Elective Aid

Elective Aid

Location: Bangladesh
Dates: 28th July – 12th August 2019 (10 days, can vary within this)

The Elective Aid programme is an extraordinary opportunity for ambitious medical students to experience some of the world’s toughest global health challenges in Bangladesh. This year’s Global Health Leadership programme will include providing medical attention to some of the most underserved, rural areas in Bangladesh by supporting the delivery of health camps.

Participants can expect to gain a unique insight into medicine and global women’s health while harnessing team working skills with like-minded future health leaders.

Become a global health


The practice of medicine and surgery drastically differ from country to country. By completing an elective abroad in a developing country students have the opportunity immerse themselves in and learn from those countries’ healthcare practices and health challenges Students are able to witness first hand instances of uncommon diseases and their treatments. This offers Selfless’ Elective Aid volunteers unrivalled opportunity to observe how healthcare is delivered in low income settings.

The novel skills that Selfless Elective Aid volunteers gain from shadowing doctors, nurses and surgeons and working with patients in their own communities promote professional and personal development. Students are able gain new perspectives by the in-country clinicians’ and hospital’s work, providing healthcare though facilities are understaffed and lack resources. Through the creativity and innovation of those in-country healthcare professionals Elective Aid volunteers develop a deeper and more creative and unique outlook on how healthcare can be delivered.

If you’re interested in experiencing a radically new medical environment, gaining unique life skills and inspiring insights, why not apply?

Frequently asked questions

When is the deadline for applications?

5pm on 1st March 2019.

What happens after I press Apply?

The team will consider your CV and applications can progress to interview stage before an offer is made.

Who can apply?

You must hold a valid British passport. Preference will be given to UK medical students and physician associates. However, we are keen to engage all students and young people with an interest in global health. NHS managers are also encouraged to apply and their applications will be strongly considered. There are a maximum of 10 places available through a competitive process.

Is there a fundraising target?

Yes, your support helps us continue our activities abroad. Each volunteer is expected to raise £850 to help with the trip. We have found that previous participants have found this manageable. We provide support with fundraising activities. Financial limitations are always considered and should not prevent prospective volunteers from applying.

Are there additional costs?

In addition to the fundraising target, volunteers raise will need to cover the costs of flights and food during their stay.

How do the people of Bangladesh benefit?

Selfless is focused on developing global healthcare leaders. Our programmes work in collaboration with local healthcare providers to strengthen local healthcare systems.

How do Selfless volunteers benefit?

Elective Aid provides an unrivalled global health immersive experience and has been running since 2008. Previous Fellows have gone on to pursue varied careers but many maintain a global health interest either through healthcare management, innovation, research or leadership. We have supported Fellows with research proposals and projects where possible.

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  • Selfless gave me the opportunity to meet amazing young people who I will never forget and never would have met otherwise.

    Heather Lund Student
  • Working for Selfless led from one opportunity to another. I’ve since gone on to film and produce health related documentaries for major outlets like Channel 4.

    Ndubuisi Uchea Founder, Word On the Kerb
  • It’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when you’re busy with a 9 to 5, volunteering for Selfless helped broaden my horizons and bring everything back into perspective.

    Rose Wynter Civil Service
  • You can sit back and complain about the woes of the world but Selfless pushed me out the front door to actually go and do something to make it better.

    Dr Abdullatif Ghuwel Doctor
  • I can’t think of a time in my life where I felt so grateful for things I had as I did when I was in Bangladesh. Every human deserves to at least have simple things like running water, food and free healthcare.

    Dr Jamil Chowdhury Junior Doctor

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