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Projects Abroad and Doctors Without Borders Comparison

Doctors Without Borders is an organization that sends trained medical professionals to volunteer abroad. Projects Abroad offers alternative Medicine Internships, Medical Electives, and Professional Medicine Placements for volunteers of all ages looking to volunteer abroad.

At Projects Abroad, our medical placements are focused on allowing pre-medical and medical students to gain valuable medical exposure in the developing countries around the world. The goal of our medical programs is to help individuals learn more about medicine in general, how it is practiced abroad, and the challenges faced when practicing in the developing world. We also arrange more leadership driven placements for professionals in the medical field.

How is a Projects Abroad different from Doctors Without Borders?

Volunteers in the middle of a check up with patients at a medical clinic on a Medicine & Healthcare project

There are a number of important differences between Projects Abroad and Doctors Without Borders.

Requirements – Perhaps the biggest difference is the level of experience required to join. Doctors Without Borders requires mainly skilled and qualified individuals like doctors, nurses, logisticians and water-sanitation experts.

Projects Abroad can use volunteers of all degrees, skills, and education. Our Medical placements are open to volunteers ages 16 and up and the majority of placements do not require you to have previous medical experience or foreign language proficiency.

Support – Projects Abroad works in safe, secure, and stable developing countries that are still in need of volunteers’ help. Whereas Doctors Without Borders volunteers work with minimal support, Projects Abroad has full-time, paid and trained staff to support volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Choice – Doctors Without Borders focuses on sending specialized volunteers to specific locations where they are needed. On the other hand, Projects Abroad allows medical interns to pursue any medical program they have an interest in.

Volunteers can participate in one or many different medical departments – physical therapy, nursing, midwifery, dentistry, occupational therapy and speech therapy are all popular options. They also choose the exact country that they volunteer in, the date they would like to start, and the amount of time they would like to go abroad for.

How can I get involved in a Medical placement abroad?

Volunteer performing a dental check up with the help on a local doctor on a Dentistry project

Projects Abroad offers Medicine programs in over 20 countries including destinations in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe. We also arrange placements in different Medical fields such as Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery, Public Health, and more.

Our placements are designed for individuals of all levels including:

Medical interns who volunteer with Projects Abroad will not only get valuable medical experience and the opportunity to volunteer in a foreign country, they will also have the opportunity to experience a complete immersion. By living with a host family you will have the chance to learn all about the local customs and traditions, and experience the culture as a family member rather than an outsider.

Projects Abroad offers multidimensional and unique medical placements around the world. Find your perfect experience by checking out our Medicine Internships and reading through stories from former medical volunteers.

"I saw births, caesareans, sterilisations ("family planning") and abortions during my time at the clinic and got a lot closer and more involved than I would have been able to in England without any training. I was sad to leave at the end of my placement and would love to go back and visit them all one day! I was also able to spend a week at a leprosy mission hospital which was really fascinating, as there is no such opportunity to learn about this disease first-hand in Western countries."

Laura Nicell
Medicine and Healthcare, Medicine in India
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Experience: Over 20 years of organizing overseas volunteer projects.

Flexibility: You choose your start date.

Variety: hundreds of worthwhile projects to choose from.

Support: Full-time staff close-by in every destination.

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