Medicine Internship

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Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
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We offer you the option of spending time in different hospital departments, which allows you to learn about various specialisations
Learn basic medical skills and do health checks during our community outreaches
Shadow doctors and nurses on their rounds, and see first-hand what daily life at a hospital is like
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa
See the beautiful wildlife of Tanzania, like elephants, rhinos, and lions or explore the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro
Learn directly from doctors and do health checks during outreaches in this vibrant African country This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+

This internship is all about broadening your medical knowledge. So we’ve partnered with local hospitals to give you the opportunity to spend time in many different departments.

There’s even the option to work in a Maasai hospital where you can learn about more traditional medicine techniques. However, you’ll need to intern for at least four weeks to work in the Maasai hospital. Because there is less supervision and structure at this placement, we only recommend it for interns with medical experience.

In all of our medical placements, these are some of the departments you can intern in:

  • Maternity
  • General medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Laboratory
  • Dental unit
  • Palliative care

The number of different departments you can work in will depend on how long your internship is. We recommend spending at least one week in a department before moving to another department. If you’re interested in a specific department, feel free to contact us and we can help advise you.

This is a chance for you to gain medical work experience, by learning from doctors and doing outreach work. Here are the different tasks you will do:

  • Observe professional doctors in a hospital or clinic
  • Spend time in several hospital departments
  • Learn about healthcare and gain practical skills during medical workshops
  • Participate in medical outreaches and practise taking health measures

These are the different areas your work will focus on:

Learn from qualified doctors

You’ll spend your days shadowing medical staff, sitting in on patient consultations and getting to experience the life of a doctor in Tanzania. You’ll get to see first-hand how doctors cope with challenging circumstances and lack of funding and resources. You’ll get to see different medical procedures and learn how to diagnose and treat different diseases.

Work in different departments

Depending on how long you intern for, you might get to spend time in different departments, giving you the chance see what specialisation stands out for you.

Attend medical workshops

As part of your learning experience, you’ll also get to learn from medical professionals during workshops. These are held about once every two weeks. Local doctors will take this time to teach you practical skills, like how to measure blood pressure or administer first aid. They’ll also talk you through the symptoms, prevention, and treatment of tropical diseases, like malaria.

Help local communities

You’ll also be helping people in local communities during medical outreaches. We'll teach you everything you need to know, and your work will be supervised by medical professionals.

You’ll give talks on healthy eating to help with heart disease prevention. You can also gain experience measuring the blood sugar and blood pressure levels of people who can’t seek formal medical treatment. Medical outreaches provide basic medical care and diagnoses to people who can’t afford regular check-ups.

Typical day

Your day will start with breakfast with your host family. You’ll sit down for a tasty meal before getting ready, picking up your notebook, and catching a dalla dalla, which will zip you off to a local hospital.

Your typical work day will start at about 7.30am, because Tanzanian hospitals are particularly busy in the mornings. You’ll usually finish work at around 3pm.

You’ll be assigned a supervising doctor, who will lead you through different consultations and procedures. Take notes, ask questions, and take this opportunity to learn as much as you can. You might have the chance to learn how to take X-rays or practise working with medical equipment.

You’ll help out at medical outreaches about once every two weeks. During outreaches, you’ll set up a healthcare station at a local school or community centre, and take measurements like blood pressure, blood sugar, height, and weight. This is tiring work and you’ll probably screen many different people in one day. But it’s also a chance to have direct contact with patients and provide them with early medical screening.

Once every two weeks, you’ll also attend a medical workshop given by a local doctor. At these workshops, you’ll learn valuable skills like how to administer first aid or practise suturing.

Your evenings will be free, giving you the chance to explore your surroundings and get to know your fellow interns.

Free-time activities

A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.

A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.

What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.

Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.

There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects. 



In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
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 07:30 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Your arrival airport in Tanzania will be Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). One of our friendly staff members will be there to greet you at your respective arrival airport. They’ll be holding a Projects Abroad sign, so they’ll be easy to spot.

Kilimanjaro Airport is about a one-hour taxi ride from the town of Arusha. It is also possible for a member of Projects Abroad staff to pick you up from the bus station in Arusha if you decide to travel from Nairobi or Dar es Salaam by bus.

If you’re volunteering in Moshi, one of our staff members will take you by taxi from Kilimanjaro Airport to your host family. During peak traffic, it will take approximately two hours to drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to to Moshi. When the roads are quiet, it will take about an hour.

We cover the cost of transport to and from the airport or bus station, giving you one less thing to worry about when you arrive in Tanzania.

Once you arrive at your host family, a staff member will introduce you and then you’ll have some time to unpack and settle in after your long journey.


You'll stay with a host family in Arusha or Moshi. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Tanzania and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
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.
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


Details on arrival

This project runs all year round so you can organise a trip whenever it suits your schedule. You can join for as long as you like, with a minimum duration of one week.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,152 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad 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 Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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