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What Medical Advice do I need?

Students should get the latest medical advice on inoculations and malaria prevention before coming to Kenya. Malaria risk exists all year round. Immunization against yellow fever, polio and typhoid are usually recommended, but please consult your physician prior to travel

Is it safe to volunteer in Africa?

One of the key reasons for using Elective Abroad to facilitate and organize your elective or volunteering in Africa is that we take all measures to ensure your safety abroad. African people are friendly and warm towards foreigners.

Do you cater for groups or other specialist volunteers such as professionals?

Yes we do. All of our programs are suitable for groups or individuals. We can also tailor the program to suit group or individual preferences. So whether you are a corporate group, a researcher or a student seeking to volunteer in a specific area, we will design a program that will meet your specific requirements.

Can I do more than one placement?

Yes you can. This is especially so for volunteers on the Gap Year and Internship program or those who would like to volunteer for more than 3 months.

What happens when we first arrive?

This depends on your arrival airport. Our representative will be on hand to meet you, participants are advised to send their travel itinerary to Elective Abroad ahead of time.

What if I have a domestic connecting flight?

Participants are advised to go through immigration and then pick their luggage and proceed to the domestic departures for their connecting flights.

What if I arrive in the night and need to travel to another city for my placement?

We have specific hotels where we take our participants for overnight stays. Our representative will be on hand to pick you up and check you into the hotel. If students have to proceed on a long bus journey we recommend a two-night stay to allow for enough rest after a long flight.

Where will I stay?

Our volunteers typically live in a shared student house and upon request with a Kenyan host family. Most students prefer to stay at the shared house as this gives them an opportunity to interact and meet new friends. The home stays on the other hand offer an opportunity to learn more about African communities and cultures. We make efforts whenever possible to accommodate specific requests that a volunteer may have with regards to their preferred accommodation.

Do I have to speak the local languages?

No you do not. You will get a long extremely well with just English. However, it is helpful to learn some basic words and phrases commonly used. This will be covered during the training and orientation program.

Tell me about African food.

Foods served during your placement period include traditional African meals like ugali and sukuma wiki (corn meal and collard greens), githeri (maize and beans), irio as well as chapattis (flat bread). African meals also consist of other universal dishes such as beef, chicken, fish, rice, and pasta. Breakfast usually consists of bread, eggs, and tea. Fruits and vegetables are plenty in Africa and feature frequently in menu preparations. Locally grown coffee and tea are common beverages.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Africa?

No. It is generally recommended that you drink bottled water during your stay. You can buy bottled water from any supermarket and most shops. The most common water-borne diseases in Africa are typhoid, cholera, amoebiasis and dysentery. We have a constant supply of bottled clean water in the water cooler in our student housing.

How can I communicate with home when abroad?

Local sim cards can be readily purchased for your mobile phones upon arrival. Alternatively, there are several internet cafes around town where you can get internet access.

Is it possible to stay longer?

Yes. We can normally increase time at a project, and accommodation at short notice. You must, however, be aware that a longer stay may necessitate a visa extension and extra costs

What’s not included in the price?

Domestic flights, insurance and costs of getting your visa are not included. Additionally, if you choose the Safari supplement, the park entrance fee, meals to and from the safari and any overnight stays before or after the safari are not included in your trip. The safari supplement includes only the following:

  • Full cost of transportation by van to and from the game reserve 
  • Two nights’ accommodation and food while on the actual safari in the game reserve 
  • A driver guide and van

How do I get a Visa?

Visas can be obtained on arrival at the Airport. All foreigners require a passport and a visa to enter the country.

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Program Pricing

At Elective Abroad, we prioritize affordability because we understand that pursuing your dreams shouldn't break the bank. Our pricing structure is designed to be competitive, ensuring that you receive exceptional value for your investment in your education and international elective program.

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Key Program Features

Types of Placements

Our programs offer a wide range of placements, catering to diverse medical specialties. Whether you aspire to work in Internal Medicine, Dentistry, Surgery, or other healthcare fields, we provide opportunities that align with your career goals. Explore the various medical disciplines available to gain valuable experience.

Program Duration

We understand that not everyone has the same schedule, which is why we offer flexible program durations. Whether you're seeking a short-term experience to get a taste of medical practice or an extended placement to immerse yourself in healthcare, we have options to accommodate your needs. Choose the duration that suits your schedule and goals.

Operating Countries

Our programs extend across multiple African countries, offering you the opportunity to explore diverse healthcare systems and cultures. With placements available in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, and Philippines, you can gain a rich understanding of healthcare practices and experience the rich cultures of these destinations. Immerse yourself in various healthcare environments and broaden your global perspective.


At Elective Abroad, we pride ourselves on being the leading organizer of Healthcare internships and volunteer placements in Africa. Our commitment to excellence sets us apart, and we strive to provide unparalleled quality and responsiveness in our programs. We understand the importance of your medical electives, and we take care of every detail to ensure a seamless and enriching experience.


Why Choose Elective Abroad?

Elective Abroad is the leading organizer of Healthcare internships and volunteer placements in Africa. No one comes close to the quality and responsiveness of our programs; we organize an end-to end placement and mean every word that you read.

Operational Excellence

At Elective Abroad, operational excellence is the cornerstone of our commitment to providing unparalleled healthcare internships and volunteer placements in Africa. We understand the importance of a seamless and well-executed experience during your medical electives. Our operational processes are finely tuned to ensure that every aspect of your placement is meticulously planned and executed.

Continuous Growth

Elective Abroad is dedicated to continuous growth and improvement. We believe in evolving our programs to meet the dynamic needs of healthcare professionals and students. Our commitment to growth extends to enhancing the quality of your medical electives, ensuring that you have access to the latest advancements and valuable learning experiences during your time with us.

Team of experts

Our team of experts at Elective Abroad is composed of seasoned professionals who are passionate about healthcare and cross-cultural experiences. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise in organizing healthcare internships and volunteer placements, our team is dedicated to providing you with the support and guidance needed to make the most out of your medical electives in Africa. Trust our experts to facilitate a transformative and enriching experience for you.

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Drew Hulse Kansas, United States

“Elective Abroad is a highly educative program for all medical students. If you have special interests in fields like Obstetrics/gyn, general surgery, and tropical medicine, this is a very good program. The experience I had in Mombasa has been memorable, and I highly recommend ElectiveAbroad to anyone considering applying.”

Ida W. Bjorntvedt Oslo, Norway

“I want to say I think it is a fantastic program... I did the senior program so what I wanted out of an African elective program was plenty of hands-on experience and the opportunity to see tropical/unusual diseases we would not see in the UK. And I got both of these. Coast is a brilliant hospital to be placed at. It probably helps that it is a teaching hospital, so many Kenyan students were there too, but it means you get taught by knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and relevant staff.”

Michelle Carey Leigh-on-Sea



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