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 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.

Elective Specialities

We have a range of specialities to choose from. Some of the most popular include:

  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics
  • ENT
  • Community Health
  • Accident & Emergency
  • Urology
  • Pathology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
I really enjoyed my placement at Arnos Vale Medical Centre, especially the flexibility which allowed us to go out and explore the island. Dr. Dougan was great, very good at teaching. He made us feel so welcome. The nursing staff/reception staff were also very welcoming. We all enjoyed the clinics with Dr. DeFreitas.

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
Pete - Warwick University

St Vincent – An Overview

Picture a chain of islands in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourist exploitation, with white-sand beaches on deserted islands, sky-blue water gently lapping the shores and barely a soul around… welcome to paradise!

St Vincent has one of the Caribbean’s most diverse eco-systems and landscapes with lush mountain peaks (and an active volcano), deserved white sand beaches and some of the regions best scuba diving and snorkelling. Snorkelling in the Tobago Cays is a must for anyone visiting St Vincent and the Grenadines! At the Cays (a group of small islands at the southern tip of SVG) you will immerse yourself in the vibrant underwater world of colourful coral gardens, teeming with exotic marine life of all shapes and sizes, including sea turtles and stingrays.

St Vincent’s unspoilt beauty is one of the reasons it features so heavily in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. You can take a tour of some of the films famous spots! Our team will be on hand throughout your elective to help you plan trips and ensure you see all the best this Caribbean paradise has to offer.

To help get your elective off to an unforgettable start we organise a sunset cruise. You will have the opportunity to meet our team, the other elective students and observe the beauty of St Vincents oaked in the red glow of a sunset. The island’s sunsets are so stunning that St Vincent’s strong rum is named sunset (and should be approached with caution!).

The highlight of my elective were being immersed in a new culture both socially and medically. It was interesting to experience the medical problems that come with a different culture and some I have never seen before. Learning about local culture, trying new experiences, foods, dances and making friends! Exploring the beautiful islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, from waterfalls to salt ponds to rainforests and amazing beaches it has it all! I fell in love with the island. 

Thank you to MEA and especially Khari for making our elective an experience I will always treasure

Sophie - Cardiff University

Climate

In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the climate is tropical, hot and humid all year round.

From January to mid-April the island has a relatively cool, dry season, which then becomes more hot and humid as you move into the summer months.

The island enjoys northeast trade winds, which make the tropical climates feel a little cooler.

Like any tropical climate, some intense downpours are to be expected. Normally short and sharp they are quite spectacular to witness and often as warm as a shower!

Accommodation

Our standard accommodation is a beautiful sea view villa. This spacious house has six bedrooms, a large kitchen and lounge, four bathrooms, a wrap-around balcony, washing machine, Wi-Fi, a safe and air conditioning.

There is plenty of social space to relax during the evenings, and the house is a short walk from the beach and a bus stop into town.

The house is secure with a fence encompassing the land, a gate and the owner located next door. Our local team are also on-hand 24/7 throughout your elective.

What’s Included

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Accommodation

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Placement

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Airport Transfer

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24 Hr support from in-country team

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full orientation on arrival

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Sunset Cruise

Costs

Two weeks

£800

Four weeks

£1,600

Six weeks

£2,000

Eight weeks

£2,400

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.