International Medical Internships in Kenya
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Nanyuki
- ROLE: To gain meaningful experience in medical facilities and shadow skilled local staff
- Requirements: None
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals, health clinics, homes for the elderly, and medical outreaches
- MAIN DEPARTMENTS: Maternity, General Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, and the Laboratory
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Interning abroad on a Projects Abroad Medicine internship in Kenya is an opportunity for you to have an insight into the healthcare system and medical procedures in under-resourced medical facilities within a developing country. The experience you gain here will boost both your practical medical knowledge and your resume, which is especially useful for pre-med students.
We are partnered with several different medical establishments in Kenya. These include small health clinics, hospitals, and homes for the elderly, all located in and around the town of Nanyuki, which is 200km north-east of Nairobi.
In both the smaller health clinics and the larger hospitals, interns will have the opportunity to view a wide range of illnesses and treatments. There are many different departments in most of the hospitals we work with including Maternity, General Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, and the Laboratory.
Interning Abroad in Medicine in Kenya with Projects Abroad
Your exact role at your placement will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-med interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions. These could include writing charts, taking blood pressure, giving oral vaccinations, and assisting with counseling and wound dressing. The role of interns who already have some medical experience also varies and it is important to build up trust and a good relationship with the local medical staff.
Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in North America. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases and try not to get emotionally involved.
Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis. Most interns work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.
Did you know? Kenya has 1 doctor per every 10,000 patients.
As an intern, you may have the opportunity to take part in medical outreach work which often involves traveling to local villages, rural areas, or orphanages, to carry out basic medical checks on the local community. These basic checks could include wound dressing, HIV testing, deworming, monitoring malnutrition, high blood pressure, oral vaccines to infants, and giving health talks.
Projects Abroad holds regular medical workshops for all our medical interns. These are usually run by our qualified medical supervisor in Nanyuki. These workshops allow you the opportunity to ask about specific things you have seen during your internship. You can also learn different techniques and skills which you can then put into practice when you go to work at your internship. We encourage you to ask as many questions as possible so you can get the most out of your internship.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Kenya Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
Accommodation at the Medicine Project in Kenya
While interning on your Medicine Project, you will live with a host family in or near Nanyuki. This allows you to experience day-to-day life in Kenya and learn more about Kenyan culture. You have the opportunity to spend your free time with the lively Projects Abroad volunteer community exploring Nanyuki and the surrounding areas.
Working at Langa Langa clinic was one of the most interesting and rewarding things I have ever done. The clinic was a bit like your local doctor’s clinic except that they did more HIV/AIDS awareness and antenatal care and had a dedicated part of the building for vaccinating new-born babies. Read more...
Medicine internships in Kenya are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.
All volunteers participating on standard projects in Kenya have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our African Savannah Conservation & Environment Project in Kenya page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Kenya.
If you are a fully qualified Doctor, we can tailor you a placement where your skills will be put to good use. Please Contact Us for more information.