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Career Level:
Mid Career (2+ years of experience)
Other/Experience without Qualifications
Job type:
Full time

Expedition Medic, Belize

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Blue Ventures offer discounted volunteer expeditions for medical professionals who can provide health, safety and general treatment for our marine conservation and research programmes in Madagascar.

Period Minimum 6 weeks

Location  Belize

Start date as per expedition schedule


The position of Volunteer Expedition Medic for our Madagascar and Belize Marine Expeditions involves providing health care to all staff and volunteers as well as emergency medical treatment and overseeing MEDIVAC if the need arises. The role also requires maintenance of medical supplies, introductory lectures and briefings for our expedition team and the enforcement of on-site health and safety measures. There may also be the requirement to supervise medical students on elective.


The volunteer medic must be a qualified doctor, nurse or paramedic who is able to practice independently in a remote environment. As a doctor they must have a minimum of 2 years experience and be registered to practice with their national medical board (GMC or equivalent).  Recent emergency medicine, general practice or acute adult medicine experience are all desirable.  Nurses and Paramedics require a minimum of 3 years experience, are currently practicing with recent accident and emergency experience as an essential requirement.  For both groups a knowledge of dive related illness and a dive qualification is desirable but not essential.  They should practice according to the British Standard set out by the General Medical Council which includes patient confidentiality and accurate record keeping, as reports are submitted frequently to the home base.  
All Volunteer Expedition Medics must have medical indemnity cover for their time with Blue Ventures. Unfortunately at this time, Blue Ventures cannot provide any liability or indemnity cover for volunteer medics.

Package (prices as of 1st July 2014)

A 6 week expedition, including all food, accommodation, transfers to our field site (when travelling on our expedition dates) and daily dives is offered at £1,750 for Madagascar and £1,850 for Belize.  Extended stays of 12 weeks are offered at £2,750 for Madagascar and £3,000 for Belize, 18 weeks at £3,650 for Madagascar and £4,200 for Belize.  For dive courses there is an extra charge of £100 for Open Water and £75 for Advanced Open Water.  All participants, must get trained up to Advanced Open Water to be able to take part in research dives.  

This opportunity offers experience in expedition medicine in a tropical environment and the practical challenges of delivering long term development programmes in a remote location in a developing country. The Volunteer Expedition Medic will take part in normal day to day running of the camp and will have an opportunity to do all of the marine research surveys and work within the local community of our volunteer programme.   Briefings are provided prior to departure and the candidate will have expert back up from the UK.

As the Volunteer Expedition Medic's role is voluntary there may be more than one Medic on any expedition as Blue Ventures aims to provide opportunities for as many volunteers as possible.

Volunteer Expedition Medics can also extend their dive training at our expedition sites and a 25% discount is offered to all Medics on all dive courses.

If you would like to get a better insight into the day-to-day life of a medic in Belize, please click here.

To join a group as Volunteer Expedition Medic please complete an online application.

For enquiries please call +44 (0)20 7697 8598.

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