What will I do on this Nursing internship?
Under the guidance of your project supervisor, you’ll gain nursing work experience in Tanzania, as you spend your days in local hospitals and health clinics. You’ll learn about many different aspects of medicine and:
- Shadow professional nurses and doctors during ward rounds and consultations
- Spend time in different hospital departments
- Attend medical lectures or workshops
- Get hands-on experience while helping people at medical outreaches
Your work will focus on both learning and helping provide better medical care:
Learn from doctors and nurses
You’ll shadow doctors and nurses from different departments and get to know what life is like as a nurse in Tanzania. You’ll sit in on consultations and see how nurses cope when supplies run low.
You can rotate between different departments or choose the department that interests you most. So you can gain as broad or as focused a learning experience as you’d like. The number of departments you intern in will also depend on how long your internship is. We recommend staying in each department for at least a week.
During workshops and lectures, you’ll gain practical skills, learning to measure blood pressure and blood sugar, or give injections. You’ll also learn about how to diagnose and treat tropical diseases like malaria.
Help local people at outreaches
Outreaches are another opportunity for learning. In the process, you’ll provide basic medical care to local people. During outreaches, you’ll go out into Maasai communities with doctors and nurses. You will assist them with screening for problems like diabetes and high blood pressure, by taking measures like blood sugar, blood pressure, and weight.
Where in Tanzania will I work?
Arusha is a city located at the foot of Mount Mera and bordered by the Great Rift Valley. You’ll work in a large government hospital if you’re a nursing student, or a smaller health clinic if you’re a pre-med. You’ll also go out into remote communities once every two weeks to run medical outreaches.
There’s plenty to do during your free time in Arusha. Over the weekend, you can take a trip to the white-sand beaches of Zanzibar or visit the National Natural History Museum. Arusha is famous for its buzzing nightlife. You can spend your evenings at local bars and restaurants, sampling Tanzanian cuisine and swaying to the music of a live band.
These programs are ideal for medical or healthcare science students looking for a practicum experience abroad. As a practicum student, learning comes to life as you observe doctors and participate in healthcare outreaches. You’ll get a first-hand insight into medical practices in developing countries and actively learn from professionals in the field.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.
A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.
What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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