The Jungle and Tropical Medicine Course tutors will develop the skills of the participants through practical sessions and hands on experience, treating snake bites, identifying tropical diseases, heat related illnesses and managing the health of an expedition in the field. The days will be used to experience and develop jungle survival skills, travelling in the jungle on land or by river, setting up camp, river crossing, cooking and lighting fires, managing casualties and evacuating them when needed: skills without which a successful medical response is extremely difficult.
If you have ever considered working on a tropical or jungle expedition, a rafting expedition, or simply having the experience of your lifetime, this is the course for you.
Jungle and Tropical Medicine Course - Faculty
The Jungle Medicine Team has been caring for and instructing jungle skills in the tropics for 20 years. They have a wealth of experience working as medical professionals in Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Guatemala and Borneo, providing medical cover on expeditions involving rafting, kayaking, trekking and climbing. The Outdoor Instructors draw on the skills developed over years of teaching and being taught by both American and British specialist forces, and working as guides and expedition leaders in jungle environments. Despite being an eclectic mixture they are approachable, friendly and inspirational. They aim to guide you through the course ensuring that it is both informative and enjoyable.
Jungle and Tropical Medicine Course - What To Expect
This is a highly practical expedition medic training course that will introduce you to the jungle environment and prepare you for expedition medical work in humid and tropical climates. You will experience first hand the challenges and some of the solutions to trekking, living and providing medical support in the jungle. We teach through a combination of small group or 'classroom' work and practical activity, with a significant emphasis on experiential learning. Whilst you do not need to be an elite athlete, an adequate level of physical fitness will ensure you get as much out of the course as possible. As a guide, you should be able to walk at least 20km carrying a 15kg pack without assistance, and repeat this on more than two successive days in one week. The terrain we will encounter is highly variable, and may involve steep climbs, river crossings, trekking in dense jungle and bush clearing using machetes.
We are unable to influence the weather. It is possible that there will be rain for many hours on most days of the course. Familiarising you with a hot and wet climate is one of the principle objectives of this course; students who are able to tolerate a degree of physical discomfort whilst maintaining a sense of humour and enthusiasm will get the most from the week.
The price includes accommodation, meals (unless otherwise stated), rental of all rafting equipment and all course activities.
The only additional costs are for your jungle kit (see kit list below) , flights, hotel on arrival night, drinks, items of a personal nature and travel insurance. You can purchase travel for our courses through Campbell Irivine Ltd. Once you have purchased your flights please let us know so we can put you in touch with our local training team who can arrange your transfers.