Taking your elective to Kenya will provide you with a unique opportunity to experience the delivery of health services in a very different setting. The aim of our elective placements is to give you an exciting opportunity to work within the healthcare team who are tasked with delivering healthcare services with limited resources in both medical supplies and technology. You will be faced with new challenges and be forced to think outside of the box.
It is this learning and personal development opportunity that sets electives abroad in such high stead. You will have seen how medical care in a developing country overcomes issues you would often never seen in the NHS and you will have plenty of opportunities to learn from your clinical supervisor.
Taking an elective to Kenya will also offer you the chance to work with topical diseases and illness unseen in the UK and Europe, such as Malaria and Typhoid.
This way you emerge from the Clinical clerkship well vast with diverse treatment procedures in tropical diseases such as Malaria and Typhoid as well as with improved medical skills, knowledge and aptitude. We also encourage our students to take part in medical camps and other medical missions that aim to help provide additional care to local communities and townships.
Placements start from two weeks but we recommend staying for a minimum of 4 weeks to give you the opportunity to discover more about the local medical systems, see a greater variety of conditions and interact with more patients. Our medical elective placement sites range from rural to coastal and urban settings and you are at liberty to choose depending on your elective interest. Throughout your stay, you will have constant support from our in-country team.
We can offer a large number of different medical specialities due to our association with numerous hospitals and medical centres in Kenya. We have listed some of our most common elective specialities below, but we always strive to create the perfect elective placement so if you can’t see what you are looking for please contact our team and we’ll see what we can do.
Accident & Emergency
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Accommodation is one of the core parts of our placement program in Africa. We, therefore, strive to ensure that we select an accommodation in locations not only closer to your placement hospital but also in safe and secure neighbourhoods.
First and foremost, the accommodation is shared student houses. A room is shared among 2 – 3 participants of the same gender. You will also the kitchen and living room to yourself. With a cable TV, you will be able touch base with what is happening back in your country and in the rest of the world. You will be given a local area orientation upon arrival to familiarize you with your placement location. With 24/7 support, the operations coordinator ensures that you have an enjoyable and comfortable stay during your whole placement period. You will have a chef, who will be preparing your meals. Don’t miss to try new cuisine and even learn some new recipes. While on placement, issues may arise and don’t worry because our team is very approachable and will ensure your issues are solved in a timely manner. This also applies to timely repairs and maintenance if any.
What we offer
- Airport pickup
- Full orientation on arrival
- Daily meals
- Elective placement with supervision
- Pre-departure support from our UK team
- 24/7 support from our in-country elective coordinators
- Swahili lessons
Flights, insurance, visa, excursions, return airport transfer
We have a long-standing partnership with the clinics, hospitals and government authorities allowing us to offer you greater flexibility in planning your elective placement and tailoring it to your objectives.
Our team aim to take care of all aspects of your elective, from your hospital placement and supervision to accommodation, meals and someone to meet you at the airport.
You will be supported throughout your time in Kenya, with our local co-ordinators available 24/7 to help with any questions or advice.
Our UK team will support you in the run-up to your elective, answering any questions you might have, helping with paperwork and planning.
Elective Costing for Mombasa
Elective Costing for Kisumu & Migori
There is little to no resource available, but they make with what they have… the resilience and strength of the doctors, nurses, patients and families is something truly amazing. The clinical rotations at the hospital were well negotiated as the program went on allowing a personalized program which catered for my learning goals. Being able to see how medicine is practised in a setting different from my home country was a worthwhile experience. The opportunity to practice hands-on medicine under supervision and guidance was a highlight of the program for me.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be an issue with language?
At first, you might find the language and local dialects difficult. But to help we provide language lessons in the house. Our tutors will take you through the basics and also help you with some terminology relevant to your healthcare elective – for example, body parts or simple commands. Leaving your elective with some Swahili under your belt is always a favourite of our students.
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.
How will I know how to get to placement or find local shops?
Will be there to meet you at the airport and take you to the house to give you a full orientation of the local area. Our team will also make sure you know how to get to your placement and introduce you to the supervising staff on your first day at the hospital.