Volunteer Nursing Internships Abroad
Learn about healthcare practice in a developing country by observing local medical staff, gaining valuable work experience. Many of the medical centres we work with are understaffed and lack resources, serving those in disadvantaged communities. As such, an extra pair of helping hands is always much appreciated.
Volunteering on a Nursing placement
As a Nursing intern, you may find yourself working in public or private hospitals, clinics or healthcare centres. You will often encounter medical conditions that you wouldn’t see at home, and many patients are in an advanced stage of illness due to lack of funds or access to healthcare services. Furthermore, a shortage of modern equipment in some areas also means that staff need to come up with creative treatment solutions.
On a nursing internship, you will have the chance to learn from skilled local staff, who are keen to teach and share their knowledge. For the duration of your placement, you will be assigned to a supervisor who will give you practical exposure to the day-to-day workings of your placement at an appropriate level.
What will I do on a Nursing internship?
Your role will differ according to the specific placement and destination that you choose. Those with additional experience or training will take on more responsibilities. Each placement is tailored, where possible, both to a volunteer's level of experience and their interests. Depending on your length of stay, interns will have the opportunity to rotate through different departments, such as maternity and A&E, or focus on a specific field.
Please bear in mind that any opportunity to gain experience in practical, hands-on work will always be at the discretion of local practitioners. Initially, your role will be mainly observational. As you develop a working relationship with the local staff and prove yourself responsible and trustworthy, you may find yourself given more hands-on tasks.
Medical outreach work
There is also the opportunity to take part in regular medical outreaches. These often involve travelling to local villages, rural areas or children’s homes to carry about basic medical checks, dispense medication or raise awareness around a particular medical issue. If you are looking for something outreach-based on a full time basis, Public Health would be the better option.
If you are a Nursing student in your Elective year, please see our Nursing Elective page.
“I managed to experience so many things that I don’t think I’ll ever have the chance to do in the UK. I assisted in a couple minor surgical procedures and spent a day working on an outreach programme in a small village. As I spent more time in the hospital I got to know and build up some great working relationships with some of the returning patients who would regularly come to have wounds redressed.”
Nursing in Togo