La Loma Luz Hospital, Belize 


Hospital Description

Setting:  Semi-rural

Number of Patient Beds: 20 (One bed for patient and one bed for family)
Bed Occupancy Rate:  70%
Outpatients Seen Per/day:  40 +
Departments/Specialties:  Laboratory, Radiology, Ultrasound, CT, and Pharmacy.  Specialties:  OB-GYN and Pediatrics.
Typical Cases:  Prenatal, Hypertension, Diabetes, Pediatric Care
Types of Healthcare students:  Coverage only for medical and nusring students. Other types of students would be on their own as to what they could bring to the hospital and community, but would be very welcome!
Languages Spoken:  English and Spanish
Languages requirements/fluency:  Fluency in English; some Spanish would be helpful
Other volunteer opportunities:  Church programs, local schools/orphanages

Note:  Maximum 2 students at a time. Prospective students should apply 1 year in advance of trip as limited spots fill up quickly.

Trip Logistics

Recommended Airport:  Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE)
Visa requirements for US citizen:  No
Transport from Airport Provided:  Yes
Time from Airport to Hospital:  1.5 hours
Transportation costs:  Approx. $50 USD per trip each way if 1 student. 2 students would share the cost
Type of Student Housing:  Dormitory style house - bunk beds
Cost of Housing/night:  $21/day (includes three vegetarian meals)
Meal Plan:  Included with lodging
Cost of Meals/day:  Included with lodging

Additional fees:  No fee for laundry. Students bring laundry to the laundry room in the morning and pick up in the cafeteria at supper. This includes changing sheet Recommended months to visit:  January, February, July , September, and November (contact for other dates)

Country/travel information and entry requirements: www.travel.state.gov/belize