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International Midwifery Internships in Tanzania

Overview
Project Overview
  • PLACEMENT LOCATION: Dar es Salaam and Arusha
  • ROLE: To work within a busy maternity unit learning from the knowledge and expertise of local midwives
  • Requirements: None
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

A Projects Abroad Midwifery internship in Tanzania gives you the opportunity to give much needed help to poor and disadvantaged women and their babies. You will also gain direct experience by working alongside skilled medical professionals and learn how the midwifery profession works in a developing country.

You will be placed in maternity units in either Dar es Salaam or Arusha. Most hospitals have maternity units, the largest experiencing up to 90 births a day. As a Midwifery intern, your role will be mainly observational, but if you are enthusiastic and integrate well into the team, you may be given more responsibility.

The local midwives are very busy and you will have to be energetic and pro-active in order to keep up with them. You will be able to provide emotional support to women in labor, show them to their beds, and be an extra pair of hands for the midwives. You will observe C-sections take place and check babies, for example weighing them once they are born.

Please note that if you are a pre-med student or have no previous medical experience, you will be placed in Arusha, not Dar es Salaam.

The Maasai Medical Project in Tanzania with Projects Abroad

A newborn baby is held by a Projects Abroad medical intern in Tanzania

Projects Abroad also works closely with a Maasai community hospital, which is under-resourced and under-staffed. If you have an interest or experience in the medical field and would like to work closely with a rural community, this is the perfect option for you. Interns work alongside local doctors and nurses in a variety of different hospital departments. Facilities at the hospital are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard one would expect in the developed world. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases and try not to become emotionally involved with the patients. Ninety per cent of the patients are Maasai and the hospital runs regular community outreach programs in order to educate and treat the more remote members of the community.

Given the private nature and often poor living conditions of the Maasai tribe, you will be living with other volunteers on the Maasai Community project in a communal house that has basic facilities.

Interning Abroad as a Midwife in Tanzania

Maternity practice in Tanzania will be different from what you are used to. You may find some births quite shocking and you should try not to become emotionally attached to the patients, but be on hand to support the women and the midwives. Maternity units in Tanzania will not have the level of equipment or resources that you are used to. You will learn a lot about birth in a developing country and learn how resourceful midwives have to be working with limited facilities.

Volunteer Profile Alumnus Alicia Bouch shares her volunteer story from the Midwifery project in Tanzania
Alicia Bouch
The hospital was a real eye-opener compared to hospitals in England, but was perfect for the experience I had hoped to gain. The labor ward and Surgery were my favorite wards and I spent the most time there. Whilst in the labor ward, I had the opportunity to deliver two babies with support from the nurses, which is an experience I will never forget! Read more...

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Tanzania Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

You will live with one of our local host families who will treat you as part of their family. Our active Projects Abroad community will be on hand for you spend your free time with, when exploring the area and traveling at weekends.

Midwifery 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. Please note that the Maasai Medical Project is only available from four weeks. 

Tanzania Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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