Elective Africa Programs
We have one of the most popular premed exposure programs judging by the learning experience & satisfaction of our past participants. This is suited to aspiring medical students....
Take part in a program that emphasizes the integration of knowledge gained by the students in different sections of their learning process such as clinical Chemistry, immunology,...
Elective Africa invites students to take part in its Pre-Dentistry program. The elective is ideal for students who have a documented and serious interest in Healthcare and...
Write dissertations, thesis papers or other medical researches in Africa and be a part of Elective Africa who spent over 10 years organizing electives in the medical community,...
For the purposes of our program, we describe senior medical students as students in their 3rd and 4th years in the United States and Canada; and 4th, 5th, and 6th year medical...
Our physician assistant program provides students with a clinical training opportunity working closely with and under the supervision of a certified physician to complement...
Elective Africa offers a program that is ideal for students interested in gaining hands-on experience to complement their theoretical knowledge in midwifery. Participants...
Elective Africa offers a Nursing program that exposes students to the unique healthcare field in developing countries. Program participants will get more care-provider to...
Elective Africa Reviews
Levolosi health center placement
Submitted by Josh - Princeton University | August 02, 2017
This opportunity was given to me by a partnership between my university (Princeton University) and Elective Africa. I worked in Levolosi Health Center, a public clinic in Arusha, mainly in the minor theater, where I assisted and later oversaw other performing minor procedures such as cleaning/dressing wounds, sutures, and circumcisions. The doctor in charge of the theater, Dr. Jonas, was very informative and kind, and instructed us in basic skills such as changing dressings and wrapping wounds at first, and later more complicated tasks such as assisting directly in circumcisions. Since I had an 8 week internship, for the first few weeks I was mainly involved in observing the doctor, but later felt more comfortable to assist the doctor directly, such as handing tools needed during circumcisions and stopping any bleeding areas. Later the other interns and I organized a fundraiser from friends and family to raise money, which was then used to by supplies that the hospital constantly lacked, such as gloves, gauze, and surgical tools.
The accommodations are quite nice, and the staff does a good job to make sure everyone is well taken care of and has all they need. For example, despite having electricity and water problems, our local coordinator would be ready to answer our phone calls and come to the residence to fix the issue.
Physician Assistant program in mombasa
Submitted by Stevie - Harding University | July 21, 2015
I spent 4 weeks at coast general hospital In Mombasa and it was truly a unique and life changing experience. I don't think I was initially prepared for the stark difference that this public hospital had from hospitals in the United States. I rotated through medical wards, pediatrics, obs/gyn, and the ER while I was there. At each area I was able to practice skills and become proficient at them. I was able to learn about how treatments for certain diseases are different and the same here to the United States. I think that this is a great experience to really get better at your physical exam techniques as many of the testing resources that we so quickly turn to in the United States are either not available or to expensive for patients. It was also interesting because there are no physician assistants here, but the role is likened to the clinical officer. There are many medical, nursing and clinical officers rotating throughout the hospital.
As far as my time outside the hospital, I was a little disappointed that there was no other students which would have made my experience more fun to have someone to go explore the city with, but I came at time where there was recent travel advisories for Americans visiting so I understand that there is nothing the program can do about that. I did meet a previous elective africa student while here and he expressed how much fun it was when there were other students. The apartment is an easy 20 minute walk to the beach which was amazing and you could easily go after a day at the hospital.
Overall I had a great experience and would recommend it to anyone!
Pre-Psychiatry in Mombasa
Submitted by Nicole - Memorial University of Newfoundland | June 11, 2015
I wouldn't trade my time in Kenya, Mombasa specifically, for anything in the world. I was very nervous going into it, and the culture was certainly hard to get used to at first. But I cannot praise the program (Elective Africa) enough for going above and beyond for the participants. You are not just another volunteer to them, they get to know you personally and do whatever it takes to make sure you get the best experience and the experience that you want. I had no medical experience going into it, so I was comfortable with just learning and absorbing as much as I could while I was there. There is no pressure to do something outside of your comfort zone, but if you want to, you fully can. The experience can be whatever you want to get out of it. We did some other community activities, we went to an orphanage and a school. We had Swahili lessons although most people in Mombasa are fairly fluent in English. I went on safari at Masai Mara, I cannot stress how important it is to take advantage and do these. The safari was easily one of the best weekends of my life. Overall, my experience was amazing, I would recommend anyone to book a volunteer/medical trip with Elective Africa, I made incredible friends from around the world and I'm already planning where I'd like to go next with them.
An unforgettable experience
Submitted by Jonathan La Crette - King's College London School of Medicine | March 23, 2015
I cannot speak highly enough about my three weeks in Arusha, Tanzania in Summer 2014. I'm a final year medical student in London,England and thanks to Elective Africa I had the best summer of my life.
The housemates were all medical trainees from America, England,Norway and Australia. They were caring individuals who only added to my experience. The accommodation was western and safe. The town offered many tourist attractions besides Mt Meru, Mt Kilimanjaro and Safari. There are many restaurants, snake parks, camel rides, schools,nightclubs and orphanages to visit.
The locals are beyond friendly. They are welcoming and positive. Elective Africa provides a driver who is always the same driver. He is a friendly and open man, who is always willing to help and give advice. There is also the elective Africa representative who visits the house frequently to check on how you're doing. He's a cool dude and he picks you up from the airport when you land. I really liked him and keep in contact with him to this day.
I think the media does a horrible image painting all of Africa in negative light. The town is far,far from what the western media would have you believe. It was safe,developed and far better than I could have dreamed. I can never forget the great and memorable time I had, and neither will you.
Mombasa Medicine and Labor wards
Submitted by Haley - Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine | January 09, 2015
I had a great experience with Elective Africa in Mombasa at Coast Provincial General Hospital. I spent one week in a medicine ward and one week in the labor ward, and both places I had a great deal of autonomy and responsibility that really pushed my skills and knowledge to the next level. All the doctors and staff were very friendly and pleasant to work with. It was well worth the trip to see how medicine works in a developing country and a different culture.