Medical Internships Abroad Gaining Popularity Among Students
Increasing numbers of North American students are choosing to travel and intern with Projects Abroad on medical projects in developing countries
TORONTO – May 21, 2015 – As students across North America prepare for a busy summer, Projects Abroad is pleased to report that internship programs in the field of Medicine & Health Care are becoming increasingly popular, especially among pre-med and high school students. This year, hundreds of students are choosing to spend their summer break abroad as interns, working toward adding valuable experience to their resumes and broadening their clinical, procedural, and cultural skills.
For pre-med and high school students, the experience of interning in medical facilities abroad is invaluable and helps gives them the confidence to pursue a career in medicine. Not only do they have the opportunity to learn new methods of diagnosis and treatment from local medical professionals, they get to observe illnesses and conditions not seen in North America. They also experience an environment where doctors and nurses work with limited resources and equipment.
“All in all, I had many life changing experiences in the hospital and expanded upon my current medical knowledge, learning things that I can bring back home and help me tremendously. To be able to have had these experiences before I even graduate university is amazing and I am certain that I want to pursue a career in medicine,” shares Jenna C, a pre-med student and former intern at a hospital in the Philippines.
Rebecca K, a high school senior who volunteered on a summer program in Argentina, says “I learned more about medicine in the two weeks I lived in Cordoba than I could have ever imagined. I saw many surgeries including brain surgery, tumor removal, and even part of a long open heart surgery. The surgeons almost always offered to explain what they were doing and encouraged all of the students to have a closer look. It was amazing to be so close to such intricate procedures.”
The organization offers a variety of Medicine & Health Care programs for interns in the fields of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nutrition, and Public Health, in more than 25 destinations across the developing world. These internships are built to suit varying levels of experience and interns can choose to join at any time, from one to four weeks or more. Projects Abroad also has an extensive range of worthwhile medical programs specifically designed for high school students.
For more information about Medicine & Health Care internships with Projects Abroad, please visit www.projects-abroad.ca/volunteer-projects/medicine-and-healthcare. For information about medical programs for high school students, visit www.projects-abroad.ca/volunteer-projects/high-school-specials/medicine-and-healthcare.
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.
Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 28 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.ca