As a teenager, choosing a future career can feel daunting.
Learning in the classroom is one thing, but is this enough to inform your life choices? This is especially true of careers like medicine, where hands-on experience in a clinical setting is valuable. Most high school students feel they need work experience before deciding which career path to take.
This is why we offer High School Special internships abroad.
They’re a chance to get hands-on experience in different fields.
These projects are incredibly useful for aspiring doctors. What better way to find out if medicine is really for you than shadowing doctors and seeing medical work first-hand?
And the bonus is that you can add real-world experience to your CV that’ll benefit future medical school applications!
The best way to prepare for med school in your teens is through our hands-on medical volunteer opportunities for high school students.
By joining a Medical Internship, you will:
- Find out if a healthcare career is right for you as you shadow real doctors and nurses in the medical field.
- Gain real-world experience to put on your CV and university application that shows your determination and drive.
- Experience a new country, develop your self-confidence, make a difference, and form new friends from around the world.
3. Participate in awareness campaigns to spread the word about disease prevention and more
You’ll learn all about the diseases and illnesses that are prevalent in the country you work in. You’ll use the knowledge you’ve learned during your Medical Project to create awareness campaigns with other high school students.
These campaigns are important aspects of the project as they educate communities on disease. You'll share information about causes, symptoms, and treatments for these various common illnesses.
This awareness work will increase the wellbeing of the local community. And there’s no limit to the information you can share!
- Teach children effective teeth-brushing techniques.
- Talk to students about preventing diabetes and other non-communicable diseases through a healthy diet and exercise.
- Help people learn how to avoid mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, and actively remove mosquito breeding grounds.
Any information you share will improve the life quality of local people.
As part of awareness work last in 2018, our interns:
- Inspected 126 family homes in Jamaica and Sri Lanka and eradicated mosquito breeding grounds.
- Distributed dengue fever information leaflets to 500 community members in Sri Lanka.
- Removed potential mosquito breeding grounds along 5 main roads in Sri Lanka.
- Presented at public health conferences in the Philippines.
4. Have the time of your life!
Last but not least, you’ll share this experience with other high school students from around the world. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and build an international network of future medical professionals.
We do more than just organise an internship with like-minded people, we also make sure you get to explore the country! Our great staff will prepare:
- Social activities
- Cultural events
- A weekend trip
Depending on where you intern, these can include:
- A safari in Kenya
- A visit to a traditional Maasai village in Tanzania
- A day exploring Angkor Wat in Cambodia
- Cooking lessons in Ghana
- Salsa lessons in Argentina
We want you to truly embrace cultural exchange!
"Overall, my time in Ghana was the best month of my life and I made friends I hope to never lose. The experience I gained in the medical field was invaluable and it solidified my desire to go into a medical profession.
I hope to return to Cape Coast next summer to visit the many friends I made there, and I also hope to continue volunteering with Projects Abroad. I encourage anyone interested to consider going to Ghana. Who knows? It could quite possibly change your life."
-Victoria, Medicine High School Special in Ghana
These programmes will help you decide if a medical career is something you truly want. It’ll push you in the right direction while allowing you to be a part of something bigger: our efforts to improve healthcare in developing countries
And you'll achieve it through the support of our helpful staff and volunteers from around the world.
Are you ready to discover what you’re capable of? Browse our High School Special Projects to decide which one is the best fit for you.
If you'd like more information about our Medical Projects and High School Special trips, contact one of our team today!