Hospital/Clinic Medical Assistant

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founded in 1972
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High­lights

Gain an in-depth knowledge of how the medical system works in Zimbabwe
Experience the natural beauty of Zimbabwe
Get to see Victoria Falls - one of the natural wonders of the world
Immerse yourself in the amazing local culture
Experience the unique sights, sounds and tastes of Africa
Volunteer at a Community Hospital or Clinic in Vic Falls, serving the underprivileged and supporting the staff with their daily tasks. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

In many parts of Africa people live in poor conditions, especially in rural settlements. Millions of people experience deprivation of the most basic rights to water, shelter and food. The medical infrastructure in Zimbabwe is very low and often people need to walk long distances to receive medical aid. Our hospitals and medical centers are in short of drugs, medical equipment and even health care professionals as we experience brain drain due to the poor economic environment. This project is implemented in partnership with local hospitals and clinics in Victoria Falls to give much-needed help and support to challenged healthcare institutions.

Victoria Falls Hospital is the District hospital which supports people from Victoria Falls urban (approximately 60 000 people), Victoria Falls rural with approximately 80 000 people. Four rural clinics feed to the district hospital usually through people who are referred for further examination and treatment. 

Volunteers mainly assist in administrative duties, basic treatment and patient support. They also participate in community health awareness programs to inform communities of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other common diseases and support the healthcare institutions. Volunteers will likely be occupied throughout their shifts which could be a morning, afternoon or overnight shift. 

As a volunteer, you will firstly be attached at a local clinic were you will learn about primary healthcare before joining the hospital were you have the chance to go through almost all hospital departments for your learning and appreciation of the Zimbabwe healthcare system. At the hospital, volunteers will witness minor to almost major operations which include C-sections for pregnant women. 

The hospital is merely a 5 minute walk from your accommodation which will make it easy for you to get home during tea breaks or any other times as shall be approved by your supervisor while the clinics are in a 5km radius. Volunteers should also understand that there shall be moments they shall be on call and expected to work any time depending on how the hospital gets busy.

Typical day

Breakfast is served between 06:30 - 07:30

Transport departs to the project at 07:45

General Working hours are 08:00 - 15:00 

Afternoon Free

Dinner is served between 19:00 - 20:00

Free-time activities

Victoria Falls is best known for being one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World – this enormous mass of water, constantly flowing and falling over 110m (twice the height of North America’s Niagara falls), has attracted millions of travellers since its discovery in 1855. These falls, located on the border between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south, are known to locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”) - they have since given rise to Victoria Falls town (Zimbabwe). With a population of approx. 36 000, the town’s economy is heavily dependent on the tourism industry.

There are an incredible number of activities for visitors to do during their leisure time, including:

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise – US$55.00
  • Victoria Falls Unguided Tour – US$30.00 (additional US$20.00 for guide)
  • Elephant Encounter (no rides) – US$75.00
  • Zip-Line Canopy Tour – US$53.00
  • Bungee jump – US$160.00
  • Vic Falls Gorge Swing – US$95.00
  • Abseiling – US$65.00
  • Boma Dinner with African dance show – US$65.00
  • Devils Pool swim – US$140.00
  • Helicopter flight over falls – US$150.00
  • Zambezi Canoe tour – US$150.00
  • White-water rafting – US$120.00

* Please note national park fees may apply – please confirm final price at time of booking
* All prices include transport to/from volunteer house  

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- A firm interest in the medical field
- Positive Attitude
- Ability to adapt easily to different surroundings
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Stay Africa Volunteers

Cost includes the following:

  • All meals i.e breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days per week.
  • Accommodation at our Volunteer House
  • Project based transport
  • Arrival and Return airport transfer
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • 24/7 emergency in country staff support
  • Internet access

Cost excludes the following:

  • Flights
  • Laundry services charged at USD$5.00 per bag upon request
  • Bottled water
  • Leisure activities which can be arranged separately
  • Medical or Health insurance cover 

*Volunteers are required to get a 30-day Double-Entry Business Visa Stamp upon arrival at VFA airport (approx. cost USD60) - please consult your local authorities to ensure you have current/updated visa info. 

*Volunteers wishing to volunteer in Vic Falls for more than 30 days are required to apply for a Temporary Work Permit, at a cost of approx. USD500. We advise volunteers to only go for this option, for stays of 90 days or longer (not cost-effective otherwise).

Airport Pickup at Victoria Falls Airport

Your airport transfers (arrival and departure), to and from Victoria Falls International Airport, are included in the package. One of our team members will be at the airport to meet you and he/she will be holding a board with your name on it - please look out for us. The airport is relatively small so it won't be hard to find each other.

Free Airport Wi-Fi is available. 

Accommodation

All our volunteers will be accommodated at our volunteer house in Victoria Falls Town. The house can accommodate 20 volunteers and has the following features:

  • Located approx. 3.5kms from main town centre – 20 - 25mins walk.
  • 4 bedrooms available (one large with 4 bunk beds plus en-suite bathroom, perfect for a small group)
  • 2 full bathrooms (1 with bath tub; en-suite with shower) plus additional single toilet
  • Air-conditioning in all bedrooms
  • Large open-plan lounge and dining area (with cable tv)
  • Kitchen with stove, microwave, fridge, etc.
  • Wi-Fi available but capped at 35GB per month so only for social media, emails, etc.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided daily
  • Very safe and quiet neighbourhood
  • 7-eleven convenience store approx. 5mins walk
  • Transport to/from projects included
  • Laundry service is provided at the volunteer house and charged at 5USD per bag

Food & Beverages

3 Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) per day are included in the package.

  • Breakfast: Cereal, bread/toast, butter, jams, peanut butter, tea/coffee, fruit, etc. 
  • Lunch: Cooked meal at the volunteer house or packed sandwiches to eat at your project (dependent on working hours)
  • Dinner: Cooked meal at the volunteer house. Over weekends, this could be a barbecue, take-out or restaurant meal.
*Fruit basket is always available at the volunteer house 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls. We assist you to find cheap flights to Zimbabwe.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Zimbabwe provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Zimbabwe you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Zimbabwe.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Volunteers are requested to arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) on any Sunday during this period, as orientation days are held on Mondays. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$750
3 weeks
$990
4 weeks
$1,300
5 weeks
$1,450
6 weeks (max. stay)
$1,550
Average fees
$317 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Stay Africa Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Stay Africa Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Hospital/Clinic Medical Assistant

Volunteer at a Community Hospital or Clinic in Vic Falls, serving the underprivileged and supporting the staff with their daily tasks.

$317/week

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