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Volunteer Overseas

Midwifery Elective Placements Overseas with Projects Abroad

Midwifery volunteer with a newborn baby

Are you a Midwifery student? Discover more about Midwifery practice in a developing country on one of our Elective placements abroad! Gain work experience while learning from skilled professionals in a completely different environment.

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How does an Elective abroad differ from a placement in the UK?

Approaches to midwifery in your host country may differ significantly to what you are used to at home. Furthermore, you may find yourself coming into contact with pregnant women suffering from complications such as malaria and typhoid, which is rarely seen in western hospitals.

Many placements will not have the up-to-date equipment that you are used to. However, staff are highly dedicated and caring, working hard to ensure that the women are supported as best they can though birth, and that their babies are well cared for.

What will I do?

Midwifery Elective volunteers will work alongside local medical staff, shadowing them and assisting where necessary. You will be placed in a hospital or clinic that has a specialist maternity unit, or in a specialist maternity hospital. The amount and type of work you will do depends on your experience and willingness to get involved. Regardless of your specific role, you will learn a great deal about many different pregnancy-related conditions and treatments.

Although not always directly related to Midwifery, you can also take part in the medical outreach work and workshops that are organised by Projects Abroad.

Staff support for our Elective students

We provide extensive support to our Elective students, prior to departure and during your placement. Our staff can assist with the completion of your paperwork for university, and one of our Volunteer Advisors will be in regular contact to guide you through your trip preparations prior to your departure. You will be assigned a supervisor when in-country, who will be your mentor for the duration of your Elective placement. Local staff are also available 24/7 to provide support and answer any questions you might have.

When should I apply?

Most universities have a set date by which time your Elective application paperwork needs to be completed. If your university needs information on the hospital or clinic in which you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we recommend completing our application form at least one month before your deadline. This is because we can only provide the detailed information about your project once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

If you are not an Elective student or would rather take part in our standard Midwifery projects, please see our Midwifery Projects page.

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