Electives in Togo for Dental Students
- Placement location: Lomé
- Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous dentistry training
- Requirements: You must be a student studying dentistry and speak intermediate French. If you are not a student please go to our standard Dentistry in Togo page
- Types of Placement: Hospitals
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Taking your Dentistry Elective in Togo will expose you to a style of dental practice that will be different from what you are used to at home. You will learn a lot from your time here and it will open your eyes to how dentistry is managed in a developing country.
You must be a dental student to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad has experience catering for Elective students. We are able to coordinate with your university to ensure your placement fulfills your elective criteria. Our in-country staff will be in regular communication with you pre-departure to help with your arrangements.
When you are in Togo you will have a dedicated supervisor, a qualified dentist, who will mentor you. You can discuss case studies with them, and ask any questions you may have. They are ready to make sure your time in Togo is worthwhile and you learn a lot from your experience.
Dental Students Electives in Togo with Projects Abroad
Dentistry Elective Students will be placed in a public hospital that is also a teaching and research facility. Your role will be that of an intern and you will spend time shadowing local staff. Once you become familiar with treatments and you have demonstrated your knowledge of dentistry, you can get a more hands on role. Aspects of dentistry you can become involved in include consultations and general check-ups. You may also be able to observe more complex procedures.
There are various outreach projects you may get the chance to be involved in. You can help with oral hygiene awareness, for example, by showing the children how to brush their teeth properly. You could also help assist qualified intern dentists in schools and orphanages while they do dental checks and carry out minor procedures.
Elective students on all medical related projects in Togo must speak a good level of French. Most of the staff and patients do not speak English. It is vital that you can understand and communicate in French while you are working in the hospital.
You will live with a Togolese host family while you are on your Dentistry Elective. You have access to our Projects Abroad volunteer community and have the opportunity to explore the area with them during the time off from your placement.
Dental Student Electives in Togo are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.