At a glance
- Travel to Africa and get valuable work experience by joining our Nursing internship in Kenya. You will be shadowing doctors on their rounds. This will make up your future career and CV!
- During the internship, you can rotate through different hospital departments. You will be taught how to give a diagnosis and treat patients.
- You will be based in the town of Nanyuki and live with a local host family. Make the most out of your free time to explore the country, local food and traditions.
16 or over
Your work will focus mainly on the following:
Shadow local nurses
For the first few days of your internship, your role will be mainly observational. You will shadow the local nurses as they do their daily rounds and gain insight into the nature of the work they do.
During this time, it’s important to make notes and ask as many questions as possible. When the nurses see that you’re enthusiastic and interested, they may be willing to give you more responsibilities. If you do practical work with permission from the nurses, it will be supervised.
Help with basic health checks
It is important to build up trust and a good relationship with the local medical staff. This will help you get involved with more practical work. The kinds of tasks you may help with include dressing wounds, monitoring a pulse, and checking blood pressure and temperature.
You’ll also do health checks during community outreaches. These are important, as they help disadvantaged communities access basic healthcare services.
We hold regular workshops for all our medical interns. These are usually run by our qualified Medical Coordinator in Nanyuki.
These workshops allow you to ask about specific things you have seen at your nursing placement in Kenya. It is also great for learning techniques and skills to put into practice during outreaches, like measuring blood sugar levels.
Where will I be working as a Nursing intern in Kenya?
You will be based in the little town of Nanyuki, about 200 km northeast of Nairobi. It is a market town, where people gather to stock up on fresh produce, meat, and other essentials. The town is also the gateway to the Laikipia plateau, one of Africa's most important wildlife conservation areas.
As a Nursing intern, you will work in either a smaller health clinic or a large hospital. Due to the rural location of both these placements, you can expect to work with equipment that is more advanced than what you might find in hospitals at home. They also cater to a number of surrounding communities, so tend to be busy throughout the day.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Interning in Kenya is the perfect opportunity to explore this extraordinary country. With a vast array of activities, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to fill your evenings and weekends.
A trip to East Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari. As you explore the savannahs, spot wildlife like elephants, lions, and even the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe.
Our projects are based in Nanyuki, which is known as the gateway to Mount Kenya. With this majestic mountain on your doorstep, it’s worth taking a day to hike around the base.
You can spend evenings at buzzing restaurants, listening to live music and trying local dishes. Kenya also has must-see markets, with bright textiles and hand-carved sculptures.
You can spend your free time exploring independently or travelling with a group. With so many volunteers and interns joining us throughout the year, you’re sure to make new friends and travel buddies during your trip.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Kenya
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