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Excellent 4.8rating (75)

Psychology & Mental Health in the Community

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2 - 12 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Excellent 4.8  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Very high response rate

Highlights

  • Experience a life changing cultural journey to Africa.
  • Gain perspective of how developing nations keep their cultures alive in our modern fast changing world.
  • Become more passionate about healthcare and gain a sense of community!
  • Make memories you will never forget with people from all over the world sharing your experience with you.
  • See some of the most incredible nature scenes in the world including Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Hot Springs, waterfalls and so much more.

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the program

Work with a Psychiatry team treating people with severe mental health issues including, drug/alcohol, prison facilities, home visits and community outreach campaigns.

Are you thinking about volunteering abroad? Take on this amazing opportunity to add depth to your work experience and portfolio. Work with some of the most underprivileged, at risk and vulnerable people to learn compassion, care and the complexities of healthcare in a developing nation.

The Problem

Men

About the program

Are you thinking about volunteering abroad? Take on this amazing opportunity to add depth to your work experience and portfolio. Work with some of the most underprivileged, at risk and vulnerable people to learn compassion, care and the complexities of healthcare in a developing nation.

The Problem

Mental disorders are very common in almost all countries of the world, and are known to largely affect socioeconomic development and growth. The global DSM-IV disorders lifetime prevalence is estimated to be between 18.1% and 36.1%, with no significant difference between high and low and middle income countries. Tanzania is no different. Despite guidelines from WHO for mental health service frameworks, the country still struggles with successful treatment and rehabilitation of patients suffering from mental illness. Large numbers of people also suffer from drug and alcohol addiction, suicide attempts and many of whom go untreated leading to more complex clinical and social issues. Limited in-patient facilities, resources and qualified professionals competent to treat complex cases mean many remain untreated for years.

There is huge stigma surrounding mental illness in Tanzania, particularly when dealing with ailments or complaints that cannot be easily identified or understood. This oftentimes delays people seeking treatment or support which can have severe and destructive life outcomes. Because of this, the majority of the work needed to be done in reaching people that need help is in the community and through bold awareness campaigns countering stigma. Many people will not make it to the few mental health treatment facilities scattered around the region.

Culture also has a huge role to play in supporting the community in creating mental wellness. Traditional and religious beliefs provide a powerful backdrop on how mental health is understood and navigated in communities. Beliefs can also play into health seeking behaviours, where people may seek out religious leaders and/or traditional practitioners for help and understanding before seeking psychiatric or medical diagnosis and treatment. A large proportion of the population still attribute supernatural reasoning for mental health issues, lessening the amount of people readily seeking psychiatric treatment or western based psychological treatment support.  


About the project

A multidisciplinary team of Clinical Psychiatrists, Psychologist, Physiotherapist and nurses provide psychiatric and wellness services at a health centre in the Kisongo area of Arusha. The team conduct the majority of their services within the community, during home visits in patients homes or in recovery centres based in the community. Additionally, they conduct a large amount of educational and awareness training, workshops, campaigns and radio shows promoting mental health services and encouraging the public to become more informed about mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding seeking psychiatric treatment. 

Location: Kisongo, Arusha

What they do: 

  • Psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, treatment 

  • Treatment through psychopharmaceuticals: medication administration

  • Treatment through talk therapy using the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model

  • Intensive family therapy and family counselling sessions

  • Addiction support: Drug and alcohol addiction support at recovery and sober living houses

  • Referrals for severely ill patients for in patient treatment

  • Suicide prevention and awareness

  • Education and awareness around depression 

  • Trauma support and treatment through intensive treatment

  • Community and home visits.

Criteria:

  • 18 years old +

  • 2nd year + Undergraduate University Student: 

For experienced interns: 6 months + experience for professional candidates from related professional backgrounds only

  • Background in mental health work, counselling, psychiatry, social work, occupational therapy, addiction and rehabilitation, community mental health, nursing, medicine.

Educational background

  • Psychology; Medicine; Nursing; Mental Health; Social Work; Occupational Therapy 

Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Times of the year it would be unavailable (school holidays etc):

  • None

Soft skills:

  • Self direction when situations appear unclear/unambiguous

  • Entering environments where local customs, safety awareness and local regulations should respected

  • Acceptance and understanding of strong cultural differences

  • Situations or scenarios that can feel overwhelming or unmanageable

  • Lack of basic resources; funding, equipment and additional staffing

  • Working in rural settings with no modern conveniences

  • Long distance travel (risk assessed as: safe)

The Patients

The team receives patients at their treatment facility, but conducts a large proportion of their work on home visits and within the surrounding community.

The patients have a varying scope of mental health complaints or presentations most commonly:

  • Depression and suicidal ideation

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Substance induced psychosis

  • Drug and alcohol addiction

  • Schizophrenia

The lead Clinical Psychiatrist will offer identification of the patients individual symptoms, diagnosis and treatment based on the patient reports, history and assessment of any other contributing reports or factors. 

The Mission

In partnership with District Executive Director His Excellency Suleiman Hamis Msumi and his dedicated team, our interns have been invited to join an innovative program to support the work of their lead Clinical Psychiatrist providing mental health support in the community. Our interns will work alongside an experienced and qualified team with patients that are struggling with mental health issues. The team’s long term goal is to establish their clinic as a wellness centre providing holistic treatment and preventative healthcare. .

Intern activities

  • .Working under supervision with a qualified member of staff

  • Attending patient assessment during clinics at the health centre

  • Attending home visits 

  • Attending rehabilitation facility visits where assessments, treatments or group sessions are conducted

  • Attending counselling and therapy sessions: Medication administration, Psychotherapy or CBT treatment

  • Helping with documentation and report writing

  • Helping with data collection and research implementation

  • Attending weekly team meetings for evaluations and case discussions

  • Assisting with awareness campaigns: community workshops, radio campaigns and other activities related to reaching the broader community.

Project Management

  • Contributing ideas for improvement and continued development of the project

  • Contributing own theoretical knowledge or work experience: exchanging ideas and knowledge with the team.

Training and supporting the staff: 

  • Experienced interns are welcome to give presentations on ideas that can build on the work the team is already doing.

How will you get around?

Please note this project is 45-60 mins travel. Additional travel between patient visits and work sites in the community. For your placement, you will travel like a local and walk or take public transport. You will need to set a small budget aside for this (around $1 per day by local minibuses, 4 to 5 days per week). It is important you are prepared and comfortable to travel across town to reach various work sites, this is a demanding role that requires dedication. You will also need to budget for your own lunch or make a small contribution to join the school lunch of rice, beans and vegetables. 

Important VISA & Permit Information

You will be required to pay for a VISA work assignment. Please note this is a legal requirement and your responsibility. Please enquire for more details.





Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin very early, beginning with a ward round of doctors assessments and receiving a handover of your patients. You will support your supervising colleagues with care of your patients that need to be treated. You will either observe or assist in managing the care and ...

Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin very early, beginning with a ward round of doctors assessments and receiving a handover of your patients. You will support your supervising colleagues with care of your patients that need to be treated. You will either observe or assist in managing the care and needs of those patients for the day. Your 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?
07:30 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!


Free-time activities

Arusha provides an array of activities to get involved in during your free time. Explore the numerous walking trails, enjoy the large amount of cafe's bistro's and local food in town. There is a newly built mall in the town centre which also now has a cinema complex and more places to relax. There ...

Free-time activities

Arusha provides an array of activities to get involved in during your free time. Explore the numerous walking trails, enjoy the large amount of cafe's bistro's and local food in town. There is a newly built mall in the town centre which also now has a cinema complex and more places to relax. There is a vibrant night life on most evenings in Arusha, whether you want to enjoy a quiet drink, watch outdoor cinema or go dancing. 

Night life

The social life in Tanzania is amazing, because Tanzanians are so open, friendly and love a good laugh. Tanzanian’s are famous in East Africa for their partying. They really do know how to have a good time. Their DJ’s and musicians are some of the best in Africa and there are many bars, clubs and restaurants popular amongst tourists and volunteers where you can let your hair down and socialise with locals and people from across the world.

Siret Trip Adventures provide a unique opportunity for our special volunteers to experience more of Africa's beauty. Take a scenic weekend walking tour of the lush rolling foothills of Mt Meru or a breathtaking day trips to some the world's most admired national reserves. Arusha is packed with opportunity to experience unique and unforgettable outdoor adventures. 

What else is there to do?

There are endless possibilities. Most volunteers rave about climbing Kilimanjaro. This usually takes about a week, so ensure you organise this with us before you arrive. Take advantage of this amazing tourist treasure.

Hot springs

An oasis in the middle of a barren landscape. The hot springs are truly magnificent. This can be organised as a day trip at any time. 

The Waterfalls

Another hot favourite. Hiking across lush vegetation to the spectacular waterfalls.

Safari

Ah yes, what Tanzania is world famous for. Safari is once in a lifetime adventure that is unique to the Africa experience. Unforgettable and jaw dropping landscapes is what is promised. This will need you to sacrifice some days, so please ensure you organise this long in advance. 

Tour packages, Safari's and cultural experiences are all available. 


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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)

Education Requirements

Psychology, Psychiatry, Mental Health, Counselling, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work at Minimum of 2nd University Degree or Diploma level

Criminal Background Check

required

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

At least in Year 2 of University Minimum of 6 months experience working in a mental health.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Medi Trip

  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling 
  • Placement supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up 
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Daily in-person availability of coordinators
  • EXCLUDES

    • $50 USD per week Clinical Practice Fee (please note this is government fee and not a donation)
    • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
    • VISA and PERMIT fees

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

PICK UP POINTS:
Kilimanjaro Airport
Arusha Airport
Arusha Bus station

Accommodation

Our volunteers stay in a newly refurbished volunteer house with modern amenities for a comfortable guest house experience.

  • Conveniently located in town
  • Housekeeping daily
  • Hot showers
  • WiFi
  • Beautiful spacious grounds 
  • Gated security with electric fencing and intercom entry. 

Private double bedrooms available on request.

Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Dinner

  • Continental breakfast with, eggs, toast, variety of fruit! Coffee & Tea.
  • Dinner Mondays to Fridays. Kitchen facilities available at weekends.
  • We have a filtered water cold/hot water dispenser to save on buying bottled water and make sure you keep hydrated with clean and safe water!

And of course the kitchen is yours to use! We have a fabulous chef who can guide you to local supermarkets if you want to buy your own personal food and snacks!

During orientation you will be shown tasty and affordable places to get lunch during your work day. You will have a good variety of local and western food places. There are amazing cafe's, bistro's and affordable western restaurants to enjoy a burger, salad, seafood etc!

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Aim to arrive on a Sunday.

Orientation begins on the first Monday of each week. 

Work placement will begin the next day.

Placements still available during public holidays. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

2 weeks (min. stay) 720€
4 weeks 990€
8 weeks 1,441€
10 weeks 1,715€
12 weeks (max. stay) 1,989€
Average fees 263€/week

Program fees

263€ per week 2 - 12 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Deposit

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

Your final payment will be agreed with Medi Trip during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Medi Trip

Excellent 4.8 rating (75 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2014

Verified by Volunteer World

  Very high response rate

Coordinated by

Pearl

Spoken languages: English

About the project

Medi Trip is the volunteer specialists in Tanzania for gap years, students, nurses, doctors and inspired travellers.

Meet your organization

 Medi Trip - Company Profile

 Medi Trip is a limited company registered in the United Kingdom. The company was founded in November 2014 by current Director Pearl Sakoane (Nogi) (Chief Executive Officer). Pearl is a qualified nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK), who graduated from King's College London and holds a Psychology Bachelors (with honours) degree from the University of Greenwich, London. She's worked in General Nursing, as a Research Nurse/Assistant on a research team with Kings College London, in a mental health rehabilitation facility and as a maternity care assistant along 10 years in the health care system in the UK. She also interned in Tanzania as a student and returned with the idea of establishing Medi Trip, going on to win the national Edith Cavell Leadership Award in 2015, featured in the Telegraph newspaper amongst other publications. 

Medi Trip - Volunteer Programs

Medi Trip specialises in bespoke volunteer programs for healthcare professionals and individuals passionate about making a real difference. We aim to facilitate volunteering experiences in healthcare facilities and within the community. The aim is to create the opportunity for individuals from different countries to learn, share knowledge of best practice, discuss areas of mutual concern and exchange ideas Medi Trip offer volunteer placements to doctors, nurses, students, healthcare/medical assistants and allied healthcare professionals. Some professionals want to share their expertise and experience, others choose to learn in an environment completely removed from their regular area of practice. 

The main goal is to share knowledge amongst both local and foreign professionals. Meds Trip's volunteers have the opportunity to understand the socioeconomic and health implications of poverty within a developing nation. They experience first hand the care of vulnerable patients within a healthcare system with limited resources. 

We are different from other volunteer companies in that Medi Trip specifically seek specialists or people with big ideas. Whether you want to simply use your clinical skills in different environment, help set up something new or want to raise awareness in a particular area of interest, we can help you realise your vision. Our purpose is to open up new possibilities for brilliant people. 

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. 

75 reviews · rating4.8

During my two weeks at the psychiatric clinic I was able to attend assessment and revisit sessions with patients varying in age and mental illness as well as severity of their illness. Additionally I was able to conduct therapy sessions on my own when patients could speak English. We attended ...
Maxime Longton rating5

2024 at Physiotherapy Hospital Assistant

Working in the physiotherapy department in the hospital was very interesting for me. A lot of new techniques and new cases of patients to learn. The staff was very nice and helpful with me to make me have a good time there. I spent a great time in Arusha. I discovered a lot of nice places, met ...
Jasmin Erlwein rating4.8

2024 at General Surgery Medical Intern

It was a dream come true for me! These four weeks were indescribable! I gained wonderful experiences not only in my professional career! From a medical point of view, I got to know so many new possibilities without the modern stuff with I was used to! My social skills have improved enormously. I ...
Leslie Stavig rating5

2024 at Emergency Department Assistant

I spent 4 weeks volunteering with MediTrip in Arusha, Tanzania. This is a public and busy hospital that aslo gets many referral from the other private hospital in Arusha and provide teaching to the medical interns and students. As an experienced Registered Nurse, I was grateful to be placed in ...
Lore & Andrea Verbeke & Maelfait rating4.8

2024 at Physiotherapy Hospital Assistant

The first day we were brought to the hospital with meditrip what was really good! In the hospital we had a good supervision the whole time. Monday-wednesday-friday we went to the medical wards and treated patients together with the physio’s but sometimes there was not much to do but you see more ...
Lore Verbeke rating4.6

2024 at Physiotherapy Hospital Assistant

I was volunteering in Arusha with a friend. We worked as physiotherapists in a local hospital. It was a really good experience and we learned a lot about the differences in culture and healthcare. We had a good experience with Meditrip. Asante ...

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