Elective Africa

Why use Elective Africa to organize your placement abroad?

As far as organizing one’s elective or medical volunteer project is concerned, the question most students struggle with is whether to organize their own elective or go through privately organized programs like Elective Africa. 


If you are going to do your elective in the hospital next door to your home, you certainly can organize it better than Elective Africa. You or your family probably knows an administrator at the hospital to facilitate your placement, you probably know a doctor to mentor you, and you certainly can find out the government policies relating to hospital interning. You understand the security in your neighborhood, can find things easily, and know how to respond to any emergencies. You don’t need Elective Africa for that.


However, if you are going to have your elective abroad, especially in a developing country, that is an entirely different story. Even for locals, navigating a developing country is a constant challenge. For international healthcare placements abroad, Elective Africa takes on the role of organizing everything required for you to have a successful, productive, safe and secure elective experience.


Our participants have found us invaluable for several reasons:

  • We have acquired 13 years of experience placing healthcare students from various universities around the world such as University of Alaska, Sunny Upstate Medical University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Sheffield, Southampton, Uppsala University in Sweden, Jagiellonian University Medical College of Medicine in English, University of Oslo, Deakin University, Drexel University College of Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, University of Melbourne, Monash University-AU, University of Western Australia, The Australian National University, Queens University Belfast, University of Bristol, Edinburgh University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine, University of Liverpool, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Charles University, Florida State University, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, St. Georges University of London, Northeast Ohio Medical University, University of Michigan, Southern Oregon University, University of Buffalo, Texas Tech University, Cornell University, University of Puget Sound, James Madison University, Wheaton College, Arizona State University, University of Winnipeg, University College Cork, Tufts University, Florida State University College of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Fairfield University, Methodist College of Nursing, Pacific Lutheran University, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Quillen College of Medicine, North Carolina State University, South Dakota State University among many others


  • Safety and security is paramount for everyone going abroad. It is highly important that your safety and security is taken care of. We know all the neighborhoods where our participants stay and we have staff in the neighborhoods including a program coordinator and houkeeping services. All our houses have 24 / 7 security and we are always around incase you have any questions, concerns or any emergencies that may arise. Outside accomodation is carefully selected to suit special accommodation needs such as couples or rural placements.


  • We provide structured elective placement experience which leads to a more meaningful learning experience. Hospitals and doctors are busy tending to their patients, as they should. While they welcome the presence of and help from foreign students, they don’t have the time or incentive to structure electives for visiting students. Elective Africa bridges that gap. We have worked with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in the hospitals to develop some structure hence you get to have an idea of what you will do when and where, rather than just walking the corridors of a hospital in a foreign country.


  • We know the hospitals we are going to place you into very well and have cultivated strong and productive relationships with the administrators. In terms of specialties, we know the strengths and weaknesses of all the hospitals we place students in. Depending on your interests, we can quickly match you with the right hospital for you to get the experience and exposure you need.


  • Our program has also cultivated strong relationships with doctors and other medical professionals and they have a genuine interest in mentoring aspiring doctors. When you show up, you are not just another elective placement, you are an Elective Africa placement and they go the extra mile to make sure your experience is a learning and worthwhile experience.


  • Finally, our accommodation set up provides you with the ability to spend time with like minded students with similar pursuits from all over the world. You meet students from other parts of the world in the same program and you also get to meet local medical students, an interaction which only enriches your experience.


  • We design many activities around your formal program to facilitate as much cultural exchange and appreciation as you want. For first hand information about the experience of our healthcare elective placements and volunteer projects from our past participants kindly visit our facebook page, blogs and testimonials including videos.