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Volunteer Nursing Internships Abroad


Volunteers working in a clinic on the Nursing project overseas

  • Role: Observing local nurses and performing routine tasks in various departments at hospitals, clinics, and community outreach programs.
  • Requirements:
    • None for Ghana, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania
    • Some related education for Morocco, Senegal, and Vietnam.
    • Spanish skills for Bolivia, Mexico, and Peru.
    • French skills for Senegal and Togo.
    • French or Arabic skills for Morocco.
Project Info

If you want to take up an internship abroad as a nurse, Projects Abroad has a huge number of opportunities available. Whether you are hoping to get into the field, a trained professional looking for some work experience, or somewhere in-between, you will return with many experiences in one of the hospitals, clinics, orphanages, and disabled centers that we work with. Whenever possible, we tailor your internship to your level of experience and interests.

Interning in Nursing Abroad

Intern on the Nursing project preparing medicine in a clinic abroad

As a Nursing intern, you will have the opportunity to learn about how health care systems work in a developing country. Hospitals and clinics are often understaffed, so depending on your education, experience level, and work capabilities you may be able to assist with duties such as bandaging, taking blood pressure and generally caring for the patients.

Given that you are interning in a developing country where resources and access to healthcare are often limited and not to the standard of North America, you will find that you see cases that are more advanced than you would see at home. This is a unique opportunity for you to enhance your medical knowledge and experience.

On your first day at the internship, a Projects Abroad staff member will introduce you to your supervisor and you will be given a work schedule. It is very important that you stick to your hours or give plenty of advanced notice if you wish to change them because from this moment on you will be part of a team. Your supervisor will be eager to know your skills and level of experience and what you will take on will be strongly influenced by this.

"During my four weeks there, I got to spend time in the operating theatre, emergency department, psychiatric ward, surgical ward and radiology department. As the week went on, in each new department, I got to know the doctors and nurses, which made the time spent there much more valuable. If you are proactive and willing to put yourself out there and see and learn things, the doctors are great at showing and explaining what they’re doing and getting you involved."

Jordan Taylor
Nursing intern in Nepal


At some of our Nursing Projects, you will need language skills and/or a certain level of experience before you can join. If this is the case, the specific project page will tell you. For some programs, we also require you to be above the age of 18. Please note that you need to be a minimum of 18 years old to join projects in Bolivia and Mexico.

If you are under 18 years of age, we recommend taking a look at our Medicine & Healthcare High School Specials for teenagers.

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