Storyteller Scholarship

May 6, 2016

Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.

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Share your epic Gap Medics adventure, and you could find yourself spirited away again – for free.

Capture the essence of Gap Medics in a 90 to 120 second video of your placement in Africa, Asia, Europe or the Caribbean and you could win a scholarship for a one- or two-week placement in 2017 at any of our destinations for your age group.

Your Storyteller Scholarship video can highlight everything from learning about healthcare in the hospital wards, to seeing lions and elephants on safari – but be sure to read the “What Your Video Should Include” section of this page for important information on the things that we, at Gap Medics, love to see the most.

How to enter

We want you to show us the best moments from your Gap Medics adventure. Make a short video (between 90 and 120 seconds long) and upload it to the Video Contest tab on our Facebook page. There will be a public vote, and the entry with the most votes will be awarded the scholarship, so remember to share it with all your friends and family.

Remember to vote for the videos you think deserve to win. You can vote for as many entrees as you like, but only once for each – and the entrant with the most votes will be invited to join us for one or two weeks at any Gap Medics destination!

What your video should include

First and foremost, we love hearing about your healthcare experiences in our partner hospitals and clinics. While filming, please remember the importance of respect and patient confidentiality, and that you must only ever film when your hospital mentor has given you permission to do so in a specific setting that will not cause offence. Even if you can’t film in the wards or operating rooms, you can still cover your experience by talking about your experience on camera. You may be able to include fellow students and film around non-sensitive areas of the hospital where signs, ambulances and hospital buildings show that you are really there! Again, you must always ask permission before filming anywhere near the hospital.

Secondly, we’re really proud of the fun, social side of the Gap Medics experience, especially around the Gap Medics house. The lively atmosphere of the houses is one of the things that really sets us apart, and we’d love for you to show that – like at meal times, barbecues, games or dancing in the evening, playing volleyball in the swimming pool or chatting with our local staff. You could even try to show a typical day in 30 seconds!

Lastly, it’s amazing when we get a glimpse into the wider adventure that encompasses all of our shadowing programmes. It would be great to include your weekend safari or boat trip, volunteering in the local orphanage or shopping in traditional markets. It can be tempting to make this the majority of your video – it’s super exciting and easy to film – but please remember that our placements and houses are at the heart of our experience, and the wider adventure of your trip is one of many added bonuses.

The scholarship

The scholarship winner will be awarded a free one- or two-week placement at any age-appropriate Gap Medics destination.

Don’t worry if you have already been on your Gap Medics placement – you can use the video or images you have already taken for your entry. You just have to show us what a great storyteller you are!


• We will be accepting entries from 1 May 2016. The deadline for entry is 30 September 2016.
• Voting will be open from 1 May 2016 and will close on 31 October 2016.
• Gap Medics will contact the winner via email, telephone or Facebook message on 1 November 2016.

Terms & conditions

For full terms and conditions, see here.