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Mary Fields

Kenya Medical Elective
Elective International has a great program in Kenya, hands down. I wasn’t expecting to get nearly as much work as I did but was in for a shock. A great, life-changing shock. The midwifery program exposed me to so much I wouldn’t have learned if I hadn’t chosen Kenya as an elective destination. I met so many amazing people and got the hands-on experience I know has made me a better midwife. (more…)
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Matthew Ta

Kenya Medical Elective
Hey, everyone! My name is Matt – and I’m a medical student from Canada. I was super fortunate to be able to do an elective with the Elective International. I went to Mombasa in Kenya and did my placement at the Coast General Provincial Hospital. I participated in several medical disciplines, such as internal medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery. Day to day, I helped out in taking histories   (more…)
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Meera Shah

India Dental Elective
Elective International is an organization which organizes electives, exchange programs and internships abroad. I am currently a 5th-year dental student in Kenya. I went for my electives to India last year, which was organized by Elective International. It was an amazing experience. The experience and skills I brought back home were worth it all. The staff at EL were very cooperative and supportive. And India on a whole is a beautiful country. To anyone who wants to carry out their electives abroad, I would definitely suggest they get Elective International to organize it for them!
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Pam Phonphaisan

I am a sixth-year medical student, and I did my elective at Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. I found it an incredible experience, and Kenya is an amazing place to visit. I would recommend Elective International to anyone wanting to visit Africa on elective. I traveled alone to Kenya and was really looked after by everyone involved. I was so pleased with how smoothly everything went. (more…)
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Radha Measuria

Kenya Medical Elective
Jambo my name is Radha and I'm a 4th-year medical student from the UK. I came to Mombasa Kenya to do a 4week elective in Coast Province General Hospital. Let me tell you now, it was the best decision I made! I have learned so much from the doctors and patients and their families alike. Coming from a National Health System, I wanted exposure to a low resource hospital in a developing country where I would be able to gain a vast amount of hands on experience. (more…)
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Sara O’Donnell

Queens University, Ireland, Kenya Physiotherapy Elective
I’ve always wanted to work overseas, but until I found out about Elective International I didn’t think I’d get the chance. I was about to enter my final year and you need to do a two-month elective. I was in the library googling and came across this amazing program and thought, oh well, it’s worth a try. And I’m so glad I did. It’s the best experience of my life so far. (more…)
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Amy Walker

University of South Florida, Kenya Nursing Elective
I was about to do my fourth year and interested in an elective placement overseas when a friend recommended Elective International. I’d heard the name but didn’t know much about it. So I went online to find out more and got really interested. The good thing about EI is that they got back to me right away. In high school I made friends with an exchange student from Kenya and got really interested in the country. I thought it’d be great to do an elective there and I’m glad I made the choice. (more…)
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Felicia Anderson

Texas A&M, USA, India Medicine Elective
I was a bit apprehensive about doing an overseas elective placement but I’m I glad I went because it was an eye-opening experience that changed me for the better. A friend of mine told me about Elective International and after talking about it with my family took the elective at the beginning of my fourth year. Elective International staff were great from the get-go. They helped me work out my trip in detail and gave me tips on preparation that made the going fairly straightforward. I was able to sort out a scheduling conflict that would’ve ended my trip. (more…)
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Anne Riordan

University of Dublin, Tanzania Medicine Elective
First thing I did after arriving in Arusha was first get settled then take a quick tour around town to get a sense of my new surroundings. Valerie, who heads up the EI program in Arusha, did a great job of showing me around. The EI staff is a friendly and supportive bunch who do a first-rate job of making sure people like myself who don’t travel a lot feel right at home. The hospital in Arusha was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The staff really embraced us and made us part of the family. The language barrier wasn’t as much of a problem as I thought since Tanzanians speak English, though Kiswahili is used a lot more. I was able to learn a bit and by the end of my placement, I could put a few sentences together. Ward rounds were sometimes really intense experiences. I did procedures I wouldn’t otherwise do like resection and anastomosis. It gave me a vivid picture of the conditions my colleagues in the developing world have to work in. I also acquired experiences I know have made me a better clinician.”

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