MEDI TRIP VOLUNTEERS
Work in busy departments in a local hospitals alongside the medical team treat, diagnose and asses unwell patients from the local community. Teach, advise, help lead multidisciplinary teams, run clinics or work alongside local specialists. See more for our specialised programs in Obstetrics, Emergency Trauma & Surgery below.
ABOUT THIS PLACEMENT
Age requirement: 18 years +
Student Intern Requirements: Degree/University/College level minimum second year Medicine or related studies.
Professional Volunteer Requirements: Minimum 6 months work experience in a related field
Number of volunteers: Solo individuals, Groups are welcome
Duration: From 2 weeks to 12 months.
Start date: No specific start date, start at any time during the year.
$150 registration fee
Book between 2 weeks and 12 months (see exact fees)
Placement preparation, facilitation & coordination
Airport pick up + drop off
Free 1 hour Swahili Language class with an experience professional instructor
$50 per week medical practice fee.
Medi Trip Placements
Founded and run by a qualified medical professional, 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.
So what exactly is medical volunteering?
It takes truly committed people to this abroad! With medical volunteering, you will be volunteering to work with patients or in a healthcare specific area on a voluntary basis. Unlike other types of volunteering, medical volunteering is a difficult, challenging and profound area. Medical volunteers will witness and experience things other volunteers never will or what they never would have at home. This can be a huge challenge as often times volunteers experience situations that can leave them feeling sad, shocked or confused. But for the most part volunteers are often left amazed at the resilience of their patients and at the skill and dedication of their new colleagues. It truly is a hugely moving experience and one most Medi Trippers never forget.
You may not be sure about your next step, thinking about taking a gap year or an elective/internship, Tanzania has bountiful opportunities to explore and develop yourself and meet some of the kindest and most gracious people in the world.
We are offering the opportunity to join rotational placements in the following:
Trauma; severe, serious and minor injuries
Theatres: Minors & Majors
Minors: Urgent care injuries, wound care and minor treatments
Majors: Severe injuries requiring complex and specialist surgeries
You will have the choice between two major hospitals with two different placement styles. You will join either the observational or the participatory placement. You will be given details on both to make an informed decision before you're registered to that hospital.
You will be attached to a large hospital that caters to the wider community and work within specific departments that receive patients presenting with surgical or urgent medical issues. You will learn how the team manages their patients with many socio-economic challenges including being under staffed, having lack of specialised equipment and resources.
You will be orientated, supported and fully supervised and work with hardworking, passionate and caring teams.
Learn first hand the importance of global health and why it has become a high priority agenda to create world wide collaboration to improve levels of poverty and poor health. This may be your very first step in becoming the change!
Tanzania belongs to the East African community, neighboured by Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique. Arusha is in northern Tanzania; a very unique and vibrant city at the base of Mount Meru, about an hour away from the tallest mountain in Africa Mount Kilimanjaro. The city is surrounded by natural beauty being in close proximity to several national parks including Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Olduvai and Arusha National Parks.
Interestingly, Arusha hosted the international criminal tribunal for Rwanda and sits as the de facto East African Community capital. Despite being in a conservative and religious country, Arusha is regarded as more liberal and very open to foreigners. Perhaps due to it's historical significance in the 1961 Arusha Declaration, which gave independence to modern Tanzania from the British Commonwealth. The city is very much a melting pot, multicultural and populated by people from all different backgrounds. The main language spoken is Swahili and a visitor would do well by learning a few of the many greetings.
Where will you stay?
You will stay in a volunteer house. where we provide safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, breakfast and dinner (dinner's Monday to Friday) and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have wifi, hot showers, 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.
Important VISA & Permit Information
You will be required to pay a for a VISA for voluntary work assignment. Please enquire for details.
Clinical Practice Fee
This is a payment all medical volunteers in Tanzania must make towards your host hospital (Ministry of Health, Tanzania).
Where do my fees go?
Most of your fees are spent locally. Fees ensure you have above standard accommodation, that you have a personal coordinator picking you up at the airport, orientating you and you have a coordinator day to day and your program is planned and facilitated specifically for you, to match your skills and get you to provide the very best to those that need you.
Do any fees go directly to the projects?
Yes they do. Although we don't necessarily think that making financial contributions solve the complex issues faced by deprived areas, we do make a charitable donation on your behalf to your project placement. This is not mandatory. We do this as we know how challenging it can be for our partners to host, supervise and very often teach volunteers. We want our partners to know they are valued and respected for their time as best we can.
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. You will be required to show evidence of a negative COVID 19 test from a reliable laboratory. You may be given a rapid test on arrival in Tanzania.
Is Africa safe for me to travel alone? Do I need to be with other volunteers?
Regardless of whether you're volunteering on a clinical mission, you're still a tourist. Forward planning is key to protecting yourself from risk as you would anywhere in the world. As a group or a solo traveller from abroad, you will attract attention but, you will also have a great support system in your volunteer coordinators, fellow travellers/volunteers and supervisors. It's important to try and be conscientious of your new surroundings and respect and follow local customs as much as possible and insure yourself from any possible risks.
Africa is a large continent with every country varying greatly in local culture, customs, rules and regulations. Research your destination as much as possible and ask as many questions as possible. We would never place you at risk or in harm's way, however it is important you take ownership of your journey and behave responsibly.