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Dominican Republic Healthcare Placement

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There is so much more to this dazzling part of the Caribbean than picture perfect beaches fringed with iridescent sandy shores. Enjoy balmy, sun soaked days and warm tropical nights while dancing to merengue music and enjoying Dominican Republic food. Immerse yourself in the community; watch a game of dominoes being played on aluminium tables in the shade of a bar painted sky blue, smell the pungent aroma of locally made cigars and enjoy the honey sweet coffee that the Dominican Republic is famous for.

The township of Samana is extremely peaceful and people enjoy a largely laid back lifestyle. The social and political environment is safe and authorities are very helpful and welcome the presence of foreign volunteers. Despite the resilience and ingenuity of Dominican Republicans, many people still face significant challenges as the population grows and society diversifies. Lack of basic services such as education, infrastructure and healthcare, along with limited job prospects are common difficulties managed by the people of the DR.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain an insight into healthcare in a developing country context
  • Observe, shadow and assist healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors and paramedics
  • Provide domiciliary support and care to patients
  • Six free Spanish lessons per week

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Hotel Homestay Language Medical Terrestrial CV Family
FAST FACTS
Location Dominican Republic
Activities Observe, shadow and assist doctors and nurses
Provide domiciliary care for patients
Observe, shadow and assist medics and paramedics (depending on qualifications and experience)
Provide ambulance support
Encourage and teach prevention, hygiene and checkups
Spend time with specialist doctors when available
Transport Pickup from local bus station
Airport pickup available for an extra cost
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

 

In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Dominican Republic faces many challenges when it comes to primary and preventative healthcare for its people. It is common for medical conditions to remain untreated and to progress to an advanced pathological stage uncommon in wealthier countries. This observation and experience program allows you to assist and shadow medics, whilst sharing your skills with healthcare professionals at the hospital.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

During this observation and experience program you will be shadowing the doctors and nurses and you will be able to get hands on experience depending on your qualifications and language skills. These activities could include, but are not limited to, providing patient care, providing ambulance support when needed, encouraging and teaching prevention, hygiene and checkups and assisting with domiciliary health services. As with any medical service, volunteers should recognize that their schedules are subject to sudden change and are dictated by patients' needs.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE? 

Upon arrival there is a pick up service available from the bus terminal free of charge. Airport pickup can also be arranged for an small extra cost of approximately $50.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Volunteers will be staying in the volunteer guesthouse, which is located in the centre of town and only minutes from the beach front walking promenade where you will find a multitude of restaurants, bars, banks, shops and internet cafes with wifi. The house is located in a scenic, laid back and peaceful town. The guesthouse is a shared living space for short and long term volunteers and is furnished throughout and replete with a fully equipped kitchen. Volunteers work and live together and often build strong bonds, develop lifelong friendships, and have immense fun along the way! Rooms are twin-share, there is 24 hour support from local staff and WiFi is available at the office.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

As volunteers cater meals for themselves, they often decide to shop for food and prepare meals together with other volunteers and interns and provides a great opportunity for cultural exchange and bonding between volunteers. There are also numerous restaurants located a short walking distance from the guesthouse.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Additionally, volunteers receive six free language lessons every week, which focus on developing communication skills to add more value to volunteer placements. By learning in a natural and spontaneous way, volunteers become more confident communicating with locals and colleagues during their placement. The basic syllabus is supplemented by special exercises, such as role-play, situational dialogues and work projects. Outside the classroom the learning process continues as you are immersed in Spanish language and culture.

There are also several activities for you to do during your spare time including whale spotting, hikes into the virgin rainforest nearby and there are also trails which lead to hilltop lookouts or wild rivers deep in the forest. There is also the opportunity for horseriding to discover nearby rivers and waterfalls. There are numerous amazing beaches very close by and public transport is very economic. In-country staff can help you with pricing and booking trips with local operators after you arrive in Dominican Republic.

You can also help by donating material which you can bring along during your travels, these items include: white bandages,common medicine, over-­the-­counter, anti-­inflammator(such as Ibuprofen), cotton wool, hypodermic syringes  20 cc, 10 cc, hospital scrubs for surgeons, basic surgical equipment, green operation cloth and dental gloves.

COSTS

4 weeks € 1.495

5 weeks € 1.645

6 weeks € 1.795

7 weeks € 1.895

8 weeks € 2.045

9 weeks € 2.195

10 weeks € 2.295

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, Monday - Friday.

This project is not available during Christmas period from December 25 to January 1. 

DURATION

4+ weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Pick up from bus station
  • Six free Spanish lessons each week
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation & comprehensive project training
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • International HQ emergency support & back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Santo Domingo Las Americas Apt (SDQ), Samana (AZS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. 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 Frontier’s 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.