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					Medical & Nursing Electives and Camps in Africa




                information




          www.electiveafrica.com
             info@electiveafrica.com
        Medical Nursing Paramedics Premeds
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Table of Contents
Our Mission ............................................................................................................................................................... 3
Our Locations ........................................................................................................................................................... 3
Our Offices ................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Welcome ..................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Our Commitment .................................................................................................................................................... 6
General Program Information ........................................................................................................................... 7
Program Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 8
Students ...................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Premedical Students .............................................................................................................................................. 8
Medical / Nursing Students ................................................................................................................................ 9
Supervision and Evaluation..............................................................................................................................10
Volunteer Medical Camps ..................................................................................................................................10
Public Health / Medical Research .................................................................................................................10
Partnerships ............................................................................................................................................................10
Program Advisors .................................................................................................................................................11
Placement Requirements .................................................................................................................................11
Logistics ....................................................................................................................................................................12
Travel ........................................................................................................................................................................12
Accommodation ...................................................................................................................................................12
Food ............................................................................................................................................................................13
The Safari..................................................................................................................................................................14
Student Checklist ..................................................................................................................................................15
Testimonials ............................................................................................................................................................17
Frequently Asked Questions ............................................................................................................................19
Elective Evaluation Form ...................................................................................................................................25




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Our Mission
Elective Africa facilitates medical student elective placements abroad. For over 10 years
we have been working with community health centers and teaching hospitals in Africa,
to provide medical students with a rare opportunity for hands-on learning experience,
cultural exchange, and medical volunteering in Africa.

We organize placements for Medical, Nursing and Midwifery students as well as medical
camps for volunteer doctors. Placements range from Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and
Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dentistry, Radiology, Surgery and Emergency care among others.

We currently run programs in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi.

Our Locations
We have operations in four main countries
•	 Kenya is the bedrock of our program and we have been operating in Kenya for
   over 10 years. Our partnerships and strength of relationships in Kenya are second to
   none and we can quickly place students in any region. We have relationships with 15
   hospitals and have several doctors advising our program, supervising and evaluating
   our placements. Kenya serves as the regional hub for our programs in Africa with
   support staff coordinating operational activities.
•	 Malawi is the latest addition to our programs where we have established relationships
   with Missionary Hospitals and teaching hospitals in the country. It offers an excellent
   opportunity for those seeking to advance their knowledge in rural medicine and
   community health.
•	 Zambia mainly attracts students from Europe and USA with placements concentrated
   in the populous Copperbelt and Lusaka regions of the country. Our partners are on
   hand to work with participants to ensure they meet their placement objectives.
•	 Tanzania is the newest of our programs where have developing relationships with
   hospitals in Arusha and Dar es Salaam




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Our Offices
Our	main	offices	are	in	Mombasa,	Kenya	where	we	manage	most	of 	our	operations.	We	
also	have	offices	in	Nairobi	and	satellite	offices	in	the	US.


Mombasa, Kenya
Lantana Drive, Links Road Nyali
Mombasa, Kenya.
P. O. Box, 40195-80100


Nairobi, Kenya
Machera court, D4, Komo Lane
Wood Avenue, Kilimani
P. O. Box 100158
(00101) Jamia, Nairobi-Kenya


United States
30 Lockwood Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540
United States
Tel: (609) 643 0188




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                                           From the Program Manager



Welcome
Welcome to Elective Africa. For over 10 years, we have organized electives for medical
students in Kenya and recently expanded to include more African countries. We are
committed to ensuring our program meets the following broad hurdles
  • Offering a rich, rare and insightful learning experience
  • Focusing on underserved communities in Africa
  • Facilitating cultural exchange and appreciation of host country communities and
    cultures
  • Providing	the	time	and	space	for	reflection,	inspiration	and	fun
Placement on the program is driven by individual skills, interests and the ability to
contribute to host community hospitals. In the past, our electives have drawn participants
from various backgrounds that include:
  • Senior medical students – students in the second half of their medical school
    education
  • Junior	medical	students	–	students	in	the	first	half 	of 	their	medical	school	education
  • Nursing students – nursing and midwifery students
  • Premedical students – students aspiring to join medical schools
  • Medical	 camps	 –	 qualified	 healthcare	 professionals	 looking	 for	 volunteer	 or	
    meaningful travel experience
  • Public health researchers – students and professionals doing research in the health
    field
  • Others	–	this	includes	categories	of 	students	interested	in	the	healthcare	field	such	
    as paramedics and health sciences




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Our Commitment
Once you enroll on the program we offer to provide a structured elective experience, an
opportunity for a hand-on learning experience in a different healthcare setting handling
a variety of health cases including tropical diseases, a safe and secure accommodation,
an opportunity for travel and cultural exchange.

As with any worthwhile endeavor, elective placements in developing countries come with
their own challenges. We would be remiss not to discuss the ethical tensions of practicing
medicine in developing countries. These range from working in resource constrained
settings with high patient loads to encountering medical complications that are a result
of unsuccessful traditional healing practices. This is an opportunity for students and
physicians to apply their knowledge and apply suitable medical interventions to save
lives.

Whatever your needs: medical elective, meaningful travel or volunteering, we will go the
extra mile to ensure you have a memorable learning experience and also some fun!



Sincerely,




Lillian Mugonyi-Nasser
Program Development Manager




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                   General Program Information

Locations:        Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia

Duration:         Ideally 4 weeks

Start Dates:      Usually	the	first	Monday	of 	every	month

Team Sizes:       Groups are typically 6 in size

Accommodation: Accommodation is basic, shared rooms, but very
               comfortable in Elective Africa houses, which are
               located in very secure neighborhoods

                  However, we do consider individual preferences and
                  home stay on requests

Participation     Demonstrated	interest	in	the	medical	field
Requirement:

Supervision,      Supervision and preceptorship is under an experienced
Preceptorship &   and	certified	professional
Evaluation:
                  Evaluation can be either Elective Africa’s own program
                  evaluation, or based on requirements of participant’s
                  school




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Program Overview
Our programs are conducted in four countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi.

We organize placements for the following groups.
   •	 Students: Premedical, Medical, Nursing and Midwifery, and Dentistry
   •	 Medical camps for volunteers
   •	 Medical Research
Placements typically last from 4-6 weeks. At the end of the program, students are taken
on safari to the famous Maasai Mara game reserve while in Kenya or to other scenic
destinations in Tanzania, Zambia or Malawi.

Students
Over the last ten years, we have successfully placed students from USA, Canada, Australia,
UK at several health facilities on the program. Students attending our programs have
mainly been medical or nursing students seeking elective placement. However, we also
have considerable number of premedical students attending our programs as a means
to	gaining	exposure	to	the	medical	field	or	even	demonstrating	serious	intentions	to	join	
medical	school	and	the	medical	field.

Premedical Students
This program is designed for students who are considering enrolment in medical schools
and colleges. The program gives aspiring medical students an opportunity to experience
and	 learn	 firsthand	 the	 intricacies	 of 	 becoming	 a	 medical	 doctor.	 The	 students	 gain	
exposure	to	various	medical	fields	including:	Clinical	medicine,	obstetrics	&	gynecology,	
pediatrics, emergency medicine, general and orthopedic surgery, E.N.T, ophthalmology
and radiology. Students participate in ward rotations, observe the supervising doctors
and draw an understanding of diverse aspects relating to patient care.




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Medical / Nursing Students
Once enrolled on the program, medical and nursing students are involved in daily
ward rounds between 8:00am-1pm Monday to Friday; they also get involved in bedside
procedures under supervision. They are placed in various units depending on their areas
of interest ranging from:


  •	 Internal Medicine: Infectious diseases, Gastroenterology, General Internal medicine
     consultation, Hematology and Neurology
  •	 Obstetrics and Gynecology
  •	 Pediatrics
  •	 Dentistry
  •	 Radiology
  •	 Surgery
  •	 Emergency care




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Supervision and Evaluation
Students	are	supervised	by	full	time	and	certified	physicians	and	participate	in	all	aspects	
of 	patient	care.	This	gives	them	an	opportunity	to	refine	their	skills	in	history	taking,	
physical exams, and procedural skills. They are also involved in patient admissions,
clinical decisions concerning patient care as well as patient discharge. At the end of
the placement, their supervisor writes an evaluation report on their performance. The
report is either based on Elective Africa format or in a participating schools’ evaluation
format. See page 25 for our supervision and evaluation form.

Volunteer Medical Camps
Qualified	doctors	from	all	medical	backgrounds	participate	in	this	program.	We	identify	
health facilities where they are placed and use their skills to improve the quality of health
care especially in rural and underserved communities. Visiting doctors are welcome to
bring their families if they wish to take a holiday after the program. Special arrangements
can be made for those wishing to pursue this option.

Public Health / Medical Research
We partner with medical research institutions to provide researchers with an opportunity
to use their skills and contribute to groundbreaking research.

Partnerships
Elective Africa works in partnership with various public and private organizations and
Institutions. These range from medical colleges, teaching hospitals and regional hospitals
among others. Our program advisors are college professors and medical consultants at
various health facilities. Some of our placement partners include:
   •	 Kenyatta National Teaching Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
   •	 University of Nairobi
   •	 Coast General Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya
   •	 Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, Kenya
   •	 Muhimbili Hospital, Dar-es- Salaam, Tanzania
   •	 University Teaching Hospital, Zambia

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   •	 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Malawi
   •	 Kenya Medical Research Institute, KEMRI
   •	 Port Reitz Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya
For anyone who has spent time trying to navigate public institutions in the developing
world, this can be a very challenging experience. We have developed strong relationships
and networks with these hospitals and are also familiar with the healthcare and educational
systems in the western countries. We are therefore uniquely positioned to facilitate
medical electives, camps and projects for anyone looking to Africa as a destination.

Program Advisors
Prof. Joseph G Karanja is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at
the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist
at all major hospitals in Kenya including Nairobi and Aga Khan Hospitals. He is the
current president of the East Central Southern Africa Obstetrics and Gynecology
Society (ECSAOGS) and the ECSA regional coordinator of the FIGO committee on
prevention of unsafe abortion.
Dr. Edgar Kuchingale is a specialist doctor at Mwaiwathu private hospital in Blantyre,
Malawi and a clinical lecturer at the University Of Malawi College Of Medicine. He has
worked at various government and faith based health facilities including the Blantyre
Adventist Hospital. He has held various positions in the Ministry of health and was
previously	a	District	Health	Officer	heading	a	district	health	management	team.
Dr. Paul Nyangasi Oduwo is a surgeon and the medical superintendent at Tudor
District	 Hospital	 and	 formerly	 the	 Medical	 Officer	 at	 Port	 Reitz	 District	 Hospital	 in	
Mombasa. He is a consultant at the Pandya Hospital in Mombasa in the outpatient and
Casualty units.

Placement Requirements
 •	 Students must show evidence of enrollment in a nursing / medical program
 •	 For	medical	camps	Doctors	must	show	proof 	of 	medical	qualification	e.g	certificates	
    of 	qualification	or	copies	of 	practitioners’	license
 •	 A	letter	from	the	school/college	showing	they	are	bona	fide	students	at	that	institution
 •	 Duly completed online application form
 •	 A non refundable deposit of $300 that is deductible from the total program fee
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 •	 Full payment of program fee 3 (three) months prior to starting the program
 •	 Must be at least 18 years of age
 •	 Premedical and post baccalaureate student applications are considered on a case by
    case basis.

Logistics
We undertake all logistical arrangements once a deposit of $300 has been made. This
includes getting clearance from the government to allow the student to participate on
the program as well as obtaining admission letters for placement to the respective health
facilities. The balance of payment is due for settlement 3 (three) months prior to starting
the program.

Travel
While students and visiting doctors make their own travel arrangements from their
respective countries, we organize local travel from the moment students arrive in the
country. This includes airport pick up, daily transportation to the health facilities as well
as a trip to the Maasai Mara game reserve or any other attraction that the students may
opt for in their country of choice. Students are advised to send copies of their travel
itinerary as well as copies of their passports to Elective Africa in advance. Entry visa
applications can be made at the immigration desk at the airport or from the respective
embassies in the home country prior to travelling. An entry visa costs approximately
$50 and is payable in cash at the immigration desk. Checks, credit or debit cards are
not accepted. Students are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that will
cover medical evacuation and or repatriation to the country of origin.

Accommodation
We provide accommodation at a shared housing facility that accommodates 6-8 students.
The housing facility is gated and fenced to enhance security and is under 24/ 7 security
surveillance. In some cases we also organize home stays where students live with local
residents. This is an opportunity to interact with local communities and learn a new
way of life, language and culture. Bed linen and mosquito nets are provided. Guests
are required to bring their own towels. Laundry services are provided but students are
required to wash their personal clothing. However, if one needs their clothes washed,
an independent hand-washing and line-drying laundry service is available on site at a
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negotiated fee.
For doctors coming on the medical camp program, alternative accommodation
arrangements can be made for private accommodation at their own cost.



Food
Participants are provided with two meals per day, breakfast and dinner, and snacks are
available all day. There is always food in the fridge and a microwave for the days when a
participant is in the house during lunch hours. We also have ample supply of cold cuts
and	fixings	for	sandwiches.	The	house	is	always	stocked	with	breakfast	items	–	bread,	
eggs,	coffee,	tea,	milk,	cereal,	fruits	–	for	students	to	fix	their	own	breakfast.	For	dinner,	
a chef prepares and serves a meal daily. The menu has variety to accommodate all kinds
of preferences – meats, vegetables, rice, pasta, grains – with a touch of local cuisine. The
chef is always open to suggestions and will readily accommodate all reasonable requests.
There are several eateries where students can visit at their own expense whenever they
want to eat out. Several fast food restaurants also deliver western style burgers and pizzas.
Students with special dietary needs (allergies, lactose intolerance, diabetes, vegetarian) are
advised to inform their coordinator well in advance for special arrangements to be made.
Depending	on	the	housing	set	up,	there	will	be	a	BBQ	on	the	first	and	last	Friday	of 	the	
month. These BBQs also double up as welcome and farewell dinners for the incoming
and outgoing groups, respectively.




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The Safari




                             Wildebeests in the Maasai Mara
We offer all our participants an opportunity to join their colleagues on a Safari to the
world famous Masai Mara, for those whose placements are in Kenya. In the rare occasion
where	participants	do	not	fill	a	van,	participants	will	go	on	Safari	with	other	travelers.	
Going on a safari organized by us will be substantially cheaper than organizing a safari
yourself. The safari is offered at cost to our participants, with no mark-up.
For a supplement of USD 200.00, we offer a group of participants the following:
 •	 A tour van with roof top viewing
 •	 All transportation costs to and from the game reserve
 •	 An experienced English speaking driver guide
 •	 Accommodation for two nights in a two people shared camp in the game reserve
 •	 Food while on the two day safari in the game reserve


The participant will be responsible for the following:

 •	 Park entry fees for the safari – USD 60 per day, totaling USD 120 for the two nights
 •	 All food and drinks after leaving our housing facility and before entering the game
    reserve. And all food and drinks after leaving the game reserve and before returning
    our housing facility
 •	 Any overnight accommodation needed after leaving the housing facility and before
    entering the game reserve, and any overnight accommodation needed after leaving
    the game reserve and before returning to the housing facility. Participants are free to
    choose whatever type of accommodation they want, but we typically recommend a

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   value hotel that is very safe and clean, and costs about USD 23 per night. So if you
   do spend a night in Nairobi before and after the safari, this will add up to USD 46.




                            Students on safari in the Maasai Mara

Other Attractions

For students on placement in other countries: Tanzania, Zambia or Malawi, there are
various attractions to visit for example a visit to Zanzibar, a visit to the famous Lake
Malawi or a visit to the Victoria falls (Livingstone) in Zambia. The options in these
countries	may	vary	depending	on	the	season,	please	confirm	with	your	coordinator.


Student Checklist
•	 Up to date immunizations including yellow fever – please see your physician for
   advice
•	 Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended
•	 A valid visa that will allow one entry into the country- can be obtained at the port
   of entry
•	 A valid passport for at least six months from the date of arrival
•	 A return air ticket
•	 Comprehensive travel Insurance

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•	 White coat / Scrubs
•	 Stethoscope
•	 Spotlight
•	 Towel
•	 Insect repellent
•	 Sunscreen
•	 Toiletries
•	 Power adapter
•	 Hairdryers and shavers
•	 Hat
•	 Sunglasses
•	 Hand sanitizer




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Testimonials
Cassanne Eccleston, Charles Sturt University Australia, August, 2010
                                    “Doing a medical elective in Kenya was an eye
                                    opening experience. I got to see the developing
                                    world health system and range of tropical diseases
                                    not normally prevalent in Australia. I got to learn
                                    and perform skills like administering injections,
                                    catheters and suturing patients. I was also able
                                    to take part in the examining, differentials,
                                    diagnosing and formulating treatment plans. The
                                    highlight for me would have to be the amazing
                                    new friends I have made and the motivation I
                                    have taken back home. I would recommend this
                                    program to anyone considering it.”

Ida W. Bjorntvedt , Oslo , Norway , August, 2010
“Elective Africa is a highly educative program for all medical students. If you have
special	interests	in	fields	like	Obsterics/gyn,	general	surgery	and	tropical	medicine	this	
is a very good program. The experience I had in Mombasa has been memorable and I
highly recommend Elective Africa to everyone who is considering applying.”

Michelle Carey,Leigh-on-Sea, UK, August, 2010
“I want to say I think it is a fantastic program …I did the senior program so what I
wanted out of an African elective program was plenty of hands on experience and to
get the opportunity to see tropical / unusual diseases we would not see in the UK. And I
got both of these. Coast is a brilliant hospital to be placed at. It probably helps that it is
a teaching hospital, so many Kenyan students were there too, but it means you get taught
by knowledgeable, enthusiastic and relevant staff.”

Drew Hulse , Kansas , United States , July, 2010
“Overall the experience I’ve had in Mombasa and with the other students has been
memorable. I have made some great new friends and will hopefully be able to visit them
when we all return back to the states.”



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Jennifer Bess , MD , United States , July 1, 2010
“Once again, thanks so much for all you do. I had a wonderful, enriching experience and
look forward to folding what I learned into my courses.”

Natalie & Ingvild , Warsaw , Poland , July 1, 2010
“Our	first	week	at	the	hospital	is	completed.	It	has	been	a	week	I	will	definitely	remember	
for	the	rest	of 	my	life,	both	in	good	and	bad	ways.	Just	after	this	first	week,	we	have	
learned so much that it feels like we have been here much longer.”




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Frequently Asked Questions
What Medical Advice do I need?

Students should get the latest medical advice on inoculations and malaria prevention
before coming to Kenya. Malaria risk exists all year round. Immunization against yellow
fever, polio and typhoid are usually recommended, but please consult your physician
prior to travel

Is it safe to volunteer in Africa?

One of the key reasons for using Elective Africa to facilitate and organize your elective or
volunteering in Africa is that we take all measures to ensure your safety abroad. African
people are friendly and warm towards foreigners.

Do you cater for groups or other specialist volunteers such as
professionals?

Yes we do. All of our programs are suitable for groups or individuals. We can also tailor
the program to suit group or individual preferences. So whether you are a corporate
group,	a	researcher	or	a	student	seeking	to	volunteer	in	a	specific	area,	we	will	design	a	
program	that	will	meet	your	specific	requirements.

Can I do more than one placement?

Yes you can. This is especially so for volunteers on the Gap Year and Internship program
or those who would like to volunteer for more than 3 months.

What happens when we first arrive?

This depends on your arrival airport. Our representative will be on hand to meet you,
participants are advised to send their travel itinerary to Elective Africa ahead of time.

What if I have a domestic connecting flight?

Participants are advised to go through immigration and then pick their luggage and
proceed	to	the	domestic	departures	for	their	connecting	flights.


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What if I arrive in the night and need to travel to another city for my
placement?

We	 have	 specific	 hotels	 where	 we	 take	 our	 participants	 for	 overnight	 stays.	 Our	
representative will be on hand to pick you and check you into the hotel. If students have
to proceed on a long bus journey we recommend a two nights stay to allow for enough
rest	after	a	long	flight.

Where will I stay?

Our volunteers typically live in a shared student house and upon request with a Kenyan
host family. Most students prefer to stay at the shared house as this gives them an
opportunity to interact and meet new friends. The home stays on the other hand offer
an opportunity to learn more about African communities and cultures. We make efforts
whenever	 possible	 to	 accommodate	 specific	 requests	 that	 a	 volunteer	 may	 have	 with	
regards to their preferred accommodation.

Do I have to speak the local languages?

No you do not. You will get a long extremely well with just English. However, it is helpful
to learn some basic words and phrases commonly used. This will be covered during the
training and orientation program.

Tell me about African food.

Foods served during your placement period include traditional African meals like ugali
and sukuma wiki (corn meal and collard greens), githeri (maize and beans), irio as well as
chapattis	(flat	bread).	African	meals	also	consist	of 	other	universal	dishes	such	as	beef,	
chicken,	fish,	rice	 and	 pasta.	Breakfast	usually	consists	of 	 bread,	eggs	and	 tea.	Fruits	
and vegetables are plenty in Africa and feature frequently in menu preparations. Locally
grown coffee and tea are common beverages.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Africa?

No. It is generally recommended that you drink bottled water during your stay. You can
buy bottled water from any supermarket and most shops. The most common water-
borne diseases in Africa are typhoid, cholera, amoebiasis and dysentery. We have a
constant supply of bottled clean water in the water cooler in our student housing.
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How can I communicate with home when abroad?

Local sim cards can be readily purchased for your mobile phones upon arrival. Alternatively,
there are several internet cafes around town where you can get internet access.

Is it possible to stay longer?

Yes. We can normally increase time at a project, and accommodation at short notice. You
must, however, be aware that a longer stay may necessitate a visa extension and extra
costs.

What’s not included in the price?

Domestic	flights,	insurance	and	costs	of 	getting	your	visa	are	not	included.	Additionally,	
if you choose the Safari supplement, the park entrance fee, meals to and from the safari
and any overnight stays before or after the safari are not included in your trip. The safari
supplement includes only the following:

Full cost of transportation by van to and from the game reserve
Two nights’ accommodation and food while on the actual safari in the game reserve
A driver guide and van

How do I get a Visa?

Visas can be obtained on arrival at the Airport. All foreigners require a passport and a
visa to enter the country.

Visa Note: Visas can be obtained by most nationalities on arrival for a fee of US$50.00
which is valid for a period of three months and must be paid in a convertible currency.
We however strongly encourage our volunteers to obtain their visas before they depart
from their country as it is more convenient and saves time.

When is my placement fully confirmed?

Once you have paid a reservation deposit of $300 (non-refundable, but can always
be credited to your placement account whenever you decide to come for any of our
programs).	When	possible,		final	payment	should	be	made	in	full	at	least	3	months	prior	

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to your arrival for your program. A lot of work is done prior to your arrival – arranging
airport pick up, securing your accommodation, getting any required hospital, regulatory
or government permits.

What clothes will i use in the Hospital?
Medical or Pre Medical Students are required to come with their Lab Coats or Scrubs.

Can i use my credit card on Arrival?
There are several bank ATM facilities that accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard.)
these are found at the Airport or at various locations across Town.

What if I am vegetarian?

We offer a wide food variety that caters even for vegetarians. We just need to know your
special needs in advance.

Where can I go shopping?

There are various shopping outlets with a selection of shopping malls and/ supermarkets
that will cater for most of your shopping needs. While out shopping, do not wear
expensive clothing and excessive jewelry. Avoid dark or isolated alleys and always take
a taxi after dark. Do not carry a lot of cash on you that may attract petty theft. It is
however safe to shop in most parts of the city. We shall recommend and guide you
regarding appropriate areas to shop and visit during your placement.

What other safety issues should I be aware of?

Due to the poverty levels in the developing world, you are likely to be more fortunate
than most local people you meet. You will probably attract souvenir hawkers as well as
street children and beggars in smaller towns. Be sure to take some precautions such as:
 •	   Have a copy of your passport and keep it in your luggage.
 •	   Do not walk on your own at night in the major cities.
 •	   Do not wear excessive or expensive jewelry.
 •	   Do not carry a lot of cash with you.
 •	   Limit the gadgets you carry with you: a small camera, phone, iPod

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 •	    Wear	a	money	belt	that	fits	under	your	clothes.
 •	    More safety issues will be discussed during your orientation.

What clothing is appropriate?

Bring along some comfortable, casual and semi-casual clothing such as sweat shirts,
shorts, jeans, skirts and any other clothing that you would ordinarily wear. Include warm
clothing for cold nights, especially if you volunteer in the rainy season (April to May) or
the cold season (June and July).

When out in the community, it is good to follow local etiquette. Dressing in the cities is
quite	liberal.	However,	approach	it	with	cultural	sensitivity	in	mind	and	you	will	be	fine.	
Avoid	excessively	flashy	or	revealing	items.	Please	ask	when	you	are	not	sure	on	what	is	
appropriate.

Bring comfortable walking shoes such as sports shoes. It is also advised to carry a pair
of open-toed sandals, especially for those who will be volunteering in the hot season
(December	 to	 February;	 August	 to	 September).	 Carry	 a	 few	 smart	 outfits	 for	 special	
occasions that you might be part of e.g. dinners or parties.

What do I need to pack?

Volunteers need to bring their own towels, toiletries and other personal effects. Please
note that volunteers are responsible for their own laundry. It is safe to bring your hair
dryers, shavers and other electrical products.
Other suggested items:
      •	   Malaria tablets; consult your doctor
      •	   Adapter plugs and converters for electrical appliances
      •	   Moisturizing cream and sunscreen lotion
      •	   Insect repellent (e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, OFF, etc.)
      •	   Basic medical kit (e.g. aspirins, band aids, Imodium, antiseptic cream, and anti-
           histamine cream, etc.)
      •	   A journal to document your experience



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What about the electricity supply for laptops, hairdryers etc?

The	 electricity	 supply	 in	 Kenya	 is	 220/240	 volts/50	 Hz	 (240V	 50	 Hz	 D	 &	 G).	 The	
electric sockets are three-pin square. Countries with different voltages and frequencies
will need a power converter. It is important to check this as incorrect use may damage
your equipment. Check your electrical equipment to see if you will need a power
converter and/or a plug adapter. Volunteers may purchase power converters in their
home countries or on arrival. For plug adapters, these are widely available in shops and
supermarkets all over the country. We advise volunteers to purchase them after arrival in
the	country	and	after	confirming	what	type	of 	sockets	they	have	in	their	accommodation.	




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                              Elective Evaluation Form
NOTE: Emphasis on supervision and evaluation is a key differentiator and credibility
factor for Elective Africa as a facilitator of electives. Every participant, depending on their
program, is evaluated by the supervising physician or nurse under whose supervision they
worked. We use this form as our generic evaluation form. However, given that each school
has it own unique needs, we prefer that students bring their own evaluation forms or have
them emailed to us at info@electiveafrica.com so that we complete and mail them back.


Student’s Name (Last, First):  ____________________________________________
Elective Name: _________________ Elective Dates From / To: _____________________
Name	&	Title	of 	Supervisor	Completing	Form:	    ___________________________________
Supervisor’s	Address	&	Tel:	   ___________________________________________________
Frequency of Contact with Student: _____________________________________________
                                    Student Performance
•   Exceeds Expectations (EE):          Consistently and clearly exceeds expectations
•   Meets Expectations (ME):            Usually meets expectations and is improving
•   Does	Not	Meet	Expectations(DE):		   Usually	does	not	meet	expectations	&	is	not	improving
•   N/A (NA):                           No basis for evaluation
                                                             EE       ME       DE        NE
Attitude and Work Effort
  Student attendance and effort put
  Patient Relationship
  Relationship with professionals
  Overall effort
Clinical Skills and Effort
  Interview
  Examination
  Judgment
  Oral skills
		Written	skills	&	accuracy
Requisite Knowledge
  Basic Science
  Clinical Science
Overall Rating

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Elective Africa requires that the supervisor and the student have a formal feedback at
the end of the elective period. Did this take place?
YES:_________ NO:____________
ANY COMMENTS:




Name of Supervisor: _______________________________________________
Signature of Supervisor: _____________________________________________
                                    Our Contacts

Mombasa, Kenya               Nairobi, Kenya                 Princeton, US
Lantana Drive                Machera Court # D4             30 Lockwood Dr
Links Road, Nyali            Komo Lane off Wood Avenue,     Princeton, NJ 08540
P.O.Box,40195-80100,         Kilimani                       United States
Mombasa, Kenya               P.O Box 100158                 Tel: 609 643 0188
                             (00101) Jamia, Nairobi-Kenya




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