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Clinical experts and allied health partners are at a crucial deficit across Africa. Help your colleagues abroad by sharing new knowledge, teaching or training new skills and share the advances in science and medical innovation that we enjoy back home. Radiographers, Dentists, Pharmacists, Phlebotomists and more we need you! Volunteer your clinical skills at very busy local hospital and help the most vulnerable.
Many Medi Trippers will not have ever visited Africa and often don’t really know what to expect. At Medi Trip, we try not to build any particular expectations as every Medi Tripper’s experience and perception is very unique and individual, however none are let down or left anything less than amazed by the incredibly gracious, kind and warm people. You will often find yourself involved in an extended greeting or a long conversation of someone getting to know you or just simply finding out how you are.
Medi Trip Placements
Founded by a Medical Nurse and former volunteer, Medi Trip is clinically led, medically focused and patient centred. At Medi Trip we are distinguished in being able to use our healthcare experience and expertise to pick the most suitable settings for our professional volunteers to experience. When you volunteer with Medi Trip, your volunteer placement would have been chosen specifically to suit your area of interest. Each of our placements are carefully assessed and selected for suitability to our professional volunteers, as well as how much contribution goes into the local health and social welfare.
Although most of your colleagues will speak and understand basic English, language may be a barrier when communicating with your medical colleagues and your patients. It is important to remain open and confident while working as at times you may feel isolated and lost. Remember that you will always have your supervisor at hand to assist you and help guide you along the way. Many people find once they get to know their colleagues and get into the flow of things, this isn't much of an issue, however this is another challenge that you will have to be prepared to overcome.
Hospitals in Africa are unlike those back home. Many times you will come across patients sharing beds, hospitals unable to provide food for patients, adequate medication or enough staff to deal with all the cases. There will be times when you are shocked by the conditions you see people have to endure to receive what we might view as sub par care or basic care. Remember, that the country is poor, with limited funding and very few resources therefore they suffer from a high mortality rate and frequent outbreaks of disease. You will see a lot of suffering and you must have the ability to maintain your professionalism and remain strong minded and compassionate.
Depending on your area of interest and your skills, you will be matched with an appropriate clinical area/hospital. The learning opportunities are bountiful as long as you stay focused and flexible in your approached.
If you choose Tanzania, your placement will include outreach/community work with children in the wider community which includes a choice of the following:
Working at a Women's Empowerment project that shelters homeless young women and helps them build skills to improve their lives
Working with nursery aged children at an orphanage every Saturday
Helping with with weekend activities at a local Children's Home every Saturday/weekday evenings
Working at an outpatient clinic for mother and babies every Saturday
Please let us know which of the outreach projects you feel you will be most able to assist in. Contact us for more details on each project.
What about COVID 19?
Tanzania has received the safe travel stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (See here) in the wake of the current pandemic. Aside from that, you will receive safety guidance and protocol once you have registered with us.