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Medical electives at Kijabe Hospital

Do you want to use your medical elective to experience what it’s like to use your medical profession on the mission field? Go to Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, and also get exposure to ministry among the unreached people of Northern Kenya – those who have the least opportunity to hear of Jesus.


“Glorifying God through compassionate health care provision, excellent training and spiritual ministry in Christ Jesus”

Kijabe Hospital is located approximately 60kms from Nairobi.  Founded by AIM Missionaries in 1915, it has expanded to become a large reputable hospital providing extensive medical and surgical services and training.  Kijabe serves people from all over Kenya and from parts of East Africa. Patients travel a vast area to get to the hospital as people seek high quality and compassionate healthcare meaning  Kijabe has become strategic in reaching out to unreached people groups. 

Ministry and type of work

Kijabe provides an opportunity for you to take your elective and experience healthcare and mission work hand in hand. Be involved in outreach within the community and hospital as well as supporting the work. Hospital services include family medicine, paediatrics, surgerygynaecology, anaesthesia and orthopaedics. 

Qualifications & Experience 

This placement is for students in their final year of medical studies.  A Kenyan medical license will need to be obtained through the AIM office in Nairobi after acceptance. 

Some cross-cultural and discipleship experience would be useful but not essential. 

You do not require any additional language skills and will be assisted by a translator where necessary.

Other information

  • You will be supervised in the hospital by a Senior Doctor as you spend your time at Kijabe. 
  • Your accomodation will be on the hospital site
  • Medical electives must be a minimum of 6 weeks in the hospital, during which time you will have exposure to unreached people groups
  • Length of placement: 6 – 8  weeks

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The chances are that yes, you will be able to speak to friends and family in one form or another. This may be on the phone or via What’s App, text or Skype, but the likelihood is that there will be some form of communication that you will be able to use.

The approximate cost of a placement is £600-£1,800 for 1-4 weeks, £3,000 for 3 months, £4,500 for 6 months, and £7,000 for 12 months (though this will vary depending on the country and type of placement).

Don’t forget to ask your church about ways they can help you to raise support. You can also earn the money, apply for grants, organise a sponsored event or hold an information evening about what you will be involved in. Further guidance on raising support will be given once you have been accepted onto the short term programme.

It is highly recommended that you present yourself as neat and tidy as possible at all times, whether working or relaxing. Remember, in general, Africans are typically more conservative and modest than we are. So sorry - no bikinis! When you become a member, either short or long term, we’ll give you a more detailed packing list.

Andrew Beckham

Healthcare is proving to be a powerful means of sharing the treasure of abundant life, whilst tangibly demonstrating the love of the Good Shepherd we proclaim.

Interested? Get in Touch

Hi, my name is Debbie. If this opportunity interests you, or you have any questions, please do get in touch.​

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Short term (under a year)

There are many ways to serve short term. Whether on a team, as an individual, on a medical elective, or as a Bible college placement, short term with AIM fits into our long term ministry of reaching Africa’s unreached with the gospel. LEARN MORE


Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963. Since then British tourism has been a key element of Kenya’s economy, however, unemployment, poverty and crime remain high. Whilst the majority religion is Christianity, Kenya’s ethnic diversity and vast countryside means there are still many unreached with the gospel. LEARN MORE


We long to see Health Professionals practising, modelling and mentoring competent, compassionate medicine, but doing so in places where they will influence unreached people groups for Christ. LEARN MORE
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