Medi Trip

Maternity Associate

Fuoni, Tanzania show on map

Agency | Medi Trip

Midwives, Labour & Delivery Nurses and students invited to Zanzibar Island to support a small clinic delivering babies and supporting new mothers. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Medi Trip Placements

Founded and run by a qualified medical professional, Medi Trip is clinically led, medically focused and patient centred. At Medi Trip we are distinguished in being able to use our healthcare experience and expertise to pick the most suitable settings for our professional volunteers to experience. When you volunteer with Medi Trip, your volunteer placement would have been chosen specifically to suit your area of interest. Each of our placements are carefully assessed and selected for suitability to our professional volunteers, as well as how much contribution goes into the local health and social welfare. 

So what exactly is medical volunteering? 

It takes truly committed people to this abroad! With medical volunteering, you will be volunteering to work with patients or in a healthcare specific area on a voluntary basis. Unlike other types of volunteering, medical volunteering is a difficult, challenging and profound area. Medical volunteers will witness and experience things other volunteers never will or what they never would have at home. This can be a huge challenge as often times volunteers experience situations that can leave them feeling sad, shocked or confused. But for the most part volunteers are often left amazed at the resilience of their patients and at the skill and dedication of their new colleagues. It truly is a hugely moving experience and one most Medi Trippers never forget.


The mission

A top priority for the Ministry of Health Tanzania is the country's high infant mortality rate. The government and healthcare teams on the ground are working tirelessly to ensure that babies are delivered safely and live well up to age 5! 


The Problem 
 According to the WHO 45% of children's deaths under 5 years old were newborns, many only living the first few days after birth! Now more than ever is Midwives are called to duty beyond their borders. Although fertility remains high across Africa, mothers and babies still struggle to stay healthy and alive.

The island population is approximately 900,000 people. It is still fairly a conservative Islamic, swahili and arabic speaking region. Due to a continued increase in tourism the island has seen vast economic development and has a relatively high standard of primary healthcare compared to mainland Tanzania. However, they still struggle with poverty, lack of education, healthcare and infrastructure when compared globally.

Maternity care is poor for women giving birth, particularly complex cases.This often becomes a critical situation if there are complications during birth for mother and/or baby.  According to national statistics, 73 infants of 1,000 live births die and 8% of women die of complications during birth in Zanzibar. Adolescent sexual and reproductive healthcare is inadequate – teens and young people report that confidentiality is often not respected, and services are expensive and not youth-friendly. Medication is also in short supply.


"Neonatal deaths are inextricably linked to the health of the mother during pregnancy and to the conditions of delivery and newborn care. Close to 8,000 women die every year during pregnancy and child birth as a result of conditions that could have been prevented or treated. Poor quality of care due to an insufficient number of skilled health workers and lack of basic equipment, as well as long distances from home to health care facilities are major deterrents to facility delivery. Women living in rural areas, those who come from the poorest families and those who are less educated, have the least access to skilled attendance at delivery. Women who start having children in adolescence tend to have more children and shorter spacing between pregnancies – all of which are risk factors for maternal and neonatal mortality. The neonatal mortality rate is highest among mothers under-20 years of age at 45 per 1000 live births compared with 29 per 1000 for mothers aged 20 to 29 years.

Maternal death rates are closely linked with the high fertility rates and low socio-economic status of women, especially the lack of influence that women have over their own health care or over the daily household budget. According to national statistics, every year over 450 women die from pregnancy related complications for every 100,000 live births. Causes of maternal death include obstetric haemorrhage, unsafe abortions, eclampsia, obstructed labour and infections. Low availability of emergency obstetric and new born care services, chronic shortage of skilled health providers together with a weak referral system contribute to the observed high maternal deaths."-UNICEF 

Your Role 
Now is the time to challenge ourselves as practitioners and help to empower those who do not benefit from medical advancements and knowledge. Contribute your time and support the care of pregnant women and mothers delivering newborns in Zanzibar. All new mum's and babies need care and support through such a special time in their lives, sometimes the busy and over stretched staff just can't give every patient the tender loving care they deserve. This is where you come in. Volunteer your care and support in our busy maternity and delivery wards, your contribution is priceless and unforgettable for new mothers and the medical staff. 


Medi Trip Placements

At Medi Trip we are distinguished in being able to use our healthcare experience and expertise to pick the most suitable settings for our professional volunteers to experience. When you volunteer with Medi Trip, your volunteer placement would have been chosen specifically to suit your area of interest. Each of our 7 placements facilities are carefully assessed and selected for suitability to our professional volunteers, as well as how much contribution goes into the local health and social welfare. 


Your Stay

Many Medi Trippers will not have ever visited Africa, much less Zanzibar and often don’t really know what to expect. At Medi Trip, we try not to build any particular expectations as every Medi Tripper’s experience and perception is very unique and individual, however none are let down or left anything less than amazed by the island. The people uphold a strong reputation of being incredibly gracious, kind and warm people. You will often find yourself involved in an extended greeting or a long conversation of someone getting to know you or just simply finding out how you are and it is considered very rude not to greet people appropriately. Don’t be shy and enjoy the warm welcomes you will be greeted with walking down the street, socializing or at work! 


Although most professionals there speak and understand basic English, language may be a barrier when communicating with your medical colleagues and your patients. It is important to remain open and confident while working as at times you may feel isolated and lost. Remember that you will always have your supervisor at hand to assist you and help guide you along the way. Many people find once they get to know their colleagues and get into the flow of things, this isn't much of an issue, however this is another challenge that you will have to be prepared to overcome.


About Zanzibar

Tanzania belongs to the East African community, neighboured by Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique. Zanzibar is made up of several small islands and two large ones, off the coast of mainland Tanzania. Ugunja island is the main island commonly recognised as Zanzibar,  a very unique and absolutely stunning island, about an hour flight away from the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. The spectacular island, surrounded by ocean, beaches and natural beauty. It is also in close to several national parks mainland, including Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Olduvai and many more. Famous for it's rich history, spices and stunning natural beauty.


Where will you stay?

You will stay in a volunteer guesthouse. Providing safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 20 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have wifi, hot showers, gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers and guests from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.

How will you get around?

You have the choice of local taxi’s who can get you around town or you can use the famous ‘dala dala’ mini buses that most locals use to travel locally everyday. Some people adapt very fast and choose to walk around, it is safe to do so however like with any new environment we strongly advise you to be aware of pick pockets and thieves. Always be safe and ask your coordinator before going anywhere new to you.

Important VISA & Permit Information

You will be required to pay a $50 USD VISA ($100 USD for US Citizens) to enter the country at the airport. This is a quick and simple process at arrivals in the airport. 

A permit is legally required to carry out voluntary work. It costs $200 USD and will be arranged swiftly once you arrive. Your permit will be permanently stamped in your passport and valid for 90 days.

Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin very early, receiving a general and bedside handover of your patients. You will then be given supervised charge of a group of patients/patient list for the day and either observe or assist in managing the care and needs of those patients for the day.  You day can be either very hectic and extremely challenging or slow and very quiet. You will need to be motivated, resilient and work well in a team in order to get the best out of your experience. 

What will your schedule look like?
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Report to placement
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
15:00 Placement ends

The rest of the day will be yours to relax and enjoy what the town has to offer you!

Details on Arrival

Patients need healthcare 24/7 365 days a year therefore, we take on volunteers all year round.

Free-time activities

Zanzibar is packed with incredible scenery and amazing endless beaches. From snorkeling, to kite surfing, swimming with dolphins and much more.


The nightlife is incredible with beach parties to enjoy and amazing cuisine. Visit the spice markets, the historical sites in the famous Stone Town which is a World Heritage Site.

Please enquire for more!

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports

Program 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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Midwifery, Labour, Delivery, Maternity at Minimum University, College or Diploma level
Required Documents
CV, Medi Trip application form, proof of qualifications and two character references
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Midwife
Midwife Assistant
Student Midwife
Labour & Delivery Nurse
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 15:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Medi Trip (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Medi Trip
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up or Ferry pick up
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Housekeeping
  • Wifi
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator
  • EXCLUDES

    • VISA & Permits
    • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
Airport Pickup at Zanzibar International Airport

Zanzibar Airport pick up

Ferry Port pick up

Accommodation
  • Clean and modern spacious guesthouse
  • Walking distance from local beaches
  • Housekeeping
  • Hot showers
  • Wifi
  • Gated security 

Dorm Room Guest Family Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

3 meals per day:


Breakfast
  • Continental breakfast with, eggs, toast, variety of fruit (inc the ever popular avocado), jam, butter! Coffee & Tea.
Lunch
  • Mandazzi, chapati, fruits
Dinner
  • Rice, meat, chapati and beans, always served with salad and fruit. 
Requests always accepted!

Internet Access
Limited 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 Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
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 Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 700
3 weeks
$ 885
4 weeks
$ 950
5 weeks
$ 1,110
6 weeks
$ 1,205
7 weeks
$ 1,397
8 weeks
$ 1,585
9 weeks
$ 1,775
10 weeks
$ 2,155
11 weeks
$ 2,350
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,545
Average fees
$ 281 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Fuoni/Tanzania between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Medi Trip will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.
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 Medi Trip during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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