Volunteers with professional credentials, or those currently enrolled in medical/nursing school are welcome at a district hospital in Tanzania. Patient count can vary from day to day. Since many health centers lack modern facilities, or have broken equipment and lack of staff, the placements are very challenging. However volunteers will have a physician to shadow and work with. Volunteers need to bring their own medical equipment, gloves, lab coat, medical scrubs and appropriate shoes
Interning abroad on a Projects Abroad Medicine internship in Tanzania is an excellent way to gain experience, combined with the chance to help people in some of the poorest medical institutions in the developing world.
Projects Abroad works with both small health clinics and large government hospitals in Tanzania. This gives interns the unique opportunity to work in a variety of different departments and to work closely alongside local doctors and nurses.
Medicine interns in Tanzania work with a variety of medical institutions in and around the town in northern Tanzania and in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. In both the smaller health clinics and the larger hospitals interns will find themselves working with patients who have a wide range of illnesses.
There are many different departments in the majority of the hospitals we work with including maternity, general medicine, surgery, and pediatrics. Interns can choose whether they want to work in a variety of different departments or whether they want to focus on one in particular.
Your exact role within the hospital or clinic will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as by the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.
The role of interns who already have some medical experience also varies and it is important to build up trust and a good relationship with the local doctors.
Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases, and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients.Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis and most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.
Adventure Makers also organizes regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical interns in both Dar es Salaam,Mwanza, Moshi and Arusha. This will give you a greater understanding of the medical system in Tanzania.
Interns carry out outreach work in local disadvantaged communities providing healthcare services that would not otherwise be available. This provides you with the opportunity to carry out vital work in a community based environment.
You will stay with a local Tanzanian host family. They will welcome you into their family and you can learn about their daily lives and Tanzanian culture. You can spend your free time exploring the area with the Adventure Makers volunteer community.
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Each project runs for two weeks and up to four weeks. Is operated in partnership with well-established local organizations including government and non-government organizations (NGOs), protected areas, research institutions and local grassroots community groups. Projects are located in various settings, from city suburbs to the remote outback, and mountain ranges to coastal areas. Volunteer teams range from 8 to about 25 people, depending on specific project and host country, plus one or more Adventure Makers Project Leaders. Each volunteer team is supervised and directed by professional staff from the host organization.
No prior experience or expertise is needed to participate in an Adventure Makers volunteer project. Accommodations vary with project and host country, including volunteer houses, dormitories, rustic country hotels, family homestays, research stations, and bush camping. Meals (3 per day) will be provided during the volunteer project.
Depending on your assigned departure date, only certain projects will be available. Please be flexible in your project preferences; these are ALL great projects with significant conservation/community development and educational value in phenomenal locations.
Visa and Residence Permit
- If your internship/ volunteering/ teacher exhange period is 3 months or less, you need to buy tourist visa USD 50 (from USA and Ireland USD 100) as you arrive to Tanzania and Visitor’s Pass USD 200.
- If your internship/ volunteering/ teacher exchange period is more than 3 months you need to buy tourist visa USD 50 (from USA and Ireland USD 100) as you arrive to Tanzania and Residence Permit Class C USD 550.
If you cancel your trip after the contract is made and your invoice is sent you are still obligated to pay 70% of your program fee
- 74% of voluntary work and internship program fee goes to accommodation, food, water, electricity, transportation to the placements, arrangements with the placements, airport transportation, security and orientation.
- 26% of the program fees goes to administration e.g. staff salaries, office expenses
Medicine internships in Tanzania are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.