Healthcare and Medical Volunteer
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. VIEW PROJECTS
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 volunteer 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.REQUEST A CALLBACK
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.REQUEST A CALLBACK
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.
To read more about Kaya’s approach to ethical practices 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; meanwhile developing your own skills and competencies for the benefit of your healthcare career.
Other types of Healthcare and Medical volunteer projects
Our Healthcare volunteer projects
Learn about the Moroccan healthcare system while shadowing laboratory staff at a private clinic
Come to Cape Coast and work in a laboratory in a local hospital supporting a local Ghanaian community.
Take part in a Psychology and Social Work Internship in Ecuador and develop your skills and gain experience abroad
Join the nursing and medical internship in South Africa, shadow professionals locally to develop your own skills and learn about healthcare.
Intern on this Community Health and Hygiene Education placement in Uganda and contribute to local public health challenges affecting school-aged children.
Join our social work internship in South Africa and get involved in a local community while developing your professional skills in a different environment.
Join our public healthcare internship in South Africa and get involved in a local community while developing your professional skills and learning about healthcare in an African context.
Public Health Internship Ghana is based in a local community around Cape Coast and focuses on prevention.
Join our occupational therapy in South Africa placement and get involved in a local community while learning about a different other than your own.
Ghana Physiotherapist internship is based in a local community supporting treatment centres and dedicated athletes as well as local professional and students.
Experience health promotion and community development through this internship by assisting local staff with the daily challenges facing residents
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
Join us in Kenya as a healthcare volunteer and help make a difference to those living in vulnerable and developing communities
Develop your practical and theoretical skills as a professional on this Medical and Healthcare Internship in Vietnam
Intern in a special education centre in Peru that supports children age 3 to 20 by providing them special education geared to their specific needs
Our dentistry Internship in Ghana is based in Cape Coast, supporting local dentists
Develop your practical and theoretical skills as a professional on this Occupational Therapy Internship in Vietnam at a recovery centre
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 and lend a hand in a public polyclinic or private hospital that serve the local citizens, regardless of income or social standing.
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.
This is a fantastic role for volunteers with relevant experience to help Healthcare and Nutrition projects in Siem Reap by building local capacity
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 Cape Coast, 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 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.