Medi Trip

Student Elective Clinical Assistant

Cape Town, South Africa show on map
founded in 2014
Coordinator | Pearl
Coordinator | Pearl
Complete your clinical elective and intern in an exciting and challenging healthcare environment. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:


  • Experience a life changing cultural journey to Africa.
  • Gain perspective of how developing nations keep their cultures alive in our modern fast changing world.
  • Become more passionate about healthcare and gain a sense of community!
  • Make memories you will never forget with people from all over the world sharing your experience with you.
  • See some of the most incredible nature scenes in the world, including the garden route, Table Mountain and more!

You may not be sure about your next step, thinking about taking a gap year or an elective/internship, South Africa may be the perfect place to reflect on your studies, bountiful opportunities to explore and develop yourself.

We are offering students placements in:

  • out patients
  • medical clinics
  • HIV clinics
  • social welfare

You will be orientated, supported and fully supervised and work with hardworking, passionate and caring teams.

Learn first hand the importance of global health and why it has become a high priority agenda to create  world wide collaboration to improve levels of poverty and poor health. This may be your very first step in becoming the change!

Medi Trip Placements

At Medi Trip we are distinguished in being able to use our healthcare experience and expertise to pick the most suitable settings for our students to experience. When you volunteer with Medi Trip, your placement would have been chosen specifically to suit your area of interest. Each of our placements are carefully assessed and selected for suitability to our professional volunteers, as well as how much contribution goes into the local health and social welfare. 

So what exactly is medical volunteering? 

It takes truly committed people to this abroad! With medical volunteering, you will be volunteering to work with patients or in a healthcare specific area on a voluntary basis. Unlike other types of volunteering, medical volunteering is a difficult, challenging and profound area. Medical volunteers will witness and experience things other volunteers never will or what they never would have at home. 

This can be a huge challenge as often times volunteers experience situations that can leave them feeling sad, shocked or confused. But for the most part volunteers are often left amazed at the resilience of their patients and at the skill and dedication of their new colleagues. It truly is a hugely moving experience and one most Medi Trippers never forget.

The Problem

Hospitals in South Africa are unlike those back home. Many government facilities are under resources without adequate medication or enough staff to deal with all the patients. There will be times when you are shocked by the conditions you see people have to endure to recieve what we might view as sub par care or basic care. 

Remember, with limited funding and very few resources the country endures a high mortality rate and frequent outbreaks of disease and one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV and AIDS. You will see a lot of suffering and you must have the ability to maintain your professionalism and remain strong minded and compassionate.

The Solution

Depending on your area of interest and your skills, you will be matched with an appropriate clinical area/hospital. The learning opportunities are bountiful as long as you stay focused and flexible in your approached.

Your role

You will be assigned a local clinic to work in where you will assist in the general care of unwell patients. Your role as a volunteer will require you to assist in monitoring, observing and tending to the patients healthcare needs. 

Medical volunteering is the most challenging and therefore requires people who are highly motivated, passionate and focused. This is also the most rewarding area given that you are contributing life saving skills where they are desperately needed.

Tasks and duties would be as follows:

  • Assist the medical staff assigned to you with their day-to-day schedule
  • Working in medical clinic with adults and children
  • As it is a government clinic it usually is at its busiest from 07:00am until 13:00pm. After this time it generally quiets down however you may decide if you would like to stay on and assist.
  • Assist clients with activities such as getting them from one service point to another
  • Weighing clients, holding babies/adults to be weighed
  • General assistance of medical staff where required and where experience and expertise follow
  • Could also concentrate on other areas within the clinic if not comfortable with the above tasks
  • Focus on special awareness and information programmes
  • You should also use your initiative at your project 

Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin very early, receiving a general and bedside handover of your patients. You will then be given supervised charge of a group of patients/patient list for the day and either observe or assist in managing the care and needs of those patients for the day.  Your day can be either very hectic and extremely challenging or slow and very quiet. You will need to be motivated, resilient and work well in a team in order to get the best out of your experience. 

Details on Arrival

Arrival dates are the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each Month with the exception of January and April due to public holidays. There are additional arrival dates during our busy periods.

Please note that all projects in Cape Town close down early December until mid January

Free-time activities

Cape Town has all the ingredients for an amazing adventure: sun, sea, shopping and thankfully, if hedonism’s your bag, quality clubs and spas too. Take a red bus city tour and enjoy the highlights and scenic views of this incredible city

Cape Town offers adventurous eaters tastes from across the African continent, be it Xhosa fare like samp (crushed maize used in porridge) and marog (African spinach), spongy injeras (flatbreads) from Ethiopia, or Cape Malay cuisine.

Savvy visitors know to come with a half-empty suitcase ready to fill up with well-priced buys for themselves, friends and families, a portion of which is reserved for African mementos. Visit the Pan African Market (a gem for Victorian tiling, old fok art, and custom-tailored garments) and Greenmarket Square (offers a full range of African folk art plus well-priced CDs and souvenir clothing) for a real-deal bargaining experience.

The fascinating and inspirational Robben Island is a symbol both of centuries of cruel oppression and the triumph of hope. It has become synonymous with the former leader of the free and democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years in its maximum security prison.

Volunteers will stay in the City in a volunteer house and enjoy choices of local restaurants as well as use local minibus transport to their volunteer project, for an authentic experience. As the team are from the local communities, they have extensive knowledge of the various communities of Cape Town and South Africa, which enables us to offer first-hand experience and advice of volunteering in the local communities. This will provide a real insight into Cape Town’s culture, history, landscape through orientation and local community placement and provide the opportunity for genuine interaction with the local people. 

Respect for the locals, their cultures, religion and environment are essential to operate a successful volunteer programme. All our Volunteers placed in the local community have to abide by our Code of Conduct by respecting the local culture. 

Volunteers also have the opportunity to explore the scenic beauty of South Africa whereby we offer tours of Cape Town and Western Cape. Local guides and agencies are used with the understanding to offer a true cultural experience. 

Water Sports

Program Requirements

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Health and Social Care related studies at High School diploma, Degree or relevant qualificationns level
Required Documents
CV, proof or registration (where applicable) and proof of eductation
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Direct patient care and contact would be a bonus. In interest in healthcare.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 13:00

Included Services

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Flex Option
Change your reservation at no extra costs
Refund Guarantee
We refund your fees if Medi Trip cancels your trip
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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Medi Trip.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Medi Trip (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Medi Trip


  • Placement in a suitable project 
  • Accommodation at the Volunteer House (Breakfast & Dinner only Monday-Friday, not including weekends)
  • Transfer from the airport to the volunteer house
  • Placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa
  • Orientation Programme, including Welcome Session and Orientation Session
  • Meals at Volunteer House
  • Access to email, internet and mail holding facility 
  • Bookings for tours and activities


  • Flights
  • Lunch during the weeks and meals over weekends for volunteers placed at the Volunteer House
  • Evening activities
  • Transport to and from the City
  • Transport to and from Projects
  • Airport shuttle back to the airport after completion of Programme
  • Additional cost for special dietary 
  • Visa 

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

Pick up point:

Cape Town International Airport


The volunteer house is situated in the heart of Cape Town near the local beach. You will have the opportunity to spend time with people from across the world who have come to achieve similar goals. The house has a house manager who will look after you and a fully staffed team from the community who will provide guidance and support during your stay. The house is close to nearby markets, restaurants and scenic sights not far from your project placement. 

The house has a fully functional kitchen. Washing machine for laundry, clean bathrooms and comfortable beds and living area. There is internet access throughout the house. 

Dorm Room Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
  • Breakfast & Dinner (only Monday-Friday, not including weekends)
    • Continental breakfast including tea & coffee
    • Basic dinner inc rice/vegetables/meat/salads
  • Lunch and meals over weekends for volunteers are not provided, Please make full use of the kitchen and feel at home to prepare any additional food to your liking.
  • Please let us know ahead of time if you have any special dietary requests.
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
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 South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 850
4 weeks
$ 1,175
6 weeks
$ 1,275
8 weeks
$ 1,600
10 weeks
$ 1,850
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,050
Average fees
$ 298 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Medi Trip will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
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 Medi Trip during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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