Belize, which was known as British Honduras until 1973, was the last British colony on the American mainland. The country achieved independence on September 21, 1981, but it has retained its historical link with the United Kingdom through membership in the Commonwealth.
Because of its proximity to Guatemala, there are many Central American and Mexican immigrants who have recently moved into this area seeking refuge from social unrest or civil wars.
About the Program
In Belize we partner with the Belizean Ministry of Health and work with community health workers during their home visits, organize health fairs, and work in schools to teach children on topics like hygiene, nutritio, and maternal health. Belize is a beautiful country with a diverse nature and fascinating history. Cultural activities may include exploring the impressive Xunantunich Maya archeological site, visiting the local women’s cooperative, and trekking along scenic routes.
Participants receive hands-on experience by learning and conducting clinical services such as:
- Measuring blood glucose
- Checking blood pressure
- Reading vitals (temperature, heart rate, respiration rate)
- Measuring body mass index (height and weight)