At a glance
- Travel to Africa and get valuable work experience by joining our Nursing internship in Kenya. You will be shadowing doctors on their rounds. This will make up your future career and resume!
- During the internship, you can rotate through different hospital departments. You will be taught how to give a diagnosis and treat patients.
- You will be based in the town of Nanyuki and live with a local host family. Make the most out of your free time to explore the country, local food, and traditions.
16 or over
Your work will focus mainly on the following:
Shadow local nurses
Your role will mainly be observational. You’ll shadow the local nurses during their daily rounds, and gain insight into the work they do.
It’s important to make notes and ask as many questions as possible. When the nurses see that you’re enthusiastic and interested, they may give you more responsibilities. Any practical work you do will be fully supervised.
Help with basic health checks
It’s important to build trust and a good relationship with the local medical staff. This will help you get involved with more practical work. The kinds of tasks you may help with include dressing wounds, monitoring a pulse, and checking blood pressure and temperature.
You’ll also do health checks during community outreaches in communities that usually have very limited access to basic healthcare services.
We hold regular workshops for all our medical interns. These are usually run by our qualified Medical Coordinator in Nanyuki.
Use the workshops to ask about specific things you’ve observed at your placement. You can also use these workshops to learn techniques and skills to put into practise during outreaches, like measuring blood sugar levels.
Where will I be working as a Nursing intern in Kenya?
We’re based in the little town of Nanyuki, about 125 miles northeast of Nairobi. Nanyuki is a market town where people stock up on fresh produce, meat, and other essentials. The town is also the gateway to the Laikipia plateau, one of Africa's most important wildlife conservation areas.
As a Nursing intern, you’ll either work in a small health clinic or a large hospital. Both placements are in a rural setting, so you can expect to work with equipment less advanced than that back home. The placements also cater to surrounding communities, so are usually busy throughout the day.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
Interning in Kenya is the perfect opportunity to explore this extraordinary country. With a vast array of activities, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to fill your evenings and weekends.
A trip to East Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari. As you explore the savannahs, spot wildlife like elephants, lions, and even the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe.
Our projects are based in Nanyuki, which is known as the gateway to Mount Kenya. With this majestic mountain on your doorstep, it’s worth taking a day to hike around the base.
You can spend evenings at buzzing restaurants, listening to live music and trying local dishes. Kenya also has must-see markets, with bright textiles and hand-carved sculptures.
You can spend your free time exploring independently or traveling with a group. With so many volunteers and interns joining us throughout the year, you’re sure to make new friends and travel buddies during your trip.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Kenya
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