Tanzania Medical & Healthcare

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1. In Brief

Home to some of the most magnificent and spectacular wildlife, ancient and mysterious tribal communities, vast expanses of savannah, tropical blue oceans and imposing mountain landscapes, Tanzania will surpass all expectations. Big game species roam the plains and gorges where early human skeletons lie undiscovered while Mount Kilimanjaro challenges all who behold her. The waters of the Indian Ocean caress the shores of Tanzania and hold a staggeringly diverse range of species, from curious invertebrates to gigantic whale sharks and manta rays gliding silently over the coral reefs.

For all her natural beauty and wonder, Tanzania remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In both cities and remote rural communities access to basic education and healthcare is limited and the dependence on subsistence lifestyles is widespread. Volunteering in Tanzania could be your chance to immerse yourself in her warm and welcoming communities while making a lasting contribution to the education and community development projects that will improve the standard of living and future prospects for those in greatest need.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a lifetime of amazing memories
  • Gain valuable medical work experience
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Up to date resume

    

 

 

FAST FACTS

Location Tanzania
Activities Assist medical staff with daily tasks
Care for patients
Routine hospital duties
Recording vital signs
Assisting in the pharmacy or laboratory
Activities dependent on experience and specialist areas
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival (drop off available at additional cost)
 
Accommodation Volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Two meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up (drop off available at additional cost)
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up                          

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This is a fantastic opportunity for those individuals who are coming to the end of their studies within medicine or who are currently working in the medical sector to develop your hands on experience in the healthcare field and learn about the running of community hospitals and medical clinics in Tanzania.  Many of the local hospitals and clinics provide low cost medical care and are often busy and understaffed.  Volunteers' activities will depend on their qualifications and experience but there is something for all healthcare devotees on this hands-on medical project.

You may find yourself working, assisting or observing in various departments within the medical clinic, this could include the laboratory, pharmacy, maternity, support groups, paediatrics, inpatients, outpatients clinic and theatre. More experienced medical practitioners and medical students will be able to help with blood tests, vaccines and other activities, there is certainly a lot of scope for learning. Even pre-med volunteers can gain fantastic and valuable medical work experience looking after patients, helping in the pharmacy and lab and observing various procedures.

Volunteers are asked to remain flexible and use their initiative in order to get the most out of this placement. You may be dealing with anything from common complaints like headaches and toothaches to more serious ailments such as malaria and typhoid. You may be assisting the doctors in taking vital measurements such as blood pressure and temperature as well as dispensing medication and assisting with nursing duties.  

You may also have the opportunity to integrate within the wider community by providing mobile care, teaching and training in schools and villages.  This dimension to your work could include schemes such as HIV awareness projects where you will host seminars providing information, advice and counselling about the cause and prevention of HIV.  The most common complaints of patients are tropical diseases, however many patients do have the secondary complication of HIV/AIDS.

You can make a lasting contribution to your school, orphanage or medical centre by taking part in our book initiative. All you have to do is bring a book/books and it will be donated to the mobile library.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected from the airport in Dar es Salaam on Sundays by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a volunteer eco-house on the coast, to the north of Dar es Salaam. Based within a small local village the volunteer facilities are basic but comfortable and clean. You will be sharing a single sex room with other volunteers, where you will have access to bucket showers and dry toilets.  Internet access will usually be available for a small fee.

Please be aware that the accomodation is around a twenty minute journey from some of your project locations by car. This is not included in your project fee and can cost about 20,000 shillings ($15) for the return journey by Tuk Tuk. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with breakfast and dinner as most volunteers are away from the accommodation at lunchtime at their projects. There are plenty of places for you to buy food in the local villages and this is an excellent way to experience true local street cuisine.

Food in Tanzania is generally simple, consisting of vegetables, beans or meat with rice or ugali, a common staple food in eastern and southern Africa made from maize flour.

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you are sure to want to explore the natural and cultural wonders of this remarkable country.  You can easily visit the picturesque harbour, chaotic markets and historical buildings of nearby Dar es Salaam, venture further afield to the famed northern wildlife-watching circuit or simply the endless miles of untouched stunning beaches, your travels will be set against the backdrop of a cultural mosaic in which over 100 ethnic groups amicably rub shoulders.

In country staff can help you make arrangements for travel and trips before and after your placement whether you want to take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro, adventure out on safari to spot Africa’s big 5, or simply relax, snorkel or dive on the beuatiful beaches of Mafia Island or Zanzibar.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 weeks $1,845

Extra week $395

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Sunday before your project begins on Monday.

This project is not available during following days: 

December 25th to January 2nd. 

There will be no project during Easter, however some alternative activities can be organized. 

DURATION

4 weeks and longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Two meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers
  • Project orientation and training
  • 24-hour in-country and international HQ emergency support and back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Dar es Salaam (DAR)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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