Pre-health students do not need to go on health related trips; cultural awareness and experience is valuable in itself!
Consider completing a Liberal Education requirement abroad to continue advancing academic progress, but give yourself a unique experience!
Don’t go on a trip solely because it will “check a box” – find a program that genuinely interests you! Look for things that you can talk about passionately at medical school interviews–that doesn’t mean they have to be medical related!
Be aware of and do not overstep ethical limitations – don’t provide care or partake in activities that you are unqualified for or are considered unethical in the USA. Medical schools look into various trips and will know if a program is known for this!
There are a lot of opportunities! Talk to your friends, advisors, family members… etc. The opportunities are endless and you can fine tune a trip to meet all of your needs!