On the Projects Abroad Public Health Internship for teenagers in Tanzania, Projects Abroad staff and students run an outreach for locals.

Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Tanzania

Get hands-on medical experience while helping to provide basic healthcare to remote communities

At a glance

  • Learn basic medical skills during workshops, like how to measure blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  • Put your skills to use during outreaches to provide basic medical care to people in remote, rural communities.
  • Get involved in educational campaigns to raise awareness of diseases.

Start Dates: 

Summer/Winter Break

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Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks



Is Public Health work in Tanzania for teenagers right for me?

This project is ideal for you if you’re a high school student looking to get practical healthcare experience. It will add value to your CV, and give you interesting points to talk about in interviews and applications. You’ll also demonstrate your commitment to helping others.

This project isn’t just about learning. You’ll also be helping disadvantaged communities get the healthcare they need through your outreach work.

You don’t need any specific skills or qualifications to join. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. In fact, this is a great way to see if a career in healthcare is right for you.

This is a trip with fixed dates and you’ll live and work with a group of interns your age. This program has a set itinerary, so it’s perfect if you’d like a supported experience. If this is your first trip abroad, don’t worry! We’ll be there to guide and support you throughout your placement.

On the Public Health Internship for teenagers in Tanzania, a student helps take the vital signs of a Maasai woman during an outreach.

What will I do at a Public health placement in Tanzania for teenagers?

You’ll be working in a variety of different settings, helping improve access to healthcare. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do:

  • Attend medical workshops to learn practical medical skills
  • Help conduct health checks during medical outreaches
  • Lead educational campaigns at schools and care centres
  • Visit a Maasai community and explore Arusha

Public health work for teenagers in Tanzania will focus on these four areas:

Medical workshops

You’ll attend regular medical workshops led by healthcare professionals. During these workshops you’ll learn practical skills, like how to suture or give injections. You’ll also learn skills that you can use at medical outreaches, like how to measure blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

This is also a great opportunity to learn about healthcare problems you wouldn’t encounter in your home country. For example, doctors will talk you through the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases like malaria.

Medical outreaches

Many remote and rural communities don’t have regular access to healthcare facilities. You’ll assist at outreaches by measuring things like weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Local doctors will use the data you collect to advise and treat patients. All the work you do during outreaches is supervised by medical professionals.

Awareness campaigns

Preventing diseases is particularly important for people who can’t afford regular treatment. You’ll play a role in advocating for disease prevention, by raising awareness. You can cover a range of topics, including the importance of basic hygiene, nutrition and healthy eating, and malaria symptoms and treatment.

Explore Tanzania

We have come up with a set itinerary filled with exciting leisure activities which you’ll do with other interns your age. For example, you’ll learn to make local food during a cooking class or move to your own beat during traditional drumming lessons. There’s even a chance to visit a local Maasai community and learn more about their culture.

Where in Tanzania will I work?


You’ll be based in and around Arusha, a city located at the foot of Mount Meru. Your public health work will take place in a variety of different settings. You’ll help at outreaches and awareness campaigns in a rural Maasai community, at schools and kindergartens, or in other remote communities. These areas will be less developed than you’re used to, typically with rustic buildings and dirt roads.

Arusha is a mix of modern city life and peaceful rural life. With a stunning nearby conservancy and lush surrounding vegetation, it’s a great place to connect with nature.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Tanzania Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this Public Health internship for high school students?

The main aim of this project is to provide basic healthcare in disadvantaged, remote communities. During outreaches, you’ll do basic basic health checks, giving doctors the information they need to advise and treat patients.

You’ll also work to raise awareness about common medical conditions. By giving presentations in schools, kindergartens, and communities, you’ll share information about prevention and early treatment.

Through medical outreaches and workshops, you’ll gain experience and knowledge. We aim to equip you with the confidence and skills to make informed decisions about pursuing a career in healthcare. With overseas experience, you’ll also gain a broader understanding of healthcare, which you can apply in your home country.

Join our Public Health internship for teenagers and be part of our efforts to improve healthcare in Tanzania.

During a Projects Abroad outreach in the local community, students on a Public Health placement for teenagers in Tanzania observe medical professionals.

Management plans

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

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Arusha. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Tanzania and have a truly unique experience.

On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 619 320 2424 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

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