Nairobi, Kenya

Get to Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi popularly known as the ‘’Green City in the Sun’’ and the only capital city in the world with a National park within its borders is considered as the business hub for East and Central Africa. Nairobi alone contributes 60 percent of Kenya's GDP, our preferred destination for Business School Treks to Africa. Multinational companies including Google, GE, IBM and major organizations, UN and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) have elevated regional offices to serve as their hub for Africa. No wonder Nairobi is a melting pot of cultures as people from all over the country and beyond live and work from here. The Nairobi National Park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy wildlife with the skyscrapers of Nairobi’s Skyline rising from the background. Other attractions in city include the National Museum of Kenya to learn more about Kenya’s rich heritage and culture, the Daphne Elephant Orphanage where you meet baby elephants as they barged their way towards their morning feed and the Giraffe Manor which is home to the Rothschild giraffe and only hotel in the world where you can feed giraffe from your window.

The Business School Treks Experience

Nairobi is the most economically empowered city in the East of Africa, a city that never seems to sleep. The distinctive innovations and entrepreneurial spirit gifts you a chance to interact with great minds within the boundaries of the city.

Healthcare Experience

A healthcare placement at Mbagathi District Hospital will be an enriching, extensive hands on elective experience and an intensive shadowing experience with mentorship for pre-health students. Among the popular specialties include Emergency, General Medicine, Paediatrics OBGYN, Surgery and Dental unit for dental electives.

Nairobi Highlights

  • Shopping at Maasai Market for Crafts, jewellery, unique paintings & home accessories
  • Wildlife safari at the heart of the city National Park or the Elephant Orphanage
  • The city that never sleeps, enjoy the night life at some of the timeless clubs.
  • Taste an array of delicious roast Africa cuisines at the famous Simba Salon, Carnivore
  • Go for an adventure outdoor weekend excursions to Naivasha or the rolling Ngong hills

Programs available in the location

Premedical Internships Abroad

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Medical Electives Abroad

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Nursing Electives Abroad

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Dentistry Electives

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Public Health and Research

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Physician Assistant Rotations

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New Doctor and Resident Electives

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Surgery Electives

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Pre-Dentistry Internships

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Pre-Nursing and Pre-Midwifery Internships

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Midwifery Electives

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Pre-Physician Assistant Internships

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Book your Placement

Book your spot today by paying a reservation deposit of $350. This is a one-off fee that allows us to plan for your mentorship, prepare for accommodation, and create your MyElective account and facilitating pre-departure support.


Or call us at +1 (609) 375 8912 to learn more.

In the words of our participants
Amazing Nairobi

My experience in Nairobi was amazing. I learned so much and even had the opportunity to participate in procedures like drawing blood and performing a lumbar tap. The doctors at Mbagathi hospital were also really friendly, and they went out of their way to teach me about medicine. I was there in March and April, and it was very hot, but the hospital is outdoors and the occasional breeze is nice. I was in Nairobi by myself, but Joyce and Grace were very welcoming and helpful. Overall, it was a great learning experience, and I highly recommend it to premed students.

Minal Patel
Emory University
An Invaluable Experience

My time at the Mbagathi District Hospital in Nairobi was a challenging but enriching experience. I split my time between the paediatric and newborn units and the hands-on experience I received was invaluable. The doctors were friendly and approachable and willing to explain anything you didn't understand.The program is well organised and the program coordinator in Nairobi was excellent at ensuring that everything was running smoothly. I would highly recommend this program to any senior medical student who is looking for a safe, enjoyable and highly practical elective program with the benefit of immersing yourself in a new culture!

Grace Maina
Adelaide University
Mbagathi District Hospital; An Experience Like Never Before

I chose Elective Africa because it was something I had never experienced before. I was a little bit nervous because it was my first time in Africa and Kenya alone.

The program representatives were very supportive to me and assisted me no only settle down in a home away but also became part of family for me guiding me through my stay at all times.

I enjoyed my time at Mbagathi District Hospital in the dental department. It was very interesting to see a public hospital setting in a developing world for the first time. I enjoyed this experience because I was able to observe conditions that are normally not seen back in the states.

I was also able to assist the medical professionals such as dentists during root canal and dental scaling procedures.

Overall the program allowed me to experience Kenya and my internship to the fullest I would recommend this program to others who wish to have an outstanding experience in Africa.

Faith Han
University of Buffalo
Outstanding Experience

Faith Han
Buffalo University
My Pre-Medical Reflection

As a pre-med, I was in search of an international program through which to expand my scope of the world and gain unique experiences in the field of medicine. Luckily for me, I found Elective Africa.  Despite never having traveled so extensively in my life, I found Elective Africa to be a welcoming and friendly program that instantly put me at ease.

 Rotations with Dr. Nikita Raval at Mbagathi District Hospital allowed me to experience the full extent of hospital life, which was truly thrilling as before now my experiences with medicine had been purely academic instead of clinical. My first week was spent in Internal Medicine. As a future Neurologist, I was extremely interested in a few neurology-related cases that came through the door, as well as a wide variety of other cases.  There, I also got the opportunity to learn how to fix an IV line.  I spent the next week in the Maternity ward, allowing me to connect with patients during this important time in their lives while also learning about maternal and fetal care in a foreign country.  Observing a C-section was an amazing opportunity for me that I never would have experienced at this stage in my education back home.  While a C-section was the epitome of the mundane for the doctors there, for me it was an eye opening journey into the world of surgeons and OBGYN’s. It was also fascinating seeing the amount of creativity involved in how a hospital with minimal resources works to secure the best patient care possible.

Of course, participating in Elective Africa wasn’t just an exciting journey for me as a pre medical student, but also because I was able to travel and see sights entirely unique to Kenya. The Maasai market was an extremely unique experience and I’m so glad I got to go.  I was able to get traditional souvenirs for all my friends and family. As an animal lover, the Giraffe Manor and Elephant Orphanage were also highlights of the trip.  I was able to feed giraffes and pet baby elephants, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  However, my favorite part of my trip would have to be the 3-day Maasai Mara safari.  It had been a lifelong dream of mine to go on safari, and having that fulfilled is something I will never forget.

Finally, I have to give a shout out to Christabel Njeru and Richard Kariuki for taking me around Nairobi, teaching me some Swahili (asante sana), and for being genuinely awesome company and individuals.  Also thank you to Caren and everyone else at Elective Africa for allowing me such an incredible opportunity to travel across the world to learn and live .

Sari Cooper
Georgetown University

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