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Medical Volunteering Abroad

Join a medical internship abroad and get a step ahead in your medical career with Projects Abroad.
  • Role: Observing local professionals and performing routine tasks in various departments at hospitals, clinics, and community outreach programs.
  • Requirements: None in most cases. Varies by project and destination.
Project Info

As a medical volunteer abroad with Projects Abroad, you can join a Medicine & Healthcare Project to help prepare yourself for a career in general medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery, public health, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or nutrition. Our medical internships are built to varying levels of experience, from those with interest before university to medical students. You can choose from a variety of programs in developing countries which run from one to four weeks or more at any time of the year.

Intern Abroad and Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd

A Medicine & Healthcare internship with Projects Abroad is ideal for those looking to boost their resumes by broadening their clinical, procedural, and cultural skills in a medical environment.

At your placement, you will experience a setting where medical professionals work with limited resources and equipment. Here, you will also be able to observe conditions, illnesses, and different methods of treatment that you would not otherwise see in North America. Many interns also have the opportunity to put their basic medical skills to practice by providing important healthcare services on outreach programs in rural communities.

Answers to key questions about Projects Abroad Medicine & Health Care Projects.

Interning on a Medical Program with Projects Abroad

We will work with you to find an internship abroad that suits your level of experience. When you arrive at your destination, we will meet you at the airport and give you a comprehensive induction of your local area, including introducing you to the community where you will be working and the host family you will be living with. Once your placement begins, your designated supervisor and our Medical Coordinator will meet with you regularly. Our staff are available for support 24/7.

Although there are no requirements in most cases, there will be some Medicine & Healthcare programs where a certain level of experience and/or language skills is required in order to join. You can learn more on our Requirements page

Students enrolled in medical school or other health sciences degree programs can choose to do an Elective abroad with Projects Abroad.

We also offer a Psychology Project in Mongolia for students with an interest in the field. A medical volunteer abroad checks a child's heartbeat at a Projects Abroad outreach in Mexico.

How Medicine & Health Care Projects Make a Difference

At all of our Medicine & Health Care Projects, we use a secure and anonymous database to track the medical work that we do throughout the developing world. The database allows staff and volunteers to gather data when we run medical outreaches or health awareness programs, create patient profiles so we can help and monitor individuals who see us regularly, analyze and report our results, and collect research data and publications related to health care issues.

All of these factors will help us achieve the long-term goals set out in our Medicine & Health Care Management Plans. It will also help us improve the health care services we provide and better target the work we do on the ground around the world. For example, if we notice that there are high rates of HIV infections in a community, we can focus on running awareness programs that raise awareness of the disease and how it’s transmitted.


Throughout the year Projects Abroad offers free webinars, or virtual open houses, presented by the US and Canadian offices. See when the next Medical & Health Care Webinar is scheduled.

Group Medicine & Healthcare Projects for High School Students

For teen volunteers, Medicine & Healthcare projects are available as Medicine & Health Care High School Special programs. High School Specials are designed for volunteers aged 16-19 to join a group of their peers working together under the guidance of our local staff.

Volunteering Abroad for Medicine & Healthcare Professionals

If you are a professional and want to put your skills to use on a Medicine & Healthcare project, Projects Abroad has placements for skilled and qualified volunteers. Our main focus is to match your skills with our partner organizations' needs. Please visit the Medicine & Healthcare Projects for Professionals section for more information.

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