We have opportunities for supervised medical electives and volunteer placements Uganda for professional and trainee medical students.
Combine your official University elective with the experience of a different lifestyle, culture and medical practice in Uganda. We will help sort all your Medical elective arrangements in Uganda including accommodation , meals, organisation of the elective and internal travel.
Students on electives are supervised at the hospital and medical centre and they live locally, integrating with the local community. Our host communities often lack modern medical facilities, so medical volunteers should plan to bring their own instruments and medical supplies. We can offer medical placements in Uganda for Student medical Doctors, student nurses, physiotherapists and trainee dentists
Length of placements in Uganda:
The basic elective period we offer in Uganda is four weeks, but you can add any number of weeks depending on your University requirements. You may want to travel in Uganda or east Africa after your elective. You can also explore the country on the weekends with Msafiri tours safaris and other adventure activities.
You can also opt to stay in Uganda to either travel independently or get involved with some of travel programmes and other projects run by Msafiri tours.
Dates, daily routine and elective expectations in Uganda
We can arrange medical elective itineraries in Uganda all year round, preferably arriving in Kampala on a Saturday or before so that you have time to settle in to your new surroundings. This also enables us to have time to transfer you to your elective location (if it is outside Kampala) and have you in place and ready to start your Elective on a Monday morning.
You will be expected to work a minimum of five shifts per week with each shift being an average of 8 hours long. Weekly rotas and ward rounds will be arranged on the ground with your supervising doctor in Uganda or consultant and are designed according to your preferences.
During your time in Uganda expect the following:
• A range of medical conditions which you are unlikely to see in developed countries.
• To gain invaluable experience in managing medical situations with limited resources and prioritising where there are little or no assumptions beforehand.
• To be involved with the community in planning and developing health promotion programmes.
• To develop personal, financial and organisational skills within a broad ecological criteria, sensitive to environmental, social and cultural requirements.
• To be part of a program that increases the profile of health care in Ugandan communities and possibly more important psychological implications of HIV, hepatitis and orphans.
Local benefits of a medical elective in Uganda
You will directly help all of the patients that you work with while in Uganda and you will be directly assisting the local Ugandan medical staff in hospitals, medical centres and clinics.
You are in Uganda to learn, but your presence is of great practical and emotional assistance, and there is a good chance you will also be communicating with the families and friends of patients. You have chance to make a difference to people and to use your own verbal and non-verbal skills in a very beneficial and powerful way. Many Ugandan people you meet will be illiterate and the word of a medical person is very highly regarded.
You will benefit the local Ugandan community financially by spending in the local shops, on entertainment, weekend visits or day trips. Your trip to Uganda allows us to employ many local people.
The medical electives we offer enable us to keep some of the projects we run like Suubi Medical centre going. Msafiri tours financially supports Suubi Medical Centre so that all donations go to the programmes and projects and beneficiaries.
Preparing for your Uganda medical elective
You don’t need specific training before a Uganda elective. Do read up on Uganda before you travel, in particular the areas that you are planning to travel to. Prior knowledge on the history, cultures, tribes and Uganda local customs will really enhance your trip.
The majority of Ugandans speak good English and you will have very little trouble communicating, but you may find it useful learning a few key Luganda or Kiswahili words and phrases. The local Ugandan people love to see that you made an effort to learn the language.
Clothing for a Uganda medical elective
- Bag or suitcase, and hand luggage
- Selection of clothing, should be conservative and comfortable and at least four or five sets
- Rain-jacket, umbrella and a warm jumper or jacket for the evenings. It can be cold during the middle months of the year.
- Comfortable footwear & trainers, and smarter shoes for your rounds. Flip flops or sandals also recommended.
- Good protection from the sun, like a hat, sunglasses, sun-cream.
- Wash kit and towel, but remember you can buy all consumables in the local shops in Uganda
- Camera, mobile phone, laptop, tablet – plus charger units with three pin plugs same as in UK.
- Torch, money-belt, water bottle, insect repellent, padlocks, local guidebook and Swahili phrase book, pens and papers, textbooks
- Several white coats, your own stethoscope, name badge, personal hand-gel and hairnet if necessary, and a box of latex gloves
- Personal first aid kit
The hotel and accommodation will have showers and flush toilets but some places you visit and work at like Suubi Medical centre will not be so luxurious so always take your hand gel. You can buy everything you will need locally in Uganda, including imported brands of shampoos and soaps and razors, so don’t feel you need to bring it all to Uganda with you. Do however bring your own stock of work gloves, and your own white coats.
These are often in short supply. You may want to donate yours to Suubi Medical centre or the hospital when you leave.when at work stick to lightweight light clothing, it can get pretty hot in some of the rooms. At your accommodation you are free to wear what you would wear at home.
Please take your anti-malarial tablets seriously, follow the entire course and don’t miss out on any tablets. Malaria is a big concern in Uganda and if you get any sort of fever when in Uganda, then please do get yourself checked immediately for malaria.
Why use us for your Uganda medical elective?
- We have over the years developed a keen eye on minute details and we have a well established network of medical facilities and service providers in Uganda.
- We have flexible Uganda electives with no fixed dates
- All our Ugandan staff are experienced and speak good English
- We support the local Ugandan economy through our work
- We have representation in the UK so you can chat to us about your plans
- we have staff on hand to help teach you whenever you need us
- Our electives meet the requirements of British medical schools.
- We combine your elective with a chance to explore and travel in Uganda
Here is the cost for our tailor made, fully supported Cost for Uganda medical electives internships, combine your Uganda medical elective placement with a Safari, Trek or Volunteering.
On average without Safari, each week a medical elective placement with Msafiri tours will cost you £350 in Uganda
What’s included in the cost for your Uganda medical elective internships:
- Transfers on arrival/departure
- All meals with one beverage, as listed on itinerary
- Ground transport to locations on itinerary
What’s not included in the cost above:
- Flights to and from Entebbe International Airport (£500-£700 or $1100- $1400)
- Visa/Passport (£30 or $60)
- Personal insurance
- Spending money (£40-£50 per week)
Optional add-ons to your
Our Uganda medical electives internships offer fantastic opportunities to combine education with fascinating travel. These are just a few examples of extra activities that Msafiri Tours can arrange for you:
- Visits to local schools
- Visits to key cultural sites
- Attend a live Uganda cultural music extravaganza with songs and dances
- Visit to crafts markets and shops for souvenirs
- 3 day safari to: Murchison Falls park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and a gorilla trekking safari
- Trip to Entebbe Botanical Gardens
- Trip to Jinja, the source of the Nile River, and Owen Falls Dam, the source of Uganda’s hydroelectricity
- Visit Mabira Forest, Uganda’s biggest tropical forest
- Visit a tea plantation
The cost we quote for your safari in Uganda will include:
- Transport to the game park after or before your medical elective placement
- All meals – breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
- All game drives in the game park, including a boat safari
- All park entry fees
- Uganda government taxes
- Driver and guide
We will give you a precise information about your Uganda medical elective placement costs on request. When you apply, we will require a £200 deposit from you in order to secure or confirm your reservation.
This is deducted from the overall placement cost. Please note that we cannot begin to organize your elective placement until we receive this payment with a completed booking form. The remaining balance is then paid 6 weeks before your actual date of travel.