Rural Medical Center Volunteering

Enjoy a truly unique medical setting experience! Shadow and learn about health care service delivery, as you assist local staff at a rural hospital in Kenya! Our Medical Program is aimed at participants with a medical background. Based on your level of skill and ability, you’ll be given a variety of tasks to help out in a local Kenyan medical center or hospital, serving those with limited access to affordable quality health care.

 

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Program Description

Our Medical Program is geared toward increasing your knowledge and experience, while helping the local villagers gain access to quality health care that is affordable.

Kenya continues to be a developing country and its health sector remains a work in progress. Communities, especially those in rural and less developed areas.

In some of the smaller communities, there may be government-owned health care centers and hospitals. Unfortunately, these are often understaffed, with limited facilities and equipment.

You will be pitching in right alongside local nurses, doctors and other medical staff in either a small health care center or a district hospital (depending on the needs at the time). Your level of experience, skill and ability will determine which tasks will be given to you.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

  • Add to your practical work experience
  • Exchange knowledge and practices with the local nurses and doctors
  •  Engage with the local community through service based interactions

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will spend up to five hours assisting at the hospital with a lunch break in between. The day could look like:

  • Breakfast
  • Assisting with health care service provision at the local center/hospital
  • Lunch
  • Assisting with health care service provision at the local center/hospital
  • Dinner

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:18

Maximum age:-

Minimum English level:Basic

CRB required:On Signup

Passport copy required:No

Resume copy required:On Signup

Required qualification:Medical Background

Additional Requirements

  • A medical background or related work experience – Nursing and medical students welcome

Additional Equipment

  • Modest clothing – covering the knees and shoulders is required, expect to wear scrubs and/or other appropriate attire for medical staff.
  • Surgical gloves, appropriate closed-toe shoes, scrubs, coats and masks for yourself.
  • Feel free to bring along additional material/supplies that could be useful for your placement.

Location

Gatanga Village will be your new home and will give you the chance to see authentic rural Kenya. Close by is Thika, an industrial town where you will be able to find anything you need. Nairobi is not too far either, and you can head there during the weekend for nights out or sightseeing. Likewise, there are many natural areas in close proximity to Gatanga, a simple example are Fourteen Falls, a set of waterfalls that will leave you awestruck.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

You will be accommodated in our center. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Sometimes there are power and water cuts during the day, but do not panic. This is life in the village. This is a very simple local accommodation, but you will have all of the necessities while here. You will have meals provided and rooms cleaned on the weekends, but you will also be expected to clean up after yourself and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. The location is not far from  the Police station and a short walk to local market and shops. When interacting with the local community it is important to note that smoking is not accepted in public areas or even within the sight line of children or local officials. Style of dress in the community is fairly conservative. Short shorts, mini skirts and sleeveless tops are not considered appropriate for the culture of the village.

Please be advised that in the event of an excess number of participants, we may use other local accommodation in the area that meets a similar standard as described herein.

Available Room Types

Standard Room

All meals included

Yes *

Free beverages

Yes **

Persons per room

2-4

Wifi in public areas

Yes

Laundry facilities

Yes ***

Safety box

No

Lockable rooms

Yes

Hot shower

Yes

Private bathroom

No

Bed linen

Yes

Towels

No

*   3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
**  Drinking Water is provided
*** Limited – expect to hand wash or pay for launder services

Food Arrangements

Food served will mainly be Kenyan food, which consists of vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.

Facilities

Thika town is located a thirty minute drive away from our center and is filled with supermarkets, shops, ATMs, local markets and good restaurants. There is local transport available in Thika such as bicycle and motorbike taxis, van taxis and buses. Vehicles called “matatus” very tightly packed minivans can be found near the local market throughout the day which can drop you off in Thika town. Moreover, the bus “station” (central location for minivans and buses) in Thika is your launching spot for trips  into other parts of Kenya.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Kenyan Do’s and Don’ts, Culture introduction and country history and Swahili Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Tour to Coffee Factory
  • Hike to local Waterfall

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There are many places for you to visit during your free time. For example, you can visit the Fourteen Falls in Thika, go hiking in Kenya Mountain, visit Mombasa and enjoy the beach or head for a weekend of sightseeing in Nakuru or Nairobi, which are filled with national parks. Nairobi is also the nightlife hub of Kenya.

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