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Medical Electives

IVHQ Medical electives volunteer with IVHQ

Every year thousands of students choose to take medical electives with IVHQ. Here’s why:

IVHQ offers affordable and all-inclusive medical elective opportunities in 20 different destinations, including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, India, Nepal, Kenya, and Tanzania. These electives have been designed to meet the needs of students studying to be doctors, nurses, dentists, midwives, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other healthcare-related professions.

We have over 16 years of experience in hosting students on our medical electives and we specialize in taking care of all your pre-departure and in-country arrangements. We provide you with a placement that meets your elective requirements, while offering you a rewarding travel experience, as you are immersed in the local culture and have the opportunity to spend your weekends traveling with like-minded students.

IVHQ will arrange your airport pick-up, accommodation, meals and orientation, and provide you with access to 24/7 in-country support to make sure your time abroad runs as smoothly as possible.

With fees starting from just $20 (approximately $20) per day including accommodation, you will not find a more affordable and reliable elective opportunity.

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IVHQ Medical electives in Kenya, volunteer with IVHQ

This was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have learned so much and I am so grateful for this opportunity. My project was excellent, it was everything I could have hoped for and more. I feel like the doctors and staff appreciated my help, and they did a great job of getting me as involved as possible with the skills I do have. One of my favorite moments was witnessing the birth of a baby girl at my clinic, which was an incredible experience! Jamie Jarett, 22 (Medical Elective in Guatemala)

My house mumma was absolutely incredible. The local staff were amazing and my orientation was very informative. Tanzania was amazing as I could travel and volunteer so easily. I loved my placement more than I can explain. This was definitely the best experience of my life. Lee-Anne Tully, 20 (Medical Elective in Tanzania)

The two week rural placement gave me experience and an opportunity to observe diseases, management strategies, and patient interaction. I was also able to help diagnose and treat certain conditions which may have otherwise be missed or misdiagnosed. I have indeed grown to be more independent appreciate things we take for granted back in our countries, and learn to rough it out and live a simple life. I am extremely grateful for having this opportunity to interact with and serve a very beautiful community in rural Nepal. This is an experience I will never forget. Sumudu Welikumbura, 24 (Medical Volunteer in Nepal)


How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!