Whether you are considering a career in healthcare, already a student, or have already embarked on your career we are sure to have a healthcare and medical volunteer or internship project to suit you.

Healthcare and Medical Volunteering

Join us as a healthcare and medical volunteer and participate in ethical rewarding placements where you will learn as well as share your ideas, knowledge and experience with local practitioners.

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.

Placements available range from hospitals, rural clinics, home visits, nutrition, health education and public health in a range of healthcare and medical fields.

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.

medical volunteer on a project

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.

medical volunteer on a project with a baby

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.


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.

Whatever your experience level, join a Kaya Healthcare project today, and provide overworked staff, patients, and communities with an extra pair of hands, while developing your own skills and competencies for the benefit of your career in healthcare. Please see below our different types of Healthcare projects.

Our Healthcare volunteer projects

Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Health and Nutrition Track
Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
Occupational Therapy Internship in Vietnam
Develop your practical and theoretical skills as a professional on this Occupational Therapy Internship in Vietnam at a recovery centre
Social Work Internship in Vietnam
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
LGBTQ NGO Development Internship in Thailand
Join our LGBTQ NGO Development Internship in Thailand and develop your understanding of this community and provide hands on support
Community and Environment Facilitated Research Internship in Southern Africa
Join our Facilitated Research Internship in Southern Africa and develop your paper in a stunning context
Nutrition Internship in Swaziland
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.
Medical Internship at a District Hospital in Chiang Mai
Use your medical training and join an internship at a district hospital in Chiang Mai and learn about healthcare provision in Thailand.
Healthy Kitchens Volunteering in Peru
Join us in supporting local families by addressing hygiene and sanitation issues by working on our healthy kitchens volunteering in Peru project.
Volunteer in Rural Health Clinics in Belize
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.
Work in Hospitals and Clinics in Belize
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.
Community Health and Home Based Care Volunteering in South Africa
Join us in St Lucia and bring your enthusiasm and willingness to help on this community health and home based care project.
Volunteer in a Laboratory in Ghana
Come to Accra and work in a laboratory in a local hospital supporting a local Ghanaian community.

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.


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.

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