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    • Thread Starter

    Hi there,

    Im a British traveller who is about to make my way back home to the UK after a couple of years being away. I have decided that I want to apply for Graduate entry medicine whilst i've been away. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a volunteer scheme that would provide me with pre-medical experience? I have little experience (volunteered in a care home in the UK) and think it would be wise to gain experience whilst I am this side of the world. I have been unable to do volunteer work so far, as I have had to work to fund my travelling, and the kind of work I have undertaken whilst travelling (waitressing, fruit picking....) isn't really noteworthy. Any help is greatly appreciated!


    It's really great that you have decided to apply for Grad Entry Medicine (A101 UCAS code). Before we give any advice on work experience, have you also thought about applying to the undergraduate A100 Medicine course as a mature student? Many students consider GEM to be far more competitive. Make sure you have thought of this, and its implications e.g. funding, years of study etc.

    Regarding volunteering abroad, have you seen this website before?


    You can filter the volunteer opportunities by health & medical, to help you find more relevant work experience.
    Also, definitely do a long Google search. There are plenty of volunteering abroad sites out there that can hopefully help you! Remember, however, that lots of these volunteer scheme organisations do cost some money.

    Alternatively, have you also contacted any hospitals or health care services near to where you are currently staying? It's worth going in, in person, to talk to someone if you can and to offer your help.

    As well as this, there is plenty of time for you to volunteer in the UK before the next uni application cycle if you're returning soon. Check out our website here for information on this!

    We hope this helps and good luck!

    The Medic Portal
    • Thread Starter

    Great, thanks so much for the information!
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