What is the Medical Internship in Morocco all about?
During your placement, you will be placed in a maternity ward or children’s hospital. Depending on your interest and background, you will be able to observe the medical staff as they perform routine checks, prenatal checks, births and postnatal related care to the mothers and infants. If you are placed in the children’s hospital, you will be shadowing the local medical staff while they deal with emergencies related to children. The children’s hospital performs examinations, x-rays, surgeries depending on the nature of the issue. The project aims at providing essential maternity and children’s care with the help of volunteer labour in busy under-resourced Moroccan hospitals. Indeed, Moroccan healthcare lacks funding making it hard for people to have equality of access to health care. The placement will provide you with an invaluable experience, local insights on the medical field and an opportunity for many inter-cultural exchanges with the local medical staff. This is also a great placement for those specializing in Midwifery.
Why choose this Medical Internship programme in Morocco?
This internship is suitable for anyone studying or recently graduated in the fields of medicine, midwifery and nursing. It is a great opportunity to experience the medical field in a limited resource country in the MENA region. You will meet local medical professional, observe their work and practices, learn about the medical Moroccan system and understand the way they practice medical care in an Arab country.
This project also gives you the opportunity to add on Arabic or French classes at an additional cost to improve your language skills. Please speak to your advisor if interested so this can be arranged in advance of your placement.
Role of the Healthcare Intern
You will have the opportunity to shadow local medical personnel and observe their work. Internships are available within local hospitals and relate to children’s and women’s health. Your internship will be arranged based on your skills and experience. You will be supervised by the hospital staff at all times and will provide assistance and support as needed. Although this is not a hands-on position, you will learn a great deal from the experience of working in a limited resources country. Depending on your experience and the relationship you build with the local staff, you may be asked to be more hands-on as long as you are ready and competent. This placement would be perfect for students or recent graduates in the areas of midwifery, nursing or paediatrics.
What skills do I need to be a Medical Intern?
Students with a background in medicine, midwifery and nursing are eligible for this internship. Commitment to the placement is essential to build a close relationship with the local staff. Some knowledge of French can be helpful but not necessary as most of the medical staff speak English. Obviously, if you speak some Arabic and/or French, you will get the most out of your placement, but neither are a requirement.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR SPRING 2021
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Experience the healthcare system in a developing country
Learn about Moroccan culture and traditions
Expand your professional network in your field
Where will I work in Morocco?
About the Location
Your placement will be located in or around Rabat. Rabat is the administrative capital of Morocco. It blends modern and traditional architectures in a very amortised way. You will have the chance to discover Moroccan’s finest leathers, spices, street foods and architecture with its Arabo-Muslim influences.
Your accommodation will be in the middle of the Medina, which will become your second home as you learn to navigate through the maze-like streets You will be living in a traditional Riad amongst others interns and volunteers. The courtyard will be the place where you will share your meals and stories while listening to music. The riad has recently been renovated and will provide you with a comfortable basic accommodation up to Western standards. Meals are prepared by a local cook for breakfast and dinner.
If you desire to be immersed a little more in Moroccan culture and wish to stay with a local host family, please speak to your placement advisor as this could be an option as well.
What to do in your spare time
Rabat has many treasures for you to explore during your downtime including the medina, and the street of the Consul, the Kasbah des Oudaias palace and Hassan Tower. During your weekends, you may want to explore other Moroccan destination at low cost including the Sahara Desert, Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £1723 / $2690 for 4 weeks
£277 / $432 for each additional weeks
- Requirements: Age 18+, Be enrolled in medicine, midwifery or nursing studies
- Location: Rabat, Morocco
- Working hours: Monday - Friday, depends on shifts
- Project availability: All year round, except during Ramadan
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared bedroom in a volunteer house. Option for a host family if you speak to your placement advisor.
- Food: 2 meals per day except weekends
- Scheduled airport pick up and drop off from Rabat-Salé airport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, learning reflection guide, on-site orientation, cultural tour and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
What is not included
- Daily transfers to and from the project – walkable or taxi (~ 5 Moroccan dirhams each way)
- 1 meal a day (lunch) and weekend meals
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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