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Nursing Elective Placements Overseas with Projects Abroad

Nursing Elective Placements

Join one of our rewarding Nursing Elective projects and explore nursing practice in a developing country! These worthwhile placements are tailor-made for undergraduates studying towards a degree in Nursing. Challenge yourself, learn new skills and gain valuable experience in a completely different environment.

Next Step: Click here to choose a destination for your Nursing Elective

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

As a nursing student taking your Elective abroad, you will get to witness the differences in healthcare between your host and home countries. In many of our destinations, for example, families are much more involved in patient care than they are in the UK. You will also be exposed to techniques and illnesses that are less common in western hospitals and clinics.

Many placements will not have the up-to-date equipment you are used to. However, our local medical staff are highly dedicated and knowledgeable, and do their very best in the limited working conditions they have. You will have the opportunity to come up with creative solutions to combat these obstacles.

What will I do?

Nursing Elective volunteers will work alongside local nursing staff, learning from them and assisting where necessary. You can choose which department you’d like to work in if you have a particular specialism in mind, or rotate through the different departments to see a bit of everything. Some students also choose to work in a care-based setting, rather than in a hospital or clinic.

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 Nursing projects, please see our Nursing Projects page.

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