La Romana, Dominican Republic
In the middle of such idyllic surroundings, it can be all too easy to forget that the Dominican Republic is home to some of the poorest communities in the Caribbean. Going beyond the resort cities and tourist centres, you will find the dirt roads and the dilapidated houses that Haitian sugarcane workers call home.
Known as “bateyes,” the living conditions in these villages are leaving much to be desired, providing scarce access to basic facilities like running water. The average worker earns about five dollars a day and although Haitian workers are entitled to healthcare in the Dominican Republic, the low wages make it extremely difficult for them to afford transportation to a hospital or clinic. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Seeing the necessity for healthcare in the villages, our partner hospital in La Romana and its associated mission groups decided that they would bring the clinics to the people.
We are truly honored to offer you the opportunity to join some of Caribbean’s most devoted health professionals – proud Gap Medics mentors and their colleagues – in an effort to increase access to healthcare for the Haitian communities around La Romana.
Joining La Romana
You will be volunteering in the heart of the bateyes, meeting with your professional healthcare mentor every morning and traveling with them to a local Haitian community in order to assist with setting up and running the pop-up clinic. In just one week, you will be able to visit several different locations to observe and support the delivery of essential healthcare in rural, community-focused environments. Working together with doctors from our partner hospital, mission groups and other students from Gap Medics, you will be able to assist your mentor as they deliver treatment and information to up to 180 patients per day.
This experience will allow you to develop leadership and team-building skills, while gaining a deeper understanding of global healthcare, and creating lifelong connections with friends all around the world. If you are interested in experiencing a different side of medicine in the Caribbean, you can combine the community healthcare programme with one of our pre-professional programmes in dentistry, medicine, nursing or midwifery.
Our programmes gives you the chance to make a real difference to the lives of Haitian people living and working in the Dominican Republic, and you would be helping the community moving forward. During your time in La Romana, you will observe a wide variety of conditions, including wounds, parasitic and fungal infections, high blood pressure, and malnutrition. Your mentor – an experienced doctor or other healthcare practitioner – will make sure you get the most out of your experience by providing guidance and supervision, and helping you understand what you witness each day.
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