Healthcare and Medical Volunteering
What Can You Do?
At Kaya, we offer a variety of healthcare and medical placement. Do you want to support a local clinical team in a rural community? Or perhaps, you want to help nutrition education and help save children? Or even work in a lab to help combat Malaria and other infectious diseases? Do you want to experience how Art or Dance or Equine therapies are used abroad?
Whether you are looking at satisfying your medical or healthcare related elective(s), your rotation, or your practicum or just have some work experience through an internship or volunteering opportunity, we are able to offer different options to you in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy or occupational therapy, or even midwifery.
Speak to one of our placement advisor on your requirements, and let us help you find the best options for you.
Who Should Consider a Healthcare and Medical Placement?
Those of you who are studying or experienced in the fields of nursing, medicine, laboratory work, nutrition or a range of therapies should consider joining a healthcare and medical volunteer and internship placements. Healthcare and medical volunteering in a developing country is invaluable and inspiring. It gives you the opportunity to take away ideas that you can share with your healthcare team at home.
No matter what your situation is, senior medical students and pre-med students alike or even if you are just thinking of studying medicine, you will find appropriate placements working alongside local professionals of the destination country.
By speaking to a Kaya advisor and sharing your expectations, skills and knowledge, our placement team can identify the best opportunity for you.
The Benefits of Doing your Medical Placement Abroad
Working abroad in the medical and health sectors can be very rewarding and eye opening as you move along your career. Below are a few benefits of doing your placement abroad:
Experience the differences between the standards of medical practice in the developing world.
Expand your professional network by creating lifetime connections in your field.
Discover new techniques and methods used abroad, and not necessarily abroad.
Confront different illnesses and treatments rarely seen at home.
Learn how different customs play an important role in the practice of medicine.
Build your CV by showcasing the acquisition of new skills, a new language, a different type of experience and cross-cultural aptitude.
Experiment and master flexibility as the conditions you will be working on will probably be very different from home and include many challenges.
Have fun discovering a new country and experiencing a new culture.
Observe and participate (depending on your qualifications and training) how teams work together in resource stretched settings while helping them with routine tasks and healthcare provision.
Help make a difference by providing an extra pair of hands in a limited resources setting.
Experienced Medical and Healthcare Individuals
If you have healthcare training and experience, you are highly sought after in some of our locations to assist with capacity building of the local healthcare setting and the staff, as you share approaches and knowledge. In line with international best practice, this does mean that you will need to register with the designated medical council.
We can tell you about the local requirements and the name of the body that you should contact, once you have discussed your expectations and skills with a Kaya placement advisor using the button below.REQUEST A CALLBACK
Medical and Healthcare Students
If you are looking for an elective or a practicum to support your studies with specific goals and outcomes, Kaya may be able to find a suitable placement for you. For a small fee of £35 / $61 you can work with us to find a placement in one of our destination that matches the requirements of your university course.
If you want to learn more, please contact one of Kaya’s experienced placement advisors using the button below.REQUEST A CALLBACK
Medical and Healthcare Ethical Stance
At Kaya, we take ethics very seriously. We have taken a stance and implemented practices as a result that meet ethical standards and best practices in international healthcare for volunteers and interns. We ensure that the placements are ethical, meaningful for the participants, the local communities in which we work, and the local healthcare teams while protecting the rights of the patients. The principle of “do no harm” is at the heart of the placements while supporting local healthcare workers. Read our ethics section to learn more about best practices and ethical considerations in international healthcare volunteering.
To read more about Kaya’s approach to ethical practises in medical and healthcare volunteering and internship placements | Download here.
Our Healthcare volunteer projects
Easy 3-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure 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 be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.