An intern working with a patient on our medical internship for teenagers in Kenya

Medical Internships for Teenagers in Kenya

Learn directly from doctors and nurses and do health checks in disadvantaged communities

Join a medical internship  in Kenya for teenagers this summer, and gain practical experience by learning directly from doctors and nurses. This kind of experience will add value to your CV, and could be beneficial for your future career.

You'll work in a clinic or hospital. Doctors will teach you about diseases and conditions you've only read or heard about. You'll also do health checks during outreaches in disadvantaged areas. This will give you an insight into the healthcare challenges people face everyday.

You will live with a friendly host family in the small town of Nanyuki. You’ll work in a group with other teenagers your age, and learn and explore together. Projects Abroad staff will be with you every step of the way to support and guide you. When you’re not working, we’ve organised fun activities and a weekend trip for you to enjoy.

When you apply you only pay $495, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Trip Format:

High School Specials - Hassle-free, pre-planned trips for 15-18 year olds that help you step out of your comfort zone

Project Name:

Kenya > Medicine

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school holidays

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Nanyuki (Read More)


Host family Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is a medical internship in Kenya for teenagers right for me?

A medical internship in Kenya for high school students is perfect for any teenager interested in getting medical experience. It will add value to your CV if you’re pursuing a medical career, and give you interesting points to talk about in interviews and essays.

You’ll also do hands-on work during medical outreaches in disadvantaged communities. We’ll teach you the basic medical skills you’ll need to do this. Working at these outreaches will help demonstrate your dedication to medicine and helping others.

This internship is also a good fit for you if you want to make friends with teenagers from around the world, and travel to Africa with support and guidance every day.

Our High School Special runs over fixed dates in the summer. You pick the dates that fit your schedule. All activities will take place in groups, follow a set itinerary and happen under supervision. This ensures your safety and maximum enjoyment at all times.

A high school student speaks to a patient on Projects Abroad's medical internship in Kenya

What will I do on a Medical internship in Kenya for high school students?

On this medical internship in Kenya for teenagers, you’ll shadow doctors in health clinics or hospitals, and work in rural communities. Here are a few activities you’ll do:

  • Shadow doctors and medical professionals as they move through various departments 
  • Get practical medical experience during community outreaches
  • Attend workshops designed to boost your knowledge and give you new medical skills
  • Go sightseeing and explore with teenage volunteers from around the globe

Your work will mainly focus on the four following activities:

Shadow doctors and medical professionals as they move through various departments 

There is much to be learnt from observing medical professionals as they work. Keep your pen and notebook close as you shadow medical staff around the clinic or hospital. You’ll see how the staff engage with patients, and which instruments they use when examining patients.

You’ll also see the state of medical facilities in a developing country, and observe illnesses or diseases you don’t see in your home country. Doctors will teach you how to diagnose and treat these illnesses. We encourage you to ask questions, and learn as much as you can.

Get practical medical experience during community outreaches

Part of our medical internship for high school students in Kenya includes giving you a chance to gain practical experience.

To ensure that disadvantaged communities receive basic healthcare services, we organise medical outreaches. You will help healthcare professionals here. You’ll check people’s temperature, assist with weight checks, take blood pressure readings, and more. All work is supervised, and we have medical professionals on hand to assist with any questions. 

Attend workshops designed to boost your knowledge and give you new medical skills

You will have more than one opportunity to take part in workshops aimed at expanding your medical knowledge. Workshops will cover topics like HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases, and more. You’ll also get training on how to take part in medical outreaches.

Go sightseeing and explore with teenage volunteers from around the globe

Evenings and weekends in Kenya are jam-packed with social activities and sightseeing. With a group of teenagers your age, you’ll travel and explore under the supervision of our staff. You will do things like:

  • Take part in a Swahili class
  • Taste local cuisine at restaurants
  • Visit Lake Baringo
  • Take part in a Kenyan cooking class
  • Enjoy a visit to Naivasha National Park

Where in Kenya will I be working?


On a medical internship in Kenya for high school students, you will live and work in Nanyuki. 

Nanyuki is a small and safe town, sitting at the foothills of Mount Kenya. The weather is pleasant, not too hot, and not too cold. Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, is around a 3.5 hours drive away from Nanyuki.

Most of your medical internship work will take place in a health clinic or hospital, and you’ll go into disadvantaged communities to do outreach work. The medical facilities won’t be as advanced as they are in your home country, and doctors work with fewer resources.

All of your practical work is supervised. A Projects Abroad Coordinator will be with you throughout your project work as well.


When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Kenya Arrival Procedures page

What are the aims and impact of this internship?

The aim of this medical internship in Kenya for teenagers is to give you medical experience to prepare you for pursuing a career in medicine. The experience will add value to your CV, and give you an insight into the healthcare challenges people face in developing countries.

Kenya is listed as being one of the more disadvantaged countries in the world, and access to quality and low cost medical care can be challenging. We’re working to change this by going into underprivileged communities to provide the healthcare services they need. You’ll become part of these efforts by working on outreaches.

In 2017, high school medical interns in Kenya assisted 714 low-income earners in Kenya with receiving free medical care. Our interns did door-to-door nutrition assessments, and gave educational talks in Kenya. They also did door-to-door deworming and awareness campaigns.

Join this internship for high school students and become part of our efforts to achieve these goals, while building your medical knowledge.

High school students and local staff donate first aid kits on our medical internship in Kenya

Management Plans

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

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.


You'll stay with a host family in Nanyuki. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Kenya and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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