Travel to Africa on a medical internship abroad and gain the experience you need to kickstart a career in medicine.
You’ll shadow doctors on their rounds in hospitals and clinics, observing as they diagnose and treat patients. They’ll explain different cases and methods of treatment to you. You’ll be able to see diseases and conditions you’ve only read about in textbooks before, like malaria or tuberculosis. This is a great way for you to build your practical medical knowledge. You’ll also observe how doctors and nurses cope with limited resources.
We also run medical outreaches in most of the African countries we work in. This is critical, as many communities don’t have access to the basic healthcare services they need. You’ll get involved with tasks like measuring blood sugar levels and cleaning and bandaging minor wounds.
At the healthcare center, I was able to experience first-hand and learn more about diseases and conditions that I have learned about in classes at my university. At the end of my four weeks, the nurses had taught me so much that I was able to perform the wound dressings by myself or with another volunteer, under the nurses’ supervision. - Lauren F, Nursing in Kenya
Choose a Medical Program in Africa
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Medical Internship for High School Students in TanzaniaSee this project
- Price: $3,005 USD for 2 weeks
- Extra Weeks: $530 USD
- Start Date: Summer/Winter Break
- Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
- Ages: 15-18
Medical Internships in GhanaSee this project
- Price: $2,470 USD for 1 week
- Extra Weeks: $330 USD
- Start Date: Anytime
- Minimum Duration: 1 week
- Ages: 16 or over
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Medical Volunteering in Africa
Our medical internships in Africa are focused on learning, but on many projects you’ll also be able to give back to the community.
At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. Each of our internships is ethical, well-supported, and part of a better future.
We have continuing management plans in place for each Medicine & Healthcare program, and we track our impact through our Global Impact Database. For example, if you help a doctor diagnose a patient with diabetes at an outreach, the process doesn’t stop there. We make sure the patient is referred for further treatment, and we’ll continue to monitor them at future outreaches.
We also use the Global Impact Database to collect data and track healthcare trends in the countries where we work. If we notice that a particular issue is becoming more prominent, we can work with interns like you to address them over the long-term.
If you’re looking for medical volunteer opportunities in Africa and a shorter alternative to Doctors without Borders, we strongly recommend our Public Health internships. They’re more focused on hands-on outreach work and educational campaigns. We also offer Public Health Team Trips over fixed dates, where you can join a group and work toward a goal together.
Our Medicine & Healthcare Policy
We take your safety - and the safety of the people you work with - very seriously. That’s why we have a comprehensive Medical Ethics Policy in place to guide your work as an intern.