Finding an International Elective

* All students participating in an international elective must find their own placement.

Please consult the list below for suggested placements:


  1. CACHA : Canada Africa Community Health Alliance
  2. Mountain Fund
  3. BABU Bringing About Better Understanding
  4. Can Aid Africa
  5. Save a Child's Heart
  6. University of Manitoba
  7. CHR Citadelle (French only)
  8. IFMSA International Federation of Medical Students' Associations
  9. Work the World
  10. Child and Family Health International
  11. CFMS Canadian Federation of Medical Students
  12. Unite for Sight
  13. Projects Abroad
  14. CSIH Canadian Society for International Health


Mission Amanda and Elective Ghana

Amanda Lee Kelsall, a second year Medical Student at the University of Ottawa passed away on January 5, 2014 as a result of a car accident near Pembroke, Ontario. Mission Amanda was created in her memory with the purpose to carry on the work that the Lord began in Amanda’s life. 

Two of Amanda's dreams were to get into Medical School and to go to Africa. She was fortunate to experience both of these.  During medical school Amanda completed a medical elective in Ghana. This was such a remarkable experience that she made a commitment to be an ambassador for her host organization - Elective Ghana. Amanda and her parents, who have since travelled to Ghana themselves and met Sefa, the founder of “Elective Ghana’, have been very impressed by this organization. The commitment, compassion, and earnest desire of Elective Ghana to assist medical students in gaining meaningful experiences is very evident The Kelsall family contacted the UGME Global Health Program to ask us to help with the continuation and promotion of Elective Ghana experiences for our students. The founder and contact Sefa would be please to assist UOttawa Medical students to organize electives in Ghana, at minimal cost. For more information – please contact Sefa.


Global Health Elective Ambassador Program

Global Health Ambassadors are available to provide you advice and information on specific placements. Ambassadors are students who have participated in an international elective and have volunteered to provide information about their destinations and experiences to you upon request. To see the list of past locations and be put in contact with the related ambassador or to become an ambassador please contact the Global Health Coordinator.

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