Take care of the world.
Take care of the world.
The Medicine Project is one of our special programs that aims to provide third year medicine students in the Netherlands with the opportunity to experience healthcare in Uganda, Ghana or Tanzania. By exposing medicine students to healthcare in a different cultural setting, the project aims to develop responsible and internationally engaged future health advocates.
We select highly motivated and skillful medical students to take part in the Medicine Project. Before their medical internship in Africa, students are offered various intensive workshops and trainings to prepare them to the African environment. These include e.g. goal setting, skills, tropical cases and fundraising. Hereafter, students go on their medical internship in a hospital in Uganda, Ghana or Tanzania. At their return, they are stimulated to share and reflect on their experience by means of a reintegration program.
Medicine Project Timeline
I can’t describe how Uganda differs from the Netherlands, but it is an entirely different world. Our house was situated in a slum. ‘Our street’ was composed of huts, fruit stalls, goats and a lot of playing children. It was incredibly special to live there. The fact that we lived in a slum, made us more aware of the real African way of living. After a few weeks, we knew where to buy the most delicious bananas, the best chapatti and the cheapest pineapple, we almost felt like locals.
Participating in the Medicine Project in Ghana was the most amazing experience I have ever had and maybe ever will have. I spent six weeks in the SDA Hospital in Kumasi. Every week I joined a different ward where I was more than welcome. Besides the work in the hospital I went to two different orphanages, both with 70 people, to provide them with hepatitis B vaccinations. Amazing to do something for these disabled kids and victims of social disabled families. In the end I can say I have seen all different parts and social layers of Ghana and I will carry all these memories with me for the rest of my life.
What are the costs for the Medicine Project?
When applying for the Medicine Project, you have to pay a fee of €299, which represents the regular AIESEC fee. In return, you get a complete guidance from a student coach as well as a preparation and reintegration program. A small supplement might be required to provide students with the sufficient preparation workshops and trainings, but this will be no more than €20.
Travel and living costs are at the participant’s own expenses. Of course, the costs of living in Ghana, Uganda or Tanzania are much lower than in the Netherlands. Housing and airport pick-up is provided by the local AIESEC committee in the country of destination. Possibly, a supplement can be asked for the security and accommodation preparations by the hosting country. The most recent estimation would be an additional €100-150 for a 6-8 week stay. This needs to be discussed with the AIESEC committee before departure of the participant. Extra costs are to be taken into account if the participant has not yet had the required vaccinations (can be approximately €190).
What can I expect from the selection procedure?
The selection runs in two phases: one consisting of a review of your motivation letter and CV, and one consisting of competence-testing exercises and an interview following the CORE method. This method appeals to your passed experiences to assess your compatibility with the project and its several aspects.
How long will I be abroad?
You will be abroad for 6 to 8 weeks, without including any extra time to travel the country by yourself.
Can I also leave for a project after summer?
Yes, it is also possible to do the actual project after summer before starting your master/internships in the Netherlands. However, there are limits: you cannot postpone starting your project to the next year. If you want to leave between November and February, you can join the Winter edition of the project. Also, it is important to notice that you must have participated in the preparation program to be allowed to take part in the project. It is therefore not possible to participate in the Medicine Project once applications have closed. The application deadline can be found elsewhere on this page.
When will the preparation days take place?
The preparation days will take place on Saturdays during May and June. Make sure that you are able to attend these days before you apply!
The Medicine Project team consists of three enthusiastic members, who volunteer part time to facilitate transformational experiences for medicine students across the Netherlands.
The Medicine Project team consist of:
Merel Stevens- Medicine Project Manager
Joyce Grul – Medicine Project Manager
Ansgar Hedderich – Medicine Project Manager
Egid van Bree – Vice President Global Volunteer Program
If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to contact us:
AIESEC Maastricht, The Netherlands
Regarding: Medicine Project
Bonnefantenstraat 2, Room C-1.05 & -1.09
6211 KL Maastricht
Tel: +31 (0)43 388 4903