Elective Africa

About Elective Africa

Founded in 2000, Elective Africa is a leading organizer of medical volunteering, educational, gap, and expedition trips to Africa.

For over 13 years, we have been working with communities and healthcare institutions in our program destinations to provide our program participants with a unique opportunity for medical elective and clinicical rotations, gap breaks and volunteering trips that meet four key hurdles:

  • Offer a rich, rare and insightful hands-on experience especially for those in their clinical years
  • Helping under-served communities and people
  • Facilitate cultural exchange and appreciation of host country and community
  • Provide some escape time and space for reflection, inspiration and fun!

Our program covers a wide range of areas such as medical electives and volunteering, community development, gap trips, learning trips and expeditions, school trips, safaris and tours, and mountain treks. Learning trips cover subject areas such as medicine, music and arts, education and teaching, languages, among others.

Regardless of the program, all our programs ensure an immense amount of hands on experience, meaningful project work, cultural immersion and fun.

We are unique in various material respects:

One of Elective Africa’s key differentiators is that we have developed relationships not just with the healthcare institutions we place you in, but also with professionals that we will assign you to. This is a huge differentiator for our placements. Our professional mentors are people we know and have evaluated and are comfortable with the quality of their mentorship based on feedback from past participants.

At the highest level of the organization, we are located in your placement destination hence able to give you a very rich and secure learning experience. We are present where you go to: we have designed the programs with the assistance of local healthcare professionals and with special consideration of each individuals expectations, we provide accommodation to your convinience including special requests and we are highly responsive to your needs while on our program.

Because we locate a significant part of our support and administration in a destination country;we are able to offer competitive rates relative to some similarly structured programs.