Gap Medics in India

Medical Electives Abroad : Discover India 

Quick Overview

Medical electives abroad are suitable for medical students and pre-med students from any background or discipline and can provide them with invaluable, hands on work experience. Our medical gap year program will enable you to learn about healthcare and medicine on an international level and within a completely different setting, and the experience will not only enhance your career by opening new opportunities but it will also expand your mind and broaden your horizons.

Based in either Kerala, South India or Kolkata East India, our medical elective program will allow you to fully immerse yourself in a whole new culture whilst getting essential work experience to grow and develop within your field, no matter what you discipline is.

Taking your medical gap year abroad will give you the chance to work in a structured and supervised environment whilst getting the opportunity to travel, sightsee and meet new people along the way.

What’s Involved

This four week medical elective experience gives you the opportunity to work for the first three weeks in one of two amazing locations in India, and the final one weeks will be for travel. You can choose your medical placement in Kerala, South India where you will have a chance to live in the beautiful area of Fort Kochi or you can be in the bustling historical city of Kolkata, East India. Your one week tour will take you to the grand capital of Delhi, the glorious city of Agra and to the magical Taj Mahal.

During this elective program you will be working in hospitals and clinics in poor, run down areas getting hands-on training under the supervision of our expert medical teams. Our medical discover India program is suitable for both pre-med and medical students, and will give you the unique opportunity to learn more about healthcare and medicine in the developing world. Get training on an international level and do meaningful travel by giving back to communities as you explore incredible India!

All The Details

Kochi, South India

Kolkata, East India

Medical 4 Weeks (3 Weeks Medical Placement and 1 Week Travel)
2017 2018
8th July 7th July
5th August 4th August

All our prices are in GBP £. If you are not from the UK please convert the below to your own using the current exchange rates.

4 WEEKS: Medical Volunteering 3 Weeks  & North India Tour 1 week £1549

What’s Included?

Medical Placement includes:

    1. Placement fees to medical institutions
    2. Supervisor at your place of work.
    3. Your Accommodation: You will live in our volunteers house or a local guest house.
    4. 24/7 Emergency local numbers
    5. Transport to sites on local public transport
    6. Area Orientation on arrival
    7. Recommendation or certificates of completion (upon request)

North India Tour Includes:

  1. Domestic Flight to Delhi from Kolkata or Kerala
  2. 3* Hotel Accommodation and daily breakfast at coffee shop or restuarant
  3. All transfers and sightseeing
  4. Air Conditioned vehicle tranport
  5. Vehicle Costs, Fuel charges and other permits
  6. English speaking guide in Agra and Delhi
  7. Assistance by our rep on arrival and departure
  8. All government taxes

Whats not Included :

  1. Flights to the program destination
  2. Medical and travel insurance
  3. Visa costs
  4. Vaccinations
  5. Personal shopping and gratuities
  6. Local excursions
  7. Lunch and Dinner (budget £2 a day for this)

North India Tour Excludes:

  1. Any Monument entrance fees
  2. Personal shopping, laundry and telephone bills
  3. Gratuities to guide and driver
  4. Lunch and Dinner

Local Team

Geetha Raj: Kerala Program Manager

Volunteering Journeys Kerala Team Geetha

Geetha is the backbone of our programs in Kerala. Her friendliness, generosity and warmth towards every volunteer will leave you feeling extra special. Having worked as local journalist for almost 10 years, Geetha grew a passion for community development work is very forward thinking. She is instrumental in Program development and is a born leader, giving you the direction you will need to succeed as a volunteer. Her team will look after all your needs from the time you enter Kerala to the time you leave. Geetha loves her ‘˜chai’ and she will go out of her way to take you to some of her favourite tea cafes!

Shalini Deo: Kolkata Program Manager


Shalini has spent a decade as a corporate trainer for language and behavioural skills for IT, banking to hospitality sectors. She is founder of New Agragati, a self help group which empowers 140 women by skill training and employment. Her passion to contribute to society introduced Shalini to us. She conducts cultural orientation and immersion programs, language courses and helps volunteers adjust better in India and particularly Kolkata. Shalini is basically super awesome to have around.

Getting There

  1. For Kerala your arrival airport is Cochin International Airport (COK)
  2. For Kolkata your arrival airport is Kolkata Airport (CCU) 
  3. Your  departure airport for your international flight home is Delhi Airport (DEL)
  4. For help with flights fill in this form
  5. We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive. Our Volunteer Guide will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
  6. Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
  7. Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
  8. We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to India. Goto to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
  9. We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
  10. For support on any of the above email us

Four Weeks Discover India

Week 1-3: Your medical placement gives you the option to join in Kerala, South India Or in Kolkata, East India. You will be working in local hospitals or clinics in your chosen area of medical interest. If you do not have any particular preference we will chose a rotation for you or allocate you to a ward that needs medical volunteer support. Expect to work 6-7 hours minimum. A doctor or supervisor will be allocated to you.

Week 4: You will begin your adventure in Delhi. Your 7 day tour will be:
Day 1 : Arrival in Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi Sightseeing
Day 3 : Delhi – Agra
Day 4 : Agra – Jaipur
Day 5 : Jaipur – Delhi
Day 6 : Free day in Delhi 
Day 7 : Depart home

What Happens When I Arrive?


Living Arrangements for Medical Students:

You will be staying in safe and comfortable shared accommodation, either in a guest house or within the hospital grounds. We encourage community living so your room will be shared but there is also the option to upgrade to a private room if you book this in advance to your arrival.

All rooms are equipped with a fan and modern en-suite bathroom facilities (air conditioned rooms also available upon request) and all housing will feature a kitchen area for preparing your own food. Meals are provided daily and this includes locally cooked dishes for breakfast and lunch. All project travel and transfers will be pre-arranged for your convenience.  

During tours you will be given comfortable and clean accommodation in hotels with breakfast included.


Health and Safety :

When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.

Volunteering Journeys Foundation:

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise for any of our community programs.


Why Volunteers Love Us!

  • ‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand.  I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks.  Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’

    Fiona Kirk
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  • ‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
    So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’

    Jemima Kershberg
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  • ‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’

    Glyn Owen
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  • “J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”

    Laura Prigogine
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  • ‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
    I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’


    Katie Parsons
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  • ‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’

    Elidith Cameron
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  • ‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’

    Jane Daniell
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  • ‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
    If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’

    Harminder Athwal
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  • “Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”

    Aimee Chirio
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  • ‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’

    Andrew Davies
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  • ‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’

    Bob- Family-Volunteering-Review
    Bob Macauley & Family
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