A volunteer on an alternative project to Doctors without Borders takes a patient's blood pressure reading

Programs like Doctors without Borders

Projects Abroad is not affiliated with Doctors Without Borders, but there are similarities and differences between us. You might be wondering what to expect on one of our volunteer projects or internships, and how that compares with Doctors Without Borders. We’ve drawn a comparison below to make it clear for you.


Doctors without Borders is a medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters, and exclusion from healthcare. The organization recruits medical and other professionals to care for and treat people in crisis around the world.


Projects Abroad has a different focus. We offer pre-med and medical students the chance to learn directly from doctors in medical facilities abroad and add real-world, global experience to their resumes. Our Medicine & Healthcare internships and electives for medical school students help individuals like you to learn about medical practices in a non-emergency context. You’ll be able to focus on learning and you’ll get an insight into the healthcare challenges people face.


If you're a medical professional interested in volunteering abroad, you can still use your experience and skills to make a difference with us.

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A local dentist treats a patient in Argentina as Projects Abroad dental interns observe for their Dentistry internship
Dentistry Internship in Argentina

From $2865

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Gain dental work experience while shadowing and learning directly from dentists at a paediatric hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern on a Dentistry Project in Ghana with local medical staff at a clinic.
Dentistry Internship in Ghana

From $2765

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Gain practical work experience by observing experienced dentists at a teaching hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A local child has his teeth checked by a student doing her Dentistry internship in Jamaica.
Dentistry Internship in Jamaica

From $3065

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Learn from local professionals and gain international work experience at a dental clinic

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A local child has his teeth checked by two students doing a Dentistry internship in Mexico.
Dentistry Internship in Mexico

From $2765

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Gain work experience by learning directly from dentists and participating in dental outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A child brushes her teeth outside a school during a hygiene workshop run by Projects Abroad Dentistry interns in Nepal.
Dentistry Internship in Nepal

From $2355

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Gain work experience by learning directly from experienced dentists in Nepal and participating in dental outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
Dentistry interns and healthcare staff after completing a dental outreach and medical camp in Sri Lanka.
Dentistry Internship in Sri Lanka

From $3155

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Learn directly from dentists at a hospital and get involved with doing health checks during community outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
Projects Abroad interns at a clinic during our Dentistry internship for teenagers in Sri Lanka
Dentistry Internship in Sri Lanka for Teenagers

From $2770

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Gain dentistry work experience in local hospitals and do health checks in local communities with a group your age

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Dentistry interns pose with a local healthcare staff member during their Dentistry placement in Tanzania.
Dentistry Internship in Tanzania

From $2765

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Learn from experienced dentists and observe complicated dental procedures up-close

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern gains dental work experience in Vietnam by teaching children how to brush their teeth during an outreach.
Dentistry Internship in Vietnam

From $2765

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Live in beautiful Vietnam and learn from experienced dentists at local hospitals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
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What’s the difference between Projects Abroad and Doctors Without Borders?

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


Requirements: Doctors without Borders requires you to be skilled and qualified. Generally, you need to be a doctor, nurse, logistician, or water-sanitation expert with at least two years of experience. Our Medicine & Healthcare programs are open to students of all levels of experience. We also offer medical programs specifically designed for high school students.


The majority of our programs focus on learning and observation, so we don't require previous medical experience.


Context: Doctors without Borders brings medical care to areas where the need is greatest. These areas are often caught in crisis such as armed conflict, natural disasters, and endemic disease. Projects Abroad does not work in crisis or emergency contexts. We’ve identified specific areas of need, and address these needs through our Public Health Projects and medical outreach programs.


For each project or internship we run, we work towards a set of goals stipulated in our medical management plans. We only work in stable situations monitored by our full-time, trained staff.


Timeline: Doctors without Borders processes applications in several months. An assignment generally lasts 9-12 months for most professions. Projects Abroad accepts applications in several weeks and an assignment generally lasts anywhere between 2-8 weeks.

A group of medical volunteers on a programs like Doctors without Borders, take a break.

Which Projects Abroad programs are like Doctors Without Borders?

If you want to do a program like Doctors without Borders, but lack the necessary qualifications and experience, we recommend our medical internships. You’ll learn directly from doctors in local medical facilities and work under close supervision at community outreaches.


We offer programs in various medical fields, such as:



You can see a full list of these internships here. On these pages, we’ll have programs specific to high school students. Our Medicine & Healthcare Flexi Trip pages will also have more detail on which projects are a good fit for electives or professionals.


If you have questions about pursuing an experience like Doctors without Borders, chat to our Project Experts. We’ll help you select the program that best fits your goals, interests, and skills.

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