Every year, ten medical students from Swansea University College of Medicine, visit The Gambia to experience clinical practice in the developing world. They are accompanied by nursing and midwifery students, as well as senior clinicians from the Abertawe Bro-Morgannwg NHS Trust, who offer teaching and some clinical work throughout the trip.
The money raised on behalf of the Swansea Gambia Link is used to pay for flights and the accommodation of several Gambian students who visit the UK in the spring term. This experience gives the Gambian students an opportunity to see clinical practice in a developed country, as well as attend lectures at the College of Medicine.
This exchange facilitates the continued personal and professional development of clinical students in Swansea and in The Gambia. Students always report positive experiences, and feel that the project has been beneficial to their learning in many ways.
Many of our students stay committed to maintaining international collaborative relationships in medicine. Read about our previous exchanges and experiences in the Exchange Blog.