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Kenya Healthcare Internship

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Kenya Healthcare Internship

Combine learning with hands-on activities in this placement that will give you essential and exciting experience for your career. Work with the local community in a country of awesome beauty.

Prices from US$1,045

Kenya – a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Charismatic wildlife roams rift valley plains, white sand beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practice traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a destination of unparalleled appeal and fascination.

Travel to this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture unencumbered by the burdens of modern day western society. The people are extremely welcoming and the landscape is stunningly beautiful. You will enjoy peaceful evenings spent chatting to locals or reading and reflecting on the charm of your tranquil surroundings.

Your internship offers a period of apprenticeship where you can work off campus to gain valuable experience in a specific career field that combines learning with hands-on activity. This practical learning experience within the workplace provides an invaluable addition to classroom learning and an ideal opportunity to develop your future career.



  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Gain valuable experience in a specific career field


  • Minimum age of 17 years
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Up to date CV


Location Malindi / Mombasa, Kenya
Activities Basic healthcare activities
Assisting the doctors
Community outreach work
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Homestay or shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Airport pick-up 
Ground transfer to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Kenya Healthcare Internship is based on the beautiful Kenyan coastline. Volunteers could be assisting in either a hospital or local clinic, depending upon availability at the time of your placement, in Malindi or Kaloleni, north of Mombasa.  This project is best suited to pre-med students, medical students and medical practitioners, as the work will involve carrying out medical duties within the hospital or clinic, and will give you invaluable preparation for a career in medicine. The placement will allow you to observe medical practices and give you the opportunity to take part in the day-to-day running of a hospital or clinic, using a rotational programme which enables volunteers to help in a variety of departments. Those with determination, enthusiasm, aptitude and the right inclination may be able to assist the doctors and nurses in their duties and gain hands on experience of administering healthcare to the Kenyan people.  You will be expected to work between 8am and 2pm Monday to Friday, with free time in the afternoons and weekends.

Your work may consist of basic healthcare activities, such as taking histories, diagnosis, prescription and diagnosis of ailments and giving assistance to the existing medical staff. However, please note that your level of involvement will depend upon your previous experience and qualifications, as well as the needs of the hospital at the time. It is therefore important to remain flexible.

There is also the opportunity to spend free time in the hospital as well, but this is purely optional and we encourage volunteers also to spend some time with their host families and embrace the local culture. The hospital staff are all incredibly friendly and welcome questions from volunteers on all aspects of procedures and hospital life. 


You will be picked up from Nairobi airport or Mombassa International Airport by a friendly local staff member. You will usually spend a night in the Kenyan capital to recover from your international flight before taking the comfortable coach ride to the coast and Malindi.  If you prefer, you can fly directly to Mombasa and we will arrange an airport pick up for you accordingly.

In Mombasa the local staff will meet you and introduce you to your host and the local area. Both your host and local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and laid back community.


You will stay with a friendly Kenyan host or in a shared volunteer house, where you'll have your own room. Your accommodation will have electricity and running water and will be a 3 km walk from your project location.


You host will provide you with two delicious, authentic, home cooked Kenyan meals a day, providing you with a balanced diet including fruit and safe drinking water. Vegetarians are welcome and can easily be catered for.

Kenyan cuisine includes such delicacies as "oysters Mombasa", fish or chicken in coconut, groundnut soup or beef and potato stew and for pudding, bananas cooked in banana leaves.

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The three weeks I spent volunteering in Kenya will stay with me forever.  | 19 Nov 2019
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All expectations exceeded  | 18 Nov 2019
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It is often said that a visit to Kenya without a stop at Mombasa is no visit to Kenya. The city is awash with activities ranging from swimming and snorkelling to basking on the brilliant white beaches. Mombasa is surrounded by a number of wildlife parks, including Tsavo National Park just three hours away and the Shimba hills game reserve, where just a couple of kilometres away some of the biggest elephants in the world can be found.

Mombasa has a good selection of bars, cafés and clubs for you to enjoy on your free evenings.

There is a diverse and beautiful array of wildlife and breathtaking scenery to marvel at. The lagoons of the southern coast provide an ideal location for snorkelling or try bird watching or, for the seriously adventurous, crocodile spotting whilst canoeing in the mangrove swamps. You may even wish to book a day's safari with local providers in the world famous Masai Mara National Park, where you may see, amongst other animals, lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopards.


2 weeks US$1,045

Extra week US$345


Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.


Your time on the project can be from 2 weeks to 1 year

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Ground transfer to project
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Apt (NBO)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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