Join our Medicine internship in Tanzania and use the experience to kickstart your medical career. You’ll learn directly from doctors at a hospital, and expand your practical medical knowledge. Put on your white coat, get out your notebook, and prepare for a learning experience unlike anything you’ve had before!
During your placement, you’ll shadow doctors and nurses on their rounds, and see first-hand what daily life at a hospital is like. We offer you the option of spending time in different hospital departments, which allows you to learn about various specialisations.
You’ll learn basic medical skills and do health checks during our community outreaches. We organise these regularly, and it’s a great way for you to help bring healthcare to disadvantaged areas.
You’ll be based in either Arusha or Moshi. During your free time, you can explore beautiful Tanzania, trekking through nature in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Professional Volunteers and Medical Electives for Students
This project is also ideally suited to professionals interested in using their skills to help, as well as university medical and healthcare elective students.
As a professional, you can be sure we will match your training and expertise to the placement where you are needed most. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact on the local communities we work with.
If you are an elective student, we will organise an elective placement where you can learn as much as possible. We want you gain the knowledge and skills that will begin to shape your professional career.
What will I do on this Medicine Internship?
This is a chance for you to gain medical work experience, by learning from doctors and doing outreach work. Here are the different tasks you will do:
- Observe professional doctors in a hospital or clinic
- Spend time in several hospital departments
- Learn about healthcare and gain practical skills during medical workshops
- Participate in medical outreaches and practise taking health measures
These are the different areas your work will focus on:
Learn from qualified doctors
You’ll spend your days shadowing medical staff, sitting in on patient consultations and getting to experience the life of a doctor in Tanzania. You’ll get to see first-hand how doctors cope with challenging circumstances and lack of funding and resources. You’ll get to see different medical procedures and learn how to diagnose and treat different diseases.
Work in different departments
Depending on how long you intern for, you might get to spend time in different departments, giving you the chance see what specialisation stands out for you.
Attend medical workshops
As part of your learning experience, you’ll also get to learn from medical professionals during workshops. These are held about once every two weeks. Local doctors will take this time to teach you practical skills, like how to measure blood pressure or administer first aid. They’ll also talk you through the symptoms, prevention, and treatment of tropical diseases, like malaria.
Help local communities
You’ll also be helping people in local communities during medical outreaches. We'll teach you everything you need to know, and your work will be supervised by medical professionals.
You’ll give talks on healthy eating to help with heart disease prevention. You can also gain experience measuring the blood sugar and blood pressure levels of people who can’t seek formal medical treatment. Medical outreaches provide basic medical care and diagnoses to people who can’t afford regular check-ups.
Where in Tanzania will I work?
We have two medical placement locations in Tanzania. You can intern in Arusha or in Moshi. Depending on where you intern, you might work in a hospital, health clinic, or Maasai community hospital. In both of these regions, buildings and facilities are not always well-maintained and communities might be less developed than what you’re used to.
Arusha is a busy city with smaller, less developed communities in some areas. It is nestled at the foot of Mount Meru and is home to over 400,000 people.
In Arusha, you can intern in hospitals or healthcare clinics. They are typically under-resourced and there will be a stark difference between hospitals in Arusha and the kind of medical care you’re used to seeing.
There’s also the option to intern in a Maasai community hospital where more traditional medicine is practised. Again, facilities and treatments here will be basic. With few medical staff and a busy, fast-paced environment, this placement is ideal for interns with medical experience who want to assist in an understaffed hospital.
Moshi is a rural town at the foot of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Travel along bumpy dirt roads, past goats and local people on motorbikes to small, rural hospitals and clinics.
Conditions in these hospitals and clinics are basic, with very few resources, like medical equipment and hospital beds. But you’ll get to see how doctors cope with these challenges and come up with innovative ways to provide the best possible care to patients.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
I went into this experience with an open mind, expecting to learn more about the medical field and gain experience in a hospital setting. Little did I know that I would leave Tanzania not only gaining invaluable medical experience, but also learning about myself and the human experience as a whole.
Medicine Internship in Tanzania
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