Medical Shadowing in Hospitals

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Observe medical procedures side-by-side to doctors, surgeons and nurses
Rotate through all major departments and customized according to the intern’s area of medical interest
Up to 40 hours per week in state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics
Ethical, medical and surgical shadowing, compliant with AAMC guidelines
Opportunity to explore Greece
Shadow doctors & nurses in Greek hospitals for up to 40 hours per week. Rotate between different departments, clinics & surgeries. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This is an in-country shadowing program with provided shared housing and local team support.

Interns will have the opportunity to observe medical procedures side-by-side doctors, surgeons, nurses and other staff and participate in the daily routine, across various departments and specialties. The shadowing program is designed to rotate through all major departments and can be customized according to the intern’s area of medical interest. The medical team is mostly trained or worked abroad in the UK or USA, eliminating any language barriers and offering international expertise.

This program is important as it offers pre-med, pre-health & graduates students the opportunity to gain top quality experience interning in the medical field. Interns will get to see the health care differences between countries, all medical specialties that a hospital can offer and be able to decide on their future career path. With valuable experience, you’ll develop your skills and understanding of different medical professions.

Department Rotation:
Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Dialysis, Emergency Room, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Hematopathology, Intensive Care Unit, Nuclear Medicine, Orofacial Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Oncology, Pediatrics, Pneumology, Radiology

Typical day

At the start of each week a shadowing schedule is drafted between you and the coordinating doctor to rotate through all major departments.

Your day will begin at 9am following your shadowing schedule and see clinics, surgeries and diagnostics with the medical staff explaining everything in English. Expect to end your shadowing each day at around 4-5pm depending on surgery duration and clinic rotations.

Free-time activities

The placement takes place inside the vibrant city of Athens where many cultural events and activities take place. You have the chance to explore the historical sites of Athens or spent time at beaches around it. During your weekends you can travel to nearby cities, towns or take the ferry to one of the hundreds of picturesque islands.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Education Requirements
At least one year of undergraduate study completed, with a relevant scientific major such as biology, chemistry, neuroscience, behavioral sciences, physics etc. at College level
Required Documents
CV, Passport copy, Profile Photo and Vaccination Certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Interns must have a genuine interest in medicine and commitment to observation of both surgical and non surgical procedures
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

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To apply for this internship, its quick, easy and free!

We will review your application and if we accept you on this internship we will ask for you to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The remaining of your internship fees (less your initial deposit payment) will be due no less than 30 days before your internship start date.

Airport Pickup at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

Internships start on Mondays and you will have the choice to participate in the program between a minimum of 2 weeks or up to a maximum of 24 weeks.

The program fees include a free airport pickup on Sunday before the start date on Monday. To qualify for the free pickup interns are required to arrive between 9am-6pm. At the airport interns will be welcomed and transferred to their housing. For interns arriving at an earlier date, a pickup maybe provided if requested and subject to availability.

COVID: All interns in this program must be vaccinated before arrival. For all participants a negative PCR test can be arranged upon arriving on Sunday at your own cost (€50). In addition every week 1-2 PCR/Rapid tests will be required and conducted at the hospital following strict government regulations and you will be notified by the hospital if any change occurs.

The accommodation is fully furnished (single or double beds), with WiFi, shared with 1-6 other same-sex interns, and located in safe areas with easy access to public transport and close to the hospital. The last night at the accommodation is Friday night in the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Extra nights of accommodation or private apartments can be arranged in advance, if requested and subject to availability.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) in Athens. We assist you to find cheap flights to Greece.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Greece provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Greece you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Greece.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The program operates throughout the year. 
Internships start on Mondays and have the choice to participate to a program between a minimum of 2 weeks or up to a maximum of 24 weeks.

The program fee includes a free airport pickup on Sunday before the start date on Monday. To qualify for the free pickup, interns are required to arrive between 9am-6pm. At the airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your housing. For interns arriving at an earlier time, a pick-up service can be provided upon request and subject to availability.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$737 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Cerca Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Cerca Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Medical Shadowing in Hospitals

Shadow doctors & nurses in Greek hospitals for up to 40 hours per week. Rotate between different departments, clinics & surgeries.


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