lots of fun. We encourage you to share any dietary needs or any special accommodations needed for your participation. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about choosing the right program for you.

Beyond the program tuition and enrollment fee, consider these additional costs to ensure a smooth and worry-free financial experience:

  • Travel: This includes flights and any in-country transportation needs you might incur back in your home country.
  • Daily Expenses: Budget for personal spending on snacks, shopping, laundry, and other incidentals.
  • Extra Adventures: Factor in costs for optional tours, excursions, and additional meals if desired.
  • Essentials: Remember, travel medical insurance is required. You may also have to pay a visa fee to visit Jamaica, depending on your nationality. We recommend budgeting for gratuities as well.

We accept payments by credit card or international wire transfer. You have the option to pay in full or go on a payment plan.

Looking for sponsorships or grants? While we don’t offer them directly, we can still help! Check with your school, parents/guardians, and mentors – they might have travel scholarships or grants available. We will assist with any application paperwork you need.

Need help funding your trip? Our detailed fundraising guide offers two options:

  • Launch a crowdfunding campaign: This guide will walk you through setting up a campaign to get support from friends, family, and others.
  • Discover creative fundraising ideas: Get inspired with a list of unique ways to raise money for your adventure.

To get the most out of your program, starting on the recommended Sunday is ideal. This way, you’ll participate in the initial orientation alongside your fellow participants, ensuring everyone is on the same page from the beginning.

Need to adjust your arrival date? No problem! Just let us know before enrolling, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

Absolutely! Everything is better with friends. You can join with a parent, friend, sibling, or spouse and share a room (based on availability).

Yes! We take your safety and security seriously. Some steps we take to keep you safe during your trip include:

  • Vetted project sites
  • Accommodations with cameras and security systems
  • A detailed course on safety in Jamaica
  • Professional and licensed drivers take you to and from projects and destinations daily
  • We take you to the supermarket or ATM and transfer you safely
  • All employees do background checks


Follow this link for more information on how we keep you safe.

Yes, we do offer international pre med internships. Our medical internship in Jamaica is ideal for pre-med students or certified and practicing medical professionals.

Reviews

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Renee B.

Solo Traveller

I had a wonderful placement at the pediatric center where the Dr and staff were very welcoming. I was able to develop my manual blood pressure taking ability and other key skills that I’m not able to practice in my typical clinical environment.

March 18, 2019

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What The Enrollment Fee Includes:

  • Guaranteed placement within an organization in Jamaica where you will volunteer or intern
  • Do meaningful volunteer or work activities within your program
  • Enrollment in our Jamaican culture course for a thorough lesson on the different aspects of the Jamaican way of life
  • Receive lessons in Jamaican Patois, our island’s native and somewhat popular dialect
  • Jamaican safety and security course
  • A dedicated Project Advisor who will check in with you during your project to ensure you are on track and to solve any issues that may arise
  • Receive a volunteer/internship certificate at the end of your project
  • Complete up to 40 hours of volunteer hours or internship hours per week during your project
  • Develop your critical thinking skills as you solve daily problems as they arise

What A Full Project Includes:

  • Dorm accommodation at Barnett’s Homestay
  • Air-conditioned room, WiFi, cable television, and more
  • Receive full breakfast and dinner each day
  • Transportation to and from your volunteer project daily
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off at the beginning and end of your project
  • Welcome kit with your itinerary, emergency contact info, brochures and other surprises
  • Receive pre-arrival support with planning your project
  • Meet other volunteers, interns or students from around the world who may join during your stay
  • 24-hour support while in Jamaica