Elective Medical Placement


Our roots in Africa mean we have strong relationships with the medical community in Uganda, so we are able to arrange suitable opportunities for elective medical placements. The hospitals you will be placed in have a long history of working with student medics, so the lead doctors are well aware of what you will want to get out of the experience and the challenges you will face. As well as meeting some inspirational medical professionals the placement will give you an insight into how healthcare sector works in Uganda and first experience of dealing with tropical medical diseases. Your trip will end with a chance to see some of the most amazing wildlife Africa has to offer.


Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by one of the Sandfield Travel team. They will take you to your accommodation and give you chance to settle into the city.

DAY 2 – 12

Placement at Iganga Hospital. After being shown round and introduced to the doctors and nurses on your first day, you will spend working with and learning from the experienced and inspirational team. The doctors have worked with many medical students and they always welcome questions and the chance to teach others.

DAY 13 – 21

Your next placement will give you experience of healthcare in smaller towns and remote villages of the Mityana district. You will work with and observe doctors to get an experience of the challenges they face, and a understanding of the work you’re about to embark on.

DAY 22 – 25

A few days to work with the team at the hospital in Kampala, as well as experience more of the rich culture of Uganda, including a stay at Ndere Cultural Centre.

DAY 26

The start of your wildlife adventure will take you to Murchison Falls National Park in North West Uganda. On your way, you will pass through a wide variety of landscapes and see communities doing their day-to-day activities, before arriving for a game drive in the early afternoon.

Day 27

An early morning game drive will provide a good opportunity to see the predators, as well as other animals like warthog, hyena, giraffe, elephant and many more. After lunch you will go for the boat trip from Paraa to the foot of Murchison Falls lasting 3hours, enabling you to hippos, crocodiles and lots of bird life in their natural habitat.

Day 28

After breakfast you will drive to the top of the magnificent Murchison Falls. We will stop for lunch in Masindi before heading back to Kampala.

DAY 29

Our experienced guide will take you through the sights and sounds of this amazing city. Meet people renowned for their friendliness and visit the cultural sites such as the Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs, Nakasero Market, Namirembe Cathedral, Kibuli Mosque, Kabaka’s lake and more, before enjoying a traditional Uganda style lunch at a local favourite restaurant.

DAY 30

Say farewell to the friends you have made and the country that has been your home for the last month as you drive to the airport for departure.