Hospital Internship Tanzania

This is an incredible opportunity for medical professionals and students to gain valuable and hands on experience, whilst learning about the healthcare profession in Tanzania. Volunteer with IVI at a local hospital in Arusha and work alongside the local professionals. Depending on your qualifications, you maybe able to provide medical assistance to local people from the community with little access to resources.

we need you in Tanzania

  • According to UNICEF, 88% of all Tanzanian children live in multi-dimensional poverty in Tanzanzia (affected in at least 3 areas).
  • In 2015, over 600,000 Tanzanian children were suffering from acute malnutrition.
  • 49.1% of Tanzanians lived below the poverty line in 2011, thats just $1.90 USD per day.
  • Gender inequality still exists in Tanzania, with girls having to follow typical gender roles. Girls generally drop out of school early to become mothers and housewives.
  • Rates for completing school are very low- around one third of the population complete primary education, and less than one in ten finish secondary school.

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can you help?

  • You will be working at a local hospital in Arusha, which takes 100 patients.
  • Contribute greatly to the hospital by providing your prior knowledge and skills to the project.
  • Help members of the local community, and assist the doctors (depending on experience).
  • Provide health outreach advice to the community.

you can do?

  • Shadow local doctors, nurses, and medical professionals on their daily rounds
  •  If possible, donate vital resources and supplies to the hospital
  • Widen your knowledge and gain practical experience of international medical care and treatments
  • Provide medical assistance to local people from the community with little access to resources
  • Monitor and observe patients in the hospital

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees - From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee - Multiple Countries
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  PROJECT NAME: HOSPITAL INTERNSHIP 

LOCATION: ARUSHA, TANZANIA

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS) OR HOMESTAY

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 18+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: MEDICAL BACKGROUND, MEDICAL STUDENT, OR RELATED FIELD

  PROJECT COSTS: From US$385 + APPLICATION FEE

Overview

The hospital where you will volunteer at was established in 1975 and is run by a religious order in the community. It was originally a small clinic with a focus on providing medical care to expectant mothers and children. The more the population grew in Arusha, the more the need for varied care also grew. Over the years this medical facility has now become the second largest hospital in Arusha, taking 100 patients and employing over 100 staff. It has various wards including Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Maternity, Radiology, Dentistry, and Care, Treatment & Coordination activities for persons living with HIV. There is also a Surgical Theatre (average of 50-70 operating procedures each month).

Volunteers can expect to take part in a range of activities (depending upon level of skills) and learn as they shadow local doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, caring for locals receiving in-patient and outpatient care. This could include monitoring, observing and providing health outreach advice to the community.

IVI volunteers joining this program can contribute greatly to the hospital by providing their prior knowledge and skills, and where possible, donating vital resources and supplies, which would be of a huge help to the local community members.

Location

You will be staying in the mountain district of Monduli, which is situated within the Arusha region, in North-Eastern Tanzania. The Monduli district is a great place for visitors to learn how the traditional Maasai people live and to experience an authentic local village. The region is situated between the famous Mt Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti- making it a perfect place to go on a safari or trek in the mountains. Lake Manyara and Mount Meru are also popular attractions to explore in this beautiful region of Tanzania.

Project Tasks

  • Assist the local doctors and nurses
  • Gain valuable and practical work experience
  • Observe medical practices by local staff at the hospital in Arusha
  • Broaden your knowledge of international medical care and treatments

Food & Accommodation

You have a choice to stay at the volunteer house or with a host family, which will be basic but comfortable. There will usually be western-style toilets, but some homestays will have a squat-style flush toilet in use. Sometimes showers might be a bucket style, using heated water (this just adds to the experience!). The accommodation will be on a local school campus with green spaces to enjoy on days off. From the big garden on clear nights, you can even see the Milky Way! We advise that all participants buy a cheap local SIM card for local calls and internet access.

There are plenty of shops situated within walking distance of your accommodation, such as small local restaurants, hair salons, a pharmacy, an ATM and local markets. There is a well-equipped hospital is also within walking distance.

You will be provided 3 meals per day on the weekdays, and 2 meals per day on weekends.

Meals are usually local style, consisting of corn, rice, potatoes, and bananas. There will be nutritional daily meals of beef, goat’s meat, beans, and a leafy green vegetables.

FAQ...

If you are a medical student or already have experience in a medical/ related field, then this would be a great fit for you. Where applicable it can also count towards university credits. This proejct offers first hand working experience in hospitals overseas and is perfect for anyone wanting to get stuck in to the local culture. 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Your program includes a 1 day orientation which starts every Monday in Monduli. This is an important day to help you become familiar with your surroundings, as well as learning about the local customs, culture and surroundings. Your volunteer program will then commence from Tuesday and throughout the rest of the week.
 
Typical Orientation Day Includes:
  • Introduction meeting, General rules, Setting Expectations, Advice on Health and Safety and insuring you have all your documents.
  • Tanzanian Do’s and Don’ts, Cultural introduction, learning about Tanzania’s history and Intensive Swahili Language classes.
  • Tour around the accommodation and local area. We will show you where to find local amenities and where you can buy a sim-card.
  • Lunch
  • Hike up to nearby Monduli mountains

Complimentary Arrival Transfer

An arrival airport transfer is included in the cost of your program fee for arrivals on Saturday or Sunday.   

For Saturday arrivals, a transfer is included free of charge, but you will have to pay for an additional nights accommodation at US$50 p/night including meals. For transfers outside of standard times, a transfer can be arranged for approx US$40.

Car

Rentals, Taxis, buses and mini buses (known locally as “dala dala”) occupy the main methods of transportation. 80% of traffic in Tanzania is by road even though many of the roads can be found in poor condition. Some of the main roads are well tarmacked but expect dirt roads out towards the rural areas. 

Train

Tanzania’s railways have a somewhat average safety record and it is not uncommon for passengers to get frustrated with slow journeys, frequent cancellations and delays. If you are prepared for this however, it can be a unique way to travel, viewing amazing landscapes along the way. 

Airplane

Tanzania has four international airports, including over 100 small airports or landing strips. Airports are not as built up as you may be used to although there are reports of improvements in the conditon of local airports. Local Tanzanian airlines include Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Fastjet, Coastal Aviation, and ZanAir.

You will spend 6-8 hours each day assisting at the hospital with a break for lunch. A typical day at the hospital may be:

  • Breakfast
  • Shadowing/ assisting with health care professionals at the local hospital
  • Lunch
  • Shadowing/ assisting with health care professionals at the local hospital
  • Dinner

There are many exciting places to explore in the surrounding areas, here are just a few!

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Home to the Ngorongoro Crater, this stunning area of vast plains, green forests and wild savannahs, sits next to the Serengeti National Park. You will see the highest concentration of animals here from lions, zebra, wildebeest and elephants. The views from the crater are absolutely stunning, with an atmospheric mountain backdrop. This should be at the top of your bucket list for Tanzania!

Serengeti National Park

Another one for your bucket list and a perfect way to spend your weekend off. The Serengeti is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the big 5 (lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo & elephant). You will also find zebra, wildebeest, giraffes, hippos, baboons, hyenas, ostriches and many more incredible animals. The best way to explore is by camping out in the open or in one of the many lodges. The area is huge, and we recommend at least 2 days here.

Tarangire National Park

A quieter park in Northern Tanzania, Tarangire is known for its large population of elephants and the incredible Baobab tree. In dry season you can spot all kinds of amazing animals that congregate to the Tarangire river. Spot anything from zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, wildebeests and even lions of you’re lucky.

Moshi and Mount Kilimanjaro

Moshi is about a two and half hour drive from Monduli and can be easily reached using a “dala dala” or taxi to Arusha and then changing again onto Moshi from there.

Moshi is a quiet town with several Western cafes and coffee shops. It is also the closest town to the starting point of the Mount Kilimanjaro trek. On a clear day, you can get excellent views of Kilimanjaro right from the roadside (Tip: Moshi Train Station, which is no longer is use, has fantastic views of Africa’s highest mountain, with locals selling drinks and snacks up the top).

Arusha National Park and Mount Meru

Mount Meru is located in Arusha National Park and is the second largest mountain in Tanzania. If you’re looking to Climb Kilimanjaro ,then Mt Meru can be a great acclimatisation trek, taking you through various types of vegetation. There are also scenic trails around the mountain at ground level. Other attractions include Meru Crater, the Jekukumia River, Ngurdoto Crater and the Momelia Lakes which are known to change colour! You might even find wildlife here including giraffes, warthogs, cape buffaloes, lions, elephants, flamingos and more.

Lake Manyara National Park

If you love bird watching, then head to Lake Manyara during the dry season where pink flamingos flock to the vast lake. During wet season see if you can spot the lions, leopards, hippos, giraffes, zebras, elephants, blue monkeys, gazelles and cheetahs roaming the park.

Kikuletwa Hot Springs

A somewhat ‘secret’ pool of clear blue water, situated in between Arusha and Moshi is the Kikuletwa Hot Springs. The water isn’t actually hot but totally refreshing after the dusty drive getting there. Enjoyed by tourists and locals, this is a beautiful spot for relaxing and swimming in the crystal clear water, surrounded by jungle. There’s even a rope swing into the water for more fun and games. If this wasn’t on your list before, it should be now.

Arusha

Just over an hour’s drive from Monduli, Arusha is a large city in Tanzania which has many Western style eateries, a cinema, Maasai markets, shopping malls, supermarkets and a cultural centre. There are a lot of things to do here and a great way to spend your weekend. Close to the Serengeti, Arusha is a popular starting destination for wildlife safari tours.

Hiking Around Monduli

If you’re looking for off the beaten path trails then there’s no better place to look then in Monduli. There are numerous treks, one even takes you to a beautiful waterfall. You will need to ask your local coordinator to arrange certain visits, as the government needs to grant you permission (for a fee) to visit beyond certain spots, this is to conserve the area.

Iringa and Ruaha National Park

If you have the time after finishing your project, Ruaha National Park is a quieter and much less visited place for wildlife viewing. It’s located in Central Tanzania, near the small and quiet town of Iringa (which is a great stop off for visiting Ruaha). The park is actually the largest in Tanzania but less frequently visited by tourists, although visitors are rarely disappointed by its natural beauty. It’s home to cheetahs, the second largest population of Leopards in Africa, buffalos, hippos, and more!

Zanzibar

A little further afield, it is still possible to fly to Zanzibar for a weekend from Arusha (although several days here would be ideal). Zanzibar is known for its sandy white beaches, turquoise water and unique culture. Stone Town is an interesting town, known for its mazes and spices. Other things to do is a visit to Prison Island, where prisoners were once held but is now home to giant tortoises. You can also spot dolphins and try snorkelling off the island. The North and East of Zanzibar have some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world.

Additional Requirements

  • You must have established medical experience – either studying on a pre-medical track, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, or working in a relevant medical field.

Additional Equipment

  • Modest clothing is required – knees and shoulders need to be covered while working
  • Medical gloves, scrubs and masks for yourself
  • Closed-toe shoes

Tanzania is a large country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. It also sits alongside the beautiful Indian Ocean. Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in its north-eastern region. The trek to the top is challenging but provides stunning mountain views. The country is also considered the Safari capital of the world, with incredible wildlife viewing throughout Tanzania, in particular, the Serengeti.

Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and its official capital city has been Dodoma (since 1996). Here you will find the President’s Office, the National Assembly, and other government buildings. Dar es Salaam, the former capital is still the largest city and holds most of  the government offices, as well as being the country’s principal port and leading commercial hub.

Climate can vary greatly within Tanzania. Up in the highlands, temperatures range between 10 and 20°C during cold and hot seasons.

The rest of the country is usually pretty consistent, with temperatures rarely falling lower than 20°C. The hottest period months are between November and February (25–31°C) while the cooler months occur between May and August (15–20°C). Tanania can recieve some cooler evenings and mornings, so be sure to bring along something warm to wear. 

Tanzania has two major wet seasons: one is uni-modal (October to April) which is experienced in southern, central, and western parts of the country, and the other is bi-modal (October to December and March to May), found in the north from Lake Victoria and up along the east coast.

The Serengeti can be visited throughout the year but is most popular during March to May, due to very little rain. For the wildebeest migration, travel from June to September. And for Zanzibar, this is best visited from June to October, which is dry season.

Tanzania has a large and diverse population, consisting of many different tribles, ethnic communities and religous groups.

Christians and Muslims make up the majority and 2% still practice Traditional African Religion.

incredibly, there are over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most diverse country in East Africa for language. All four of Africa’s language families are spoken (Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan), with Swahili and English being the official languages. Although some locals speak great English, Swahili is predominantly spoken throughout the county. 

30 Years Non Profit Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.
 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

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