Become a global doctor by experiencing healthcare abroad
The Medicine Project is an observational internship abroad for third-year medical students in the Netherlands.
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Experience new cultures
There’s nothing quite like living in a brand new country, working with people from all around.
Imagine the things you’d learn!
Become a global doctor
Practice medicine in a different healthcare system.
Get out of your comfortzone
If you don’t try and experience
new things, you’ll never find your
Challenge yourself, and discover the best version of yourself.
Projects & Destinations
When going on a Medicine Project, you can choose between the following destinations: Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique or Uganda. Regardless of which country you go to, you will get the opportunity to shadow doctors and learn about the African culture and values!
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The Health Project, Nour Project and Medicine Project are offered twice a year. Applications for the projects open in October (for winter) & March (for summer). Due to COVID-19, the Medicine project works with rolling applications with limited spots. Register your interest now, stay in the loop & be the first one on the list to go on a Medicine Project once it is possible!
The impact you’ll make
The Medicine Project provides you with the opportunity to do an observational internship in various departments of an African hospital. These departments range from the surgical ward to the public health department. Sometimes, you might also be involved in home visits. Some hospitals also do outreaches to the slums for people that have no access to healthcare. Through this experience, your perception of the world will change and you will make friends and memories for life!
How it works
In the Netherlands, we will personally guide you to find a project you like, that fits your personal need. From the beginning on we will help you prepare for your time abroad. Once there, another AIESEC office will be your support system during your experience.
1. Preparation Program
Before travelling abroad, you will attend a national preparation seminar. Here you will be prepared for your experience. From working conditions that can be expected in the hospitals abroad, as well as the potential culture shock you could face. Further, this phase focuses on raising awareness for global health issues and meeting other project participants.
2. Project abroad
In the month of December – March (Winter edition) or June – November (Summer edition), you will travel abroad to partake in an observational internship for 6-8 weeks. Based on your preference, you will be assigned to a hospital in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya or Mozambique in your proposed period of stay.
3. Reintegration program
Upon returning to the Netherlands, you will meet up with other participants to share your experiences. This gives you the chance to discuss differences in healthcare systems and challenges you faced. This phase aims to encourage you to reflect on your overall experience. Focusing on the knowledge you gained and how you can apply it to your daily life and the practice of healthcare.
Experiences of others
Maarten Jonkma - Ghana
For me it was the first time I went to a country in Africa and what an experience it has been. In comparision to my backpack journey through South-East Asia where I saw something incredibile every day. This project in Ghana made me really dive into the culture of the Ghanese people. I have met a lot of people, not only in the house and the neighborhood but also in the hospitals I have been working (…).
Lore de Vreeze - Kenya and Uganda
Leave your prejudice behind and just open your eyes
Esther van Heteren - Uganda
Uganda contains a fascinating culture, beautiful nature, rich history, a complex healthcare system, and friendly people.
Because of the culture, interactions between patients and doctors is different in Africa than it is in Europe, which seemed like an invaluable experience for me. As an aspiring physician, I wanted to come into contact with patients from other countries.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the costs of the Medicine project?
The basic fee for participating in the Medicine Project is 349€. Included in this fee is complete personal guidance throughout your whole experience. Both, in the Netherlands and abroad, you will be supported by AIESEC, including extensive preparation and reintegration.
Housing and airport pick-up are provided by the local AIESEC committee in the destination country. The price of housing is approximately €150 for a 6-8 week stay. Travel and living costs are at your own expense. Further costs, such as up to €300 for vaccinations, should also be taken into account.
What can I expect from the application procedure?
The selection consists of two phases. In the first one, we review you motivation letter and CV. In the second phase, your compatibility with the project will be assessed. This includes competence-testing exercises and an interview following the CORE* method.
*CORE standing for Circumstance, opportunity, reaction, effect
How long and when will I be abroad?
For the winter project, you will be abroad for 6 to 8 weeks in the months of December – March. If you are going for the summer project, you will be abroad for the same duration between the months of June – November.
How is the Medicine project different from the Health project?
Although both the Medicine and Health Project are related to learning about foreign healthcare systems, the projects are very different. The Medicine Project is an observational internship in an African hospital. There, medical students get the opportunity to shadow doctors in various departments. With the Health Project, students can not only volunteer at hospitals but also at NGOs. The aim is to learn about one of three aspects of health: mental, physical and institutional. This way, they can positively impact the social well-being of a foreign community.
Are there other AIESEC volunteers at the project?
Depending on the exact weeks and the location of the project, there are several other AIESEC volunteers present at the hospital. You will thus not be the only volunteer at the hospital or at your accommodation.
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