Healthcare and Medical Volunteering
What Can You Do?
At Kaya, we offer a variety of healthcare and medical placements. Do you want to support a local clinical team in a rural community or teach nutrition education to help improve the health of children? Or perhaps, work in a lab to help combat malaria and other infectious diseases? Do you want to experience how art, dance and equine therapies are used internationally?
Whether you are looking to satisfy an elective(s), a rotation, or a practicum, or just gain some work experience through an internship or volunteering opportunity, we are able to offer different options in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy or midwifery.
Available placements range from hospitals, rural clinics, and home visits to nutrition, health education and public health. Speak to a placement advisor about your requirements, and let us find the best options for you!
Who Should Consider a Healthcare and Medical Placement?
Those of you studying or experienced in the fields of nursing, medicine, laboratory work, nutrition or therapies should consider joining a healthcare and medical volunteer and internship placement. 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.
Whether you are a senior medical student, a pre-med student or just thinking of studying medicine, you will find appropriate placements working alongside local professionals in a variety of countries.
By speaking to a Kaya advisor and sharing your expectations, our placement team can identify the best opportunity for you.
The Benefits of Doing your Medical Placement Abroad
Working abroad in medical and health sectors can be very rewarding and eye-opening as you move along in your career. Below are a few benefits of doing your placement abroad:
Experience differences between the standards of medical practice in the developing world and your home country.
Expand your professional network by creating lifetime connections in your field.
Discover new techniques and methods used abroad.
Confront different illnesses and treatments, not commonly experienced at home.
Learn how different customs play an important role in the practice of medicine.
Build your CV by showcasing your new skills, new language acquisition and cross-cultural aptitude.
Overcome cultural challenges and master flexibility, as the conditions you will be working on will be very different from home.
Have fun discovering a new country and experiencing a new culture.
Observe how teams work together in resource-stretched settings and, depending on your qualifications and training, participate with routine tasks and healthcare provision.
Help make a difference by providing an extra pair of hands in settings that struggle with limited resources and staff.
Experienced Medical and Healthcare Individuals
If you have healthcare training and experience, you are highly sought after to assist with capacity building of the local healthcare setting and the staff in some of our locations. In line with international practices, you will need to register with the designated medical council pertaining to the country you will travel to.
We can help you with the local requirements, once you have discussed your expectations and skills with a Kaya placement advisor using the button below.
Medical and Healthcare Students
If you are looking for an elective or a practicum to complete specific goals supporting your studies, Kaya has a suitable placement for you. For a small fee of £35 / $61, we can find a placement in one of our destinations 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.
Medical and Healthcare Ethical Stance
At Kaya, we take ethics very seriously. We ensure that our placements are meaningful for the participants and the local communities in which we work. We uphold the principle of “do no harm” to protect the rights of the patients, while working with the best practices in international healthcare to support local medical workers. Read our ethics section to learn more about best practices and ethical considerations in international healthcare volunteering.
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Whatever your experience level, join a Kaya healthcare project today, and provide overworked staff, patients, and communities with an extra pair of hands; meanwhile developing your own skills and competencies for the benefit of your healthcare career.
Our Healthcare volunteer projects
Gain meaningful work experience in an area relevant to your studies or potential career choice and participate in a Healthcare Internship in China through Kaya.
Learn about the emerging field of Occupational Therapy in Morocco
Learn about the Moroccan healthcare system while shadowing medical staff at a local hospital
Volunteer abroad on our specialised project and help to provide physical therapy to disabled children and young adults in Bolivia
Intern abroad on our specialised project and help to provide physical therapy to disabled children and young adults in Bolivia
Combine study abroad and volunteering for a semester in Cusco, Peru.
Join us in Kenya as a healthcare volunteer and help to change the lives of the vulnerable, ill and over-burden communities.
Develop your practical and theoretical skills as a professional on this Medical and Healthcare Internship in Vietnam
Intern in Cusco for a social centre that supports young mothers
Our dental placement in Ghana is based in a hospital in Accra, supporting dentists as an intern
Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
Develop your practical and theoretical skills as a professional on this Occupational Therapy Internship in Vietnam at a recovery centre
Come and join us in an NGO in Ho Chi Minh city and develop your CV/Resume and work skills on this Social Work Internship in Vietnam
Join our LGBTQ NGO Development Internship in Thailand and develop your understanding of this community and provide hands on support
Develop and share your knowledge of healthy eating, cooking methods and the impact of diet on childhood development and growth by joining this nutrition internship in Swaziland.
Use your medical training and join an internship at a district hospital in Chiang Mai and learn about healthcare provision in Thailand.
Join us in supporting local families by addressing hygiene and sanitation issues by working on our healthy kitchens volunteering in Peru project.
Volunteer in Belize in rural health clinics that serve the less affluent citizens of rural communities surrounding San Ignacio, who lack access to health professionals and treatment.
Volunteer in Belize and lend a hand in a public polyclinic or private hospital that serve the local citizens, regardless of income or social standing.
Join us in St Lucia and bring your enthusiasm and willingness to help on this community health and home based care project.
Come to Accra and work in a laboratory in a local hospital supporting a local Ghanaian community.
Participate in a fascinating health promotion and community volunteering project assisting local staff with the daily challenges facing residents
Volunteer and work in a rural health clinic in stricken Tacloban and gain experience working with a local team serving the impoverished communities of Leyte province.
Make a fundamental improvement to your own life and the vulnerable living by volunteering and helping to improve nutritional standards in Tacloban City.
We’ve got the perfect program for medical students and professionals who want healthcare experience abroad.
Volunteer within the social services on this counselling and social work project in Belize to help an understaffed centre support young people and women who are in need.
If you have a passion for, and can inspire others to express themselves through dance and movement, then volunteer on this wonderful dance therapy project in Belize.
This health and medical internship in Ecuador will give medical, biology and science students insights into issues in global health, traditional medicine and medical practice.
If you are interested in community development with a health focus then this rural public health volunteering placement is perfect for you.
Join us at nutrition centres improving diets in Costa Rica on this mother and child nutrition volunteer placement.
Come to Peru and participate in global health and nutrition volunteering in the Andes.
Join a project as a healthcare volunteer and participate in medical support and health awareness in Antelope Park located in the heart of Africa.
This is a fantastic role for volunteers with relevant experience to help Healthcare, Nutrition, and Dentistry projects in Siem Reap by building local capacity
Volunteer on this rural health placement in Nepal and experience a different side of the Nepali healthcare system in a rural area outside of Kathmandu.
Become a Social Work volunteer in Cambodia and use your social work skills to build the capacity of social workers in Siem Reap.
Volunteer abroad on our specialised project and help to provide equine therapy to disabled children in South Africa.
Our clinical medical placements in Ghana is based in a hospital in northern Accra, supporting doctors and nurses as a volunteer as they care for low-income patients.
Volunteer in Belize and lend a hand in public hospitals and clinics that serve the local citizens, regardless of their income.
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.