pre-med volunteer program abroad

Why join a pre-med volunteer program abroad

Everyone has been there. I am talking about the beginning of their careers. The pre-med volunteer program provides opportunities for people that are starting in the health field and of course people on the pre-med career path.

pre-med volunteer

What is exactly pre-med?

The pre-med stage is where people interested in studying medicine prepare themselves for this long and intensive career through a major. There is no ¨pre-med¨ major, perse, this is merely a related major to health sciences that show that someone is interested in studying medicine.

People in the pre-med stage have to choose carefully what they major in and what classes they take to get accepted into medical school.

Some common pre-requisites include classes like biology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, Math, and others. The pre-requisites for classes vary from medical school to medical school making it even a little trickier. 

Here is good in depth article on how to choose a major that is best for Pre-med.

So while you are in the pre-med stage, why join a health volunteer program? and why abroad?


A Pre-med volunteer program abroad-

Among the many academic requisites from U.S universities to become a licensed doctor, schools also look at field experience that is related to health. This is where volunteering abroad in a medical or health program becomes a big factor in being accepted into medical school.

By joining the pre-med volunteer program, students get hands-on experience in a clinical setting that not only provides valuable education but also rack extra points for medical school. But why volunteer abroad? Volunteering abroad in a pre-med focused program has many advantages over volunteering in your home country like:

  1. Provide a more direct experience where help is scarce.

  2. Have a humanitarian approach to your program.

  3. Meet other people from very different cultures, both from your host country and other volunteers.

  4. Learning a new language.

  5. Learning about a different health system.

  6. Assisting doctors and nurses with patients whose conditions have been eradicated in the vast majority of the world.

  7. Ease of application.

You can join the health volunteer program with Integrated Learning Experiences in Peru, Costa Rica, or Guatemala. Depending on your location you can assist doctors and nurses in rural health clinics, chronic pain clinics, or small clinics inside bigger institutions like assisted living facilities or schools.

You can see in further detail our healthcare volunteer program and choose what is right for you.

If you are looking to get accepted into medical school, volunteering in the health program is a great choice that will bring valuable experience, look good on your resume and help people that need it.

If you are in the advanced stages of your medical or nursing career or are a healthcare professional you can opt for the medical internship program or the nursing internship program where you will have more firsthand practice working in larger clinics or hospitals with more responsibility.

Note:This article focuses on the U.S educational system, and this varies from country to country.

Why to volunteer as a senior abroad?

Why should you volunteer abroad as Senior?

Many people think that volunteering abroad is for young adventurous people trying to gain perspective on the world. While this is also true, volunteering programs abroad are also a great fit for seniors. This is because of their time availability, experience, good criteria, and enhanced empathy.

Here are some of our reasons why we love seniors that volunteer!

Senior volunteer abroad

Senior volunteers have time

 Seniors are usually retired, making time plentiful. Not only time availability is good for senior volunteering abroad, but flexibility as well plays a big role in how that time is spent. Seniors can choose to come at the best times or when there are fewer volunteers and more help is needed. Also, seniors can easily change their plans with fewer restrictions as their kids are grown up and they don´t have a boss waiting for them to get back to work.

Senior volunteers have experience

Seniors joining a volunteer program have a lot to give to their project in the form of experience. Seniors had a lifetime of valuable professional experience and can contribute it to their project in a deeper way by training staff, help strategize or create better and improved workflows.

INLEX has had quite a few volunteers over 50 that have made a significant contribution to their projects by implementing new and better ways of doing things and strengthening the project staff itself with new tools to accomplish this. 

A great example of this is of an Irish volunteer in his mid 60’s who was a principal most of his life and joined to volunteer at a rural school in Guatemala. During his time volunteering, he was able to implement a better time management structure for teachers, a more efficient line of communication, and a system to encourage students that were excelling in their performance. All over the course of 10 weeks.

Senior volunteers have a good criteria

Years living on this earth tend to give individuals a better thought process and improved decision-making skills. Senior volunteers are very independent and tend to have a very sound judgment on their work. Projects love seniors, as they don´t have to look after their work so often.

Senior volunteers are very empathic

People that volunteer, in general, are very empathic, however, we see that seniors are even better at understanding other people´s situations. They are able to be more understanding of the people they help. Empathy helps a long way when making connections with people.

Their experience, criteria, empathy, and flexibility are some of the reasons why we love seniors that volunteer. Are you over 50 and looking to travel abroad and make a difference?

Volunteers can choose from programs in:

And did you know that according to a recent study volunteering may be healthy and improve your quality of life?