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Medicine Volunteer Projects in Kenya

Gap Year volunteer Medical projects in Kenya

Volunteering abroad on a Medicine placement in Kenya is an excellent way to gain work experience combined with the chance to help people in under resourced medical institutions in the developing world.

Projects Abroad works with a variety of medical establishments in Kenya including small health clinics, hospitals and homes for the elderly, allowing volunteers the opportunity to learn more about the healthcare system and procedures within a developing country. 

Volunteering on a Medical Placement in Kenya

Projects Abroad Kenya work in and around the town of Nanyuki, 200km north-east of Nairobi. In both the smaller health clinics and the larger hospitals volunteers find themselves working with patients who have a wide range of illnesses. There are many different departments in most of the hospitals we work with including maternity, general medicine, surgery, paediatrics and in the laboratory. 

Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in the West. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients. Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis; however, most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.

Your role on a Medicine Project in Kenya

Your exact role within the hospital or clinic will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university volunteers usually start by observing the doctors and nurses, however you may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions. The role of volunteers who already have some medical experience also varies, and it is important to build up trust and a good relationship with the local medical staff.

We hold regular medical workshops for all our medical volunteers; these are usually run by our qualified medical supervisor in Nanyuki. These workshops allow you not only the opportunity to ask about specific things you have seen during your placement but also to learn different techniques and skills which you can then put into practise when you go to work at your placement.

Volunteers may have the opportunity to take part in medical outreach work which often involves travelling to local villages, rural areas or care centres to carry out basic medical checks on the local community.

While volunteering on your Medicine project, you will live with a host family in or near Nanyuki. This allows you to experience the real day-to-day life in Kenya. You have the opportunity to spend your free time with the Projects Abroad volunteer community exploring Nanyuki and the surrounding areas.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Kenya Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

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