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Kenya Medical Project

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Kenya is a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Magnificent wildlife roam across vast Rift Valley plains, white sand beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practise traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a destination of unparalleled appeal and fascination.

Travel to this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture in which you will be made to feel incredibly welcome. The people are positively inspiring and the landscape, national parks, beaches and surrounding islands are stunningly beautiful.

 Once you’ve learnt to do things the Kenyan way you’ll never want to leave this unique travel destination.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Gain valuable medical work experience

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

The project is designed for medical students ready to take part in a medical elective in order to gain hands on experience. This is an ideal opportunity for those who are seeking an authentic African experience.  Life is slow, simple and unsophisticated. 
 

Airport Pickup Emergency Hotel Meals Medical Terrestrial CV
FAST FACTS
Location Kenya, Mombasa
Activities Assisting in various departments depending on medical interests
Taking or recording vital signs
  National  health screening/immunisation programme
  Outreach and community programmes
  Lab and pharmacy work
  Caring for patients
  Routine hospital duties
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation On site hostel or homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 2 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This is a fantastic small rural hospital about 1.5 hours from Mombassa, the surroundings are beautiful and the local people are exceptionally friendly.

You may find yourself working in one of many departments within this small hospital. These include the HIV clinic, which involves both in-hospital work and outreach out reach clinics working with local communities, support groups, paediatrics, inpatients, outpatients clinic, laboratory, pharmacy, theatre. Depending on which department you are assisting you may be able to help with blood tests, malaria tests, vaccines and other activities, there is certainly a lot of scope for learning. All volunteers can also take part in the inspiring community outreach programme and support groups.

There is a small nursing school attached to this hospital and volunteers taking part in medical electives are encouraged to engage with local students and attend talks and seminars when these are available. This is an excellent chance for cultural exchange and an opportunity to gain specialist knowledge, particularly in tropical medicine.

Volunteers taking part on this project are able to make a huge difference to the morale of both staff and patients working in this rural community. By bringing their enthusiasm and energy, volunteers are able to motivate those around them while learning an incredible amount. One surgeon said "volunteers are a blessing and it lifts our spirits and enthusiasm to have them here working with us".

Volunteers are asked to remain flexible and use their initiative in order to get the most out of this placement. You may be dealing with anything from common complaints like headaches and toothaches to more serious ailments such as malaria and typhoid. You may be assisting the doctors in taking vital measurements such as blood pressure and temperature as well as dispensing medication and assisting with nursing duties. The most common complaints of patients are tropical diseases, however many patients have the secondary complication of HIV/AIDS which has a prevalence rate of up to 40% within the area. Part of your work will be to educate the local community and reduce the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and to provide support to those afflicted.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Nairobi airport by a friendly local staff member. You will usually spend a night in the Kenyan capital to recover from your international flight before taking the comfortable coach ride to the coast and Mombasa.  If you prefer you can fly directly to Mombasa and we will arrange airport pick up for you accordingly.

In Mombasa the local staff will meet you and introduce you to your host and the local area. Both your host and local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and laid back community.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying with a friendly host in a homestay which will allow you to truly experience Kenyan culture. We choose our hosts carefully to ensure that they are able to provide the support and security needed to make your stay comfortable – and fun! The homestay will usually have a bathroom, living room with TV, kitchen with a fridge and will be close to transport and local shops. You will be made to feel part of the family from the moment you arrive and you will soon find yourself immersed in home and community life.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will eat with your host and will be provided with two meals a day, enabling you to get a true feel for the Kenyan lifestyle and sample some authentic African home cooking. For lunch volunteers usually eat out, with colleagues or at the projects themselves as they are away from the homestay.

Kenyan cuisine offers a variety of dishes based on meat and vegetable stews. Most dishes are served with either rice or ugali; the staple food for most of sub-Saharan Africa made from maize flour. You may also have the chance to sample such delicacies as "oysters Mombasa", fish or chicken in coconut, groundnut soup or beef and potato stew, and for dessert, bananas cooked in banana leaves.

A very special trip  | 27 Jan 2014
I decided to continue my embarkation to Kenya. Ever since, I have not regretted my trip, and I st...

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The work was hard but so rewarding, the people I meet were amazing  | 15 Apr 2010
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It is often said that a visit to Kenya without a stop at Mombasa is no visit to Kenya. The city is awash with activities ranging from swimming and snorkelling to basking on the brilliant white beaches. Mombasa is surrounded by a number of wildlife parks including Tsavo National Park just three hours away and the Shimba hills game reserve where some of the biggest elephants in the world can be found just a couple of kilometres away. Mombasa has a good selection of bars, cafés and clubs for you to enjoy on your free evenings.

There is a diverse and beautiful array of wildlife and breathtaking scenery to marvel at. The lagoons of the southern coast provide an ideal location for snorkelling or try bird watching or crocodile spotting whilst canoeing in the mangrove swamps.

COSTS

2 weeks £ 599

Extra week £ 199

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

Your time on the project can be from two weeks to three months

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country

  • 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Apt (NBO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.