HOSPITAL-BASED MEDICAL INTERNSHIP
HOSPITAL-BASED MEDICAL INTERNSHIP
For those who are studying or qualified in a medical or healthcare field, this customized internship will provide you with unparalleled access to a range of hospitals or clinics in the rural region of Limuru, Kenya. With exposure to departments such as obstetrics, gynaecology, ICU, HIV/AIDS counselling and care, emergency, radiology/imaging, critical care, orthopaedics, oncology, general wards, anaesthesiology, and even operation theatres, you’ll gain knowledge and expertise from the doctors and nurses you work alongside daily.
Limuru is a town located on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley about 35 kilometers, by road, northwest of Nairobi, the capital, and the largest city in Kenya. It is fairly small with a population of only about 5000 people. Limuru is widely known in Kenya as a tea-producing and -processing zone. The tea plantations established around Limuru from 1903 onwards were the foundation of Kenya’s largest export industry, which produces some of the world’s highest quality tea.
Venture out of town and you will find the great Maasai Mara and some of Africa’s best beaches. Over weekends, you can explore these sublime landscapes, get up close to Africa’s iconic wildlife, and meet Maasai warriors. You can also visit the rock that inspired Pride Rock in The Lion King.
Project Impact Areas
PATIENT CARE IN HOSPITALS AND CLINICS
You will work alongside Kenyan doctors and nurses at a hospital or clinic, which is assigned prior to your arrival and based on your field of study, existing skills, and overall interests. You may choose to spend your time in multiple departments or select one specific area of interest. Your options include obstetrics, gynaecology, ICU, HIV/AIDS counselling and care, emergency, radiology/imaging, critical care, orthopaedics, oncology, general wards, anaesthesiology, and operation theatres. Accompanying medical professionals from Monday to Friday, you will be exposed to a wide range of public health issues found within Sub-Saharan Africa and gain first-hand experience in patient care, treatment, and preventative medicine.
MENTORSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
While working alongside local doctors and nurses as you complete your daily tasks, you will be guided and instructed where needed. This ensures that you feel confident in your placement and secure in knowing that you are advancing your skills and experience level in your chosen field(s). In addition to this, you will have weekly check-ins with an assigned doctor throughout your internship, ensuring you get quality mentorship that will provide additional context to the tasks you have been assigned, and an opportunity to chat through any concerns or queries.
If you wish to do the internship as part of your course work, please submit the requirements and placement hours in advance so we can tailor the internship to suit your needs.
OPTIONAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH
If you are interested in expanding your medical skills outside of a hospital or clinic environment, let us know. Interns are able to join the wider African Impact team and medical volunteers in the rural communities surrounding Limuru, facilitating health-based workshops, as well as participating in home-based care. Many chronically ill or elderly patients are unable to make it to the local hospital or clinic, so this type of outreach is extremely important for their welfare. Through this community outreach, you will get a unique opportunity to immerse yourself within rural Kenyan life, as well as work with a wide range of cultures and demographics.
“Living in Africa has changed my perspective in so many ways. I am so appreciative of the opportunities I have back home. Kenyans have also taught me that material things don’t make you happy, it’s the love and support of your community that make you happy. Some highlights of the time I spent in Kenya was working with the children at the school and getting to assist in maternity at Tigoni hospital; I would recommend African Impact to anyone.”
“The nurses and doctors at the hospital are always willing to answer any questions you have and to include you in any procedure, including observation of caesarian sections and administration of vaccinations. I have learnt so much about the health care system in Kenya, as well as the easy-going culture amongst the Kenyan people. The African Impact team here are so accommodating and are lovely people. I hope to visit again soon!”
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
Project Fee Includes
- Accommodation at our volunteer cottages at Brackenhurst estate
- 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (Monday to Friday only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
- Experienced international and local staff members who are there to support you 24/7
- Orientation program, including a security briefing and introduction to Kenya
- Full training and mentoring within your chosen field, including weekly check-ins with a qualified doctor
- Transport to and from your internship placement
Project Fee Excludes
- Medical or travel insurance
- Visa-related fees
- Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-placement activity
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, snacks, drinks, and clothing
- Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund