Medical and Public Health Volunteering Programmes

Volunteering in a healthcare setting in the developing world can be an extremely challenging experience, but it can also be the most gratifying. Most government hospitals in South Africa struggle with a lack of equipment, human resources, and facilities and this provides an unparalleled learning environment for medical volunteers. As a volunteer in this field, you will have the chance to work alongside specialists with very different skills and responsibilities to what you will be used to back home, as well as interacting with patients from very different backgrounds. Our healthcare programme in Cape Town provides an ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in and contribute tremendously to the Public health system of South Africa. We have opportunities in a variety of settings: hospitals, community clinics, research establishments, children’s homes and NGOs. These places can accommodate volunteers who are interested in nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutrition, and home-based care.

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Medical & Public Health Volunteering Key Skills:

  • Coping skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Technical
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Professionalism

 

Ideal Volunteer Applicant

  • Proficient in English.
  • Some previous experience working with children or in a medical facility would be beneficial.
  • Self-motivated and compassionate.

Programme highlights:

  • Challenge yourself and improve your self-development.
  • Gain valuable, hands on work experience and expand on your existing skills and knowledge.
  • Work alongside and learn from inspiring professionals in your field.
  • Choose from a range of medical opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Have a life changing experience and assist some of the most vulnerable members of society in South Africa.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Completed (or will have completed) A2-Levels or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4 weeks duration, no maximum
  • Not a resident of South Africa

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Key programmes features

You are here for your development, your career and ultimately your future. You need to nail it when choosing a provider and a programme. So here's our offering in a nutshell.

Choice of two programmes

We have two programme options to suit different budgets

Choose your level of support and independence

Pay only for what you need from your trip

Programme fee starts at GBP £795 (USD $1200)

Unlimited duration. No extra fee

Stay for any amount of time that you need and the price you pay for your programme does not change.

Total flexibility and control over your stay duration

You're free to change your itinerary whilst you're here, no hassle.

Unique guarantees

You won’t pay a penny unless we can offer you your ideal internship. Get 100% back if you’re not 100% happy after our placement search.

Your needs and preferences always come first

You're in total control of your experience

You won't get a 'cookie cutter' experience with us.

Four unique promises underpin our services. See them.

Focus on the skills you need.

Not only do you choose your industry, but also choose the exact skills you want to develop within that industry. Communication, negotiation, political negotiation. Just say!

We have a huge network of host organisations that allow us to find your match with unbeatable accuracy.

Our unique application provides you with the opportunity to highlight the skills you need to develop.

Our placement search is totally driven by your personal requirements.

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Four unique promises underpin our services to give you total peace of mind.

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A straightforward process

We have worked very hard to streamline our process to make your experience easy, fun and highly rewarding personally and professionally. Flick through the steps below, or read about our process in more detail.

Introduce yourself to our friendly team

Getting your dream internship all starts with you saying hello! Just pop your details into our enquiry form and we'll reach out to schedule a conversation with you that we call a 'discovery call'.

Ask questions & learn how we can help

In your discovery call, you can ask us any questions you still have. We'll talk about your options in the career fields you've told us you're interested in to help you imagine your placement and decide if our service is right for you.

Complete your programme application

If everything sounds good to you, complete your application to put into words your dream programme. This forms the basis of the 'design' of your customised placement and will be the primary framework against which we validate potentially suitable opportunities.

We'll source you the best opportunities

We maintain a large and varied network of the best organisations in Cape Town. We will identify the best potential fits for your programme goals and preferences and reach out on your behalf to assess those organisations for suitability (learn about their current projects and initiatives).

Prepare and plan for your experience

Once you've confirmed which placement offer you prefer, we'll start helping you plan the rest of your trip. We'll book your accommodation, help with your travel arrangements and provide extensive advice and information on how to get ready for your time in Cape Town. Your Bridging Gaps mentor will be on hand to make sure you're fully prepared for your placement.

Maximise your experience & learning

Finally, every member of our team will move mountains to make sure you get what you came for and MORE! It's essential to us that you're safe, you're learning and growing in confidence and developing the most important skills for your future career.