Belize is a country located in the eastern coast of Central America. It’s bordered by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea. Belize has extreme biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems. Swampy coastal plains with mangrove swamps can be found on the coast, and in the south of the country, there are many hills and low mountains. Belize is considered to be the heartland of the Maya.

Hillside Health Care International, located in Belize, They are a 501 c3 dedicated to providing “medical care,
disease prevention, and health education to the people of Southern Belize.” They provide services free of charge to the people of the Toledo distric. They also offer global health education for medical and non-medical trainees, providing them the opportunity to learn while serving.

Hillside Health Care International is a faith inspired, non-profit organization dedicated to serving God by providing medical care, disease prevention, and health education to the people of Southern Belize.

They have a host opportunity for many students. Each year students participate with Hillside through education programs like pharmacy, rehabilitation, medicine, public health, and many other health related professions.

During the student’s stay, they will live with host families or in lodging provided by one of the community partners.

Their impact

Hillside has operated a year-round clinic in the Toledo District of southern Belize since 2000. “We know that we don’t have all the answers to improving access to health care services for the people who live here.  That’s why we collaborate with community leaders and organizations, Belizean government ministries, local service organizations, and NGOs to develop and deliver services that improve access to health care, prevent and treat diseases, and improve quality of life.”

Their multidisciplinary team

In addition to direct patient care and community outreach, Hillside’s interdisciplinary education of international and US medical, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, physical therapy, and physician assistant students has been a crucial component of our mission from the beginning.  During educational rotations, students learn about health care in a developing country with restricted resources and return home with new skills, experiences, and friends.