Country: Dominican Republic, Haiti
Length of Trip: More than 2 Weeks
Trips per Year to Latin America: 1
Type of Volunteer: Physician/mid-level provider, Nurse, Chiropractor/Physiotherapist, Healthcare-related trainee, Paramedic/EMT, Dental
Type of Organization: Secular NGO
Type of Clinic: Mobile or Informal Clinic
Investment in programs began early in Rayjon’s history. After the first trip, those people who heard of conditions in Haiti wanted to help, and Rayjon began to determine the highest need and accept donations to provide some of what was being asked for in St. Marc in Haiti. Since that time, the programs have grown in scope and sophistication. Rayjon continues to learn and improve as we review the effectiveness of current programs and look to the future for the best way to support those who need and want our help in Haiti and Dominican Republic. We believe our programs impact lives!
Nursing and interprofessional trip
The purpose of the Nursing and Inter–Professional Trip is
To raise awareness in our communities of the situation in developing countries
To administer “hands on” basic nursing care in poor remote areas where people have minimal to no access to health care
To evaluate health care in a developing country
When Georgian College nursing staff took eight students and a physician to Dominican Republic 15-years ago, they never dreamed the program would grow into a massive volunteer undertaking repeated annually. The trip was originally designed for nursing students to acquire hands-on experience in community nursing. After a few students came back to tell their stories, word spread fast.
Now, both students and members of the medical community participate to assess and treat more than 2,500 people over a three-week period. Those attending include students from Georgian Nursing program, an inter-professional health team including paramedics, doctors, nurses, teachers, practical nurses, chiropractor, public health specialist, and nurse practitioners.
Other trips include an inter-professional team of students and faculty representing opticianry, massage, paramedic, nursing, dental and early childhood education/professional programs.
Nursing students work side-by-side with paramedic and massage therapy students to give a well-rounded care experience.
Students provide overall health assessments, wound care, respiratory care, musculoskeletal care, pain and parasite medication and more. Visits take place to local schools and provide much needed supplies and education to children. Nursing and paramedic students provide basic first-aid education and dental health promotion.
Organizational Base: Sarnia, Ontario
Other Programs: Eyeglass Program, Awareness Trips, Work Trips