Medical Elective Placements Overseas

Company : Projects Abroad
Activities: Medical, Health, Medicine / Dental Electives
Duration: 2 weeks to 1 Year+
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Projects Abroad offers elective placements in medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. We tailor placements to meet your needs as a student.

We have over 20 years of experience collaborating with medical professionals in the developing world. Therefore your elective placement is certain to be a rewarding experience in whichever country you decide to visit. Due to limited resources in the hospitals and clinics in which you will work, medical staff are always eager to receive extra help and expertise.

Students will find themselves assisting patients who have conditions rarely seen in the developed world, such as leprosy and polio. Patients often lack the money to pay for treatment so cases are usually more advanced than those seen in western hospitals. Elective students will be expected to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired so far to care for patients and advise less experienced volunteers. Projects Abroad will provide students with a well-qualified supervisor at the placement.

Many elective students may also have the opportunity to participate in workshops and medical outreach programmes in the local community. If you have any specialisms or specific departments you would like to work in we can often accommodate for this - feel free to get in touch with us to find out the best options for you!

If you are not a university student, please see our standard Medicine & Healthcare projects.


How to apply?

  • Feel free to give us a call or email - we have a friendly team ready to answer your questions!
  • When you're ready to apply you can complete an application form on the Projects Abroad website.
  • A deposit of £195 is required with your application. We will immediately acknowledge receipt of your application and deposit payment.

Start Dates

• Flexible

Costs / Benefits

Prices start at £995 for two weeks. Please visit the Projects Abroad website for full information on prices.

Projects Abroad cover:
• All your food and accommodation
• Transfers to and from the airport
• Transport to and from your placement (where required)
• Travel and medical insurance
• Support and 24 hour back-up from both our local and UK staff


• Volunteers are required to be a university elective student.

Booking / Enquiry

Projects Abroad Medical Elective Placements Overseas Reviews

Adventure of a lifetime

I participated on a project in Nepal and had great time. Discovering a country that is so different from mine taught me a lot. I've seen things I would never be able to experience anywhere else. Both hospital staff and other volunteers made that trip an unforgettable one. I highly recommend Projects Abroad and hope to go somewhere with them again.

By: Natalia
Nationality: Polish
Age: 19

Fantastically Organised

My project in Peru was fantastically organised allowing an excellent experience in hospital and outreach settings. The staff have gone above and beyond and will be missed greatly when I return home!

By: Michaela
Nationality: Australian
Age: 23


I went to volunteer at a hospital in Togo and would recommend Projects Abroad for anyone looking to volunteer and do something similar. The price is reasonable for the experience you get (travel insurance, food, accommodations, airport transfers, 24/7 support).

By: Amy MacNeill
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 24

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