Medical Elective in Namibia

From £2,199, 8 weeks, Namibia Trip code: NAMI

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This medical internship in Namibia is perfect for those looking to gain valuable and rewarding experience, working in a remote rural health clinic that has been set up to provide healthcare and support to Namibia’s San Bushman community.


Work alongside the resident doctor and nurse at the clinic and learn all about the challenges faced by the San Bushman community. Whether you are studying for a career in the medical field, are a qualified medical professional or simply thinking about starting a career in health care and medicine; this medical internship will give you valuable work experience in the field, immersing you in the health and development programme that the clinic offers while also providing vital care and treatment to patients in the San Bushman Community, many of whom live in extreme poverty and for years have been victimised and are still treated as third class citizens.


You will also have a wonderful opportunity to get involved in caring for orphaned, abused or injured animals at the Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary near the country’s capital, Windhoek upon your arrival and departure from the programme.  



Placement Requirements

Experience/ Qualifications required: Must be already qualified in this field or at university studying medicine or similar.

Nationalities: This programme is open to all nationalities (subject to visa requirements.)

Typical Hours: Monday-Friday; 4-6 hours a day; Occasional work at weekends but usually free for personal time and travel.

Remuneration: Unpaid position


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What will I be doing?

  • Medical internship

  • The clinic

  • Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Where will I be?

Medical internship: 8 or 12 weeks

Next Leg

By choosing to join this Namibia Medical Internship you will have a once in a life time opportunity to assist at a small rural healthcare clinic and build a close relationship with the San Bushman Community, one of the oldest cultures in the world. They are traditionally hunter gatherers, but due to increased cattle grazing over recent years they have been forced away from their home lands.

You’ll be working alongside the dedicated doctor and nurse who are based at the clinic full time, during your time at the clinic you will learn a great deal about the common diseases and ailments that are affecting the local community on a regular basis and the most effective ways of treating them. You will be able to assist in giving care to the patients who visit the clinic and learn more about the challenges that they are faced with. The doctor and nurse at the clinic will also be giving you lessons during your placement which will be tailored to your level of experience and background.

The content of the lessons will vary but prospective medical students can expect to have lessons in basic clinical skills, taking of patient history and patient examinations. Whereas qualified professionals will be asked to run consultations with the patients who visit the clinic and help out with the outreach work in the community; this is a fantastic opportunity to have the greatest impact on the local community that you are working with during your medical internship.

No matter what your level of experience though, some of the activities and duties that you could be involved in may include:  


  • Blood pressure recordings
  • Cleaning and dressing of wounds
  • Assisting in the pharmacy with new order, packing of medicines and stock control
  • Weighing babies and recording their growth
  • Glucose testing and recording
  • Primary healthcare including treatments, observations, emergency referrals and offering reassurance to patients
  • Observations including pregnancy tests, urine tests and recording findings

If you have any special skills that you feel could be useful to the programme and the clinic, please let the local team know and feel free to suggest any new activities that you feel could benefit the clinic and the local community.


In addition to the day to day work that you will be involved in, you will also have the opportunity undertake a research project focused on something that will benefit the clinic and help to further improve the services provided to the local community that it serves; for example local patterns for disease, studies of clean water supplies, mapping the distances that patients travel in order to visit the clinic, TB rates and the patients knowledge of diseases such as HIV/Aids etc.


This internship is an extremely rewarding option for anyone looking for a career in the medical field where you can really help to make a difference to the lives of local people, whilst improving and developing your own skills and knowledge.  

The clinic: 8 or 12 weeks

Next Leg

The clinic is located in a rural village in Eastern Namibia, which is home to approximately 500 people from both the San Bushman and Herero communities; the clinic plays an extremely important part in the lives of the local people.

The main priority and focus of the clinic is to provide basic healthcare and support to the San Bushman community, which is thought to be one of the oldest cultures in the world. By providing them with basic healthcare and support it is hoped that they will have what they need to build a better future.

There is a full time doctor and nurse at the clinic throughout the year who you will be assisting during your medical internship. The clinic treats around 3000 patients each year with the help of San Translators; approximately 40% of all patients treated at the clinic are children, of which 70% are under 5 years of age. Some of the most common diseases and complaints that are diagnosed amongst the child patients at the clinic include intestinal worms, malnutrition, fungal infections, dehydration mouth infections and diarrhoea; you may not think that these illnesses are particularly severe but if left untreated they can get much worse and lead to complications which could potentially result in a tragic death. Additionally TB, HIV and alcoholism are prevalent in the community, as are everyday problems including aches and pains. 

Wildlife Sanctuary: 8 or 12 weeks

Next Leg

You may also have the opportunity to help out as a wildlife volunteer on the fantastic Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, depending on your arrival and departure days.


The sanctuary provides vital care and shelter to animals that have been orphaned, injured or abused; the team at the sanctuary will never turn away an animal in need, as a result the variety of animals is diverse and constantly changing but usually includes leopards, cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, baboons, caracals, adorable and mischievous meerkats, along with a number of domestic animals to name but a few.

As a volunteer, you will be helping out with the day to day running of the sanctuary including the preparation of food for the animals, carrying out essential maintenance and providing care to the animals.


Participants are asked to remain flexible with the logistics of the medical programme, it is important to note that volunteering time at the sanctuary is not guaranteed and will be dependent on resources and timetables of other volunteers.  

Where will I be?: 8 or 12 weeks

The rural clinic is based in the eastern region of Namibia, approximately 350km from the capital city of Windhoek.


At the beginning and end of your programme, you will be taken to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary approximately 50km from Windhoek city centre.


If you arrive on the scheduled start date, you will normally spend 1 night at the sanctuary before being transferred from the sanctuary to the clinic the day after arrival. At the end of your programme, you will be transferred from the clinic back to the wildlife sanctuary where you will spend your final two nights before your return transfer to the airport 

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What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers to and from the clinic
  • Internship placement
  • Orientation

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Working/business visa required to participate in this programme
  • Items of a personal nature

Additional Information

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years. 


Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, each of our Namibia volunteer projects share the same accommodation. Therefore, if there are volunteers on our other programmes you will be able to spend your spare time and evenings with them. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us



During your time at the clinic you will be staying in a volunteer house with the resident doctor and nurse from the clinic.

You will either have your own room at the volunteer house or be sharing with another volunteer of the same gender. The house is a modern bungalow with a kitchen, bathroom and living room (with TV); both electricity and hot water are freely available.

At the beginning and end of your programme, you may also spend some time volunteering at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary; during your time at the sanctuary you will either be staying in shared volunteer accommodation with up to 3 volunteers sharing a room or in own of the twin-share tents. There are shared toilet and showers available for all volunteers to use.  



During your time at the clinic you will receive three meals per day which you and your housemates will prepare for yourselves together, using local produce and ingredients.

Whilst at the sanctuary, 3 meals per day will be prepared and provided for you; again using local produce and ingredients.


Is this trip for you?

The internship is the perfect opportunity for prospective medical students, people studying for a career in the medical field or trained medical professionals looking to get hands on experience in a remote health clinic in Namibia.

It is important to note that the amount of work you will be able to get involved in will vary depending on your level of experience; so it would be beneficial for you have some medical experience or basic training when you join the programme so that you can get the most out of your placement.

You will be working alongside a local doctor and nurse at the clinic so no matter what your level of experience is, you are sure to learn a lot from them both about the local community and the people you are working with and the challenges they face from working in such a remote location.  


Places on this Namibia medical internship programme are extremely limited due to the nature of the project work, so book early to avoid disappointment. 


Please note that you will be required to obtain a volunteer visa for Namibia to participate in this programme. 


Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.


You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.


In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.




You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

What will I see in Namibia?

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1. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

We recommend that you take a sleeping bag with you especially in winter time as it can get very chilly!


2. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, this isn't necessary.


3. Is there a safety deposit box/safe?

Yes, there are safes available and a deposit of N$500 is required which will be returned once the key has been given back.



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