Nurse Associate

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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 the famous beaches, Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, safaris and so much more.
Nursing volunteers required in the beautiful island of Zanzibar to assist in the medical care of local patients. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
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.

More than ever, nursing remains the thread that combines the healthcare systems and communities that keep our patients alive. But is this true elsewhere in the world? Could you demonstrate your skills or learn skills in a completely different environment. The answer is simple, yes. Nursing is universal bound by the same principles and foundations Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole created, for what nursing is today. 

Your Stay

Many Medi Trippers will not have ever visited Africa, much less Tanzania 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 Tanzania. Tanzanians 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! 

Hospitals in Tanzania are unlike those back home. Many times you will come across patients sharing beds, hospitals unable to provide food for patients, adequate medication or enough staff to deal with all the cases. There will be times when you are shocked by the conditions you see people have to endure to receive what we might view as sub par care or basic care. Remember, that the country is poor, with limited funding and very few resources therefore they suffer from a high mortality rate and frequent outbreaks of disease. You will see a lot of suffering and you must have the ability to maintain your professionalism and remain strong minded and compassionate.

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.

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.

Work directly with patient's in a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and assistants caring for sick and unwell people in Arusha. Everyday will be working challenge as you receive your group of patients for the day that will need your help. Choose your area of interest from:
  • General medical 
  • Surgical
  • Theatres
  • Out patients
  • Children's ward
Each area has it's own specific needs and you will be orientated before you begin work. 


Although most professionals 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.

Will you make a difference?

Yes. Many bright and motivated volunteers have shone the light and shown the difference that can be made through volunteering. By providing time and care, volunteers introduce new ideas, hope and healthcare at ground level, adding to the work already being done by clinical teams.

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 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. 

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.

How will you get around?

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 around town, this is a demanding role that requires dedication.

You have the choice of local taxi’s (we have contacts of affordable, trusted drivers) who can drive you around town or you can use the famous ‘dala dala’ mini buses that most Tanzanians 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 for a VISA & Permit for voluntary work assignment. Please enquire for details.

HOSPITAL CONTRIBUTION
This is a payment all medical volunteers in Tanzania must make towards your host hospital (Ministry of Health, Tanzania). 

Where do my fees go?

Most of your fees are spent locally. Fees ensure you have above standard accommodation, that you have a personal coordinator picking you up at the airport, orientating you and you have a coordinator day to day and your program is planned and facilitated specifically for you, to match your skills and get you to provide the very best to those that need you. 

Do any fees go directly to the projects?

​Yes they do. Although we don't necessarily think that making financial contributions solve the complex issues faced by deprived areas, we do make a charitable donation on your behalf to your project placement. This is not mandatory. We do this as we know how challenging it can be for our partners to host, supervise and very often teach volunteers. We want our partners to know they are valued and respected for their time as best we can. 

What should I wear to placement?

Scrubs are a great option as they will be kind to you in the warm weather, easily identify you as a clinical volunteer and can be discarded if damaged or contaminated. Uniform that covers your legs and comfortable shoes that protect and cover your feet.

Should I bring any gloves, personal protective equipment or  medical equipment?

Remember you're going into poorly resourced area, they will not have access to the same equipment you would at home. We usually encourage volunteers to bring a box of gloves for personal use and to share with colleagues, hand sanitizer and stethoscopes. Second hand medical books/information you may want to leave behind is also a simple but great resource to share with your colleagues and refer to together on placement. 

What insurance should I get?

​You should ensure you're adequately covered by comprehensive travel insurance for the duration of your stay. You should also ensure you have indemnity insurance (UK: RCN membership for nurses/student nurses and BMA/MDU membership for doctors/medical students). For our EU, US and others please check with your employers/university/college or national employment body on indemnity.

What vaccinations should I get?

​Please visit the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for excellent up to date travel vaccination information.

Where can I get cheap flights?

​There are dozens of great websites online for cheap flights. It is advisable to get your flights as early as possible to be able to logistically plan your trip. 


Is Africa safe for me to travel alone? Do I need to be with other volunteers?

​Regardless of whether you're volunteering on a clinical mission, you're still a tourist. Forward planning is key to protecting yourself from risk as you would anywhere in the world. As a group or a solo traveller from abroad, you will attract attention but, you will also have a great support system in your volunteer coordinators, fellow travellers/volunteers and ​supervisors. It's important to try and be conscientious of your new surroundings and respect and follow local customs as much as possible and insure yourself from any possible risks. 

Africa is a large continent with every country varying greatly in local culture, customs, rules and regulations. Research your destination as much as possible and ask as many questions as possible. We would never place you at risk or in harm's way, however it is important you take ownership of your journey and behave responsibly. 

Still have more questions? Ask away and get in touch!

Please note:

We can also transfer you to the airport on your departure date for $50 USD. Please mention this in your application!

PICK UP POINTS:
Zanzibar Airport
Zanzibar City Ferry Port.

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!

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

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
Nursing 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
Nurse
Nurse Assistant
Healthcare worker
Student Nurse
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 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 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
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 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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Placement begins on the first Monday of each week, except for the last week of each month. Placements still available during public holidays. Please book according to your arrival/landing date, to endeavour to start on one of the following dates:


JAN
14th 
21st 

FEB
4th
11th
18th

MAR
4th 
11th
18th

APRIL
1st
8th
15th
22nd

MAY
6th
13th
20th

JUNE
3rd
10th
17th

JUL
1st
8th 
15th 
22nd

AUG
5th 
12th
19th

SEP
2nd
9th
16th

OCT
7th
14th
21st

NOV
4th
11th
18th

DEC
2nd
9th
16th

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

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

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.
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 a cash payment at the project site.

Why book with Volunteer World

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Nurse Associate

Nursing volunteers required in the beautiful island of Zanzibar to assist in the medical care of local patients.

$281/week

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