Medical Assistance and Medical Outreach

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founded in 2019
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Coordinator | Rita
Coordinator | Rita
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High­lights

Learn how to sustain the needs of others with inadequate resources.
Take the opportunity to travel and socialize on the weekends, as there is much to do for leisure and fun.
Arusha is a beautiful tourist city with much to appreciate. The people are welcoming, and the landscape and sceneries are magnificent.
Attain new skills and experiences to further your profession.
Enjoy Tanzanian food such as ugali and cooked bananas mixed with beef (Ndizi nyama).
This project involves placements in dispensaries, health centers, and hospitals mostly on rural villages. The volunteers are expected to be qualified and experienced. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

For our medical program you will be placed in a medical clinic or a hospital, depending on your previous experience and training. You will usually shadow doctors and other healthcare workers, observing how the healthcare system in Tanzania works and performing basic care for patients under supervision. You will typically work in a support role as directed by a clinic or hospital staff.

As a step contributing to the advancement of the equipment, appliances, facilities, and quality of these hospitals, in these placements we charge an extra 80 USD a week. This is directly transferred to the institutions and centers to develop their facilities and service provision.

One to two times per week, we perform medical outreach with a local organization. This involves traveling to a rural village, typically over rough dirt roads. We will either visit several homes and provide medical treatment to the families, or travel to one location where families will be informed to come to us. This program is funded by the volunteers. Each time we do medical outreach, there will be a fee to cover the cost of transportation, as well as the per diem cost of having a community health worker or government doctor in attendance. We sometimes contribute to transportation for patients who need to travel to the hospital immediately. The fee depends on the number of volunteers, as well as the type and number of vehicles we must bring. In the past, it has ranged from approximately $5 to $15 per volunteer.

Our medical programs provide you with the opportunity to expand your skills, a deeper understanding of global health issues, and will help you learn how to provide the best medical care possible with limited resources. For this program we are looking for people with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a kind heart.

We are open to doctors, nurses, medical or nursing students with two years of school, paramedics, EMT’s, and CNA’s. Exact placement will depend on your skills and experience. Let us know your specialty, and we will ensure that you have a wonderful placement. In addition, we ask for a copy of your transcript showing your school experience or a license, two reference letters from a professor or supervisor in the medical field, and a CV or resume explaining your experience. This program has an additional fee of $80 per week to cover supervision and logistics of placement.

What to expect

Even if you are qualified and experienced, be open to new ways of doing things. Given the sensitivity of the project, it is with certainty that things will be done differently than what you are used to; adapt and be proactive. Instead of accusing something as being wrong, demonstrate a better way. Inadequate resources, less staff, and more patients are possible challenges. If you lack the knowledge, do no insist on doing things your way, as it is important to not put patients at risk.

What not to expect

“Easy does it” won’t apply to this project. Trust is to be earned; the doctors need to be assured that you are qualified and experienced enough to be involved in their work day, let alone see patients. There are hectic days and slow days. Participate fully and get involved. You will not be alone.

What are the doctors like?

This is a sensitive project and the placements have different conditions. It will take time to know the people and cope with the momentum. Involve yourself in the specified activities so you can build relationships and trust with people. The staff are friendly, so make sure you make time for them in order to understand the way they do things. Reach out to them, sharing your experiences and knowledge.

What are the patients like?

Depending on the placement and institution, the patients will be different. Tanzanians are generally friendly and very appreciative. The language barriers and the large number of patients can be overwhelming, but the support from local staff can be empowering in conducting activities.

Duties and Tasks

As a volunteer, you will be observing the practices while embracing different approaches. It is important to embrace the culture and support the doctors and other staff. You might get firsthand experience with the patients, but if not, focus on where you can be more useful or visit other placements where you are more needed.

Challenges
  • Culture differences, specifically the different approaches to life.
  • Different living conditions (for example: the weather, availability of basic resources such as water and electricity, consumer goods and distance to services).
  • Transportation  (inadequate transport especially in the rural areas, bumpy rides while travelling with bodaboda and congested village buses)
  • Expectations. With high expectations, it is easy to be disappointed by the lags and reluctance to be involved, especially with impatience to reach perfection.
  • Different expertise approaches in regard to limited resources.
Positives
  • Learn how to sustain the needs of others with inadequate resources
  • Attain new skills and experiences to further your profession
  • Arusha is a beautiful tourist city with much to appreciate. The people are welcoming, and the landscape and sceneries are magnificent.
  • Take the opportunity to travel and socialize on the weekends. There are many spots for leisure and fun.

What to bring

You are not required to bring anything to your volunteer placements, but if you feel like donating and sharing, it will be appreciated. There are many needs due to the limited resources the hospitals have, ranging from new machinery, completing construction of the institutions, to products like gloves, surgical gloves, pain killers, gauze, iodine, sanitizers, surgical blades, medical tapes, Band-Aids, sterilization tools and the likes.

Typical day

In general, volunteers have the freedom to choose how they spend the day. However, a daily routine is recommended and may be coordinated with the project coordinators based on your program. A general day may look like this:

  • Breakfast between 6:30 and 7:30am
  • Commuting to placement via public transport 
  • During your time at the hospital or health centre, you will observe culture differences within the practice in Tanzania. According to your skills, qualifications, and comfort zone you will be involved at a hospital; either learning from and observing the doctors, or hands on experience and practice. You will have the opportunity to visit and work in several different areas of the hospital and rotate around them if you wish. The hospital has minor and major surgical rooms, a dental clinic, consultation rooms, an HIV clinic, delivery and labour wards, an abortion clinic, family planning/support, a pharmacy, an eye clinic, and labs. The hours are usually from 8:30am-3:00pm depending on how busy the day is.
  • Lunch between 12:30am and 3:00pm either at the placement or at the accommodation
  • Placement ends usually between 2pm and 4pm depending on the project
  • Free time for the rest of the day and preparation for the placement the day after (if necessary)
  • Soup and bread will be 5:00 pm
  • Dinner between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Visiting a house of babies after you come back from your placement or during the weekend.

Free-time activities

Day trips 

  • Walter falls 
  • Zip line 
  • Coffee and banana plantation
  • Visit a Maasai village, where you will learn and see the lifestyle of the strongest culture in Africa.
  • Hiking and climbing the mountains such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
  • Visit Zanzibar for diving and water sports

Tours and Safaris

  • Visit Ngorongoro national park, where you can go down into the historical crater conservation
  • Serengeti national park 
  • Manyara national park
  • Mikumi national park, and many more!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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
Math and Science at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Medical skills, such as teaching hygiene
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 13:00

What's Included

Services by Ndulilo Volunteer Residency

The program fee includes:

  • Airport pickup from Kilimanjaro international Airport 
  • Arusha airport  
  • Bus Station pick up 
  • Accommodation
  • Meals 
  • WiFi
  • Orientation & Town tour
  • A basic Swahili lesson

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

The program fee includes airport pickup. It takes 45 to 60 minutes to ride to Arusha from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will be picked up by a coordinator with a driver from our ground team. The ground team will be active to get to the airport on time and communicate well.

Note: When you exit the arrivals area you will see a coordinator with a sign of NVR. Please don't look for your name, look for the sign. Wave and our team will see you. On the way to the volunteer house, the coordinator will give you a short briefing about the country and Arusha in general. We will give you a paper with your name, with full information about your placement and details.

You will get to meet and know the ground team while giving you a house tour. We will show you your room, and the next day you will have orientation.

Accommodation

Volunteers in Arusha are accommodated in a volunteer house and home stay. The volunteer house can host up to 30 volunteers at one time. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one to five other volunteers of the same gender. The  house provides a comfortable and warm stay with running water and electricity. However, it is important to note that there are often power outages which may affect availability of hot water. Bedding is provided, which includes a pillow with pillow case, bottom and top sheet. A mosquito net is also provided. You will need to bring your own towel and toiletries. 

In the volunteer house, there is a cook who prepares meals and a cleaner who keeps the place clean and tidy. Safety is paramount, therefore there is also a security guard during day and night. Staff members are available on a daily basis during the week, and via phone over the weekend. All volunteers under the age of 18 years are accommodated in a separate room in the volunteer house. To access the internet during your program, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card in Arusha. The local staff will assist you with this upon arrival.

Bungalow
Food & Beverages

One of the greatest ways to explore Tanzania is to eat like the locals. To make things easy for you, your program fee covers the cost of your main meals, which will be cooked by the in-house mamas.

Because we choose to partner with international people, the mamas will usually be cooking food typical to the Tanzanian taste. This is an authentic way to get a taste of the wonderful flavors of Arusha, and immerse yourself fully in the local culture.

All programs will include options for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and other diets. You should note any dietary requirements in your application so we can make sure the program caters to your needs beforehand. 

The number of meals provided varies from program to program. Our programs fee covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, soup and some snacks at evening.

The project fee includes three meals per day, 7 days per week. Meals generally consist of authentic Tanzanian cuisine, with some western style dishes. A typical breakfast may entail eggs, bread with butter and jam, pancakes, fruits, tea and coffee.

Lunch and dinner usually contain options of meat and fish as well as vegetables and fruits. Rice, potatoes, pasta, and fries may be served, topped with typical Tanzanian sauces and stews.

We are extremely mindful of food allergies and will adapt to requests accordingly.

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 Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. 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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program duration
The Program commencement includes the night before your start date. If you choose to arrive before the starting date, you will have to pay extra according to the days of your stay.
  • The duration of your stay and program is counted in weeks. For instance, if a volunteer is registered for 4 weeks and the start date is January 1st, the program fee accommodates the night of December 31st until January 28th respectively.
  • Travel and leisure holidays are of no exception; they are within the program duration. If a day or more is taken for travels in the 4 week program, the end date will remain the same.
  • There is the possibility for program extension whenever necessary. A one day extension costs 18 USD, where as more than a week would be assigned program fees in regard to the duration of the stay. It is advised that if volunteers require an extension, they should provide a week's notice prior to the end of their original program.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$320
2 weeks
$460
3 weeks
$600
4 weeks
$740
5 weeks
$880
6 weeks
$1,020
7 weeks
$1,160
8 weeks
$1,300
9 weeks
$1,440
10 weeks
$1,580
11 weeks
$1,710
12 weeks
$1,840
13 weeks
$1,970
14 weeks
$2,100
15 weeks
$2,230
16 weeks
$2,360
17 weeks
$2,490
18 weeks
$2,620
19 weeks
$2,750
20 weeks (max. stay)
$2,800
Average fees
$230 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Ndulilo Volunteer Residency will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Ndulilo Volunteer Residency during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Medical Assistance and Medical Outreach

This project involves placements in dispensaries, health centers, and hospitals mostly on rural villages. The volunteers are expected to be qualified and experienced.

$230/week

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