Unique medical experience for students who want a exceptional resumé
Our flagship global health program takes you into the heart of Africa to shadow doctors and nurses in challenging conditions and experience grassroots traditional medicine first hand.
The unique experience this provides will stand out on your resumé for college applications and much further into your career.
You’ll be in a small group of 4-8 students and individually mentored throughout the intensive two-week program by a medical doctor with expert local knowledge. This level of professional mentorship sets our program apart in maximising the value of the learning experience.
As the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, it has never been more important to understand human health and healthcare as truly global subjects. With our expert team here to keep you safe, this program will help you to develop that perspective as a foundation to becoming a stronger health professional.
Four days of clinical shadowing experience in a primary care hospital
Your hospital placement that forms part of this program will provide approximately 20 hours of clinical shadowing over four days in a primary care hospital. You’ll be in a small group of typically four students directly observing the work of doctors, nurses and midwives.
The cases you see will of course depend on hospital activity and patients presenting each day, but you’ll spend time in several different settings that may include reproductive child health (RCH), emergency, HIV care and treatment clinic (CTC), general outpatients and pediatrics.
You are also likely to join the doctor-in-charge on full rounds of the wards twice during the program.
As with all shadowing on our programs, this is about experiencing the clinical front line in a safe and ethical way. There is no physical contact between students and patients and you will be under continuous supervision from a medical doctor or qualified nurse.
In addition to your hospital placement, you will have a full-day interactive global health workshop run exclusively for our students by a Medical Doctor specialising in global health. This brings to life some of the complex issues you may have previously learned about in theory by taking you physically into the communities affected and discovering how they are managed within the Tanzanian health system.
Immerse yourself in rural communities of two different tribes to discover medical practices many hundreds of years old
In rural areas, tribal healers are frequent points of care for patients seeking treatment. You will spend a day each with the Maasai and Hehe tribes in Tanzania’s central highlands to learn how these fascinating cultures view and approach healthcare.
In both settings, half of your day will be spent in a private audience with a revered traditional healer or “medicine man” from the respective tribe. You’ll be in your small student group to make this a very personal experience and accompanied by your mentoring medical doctor to translate and help you understand the traditional practices within the context of modern African cultures and health systems.
During the other half of each day, you’ll get to explore the villages, meet other members of the communities and participate in their daily lives. This is an important part of the learning experience as it helps you to understand the lives of people who still turn to the services of medicine men for solutions to physical and mental health issues.
Both the Hehe and Maasai tribes live close to the edge of Ruaha National Park, some of the most breathtaking wildlife country in Africa. To make the most of being here, you’ll spend your down time over the middle weekend of the program on safari staying at a spectacular hilltop lodge with game drives to see elephant, lion, giraffe and so much more.
Your participation directly benefits local communities – financially and practically.
It is one of our core values that all our programs benefit everyone involved. The tribal communities, traditional healers, clinics, community health workers and doctors who contribute to your experience are all paid directly from your program fee.
Giving back in this way makes your program more sustainable and also enhances the learning experience by incentivising those you will learn from.
The part of your fee that goes to our partner clinics has a very real effect on increasing access to healthcare for local people, many of whom are unable to pay for services themselves.
You’ll also spend one day of the program on a voluntary service project in support of the hospital. The particular work will depend on the needs of the hospital at the time, but could include activities like helping organize pharmacy stocks, decorating children’s wards or providing basic computer training for local staff. It’s a great way to put practical skills you have to good use while making new friends.
This investment in your career is also a way to give back to the communities.
Our friendly professional teams, exclusive student houses and comprehensive package allow you to focus on the learning experience.
Our level of support throughout your Global Pre-Meds journey is what sets our student experiences apart.
We employ our own staff teams in every location to give us the best control of your learning experience and safety. We’ll be there from the moment you arrive at the airport and have dedicated staff on duty to support you 24 hours a day – including female house supervisors overnight. Our Program Directors are highly experienced and in daily contact with Head Office.
The medical doctors who mentor each small student group are employed by us for the full program session, allowing them to give you their undivided attention and provide continuity of the learning experience from one program element to the next.
Our Global Pre-Meds house is your sanctuary, providing a safe and supportive environment exclusively for our own students. It has a truly home-from-home family feel and a great African vibe that allows you to forge great friendships with like-minded students you would otherwise never have met.
Our in-house chef prepares all your meals using fresh, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients and our housekeepers keep everything clean and sanitized during your stay. Before you go, our Student Support Team will guide you through all your preparations and are available by phone, email and video call whenever you need us.
We are available to answer your questions as soon as you start the application process, to the moment you step off the plane, all the way through your program. Every aspect of the program is curated by us, which is why we can deliver such an amazing experience.
The program has separate dedicated sessions for:
When does this program start?
There are program start dates available throughout the summer between May and September, and at selected other times of year.
Please see Dates, fees & apply for details.
This program is two weeks long.
What is included in the program fee?
This is a fully residential two-week program in Tanzania. The program fee includes personal mentorship throughout from a Medical Doctor, four days clinical shadowing in a community health centre, two full-day tribal village experiences with traditional healers, full-day private field-based teaching from a global health specialist (MD), comprehensive orientation day including seminar on the healthcare system in Tanzania, a one-day voluntary service project, your scrubs and full PPE, accommodation at our own exclusive student guest house, all your food cooked in-house by our chef, 24-hour support from our international staff team, all your local transport in Tanzania, unlimited personal assistance with your preparations before the program and a Global Health Experience Certificate.
You’ll also be contributing to local communities and improving access to healthcare as all of the people, hospitals and communities that contribute to your experience are paid directly from your program fee.
The program fee does not include your flights to Tanzania, your personal travel insurance or your personal spending money.
How much does this program cost?
Registration is $450, which covers the admission process and reserves your space on the program. This is refundable if your application is not successful (Terms & Conditions apply).
The program fee is $4,800, which covers the entire residential program package (see what’s included above). This is payable 120 days before your program start date or can be paid in installments.
Is there financial aid available?
We are a specialist placement provider, and unfortunately cannot offer any financial aid ourselves.
We do offer a payment plan which allows your program fee to be paid in installments over four months, at no extra cost.
Past students have successfully crowdfunded for their program.
What about COVID-19?
Our programs have been adapted to run safely with a host of COVID protection measures during the pandemic. We are also allowing unlimited free changes so that you can apply now with confidence that you won’t lose your place on the program if your travel plans are disrupted.
For more information, please see our COVID-19 information page.
How do I get involved?
Head to the dates, fees and apply page to explore the programs and start dates available to you based on your age group.
If you’re ready to apply, you can go ahead and make your application online right from that page. If you’re tempted, but not quite ready to apply, you can request a callback from one of our expert Program Advisors or join our network to be the first to know about updates, new programs and other ways to get involved.