Mombasa, Kenya

Get to Mombasa, Kenya

Sun, sand and sea define Mombasa as a top coastal tourist destination of choice. Mombasa lies on the Eastern coastline of the Indian Ocean. The city is famed for its vibrant Swahili culture, good economy hotels, delicious exotic sea foods and idyllic beaches. It serves as the gateway port to East African countries of Uganda, Southern Sudan and Rwanda thus it is an important economic hub. It is served by Moi International Airport that ensures ease in local and international travel. Mombasa town prides itself in a whole range of social activities that you may choose to do including a beach tour, scuba diving, snorkeling , swimming, visiting archaeological sites and historic monuments.

The Healthcare Experience

The Coast Provincial General Hospital; A teaching and referral hospital and the 2nd largest hospital in Kenya with 700 beds capacity; provide a unique opportunity for extensive hands on experience for students in clinical years and an intensive shadowing experience for pre-health students under mentorship of local professional healthcare staff.

For a specialty experience in psychiatry and other healthcare placements sign up for a placement at the Port Reitz Hospital.

We also give you the choice of experiencing a private hospital setting through our partnership with Bomu Hospital.

Mombasa Highlights

  1. The sun and Sandy beaches of the East African coast
  2. Experience the eerie of nature at Haller Park
  3. Visit key historical sites in the city such as the Fort Jesus
  4. Take city tours to experience the Swahili culture, visit curio shops and enjoy the Swahili cuisine
  5. The thrill of Scuba and Snorkelling
  6. Go on weekend excursions to Malindi
Programs

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In the words of our participants
The Convivial Encounter with Elective Africa

Living in Mombasa with the other students was such a great place to be outside of the Hospital it gave you a base to explore shops and cafe. The social side of my elective was the other part that was important to me and I have enjoyed meeting and spending time with the other participants so much. I really like that it is an international mix. I have also enjoyed all the time I have spent with the staff around Mombasa. I think working in a hospital in Africa can feel like throwing yourself in the deep end but it was a plunge I'm glad I took and I hope I'll be a better doctor for it.


Rose Grover
Cardiff University
Enchanted with Mombasa

The whole experience here was so fun exciting, new and completely captured my heart. Mombasa is an amazing City with wonderful people. If I could I would have extended my program longer. I thought 4weeks would be long but it went by too fast. This program is amazing and this experience has taught me so much from the Medical field but in life and culture. A piece of my heart will be left here in Kenya and I have to come back again.


Katie Lobban
Colorado State University
Forget Injuries, Never Forget Kindness
Before arriving at the Elective Africa residence we did not know what to expect, but as soon as we arrived and was greeted by staff, we felt welcome. The program was very well organised, We were given an excellent orientation of the hospital and area. Elective Africa contributed to the great experience we had in Kenya, We were able to make friends with not only the multiple international students at the residence but also with the staff. We thoroughly recommend the program in Mombasa, Kenya, the program exceeded our expectations and contributed to one of the greatest experiences we have had in our lives.
Simon Ho Thomas Yang and Andrew Albantow
Deakin University
My Edifying Experience with Elective Africa

This is a great program, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to broaden their horizons, expand their worldviews, and experience new cultures, all while contributing to the community through volunteer work…I stayed in Mombasa for 7 ½ weeks, and experienced beautiful sunny weather, warm sandy beaches, and very friendly people.


Emma Moulton
Brigham Young University
Totally Different; The Psychiatry Elective Experience in Kenya

I completed the first part of my elective at Port Reitz District Hospital in the mental health and substance abuse department. This was an interesting experience and very different from home. Despite it being the second largest psychiatric hospital in Kenya the facilities were extremely limited in terms of staff, medications and other necessities.

While here I spent my time mainly contributing to the ward rounds, handing out medications and taking histories from the patients. The vast majority of patients had been admitted due to the effects of drugs and it was very interesting to hear all of their stories. I spent the first week very confused about who were students and who were members of staff. I then realized it was in fact nursing students who were just starting their psychiatric placement who were running the outpatient clinic. There were perhaps two qualified nurses working at any one time for approximately 60 inpatients.

I was able to meet the only public psychiatrist in Mombasa region and arrange further meetings. This allowed me to see the medical side of treating the patients and we had many interesting discussions about the difference between psychiatry in the United Kingdom and Kenya. He worked in a large number of roles ranging from forensic psychiatry, running a methadone clinic and seeing general psychiatry inpatients. I have been interested in forensic psychiatry for a long time and I spent 2 days with the psychiatrist while he decided whether suspected criminals were fit to stand trial. It amazed me how quickly this could be done. It also allowed me to see some fascinating cases; including terror and murder suspects.

The methadone clinic was something which could be directly compared to the United Kingdom. It is a relatively new government run programme and so unlike most of the health care in Kenya it is available free of charge.  When the patients are first seen a general and specific history is taken by the nurse and then they are tested for many substances including: heroin, cocaine, methadone, cannabis, barbiturates, benzodiazepines and amphetamines. This to my opinion is a single most recent show of effort by the Government to improve the health services.

I spent approximately a week of my elective in the Emergency Department of Coast General Provincial Hospital where I was mainly in Minor Injuries. It was clearly characterized by chronic shortage of staff and extremely busy. The majority of the work involved changing dressings, draining abscesses and suturing. Before my elective I had not done any suturing and so I gained a lot from this.   While I was in A&E the most fascinating and worrying thing I saw was a male patient who had had his foot run over. The accident had happened a few days previously and his family had brought him into minors to have his dressing changed. The patient was unable to walk and appeared delirious. He was clearly very ill and in the UK would have immediately been treated for sepsis, one of the staff however thought he had "hysteria". After the discussion among the staff we convinced him this was not the case we were finally able to admit him. 

 The rest of my elective I spent in pediatricians with emphasis on neonatology. The most difficult aspect here was the inability of parents to pay for their children's medications. A 9 year old female diagnosed with encephalitis was unable to be treated with IV acyclovir as her mother could not afford it. The contrast of this to my pediatrics placement at home was vast. A baby who had transposition of the great arteries was in a similar difficult situation, the closest place she could be taken for the operation  was India, and again this was far more than the parents were able to afford.

I really enjoyed my time in Kenya and I am extremely glad I chose to do my elective there despite many people discouraging me from the idea. It was an amazing experience and one which I learnt a lot.


Sophie Turner
Queen's University Belfast
Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

Working in Africa had always been something I wanted to do. This summer I wanted to gain some insight in to what it would be like, so taking part in a summer medical elective with Elective Africa was the perfect opportunity. As I am soon to qualify as a doctor back home, I was keen to experience how medicine differs internationally. I wanted a totally different experience from what I had already got back home, and that’s exactly what I got.

I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect when starting my 6 week placement in Mombasa. This quickly changed and I was put at ease by all the staff that I encountered during my time there. 

The first half of my placement was spent in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Under the supervision of Dr. Faiza Nassir, a consultant Obstetrician, I got to experience how obstetric care differs from back home. I found it tough at the beginning, as the conditions didn’t quite live up to what I was used to. The lack of resources was apparent from the beginning and often the doctors and midwives had to make do with what was available to them while treating such a huge number of patients coming through the door each day. As time went on, I was amazed by how much was possible with so little equipment. I got some great hands-on experience during this time, too. I was helping with antenatal clinics and neonatal care. I also got the chance to practice taking blood and inserting IVs, and of course delivering babies. I was nervous at the beginning because I was unsure of my own skill level, but the staff were very willing to teach me and supervise me so I could develop these skills.

The second half of my placement was in Internal Medicine, but the programme was fluid enough that I could spend some time in other departments, too. I spent time on the General Medicine ward, dialysis day unit, Radiology and the Emergency Department. This meant I got to see a huge variety of cases in the short time that I had left of my programme. Staff were always willing to introduce me to someone in a different department, if that’s where I had my interests. 

The Mombasa location turned out to be the perfect locations for me. Meeting lots of other students from different countries and different backgrounds made the whole programme really enjoyable. Multiple times during my placement, the coordinators organised dinners out, where we got to feel like true locals eating authentic Kenyan food which was delicious!

There were plenty of other activities organised by Elective Africa, too. They work closely with a very disadvantaged local school in the area, Pentrose Community School. We were given the opportunity to visit the school multiple times to teach and play with the children. I helped to teach them English and they in turn helped me to improve my Kiswahili. This was an incredibly rewarding experience, as we saw the poor conditions in which these children went to school each day, but also their excitement and enthusiasm that they were lucky enough to go to school. 

My placement in Mombasa was a truly unique experience and one that I will never forget. I got to develop my skills within the hospital, truly experience the Kenyan culture and made some friends that I believe will be for life. I would like to genuinely thank every person who made my experience so fulfilling and enjoyable, and I definitely plan on coming back!

 


Thea De Geus
University College Dublin
An elective in Kenya

When I decided to go to Mombasa, Kenya with Elective Africa, I had three years of medical training under my belt – one of which was clinical work. I was excited by the possibility of experiencing a culture much different from my own, and being able to provide care to patients in a limited resource environment. Culture shock is something you cannot prepare for, but must simply embrace and enjoy the experience.

I don’t specifically remember why I chose Mombasa, but I can tell you it was a good choice. Mombasa is a busy, friendly, exciting and beautiful city. There are beautiful beaches to explore. There are a number of restaurants and shops to see. The people of Mombasa are hardworking and welcoming.

The Coast Provincial General Hospital is the second largest hospital in Kenya. They provide all services and see a large number of patients. This allowed my peers and me to have a vast and rewarding experience. We were able to participate in the OB/GYN Department, assist with vaginal deliveries, cesarean sections and miscarriage management. We were also involved in the Emergency Department and Minor Theatre Surgical Department. Here is where we could triage and treat a variety of pathology. We were involved in a number of minor surgical procedures and many post-traumatic suturing. The staff at CPGH welcomed us and readily involved us in the care of the patients.

For a developing country healthcare system, it’s beneficial if you can bring a lot of supplies to the clinical setting where you will be rotating. We collected donations of gloves, sutures, surgical masks, tools, etc. We also had a fundraiser before we left, to raise money for donations while in Kenya. We donated some to the orphanage we visited, some to the hospital, and purchased an air conditioner for the Minor Theatre operating suite. The hospital is very different from most westernized facilities. There is no hand sanitizer outside every patient’s room. There are no patient rooms but wards with beds aligned against the wall. The windows and doors are open to the outside. There is no endless supply of equipment. Most things are reusable and not disposable.

While preparing for travel you’ll need: a checkup – you’ll need certain shots and prophylactic medications; approval from your school; a passport and a visa; a mosquito net for your bed, bug spray, sun block; all other general travel stuff.

Most importantly, be prepared to feel unprepared. You’ll frequently find yourself in situations you haven’t experienced before, and it is essential to remain calm, apply all of the years of training, collaborate with others and work your way through. This is a unique experience that will forever change your life, your perspective of medicine and the way you practice medicine in the future.


Dr. Bryanne Robson
Crozer Keystone Family Medicine Residency
Rewarding Experience

My Name is Tanya Raven a second year Mental Health Nursing Student from The University of Nottingham in England.

Mmmh okey, I was looking for a place in Africa to work within the gender based violence. In the course of my search elective Africa came up and appeared to me as the best opportunity for eme and this opportunity packaged in the way I desired was present in Kenya and Mombasa Kenya to be precise. It was easy for me therefore to choose it as it presented what I exactly wanted.

1. What was your general expectation as you travelled to Kenya, and as you started off your rotation?

After my choice of Kenya, of course informed by my desire to learn and experience mental health nursing, my general expectation was to see how the health system here deals with issues relating to GBV. I also expected to much learn on how the nursing care differs with England. It was also in my expectation to learn about culture and social effects that influence on the health and possibly borrow  leaf and learn something to take back to England

2. What are some of the key health concerns in the region you were placed for an elective?

If I was to state one, I would definitely agree with the statistics of Kenya that HIV AIDs is a major problem for the health system. Besides the inadequate accessibility to the health services and the inadequate resources makes the delivery of care unique across the various conditions.

3. What are some of the experiences you had in the hospital of placement, that shaped your rotation/elective?

One of such was in the labour ward where I got to see the Ceasarian section and how it is conducted. This was both an amazing experience and a tragic experience for me but very educative I must say.  With regards to my main area of objective working with the nurse at the gender based centre and listening to her counsel people was definitely amazing and the Nurse was friendly and overly inspirational

4. What would you say in your opinion are the challenges in the delivery of care in the hospital you were placed at?

Low resources levels(funding) would be my number one challenge in the GBV center that was evident and also in the labor wards its something that was out rightly observable. The health care professionals have to greatly improvise but some services can only be delivered when the resources are adequately present. Resources shortages is a big challenge.

5. What was your best moment during your placement in Kenya ?

At the hospital, seeing people being counselled was amazing but the best of it was the sight of relief in the patients when for example a HIV test came out as negative. Basically the whole experience of a new health system, new ways of care delivery and different culture was all very rewarding. 

On the Recreational aspect, Visiting Holla park, seeing Giraffes and getting to hold a crocodile and put it on my head was very amazing. Visiting the South coast beach and having other students from Hong Kong and sharing perspectives with them was actually a very great experience. 

 

6. Is it something you would like to have again?

Absolutely this is an experience I would like to have again. Once I qualify I would like to come back and volunteer for a longer period and be able to help. I would definitely choose to come with Elective Africa and my advice to anyone out there thinking of travelling for the elective to choose Elective Africa but more so to get to learn a bit of Swahili.

I end by saying Kwaheri – goodbye and Asate – Thankkyou, The top Swahili words I earnt . Learning Swahili was very amazing as well. 

 


Tanya Raven
University of Nottingham
A Once in a Lifetime Experience

1. What are the main reasons as to why you choose Kenya as your destination of choice?

In my opinion, having clinical attachment in developing countries is the best experience in medical school. The health care system and diseases in developing countries are entirely different from that in developed countries. It would be the best chance for me to learn tropical disease and HIV related diseases in Kenya. If I have elective in other countries e.g. England, I could not appreciate the difference of health care facilities and resources between Hong Kong and developing countries

2. What was your general expectation as you travelled to Kenya, and as you started off your rotation?

I would like to have more hand on experiences e.g. taking blood, setting intravenous line, assisting delivery and Caesarean section. In addition, I wanted to learn more about tropical disease e.g. Dengue fever and malaria. I also expected to interact with doctors in Coast Provincial General Hospital, to let them know more about the health care system in Hong Kong. 

3. What are some of the key health concerns in the region you were placed for an elective?

I like internal medicine so I spent most of the time in the medical ward of Coast Provincial General Hospital (CPGH). The major health concerns would be HIV associated illness. The most commonly encountered conditions would be cryptococcal meningitis and pulmonary TB. Poor compliance to antiretroviral drug is also a major concern in Kenya. 

4. What are some of the experiences you had in the hospital of placement, that shaped your rotation/elective?

After the elective, I have learnt more about the clinical presentation and management of various tropical diseases. Moreover, I have deeper understanding on different classes of antiretroviral drugs, side effect of each class and various complication of HIV infection. In addition, I had intensive hand-on exposure to various procedures especially blood taking and setting an intravenous access. Attachment in CPGH provided me chances to polish up my clinical skills prior to commencing residency.  

Since Kenya is a developing country with serious corruption problem, resources in hospital are very limited. There is limited investigations. Therefore, clinical judgment would be the most important diagnostic tool. I have learnt how to manage and stabilize patients when investigation is not readily available.

 

5. What would you say in your opinion are the challenges in the delivery of care in the hospital you were placed at?

Because of the limited resources in the hospital, the result of investigation usually come late. Therefore, it delays the proper treatment of a patient. Moreover, imaging and investigation are limited in Kenya. Even the investigation is available for the patient, he/she may not be able to afford the cost of the investigation, which also significantly affect the delivery of care in the hospital.

6. How different is it from Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, investigations and imaging can be easily ordered. Hence, we tend to overlook history taking and physical examination. In CPGH, I have learnt how important the history taking and physical examination are. In addition, blood transfusion cannot be available all the time in Kenya. Hence, the hospital encourages the relatives of the patient to donate blood to the patient instead. However, there will be risk of transmission HIV and hepatitis to the patient. Therefore, in Hong Kong, blood donation from the relatives of the patients is not allowed. 

On the other hand, health care system in Kenya is extremely different from Hong Kong. For example, we have various sub-specialties in internal medicine and surgery, but, there is none in CPGH. Moreover, infection control is poorly done in CPGH. There is no isolation for patients who have pulmonary tuberculosis. There is no air-conditioner inside the ward and each patient is surrounded by dozens of flies. However, infection control has been a great emphasis in Hong Kong.

7. How did you find patients’ awareness and involvement in care within your placement hospital (Ethical Issues that you encountered that differs with your home country)

Most patients in Kenya lack of health awareness while people in Hong Kong are always anxious about disease. There are lots of body check program and screening program in Hong Kong, so that we can detect diseases in asymptomatic stage. Prevention is always better than cure. Hence, people in Hong Kong do a lot in disease prevention e.g. safe sex, vaccination and healthy lifestyle. However, people in Kenya usually seek help in an advanced stage of illness, which makes management become difficult.

8. What was your best moment during your placement in Kenya?

The best moment during my placement in Kenya was my interaction with patients. Since I cannot speak Swahili well, I was too shy to talk to them. Unexpectedly, they are all very friendly and some patients could even remember me because I followed the medical ward round every day. They were willing to talk to me in English and their smile could always melt my heart.

9. Any unexpected event that you came across during your placement?

Unexpectedly, I joined the case discussion organised by the physicans in the hospital. I have learnt a lot by joining the discussion especially on the management part. I could learn how to prescribe medication in the correct dosage and choose the best drug in the class.

10. What would advise student seeking/ considering an elective abroad (Africa)?

Don’t hesitate. Having attachment in Africa would be the most memorable experience in your life. Just stepping out of the comfort zone.

11. Is it something you would like to have again?

I would like to come again in the future after I have become a specialist. I hope I can help more and do more for the developing countries when I gain more experience in Hong Kong.

13.  Any Swahili word that you can remember?

I can remember words which can be used in daily life:

Jambo, Asante, Karibu, Pole, Sawa, Wapi, Ngapi

 

14. What will you miss most about Kenya?

I will miss the medical students and doctors in Kenya because they are all very friendly. They were very helpful and taught me a lot during my attachment. 

Moreover, I will miss Elective Africa especially Phares and Benson. They have arranged our trip and attachment very well.


Wong Chrisity Wai Yan
The University of Hong Kong
My Pre-PA Experience

My experience in Kenya was absolutely amazing and I would go back in a heart beat. I went to Mombasa and worked in Coast Provincial General Hospital. It is a larger hospital and you have a lot more opportunity. I was worried when I first found the program that I would maybe just be observing or something. That was definitely not the case at all. As a Pre-PA I was paired with a Clinical Officer there, which is our equivalent to a PA pretty much. I spent my four weeks going around the different wards seeing and doing a bunch of things I could never do here in the States. When I was there there were 4 English, 4 Australians, 6 Norwegians, and 2 American interns. Most of them were studying to be doctors. Having them around and in the hospital really helped as well because I would go with them some days to minor theater (where minor surgeries are done) and would first show and then teach me how to do it and then I was able to assist. I was able  to shadow in variety of procedures such as Catheters, injections, IVs, sutures, resuscitate a baby, watch C sections, watch a major surgery, and examine women in the AnteNatal ward. I found that for the first week I was just getting used to the hospital and doing a lot of observing and learning. So the first week was a lot of observing but also getting to learn how to examine patients. The weeks following were when I got to  assist in minor surgeries and other exams.

Besides the hospital though you do so much with the program. We volunteered at two schools and one we went 2x a week and taught in their classrooms (just simple math or something) and then played sports with them after or sang and danced. Then on Wednesdays they would come to our residence and we would teach them how to swim. This is where I found I learned the most about the people there, the culture, and a lot about myself was during this time with the children and adults. You also get a chance to go on safari which I definitely recommend. It will give you a break and is so amazing. I found that I enjoyed the hospital even more after my safari.


Katie Lobban
A.T. Still University
A Rare Privilege

As my elective plans fell through, I organized a last minute four week medical placement with Elective Africa in Mombasa Kenya. I was pleasantly surprised at how seamless and stress-free the whole process was. I requested and was placed in A&E for 2 Weeks and Psychiatry for 2 weeks. In doing so I received exposure to the cultural, legal, psychological and hands-on procedural aspects of medicine I was seeking. It was such a privilege to access that level of understanding as a non-Swahili-speaking-not-yet-doctor foreigner!

As a bonus, I also got to go on the safari of a lifetime which EA also organised for me.

It is rare to encounter people who deeply care about and genuinely love what they do – I highly recommend EA to you.


Calina Ouliaris
Sydney Medical School
Exceptional Experience

Elective Africa allowed me to undertake my final year medical elective at Coast Provincial General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. The pre departure support was exceptional and I felt well prepared for the experience. The hospital challenged me academically and provided me many opportunities for improving my clinical skills. Accomodation was very comfortable and staff were always available to help with daily life in Mombasa. In addition to the hospital, Elective Africa facilitated Swahili lessons, visits to local communities and orphanages (and even Christmas lunch!). I can also recommend Skydive Diani and Baracuda Diving Centre for weekend adventures!


Nicholas Corr
Sydney Medical School
A wonderful Experience

 

Since I was a child I dreamt of coming to Africa, a soulful desire. Now, with Elective Africa, I am in Kenya. The people are truly lovely. I am well cared for in my Diggs here with a cook, a driver to take me to and from the hospital, and someone here to help me with EVERYTHING else.

The government hospital is definitely for the poor. The last 3+ days I have been in Labor and Delivery where life is not taken for granted. Both clean and sterile gloves can be hard to find, no soap, no hot water... supplies, in general, can be scarce. 

Today while holding a woman’s leg and letting her squeeze my fingers with the pain of delivery, the ocean breeze gently blew through the window. In between contractions, I watched monkeys play outside. Happy to say the baby and mom are fine. 

I LOVE BEING A NURSE!!

The ER Experience

The ER experience was absolutely amazing. I learnt so much. The doctors wanted to keep me and show me how they work and what they see on a daily basis. The nurses were kind and welcoming and they let me work. Everyone answered all my questions. Anthony also made sure I was included in his department and was welcomed.

I am still working in the ER. It is amazing. The doctors are fun and easy to talk with. The nurses are kind. Today I was starting an I.V. (Branula) on this young man with a Broken ankle. I would get it just under the skin and he would pull away. The doctor was helping hold his arm. I talked to the pt about relaxing. Finally, he did and it went right in. The doctor said she never heard someone talk to a or like that. She was amused. We are learning from each other

Saying goodbye to Kenya 

My time here is almost over. Way too short!! Sunday I took the day to go up the coast to snorkel. The swimming was wonderful but the dressy seafood was the BEST! So nice to get out of the city. 

Kenya, the people are proud, their hearts are open, and everyone gets along. Sadly my time is ending. The experience through Elective Africa was intense and fulfilling. The last 4 days I spent on Safari. 3 days in Masai Mara and 1 day in Nakuru. Holy MAGICAL! The photos are a small glimpse of this experience. I am so grateful the Kenyans have reserved so much land! And the Masai living near the park area huge part of this effort. They guarded our camp. And we spent a few hours with them. They don’t like people to take their photos. However, we were invited in and they happily agreed. But no photos outside of this. 

Really, the best way to travel for me is to volunteer. Through this experience, I had authentic interactions with the locals. Everyone was kind, open and easy to talk to. Phares was so helpful, so was Justina who was also very responsive. A peaceful, intelligent, industrious, authentic people, the Kenyans. My heart is forever fuller!! Thank you so much, Elective Africa. The staff at E.A were nothing short of wonderful.


Kyle Howell
University of Colorado
A Truly Memorable Experience

Elective Africa offered me a truly memorable experience that enriched my view of a culture that exists on the other side of the world while also offering me a place to expand my skillset in my profession. During my time at the hospital, I was constantly exposed to cases and conditions that I would never get a chance to see at home and the doctors that  I worked with were incredibly valuable resources to learn from.

Everyone I encountered through this experience was very welcoming and friendly, which helped to make this a pleasant and safe place to come to. The staff was extremely helpful in showing me around my placement city showing me as many of the sites and cultural highlights Mombasa had to offer most of which are top of the major tourist attractions like Fort Jesus and Haller Park. I was taken to local villages and markets as well as an orphanage to interact with the babies and children. These experiences really opened my eyes to the differences between the world I come from and the world they live in every day. Throughout my time in Mombasa, I was able to accomplish all of the objectives I had originally set and so much more. 


Benjamin Kushner
Ohio State University
Forever Thankful

Before coming to Kenya through Elective Africa, I was unsure of what exactly to expect. I had never left the country before and I was very nervous to do so all on my own. However, upon arriving Mombasa, I was pleased with how helpful and sweet my advisors and caretakers were. This program has allowed me to meet some amazing new people from all different walks of life, whether it was my roommates, the doctors in the hospital, my program advisors or even the people I met on the Safari.

I saw so many incredible things that I never in my life would have encountered in an American Hospital. Some of it was sickening and heart wrenching while at other times it was jaw-dropping and awe-striking but nonetheless it only solidified my passion for medicine and showed me that this is the only career I can see myself having. I really enjoyed this program for helping me to see how different the facilities are from those at home. While it was very shocking to see at first, it's very admirable that these men and women work with what they have to provide care to the local community. This program also gave me an inside look at surgeries and my first theatre procedure which is something I will forever be thankful for.

I was also very happy to get to know this culture through the excellent Kenyan cuisine. I learned many new recipes and tried more new foods than I ever have, probably in my entire lifetime.  

This is an experience I will forever cherish and hold onto in my heart and will gladly recommend to anyone considering travelling to Africa. Thank you, everyone, at Elective Africa for allowing me to be part of this amazing program.


Brooke Rhinesmith
Syracuse University
Thankful for this Experience

Coming to Africa, I was unsure of what to expect. I felt like I had been prepared but still had some nerves and hesitations as I think many people do when entering a new and unfamiliar situation. I was, however, pleasantly surprised by Elective Africa and my experience as a whole. I felt immediately comfortable when Benson was waiting outside the airport to take us to the residence and answer any questions or hesitations we had.

Elective Africa has provided me with one of the most memorable experiences of my life. My entire time here, I felt nothing but comfortable and welcomed by everyone that I have encountered including both the hospital and Elective Africa staff. During my time at the hospital, I was able to experience everything I hoped for. I was also able to see cases that I would never witness anywhere other than here this early in my medical career. All of the doctors, nurses, and students were open and happy to answer any questions that I had and actually wanted to help me learn. I am thankful for this experience and would easily recommend Elective Africa to anyone thinking about traveling to Africa.


Marissa Turner
Colorado State University
Lucky to have had these Experiences

My decision to come to Africa definitely did put me outside of my comfort zone but I am happy I chose to do it. I was excited to go someplace new but also very nervous to travel so far away from my home and family. However, after meeting Benson at the airport, more Elective Africa staff and our roommates, I settled into my new home very quickly. Elective Africa was very accommodating and allowed me to choose the departments I wanted to shadow and they were very flexible in case I changed my mind. In the hospital, I gained so much knowledge and perspective that I would be unable to see in the hospitals in the United States.

 

The days we spent there only reaffirmed my desire to do something in the medical field. I feel so lucky to have had these experiences and to have met so many people who have changed my outlook on life forever. Whether it was doctors in the hospital, people on the safari, or my roommates with me in the program. I learned so much about Africa and other parts of the world and made memories that I will hold close to my heart forever. Thank you again to Elective Africa for letting me be part of their program and sharing a little piece of Kenya with me. 

 


Abby Suntken
Colorado State University

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