Volunteer Medical Internships Abroad
Provide vital medical care to those in disadvantaged communities by joining a Medicine & Healthcare internship. Choose from a wide range of options in 30+ developing countries around the world. Learn more about global healthcare issues while assisting local staff, sharing your skills and observing trained professionals. We have placements to suit people of all levels of qualification and experience.
If you are a university student in your Elective year, please see our Medical Electives page.
What can I do on a medical project?
Projects Abroad offers a range of different medical placements. These include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Public Health
Your role will vary according to the type of healthcare project and destination that you choose. In general, your role will be observational; but depending on your skills and enthusiasm, there is certainly the possibility of more hands-on work. Reading through some of our volunteer stories will give you a better idea of the kind of activities you can get involved in.
Why choose to do a medical project abroad?
There are so many great reasons to take part in a medical internship overseas. You’ll get the opportunity to work alongside skilled local staff, and learn from trained professionals. As you will often be working in a resource-limited environment, interns will often be forced to come up with innovative solutions to certain medical problems. It’s also a great way to gain insight into healthcare practice in a developing country.
You will encounter illnesses and techniques not seen in your home country. Often, cases are more advanced than you would see in a Western hospital, due to a patient’s inability to pay for initial treatment. You will gain valuable work experience, which is particularly important for those considering a career in the healthcare field.
In many of the countries where we work, healthcare services are limited. We need volunteers to help bridge the gap and provide locals with basic medical treatment that they would otherwise not receive. You will lend a pair of helping hands, assisting local staff where needed, whether you’re taking vital signs in a clinic or dispensing medication on a public health outreach.
How Medicine & Healthcare projects can make a difference
At all of our Medicine & Healthcare Projects, we use a secure and anonymous database to track the medical work that we do throughout the developing world. The database allows staff and volunteers to gather data when we run medical outreaches or health awareness programmes, create patient profiles so we can help and monitor individuals who see us regularly, analyse and report our results, and collect research data and publications related to healthcare issues.
All of these factors will help us achieve the long-term goals set out in our Medicine & Healthcare Management Plans. It will also help us improve the healthcare services we provide and better target the work we do on the ground around the world. For example, if we notice that there are high rates of HIV infections in a community, we can focus on running awareness programmes that raise awareness of the disease and how it’s transmitted.
"Observing the various doctor-patient interactions also provided me with an educational avenue; I could ask the doctor about a particular situation once the patient had left, and learn more about that case and how the doctor made his/her evaluations of the case. The doctors were very informative and did their best to answer my many questions."
Medicine in Jamaica