St Vincent and the Grenadines is a wonderful elective destination for those looking to make a real difference during their placement while enjoying a tropical holiday in their free time.
We work with the three main medical facilities in St Vincent; Milton Cato Hospital, Arnos Vale Medical Centre and Integrated. This allows us to be highly flexible with specialities and placements. If you want to gain experience in a number of different settings or only spend your mornings at placement our team will work with you to tailor the experience you have dreamed of.
Like all of our elective programs, we aim to make a real and lasting difference. Not only do we work with the hospitals but we also support local health initiatives and partner with the Olympic Committee and Football Federation. You can help with our free health fairs, run injury prevention workshops with coaches or even put forward your own project.
You will have 24/7 support from our local team, who will meet you at the airport and give you a full orientation. From helping you with your route to the hospital to showing you the local shops and bars. Our aim is to ensure you have the most memorable time possible, and we work to remove the stress of booking an elective by yourself. You will have your accommodation sorted, your hospital placement organised and we even take you on a sunset cruise to welcome you to paradise. We know that your elective is a once in a lifetime experience, and marks the culmination of years of hard work. Everyone wants something different from their time away, so our team will tailor your elective placement to ensure you get out of it exactly what you want.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Accident & Emergency
Your accommodation is covered as one of our essential services. For the majority of our elective students, we use a beautiful sea view villa. This property is located just off the main highway offering convenient access to the hospital via public transport. The villa is also just a two-minute walk from the beach.
The property comes with everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. There is a kitchen, multiple bathrooms, washing machines, a safe, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. The property is very safe and secure, with the owner living in the property next door. Our team are also on hand 24/7.
What we offer
- Airport transfers
- Full orientation on arrival
- Sunset cruise
- Elective placement with supervision
- Pre-departure support from our UK team
- 24/7 support from our in-country elective coordinators
Flights, insurance, additional excursions, food
The support from MEA was brilliant. Khari was very knowledgeable about the area and keen to organize excursions for us. MEA was very accommodating in organizing a ‘last-minute’ elective for us. I would absolutely recommend you to other students
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I know if I've been successful in applying for my elective?
Because we work with three separate medical practices we can confirm your placement within 48 hours, although it may sometimes take longer to get your confirmation paperwork. For those wanted to base their elective solely at Milton Cato paperwork can take between 6 and 8 weeks.
Do you provide a cost breakdown?
Yes of course, we know how important these are for funding support and we will provide all our students with a breakdown of costs to help.
Can I get a local sim card?
Yes, and we recommend students getting a local sim while away. Our team will cover this in your orientation and will even take you out to get one.
What is the local currency and is it easy to get money out?
The local currency is Eastern Caribbean Dollars. Some shops and bars will accept US Dollars but the exchange rate will not be in your favour, so we recommend EC. There are plenty of banks in Kingstown and they accept a range of travel cards.
Is St Vincent a safe destination?
Yes, St Vincent is a very safe destination and the local people are very welcoming. But it is a developing country and we do ask students to be respectful and careful with their money and property.