Medical Electives

Studying Medicine at Uni?

We have great options for you to serve God on your Medical Elective!

Your placement will come under our Stride programme. Stride is designed for committed Christians who feel drawn to put their faith into practice in a Latin American culture.


Key info


Dates: From Jan each year

Duration:  6-8 weeks

Placements are available across Latin America


You’ll be placed with a Latin American host family, which is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture. Latin Americans are very hospitable so you’ll most likely become a real part of the family!

You will have everything you need, but expect fairly basic and cosy accommodation as placements are often in areas/communities of need.

How much does it cost?

All placements are self-funded. The total cost of your placement will depend on a number of factors (where you’re going/ how long for) but below is an overview of how costs are calculated:

Paid to Covers Amount
Launch cost Latin Link Application process, DBS, health checks and advice,
residential Orientation, debriefing, fundraising support
Monthly contribution Latin Link Mentoring, supervision, placement
set-up, team days and conference
£170/ month
Flights Travel agent Flexible return flight ~£1,200
Living costs In country Food, accommodation, transport,
communication etc.
(~£1000 for 2 months)

What support will I receive?

You will be fully supported by Latin Link before, during and after your placement. We would also stress the importance of your church (or churches, home and uni!) being involved in your application and being available to offer prayer and pastoral support.

Latin Link Orientation

You are required to attend a compulsory Orientation weekend.
It’s residential, usually held just outside Reading, and the cost is included in your Launch Costs.

During your placement

You’ll receive a local Orientation when you arrive in the country of your placement. You’ll be supervised by our Short-Term Coordinator, who will set up and Risk Assess your placement, and you’ll be assigned a Mentor for the duration of your time in Latin America


You’ll also be invited to our annual Debrief Conference, held in November each year.
This is a residential weekend that’s included in your Launch Costs.

How to apply

To apply for a Medical Elective you need to complete a Stride Application form AND a Supplementary Information Form.

Click on the links below to download the forms. Complete them, save them to your computer and email them as  attachments to