Pros and cons of planning an overseas elective with a service provider versus by yourself

There are of course pros and cons of planning your elective abroad with a service provider versus on your own. With a service provider you will usually be assisted through every stage of the application process as well as with all aspects of your stay abroad. Such aspects include, but are not limited to, visa and placement applications, travel and medical insurance guides, transportation, secure accommodation, onsite practical support and social networking opportunities. Some providers may also offer supervision and skills development material or courses.

Not surprisingly these all-encompassing services come with a cost, so it is important to be aware of that when considering applying through a provider.

While it can seem daunting to plan all these aspects on your own it is possible – but it does require a bit more self-determination and effort. It is important that you know what you are looking for and how to approach it. It may involve some trial and error in the planning phase, but if successful you may avoid some of the fees involved with using a provider and gain a more independent experience.