Join our medical internship in Kenya and gain international work experience by learning directly from skilled healthcare professionals. There are a number of different placements to choose from, including hospitals, health clinics, and care centres for people with terminal illnesses.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to get a deeper insight into a developing country’s healthcare system. We’ll teach you about different diseases, and how to diagnose and treat them. You’ll be able to rotate through different departments, which can help you choose a future specialisation. We also organise regular outreaches that give you the chance to do practical health checks in disadvantaged communities.
During your international medical internship in Kenya, you’ll live and work in Nanyuki. You’ll learn about the local way of life and stay with a host family. We also organise weekly social events so you can get to know your fellow interns and other volunteers.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Medical Electives for Students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
What will I do on this Medical internship?
This internship consists of a mixture of observational and practical activities, which makes for a fantastic learning experience. You can get involved in:
- Shadow experienced doctors and nurses on their rounds
- Assist with a range of different medical tasks
- Take part in medical outreach sessions which benefit disadvantaged communities
- Learn new skills at educational workshops from medical staff
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Shadow experienced doctors and nurses on their rounds
Your main role on this internship is to learn by observing local doctors and nurses at work and shadowing them on their rounds. You’ll encounter a range of conditions and diseases that you wouldn’t usually see back home, and we’ll teach you how to diagnose and treat them. We encourage you to take notes and ask questions to get the most out of your internship. This is a great way to gain medical work experience during your internship in Kenya.
Assist with a range of different medical tasks
Depending on your level of experience, you may have the opportunity to assist with more practical tasks. These include writing charts, taking blood pressure, and giving oral vaccinations. You could help with wound dressing and stitching as well. Previous interns have had the chance to work on diagnoses, treatment, and counselling for patients with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malnutrition.
These activities are supervised. You will only be permitted to do them if you have the training and have proven your capability to the local staff.
Take part in medical outreach sessions which benefit disadvantaged communities
Projects Abroad organises regular medical outreaches at community centres or schools in local villages or rural areas. These outreaches serve people in disadvantaged communities who would otherwise not receive regular medical care.
Under the supervision of qualified medical staff, you’ll help to carry out medical checks and provide basic treatment to members of the local community. These checks may include taking vital signs such as blood pressure or blood sugar levels. You will also dress wounds, administer oral vaccinations, and administer HIV tests.
Learn new skills at educational workshops from medical staff
You will also have the chance to broaden your knowledge and learn new skills at our medical workshops, which are usually run by our Medical Coordinator. Here you’ll have the chance to ask questions and share experiences with fellow interns. You’ll also learn new techniques which you can then put into practice during outreaches or at your placement.
Where in Kenya will I work?
You will be based in the town of Nanyuki, which is around 200km north of the capital Nairobi. While the town is small, it has all the modern amenities you might need. These include convenience stores, restaurants, and banks. Nanyuki is also surrounded by a number of animal sanctuaries, which you can visit during your time off.
There are a number of different placement options for this internship. You can choose to work at a:
- Government-owned health centre
- Palliative care centre
- Maternity and children’s hospital
- Teaching hospital
These all work with people from disadvantaged areas, with a range of different medical conditions.
While Kenya is famous for its national parks, there are also plenty of other attractions not to be missed. The country has an amazingly diverse landscape, from deserts to tropical forests, mountains, and beaches. Check out the National Museum, discover ancient Swahili ruins, and purchase some unique souvenirs from the local markets.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
I had just finished my exams, achieving the grades I wanted but still had no offers from medical schools to study this year. This meant I had a year out of education, and thus, could pursue aspirations I had always wanted to, like volunteering abroad.
Medical Internship in Kenya
We organised safaris, trips to other cities such as Nakuru and Nairobi. We used the public transport for travel (tuktuks and matatus) and hired a safari car for some of the activities. We also attended cultural shows, which helped us gain a better insight into Kenyan culture and traditions.
Medical Internship in Kenya
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