In 2009, a new initiative to bring electives in Cuba to the attention of UK medical students was launched. IDstream developed and maintains the website.
The informative content at cubamedicalelectives.org includes video and online application for support. However, most of the juice is hidden from public view – an extensive resource area for registered applicants, including a forum. Joomla Open Source CMS was used to ensure a smooth build, easy updating and future expansion.
Dozens of students have already enjoyed the Cuban experience and made good use of the forum to share tips and meet up with new friends. Information from returning students' feedback forms is regularly added to the users' area of the site.
The need for process management is kept to a minimum. Co-ordination with Cuba is via automated emails linked to forms.
The total development cost for such a site? €1,500-€2,000 (including: • planning • support & advice • software installations • identity design • template, component and module customisation • content design and implementation • image processing • movie implementation • forms and email scripting • user and forum setup • 1 year hosting/domain • joomla user guidance)