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A VAW Global Outreach Internship can often be established as a semester-long course that provides additional credits to the students, with the final aspect being the trip abroad. VAW Global develops community health systems while providing interns the opportunity to work alongside experienced local healthcare professionals. The Internships provide students with an opportunity to work firsthand with experienced and talented LMIC´s professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and sustainable development.
A Faculty Leader (FL) recruits, prepare and manage a team of interns during the school year. The FL will be setting up the class and trip to be eligible for university credit or unit hours, attending regular online video trainings with the VAW Global staff, and preparing their interns for their Outreach trip through team trainings and workshops. VAW Global expects the Faculty Leader to have weekly availability for this role.
While on their Outreach trip, they must set realistic expectations for interns, leading in-country reflections, assisting the in-country staff with leading the team, having assertive and open communication with the interns and local staff, being an example of flexibility and adaptability to the local reality, and being an active participant in all work related activities.
Each Outreach program provides unique opportunities to work alongside local staff to support and strengthen health systems.
- Through the Medical Outreach program, interns learn about disease diagnosis, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, and learning basic pharmacology.
- Through the Dental Outreach program, interns learn about dental procedures, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, and learning proper disinfection and sanitization techniques.
- Through the Veterinary Outreach program, interns learn about veterinary procedures, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, giving vaccines, and deworming animals.
- Through the Global Health Outreach program, interns learn about increasing access to safe drinking water, planting garden boxes to strengthen nutritional security, and constructing latrines for proper waste disposal, among other healthy living projects.
The Faculty Leader trip fees (program fee, medication & supply fund fee and airfare) are covered by adding an additional $100 “faculty fee” per faculty that travels to each intern’s standard trip fees (see the website for more information on the program fees and our Terms & Conditions).
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