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St Lucia  St Lucia Medical Assistance & HIV/AIDS Education

St. Lucia is situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a beautiful area that was declared as South Africa’s first Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and which is called by many “Africa’s premier bush-and-beach destination”. Encompassing almost half a million acres, it is a stunning and ecologically diverse area, where five different eco-systems join, and where you find savannahs, wetlands, swamps, beaches, and a great wealth of wildlife. The area is home to the Zulu tribe; a group of people with a very lively and colourful culture. It is within this impressive setting that we offer you the opportunity to photograph the phenomenal wildlife in the area, and to help raise awareness in the local community about the importance of conservation.

St Lucia

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Duration

2 Weeks

Location

St. Lucia, North East Coast of South Africa. A comfortable and charismatic town within walking distance of the beach.

Requirements

Age Limit: Minimum 17 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health

Required Experience: For this project, no specific experience is required although any medical training/experience is useful


program

Activities

* Gain basic medical experience in local clinics and on home based care with supervision from nurses and our staff

* Help raise awareness on preventing the spread of the HIV / AIDS virus as well as on healthy living in the local community

* Help with community assistance tasks, especially home-based care

* Immerse yourself in local Zulu culture

* Make friends for life, both with other volunteers and with those in the local community

Start Date

2010-01-01
Please, contact us for further details.

Price

Starting from:
2 weeks
£890
Until 12 Weeks, please contact us for further information


Working Hours

Working hours: 8:00am – 14:30pm (lunch break 12:30-14:00)

Details

Project Cost Includes:

* The project fee entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. It facilitates funding for items such as medical supplies, building materials, equipment, etc.

* Transport between Richards Bay Airport and St. Lucia

* Orientation programme

* All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay

* Full board and lodging, which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house (except Sundays)

* Laundry service during your stay

* Assistance at your projects by African Impact staff and volunteer coordinators

* Any visits to other African Impact programmes based in St. Lucia


Project Cost Excludes:

* Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement, which must include cover for evacuation and repatriation

* All transport by air or bus to Richards Bay

* All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)

* E-mail / Internet and telephone calls

* Soft drinks, wines and spirits

* All visas for border crossings

* Any excursions over-and-above your planned itinerary in St. Lucia (see below for more information on some of the great travel options available in and around the area you will be staying)

Description

The clinics and caregivers are under-resourced and the help we provide is much needed. This project gives you the chance to gain invaluable medical experience whilst making a difference to people who need help.

As a volunteer you will spend your mornings based at a medical clinic or with a Home Carer out in the villages, helping sick people in their homes. The clinic is the first point of call for many people and is often very busy. The nurses struggle to consult all of the patients each day and the caregivers are limited on the number of patients they can visit in the community and the resources they have to help, so the help from volunteers is gratefully received. Volunteers will never be required to make decisions regarding patient treatments, but will be immeasurable in helping with basic medical tasks and providing improved care to people who need it.

You will build rewarding relationships with the nurses at the clinics. You may also spend time training the nurses to assist them with their paperwork, and recording the statistics of the clinic. This is a fantastic way to experience all aspects involved in running a rural clinic.

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