Medical Care Assistance

founded in 2005
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Coordinator | Igna
Coordinator | Igna
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Help out in a district or main hospital in this fascinating historic island of Zanzibar. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the Program

The Zanzibar Medical Project presents the opportunity to volunteer and assist in one of the hospitals in Stone Town, Zanzibar. This tropical island off the coast of Tanzania lives by the seasons, and has a laidback atmosphere you will definitely enjoy.

The hospitals struggle with challenges such as outdated equipment, shortages of medication, insufficient or undertrained staff, and a growing number of patients. Extra help and assistance from volunteer medical students or qualified medical staff is very welcome and improves the services being offered.

The mission of the hospitals is to provide the best free medical care possible within the extremely challenging circumstances they have to work with.

The need for volunteers at the hospitals is huge. Next to assistance with the actual work, there is an on-going need for financial support to improve the situation of the hospitals.

Your Role

Your role as a volunteer will be to support the hospitals and work with the local staff in the different departments. You can assist with HIV/AIDS testing for pregnant women, vaccinations for children, general care at the different wards and much more.

Guidance and Supervision

Your stay on Zanzibar will be supervised by our local coordinator. He will look after you from the start and support any help needed to make this a successful and rewarding period of volunteering.

Extra Costs for Medical Volunteering

Due to the challenging financial situation of the hospitals on Zanzibar, the local government has implemented a compulsory donation of 100 USD per week. This allows them enough finances to supervise volunteers’ activities and coordinate your work. This compulsory donation is not included in the fees and needs to be donated in cash to the hospital upon your arrival on Zanzibar.

Typical day

Volunteers will work from Mondays to Fridays for 6 - 8 hours a day including the following tasks.
  • Nurse assistance
  • Handing out medication
  • Dress changing
  • Taking blood samples
  • Taking care of minor surgeries
  • Working in maternity or physiotherapy department
  • Assisting with births
  • First aid
Depending on your level of expertise, a personalized program will be made with the hospital volunteer supervisor.

Free-time activities

A lot of different activities can be found in the neighborhood of Zanzibar. Go sailing, scuba diving or choose one of the other activities on the water! Taste the traditional spices and food on a Zanzibar cook and spices tour where you make your own traditional meal and eat it yourself! Furthermore, you can go hiking, cycling, there is a yoga center where you can practice your flexibility or do a culture tour and find out the real Zanzibar.

Water Sports


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
Education Requirements
Medical at University level
Required Documents
Police Clearance Certificate and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Khaya Volunteer Projects
  • Pick up from Stone Town airport or harbor
  • First day introduction at the project and surroundings
  • Accommodation
  • All meals (3 meals a day)
  • Guidance and supervision during your stay
  • Excluded: 

    • Tourist visa (50 USD upon arrival)
    • Volunteer visa (200 USD after arrival)
    • Weekly mandatory donation to the hospital (100 USD a week)
Airport Pickup at Zanzibar International Airport

You will be collected from the airport or the harbor of Stone Town.


Volunteers will stay in shared accommodation in the area of Chukwani, which is 10-15 minutes away from the centre of Stone Town, the main city on Zanzibar.

The house is fully furnished up to Zanzibari standards, and provides you with a comfortable home for the duration of your stay on Zanzibar. You will stay together with other international volunteers creating lots of opportunities to enjoy the island together.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with meals that are cooked for you by our cook. Meals will be local Zanzibari food which generally means a small basic breakfast of bread and tea and cooked meals for both lunch and dinner.

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.
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

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 14 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
12 weeks
14 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$294 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Khaya Volunteer Projects 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 Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Medical Care Assistance

Help out in a district or main hospital in this fascinating historic island of Zanzibar.


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