International Nursing Internships in Tanzania
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Arusha and Dar es Salaam
- ROLE: To provide valuable nursing experience working alongside local staff in a variety of hospital departments
- Requirements: None
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospital, health clinics, and some medical outreach work
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
By interning as a nurse in Tanzania with Projects Abroad you will not just gain work experience, but also provide vital support to a busy profession in a developing country. You will see how resourceful nurses have to be working in hospitals that suffer from lack of funding and poor equipment.
Our Nursing internships are based in Dar es Salaam and Arusha. You will be placed in either a health clinic or a large government hospital. Your role will be mainly observational and you will shadow doctors and nurses throughout their day.
This could include ward rounds, clinics, and observing operations. If you have nursing experience and build a good relationship with the local staff, you could be given more responsibility. This may include taking blood pressure, weighing and measuring patients, dressing wounds, passing equipment, and removing plaster casts.
You will normally rotate through various departments in the hospitals. You could spend time in surgery, maternity, general medicine, pediatrics, palliative care, and work with HIV patients. If you prefer to specialize in one area this may be possible.
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.
Interning Abroad as a Nurse in Tanzania with Projects Abroad
Facilities in the hospitals and health clinics are basic and you must also expect to witness some shocking cases. It is important to be prepared for this and not to become emotionally attached to the patients.
Projects Abroad also organize regular medical outreach projects and workshops in Dar es Salaam and Arusha. These involve providing healthcare to disadvantaged communities in outlying areas who would otherwise not have access to medical care. This provides you with the opportunity to carry out crucial work in a community based environment and will give you a greater understanding of the medical system in Tanzania.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Tanzania Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
While you are interning as a nurse in Tanzania, you will live with one of our local host families. You can spend your free time with our enthusiastic volunteer community, exploring the area.
The Maasai Medical Project 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.
I will miss, smiling faces, my milky morning chai marsala, dinners of ugali, wali, mcicha, marge, mboga, chapatti. I’ll also miss feasting on all the glorious fruits, exploring the markets, searching for the perfect Khanga, the glorious landscape and the happy go lucky nature of the wonderful Tanzanian people. Read more...
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.
Nursing 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.