Join our award-winning expeditions for your medical elective!

Medical elective students are invited to join Blue Ventures’ award-winning marine expedition teams at our bases in Madagascar, Belize and Timor-Leste for 4-8 week placements.

  • Take part in and learn about expedition medicine.
  • Witness the challenges of providing healthcare in a remote setting.
  • Learn about the cultural, social, environmental and economic context within which we operate.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of our award-winning marine expeditions, and gain insight into our integrated community health and conservation programmes. We are confident that no other medical elective can offer you this sort of learning experience!


For me, it was an incredible, unforgettable experience that changed my outlook on health care provision... I would highly recommend a medical elective placement with Blue Ventures!

Louise Collingwood

I would like to thank you and all the other BV staff for an extraordinary expedition! I’ve no doubt that the apparently effortless transitions require a lot of hard work behind the scenes. My only gripe is that I had to come home!

Michael Howes

Six weeks wasn’t long enough! It was my first experience of both marine conservation and diving and it was so much better than I could ever have expected. We had the privilege of living alongside a wonderful community and learning how new and old ideas can come together to create a more sustainable future. I miss Andavadoaka so much and I hope I can come back someday.

Kristina Ooi

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Medical elective programme dates and costs

All medical elective placements must start in line with our standard expedition dates – see:

Madagascar expedition dates

Belize expedition dates

Timor-Leste expedition dates

Medical electives receive a 10% discount on our standard expedition fees.

Medical Elective Reports

Syed Ahmed

Madagascar 2017

Dominic Symon

Madagascar 2017

Ellie Dickinson

Belize 2017


Qualified medic?

Find out more about joining our expedition teams in MadagascarBelize or Timor-Leste as an expedition medic.

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Find out more about Madagascar

Find out more about Belize

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