Five reasons Europe makes a great placement destination

July 9, 2016


Many students contact Gap Medics with a desire to experience global healthcare in a traditional location such as Thailand or Tanzania. It’s a big appeal for lots of aspiring medics who want to widen their horizons while making a real difference to the local community. And with views like Mount Kilimanjaro, who can blame them for wanting to take the trip?

What some students don’t know, though, is that we also offer life-changing medical shadowing placements in Europe. So why should you consider one of these programmes? Well, here are just a few reasons:

Varied and interesting healthcare

Our partner hospitals consider it an honour that students come from far and wide to see how they operate, and our Polish and Croatian partners are no exception. The quality of healthcare offered in these locations is extremely high, meaning students have the chance to see cases and procedures which are similar to those they might see in a hospital in their home country. This gives them a really valuable insight into exactly what they could be doing as a qualified health professional after University.

Europe is really well connected

Whether you’re travelling to Europe just for a Gap Medics experience or planning to travel before or after, the rest of the world – including Berlin, Paris and even New York – are only a flight away. Even for American students, Poland and Croatia are often no more difficult to get to than London. There are also great rail travel opportunities across the whole of the continent, and with some planning you can see so much of Eastern and Western Europe without breaking the bank.

We’ve hand-picked three great cities

Choosing a European destination definitely doesn’t mean you’ll be skimping on culture and adventure. Pula, our base in Croatia, is a great choice for beach-goers with its luscious coastline to explore as well as the rest of the city. Meanwhile in Krakow and Warsaw, old meets new as the country’s pre-war architecture meets vibrant nightlife, trendy shopping districts and more coffee than any aspiring doctor could wish for!

You can still make a difference

Because we’re committed to enhancing the lives of our host communities as well as our students, we offer a volunteering element to every single one our programmes. This could be something as simple as helping to tidy up a local park. Generally you will have about 3 hours per week allocated to this, but you can choose to do more if you want to. Students visiting Croatia participate in a beach cleaning afternoon whilst those in Poland leave some time free to go and help with activities at a local community centre.

There are of course incredible elements to all of our programmes. Our base in Phitsanulok, Thailand, offers a ‘true’ Thai experience, while gaining a glimpse of traditional Tanzanian life is something that makes our adventures truly memorable for many students. Wherever you decide to complete your work experience, we know you won’t be disappointed! Check out all of your options here.



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Gap Medics provides year-round hospital work experience for people aged 16 and over. Our shadowing placements offer a unique insight into the work of doctors, nurses, midwives, and dentists – helping students to focus their career aspirations before embarking upon medical training.