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Is Projects Abroad Worth It?

BubbamaxBubbamax Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
I am really interested in volunteering abroad. And as a premed student, I heard that the more experience in the medical field, the better. However, recent reviews say that Projects Abroad are the best with exposing the volunteers to their surrounding and helping them gain experience (I am interested in the Medicine program in China), but looking at some of the older reviews, people say that they are for-profit and use you for money. I don't know what to believe. Are there any testimonies or any stories from volunteers who went through the program? And their opinions on the company?

Thanks!

Replies to: Is Projects Abroad Worth It?

  • artloversplusartloversplus Registered User Posts: 7,421 Senior Member
    If you are in HS, any projects you do anywhere is not going to help in your graduate school application. Your college performance is more important.

    Be careful to take on expensive overseas for profit projects, you are not going to get much out of them.
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,476 Senior Member
    edited April 4
    Med school admission officers do not look favorably at pay-to-play medical missions in other countries.

    In a recent survey of medical school admission officers more than 50% reported grave concerns about the ethicality of medical missions abroad.

    https://www.aamc.org/download/474256/data/gsa-coa-clinical-shadowing-experience-executive-summary.pdf

    Also, as artlover pointed out-- generally speaking any activities you do before starting college is not included in your med school applications
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