Elective Africa

About Elective Africa

Elective Africa is a leading organizer of healthcare placements, premed shadowing programs and volunteering expeditions to Africa. For over 14 years, Elective Africa has placed hundreds of healthcare students in safe, structured and supervised medical electives abroad, clinical rotations, clerkships and projects abroad geared towards benefiting students and communities in Africa.

We work with healthcare institutions in our program destinations to provide program participants with a unique opportunity for experential learning for college credit and volunteering trips that meet four key needs:

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

Our program covers a wide range of areas such as:

  • medical students electives
  • Nursing electives
  • Midwifery electives
  • Surgery electives
  • Physician assistant rotations
  • Dental electives
  • Prehealth shadowing opportunities which includes premed, prenursing, predental and pre physician assistant programs
  • Volunteering, community development, gap trips, learning trips and expeditions
  • Safaris and mountain treks

Learning trips cover subject areas such as medicine, music and arts, education and teaching, languages among others.

All our programs ensure an immense amount of hands on experience, meaningful project work, cultural immersion and fun.

What Makes Us Unique?

At the highest level of the organization, we are located in your healthcare placement destination abroad hence able to give you a very secure learning experience. A significant part of our support and administration staff is located in your destination country, we are able to offer competitive rates with value relative to some similarly structured programs. We provide accommodation and daily program transport and we are highly responsive to your needs while on our program.

Our programs are REAL: Rewarding, Enrinching, Adventuresome and a Learning experience! 

We have established relationships not just with the healthcare institutions we place you in, but also with professionals that we will assign you to. Our mentors are evaluated based on feedback from past participants and we reward each one of them for the support they give to our clients.

We have designed the programs with the assistance of local healthcare professionals and with special consideration of each individual’s expectations.