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.