Medi Trip

Nursing Assistant

Richard's Bay, South Africa show on map
founded in 2014
Coordinator | Pearl
Coordinator | Pearl
More than ever, nursing remains the thread that combines the healthcare systems and communities that keep our patients alive. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

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. 

Offering placements for: Students Nurse, Qualified Nurses & Nursing Assistants

About Richard's Bay, KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal also referred to as KZN and known as "the garden province" in South Africa, which was created in 1994 when the Zulu people of KwaZulu (meaning "Place of the Zulu" in Zulu) and the Natal Province were merged. It is located in the southeast of the country, enjoying a long shoreline beside the Indian Ocean and sharing borders with three other provinces and the countries of Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Its capital is Pietermaritzburg and its largest city is Durban. It is the 2nd most populous province in South Africa, with slightly fewer residents than Gauteng.

During the 1830s and early 1840s, the northern part of what is now KwaZulu-Natal was occupied by the Zulu Kingdom while the southern part was, briefly, the Boer republic of Natalia before becoming, in 1843, the British Colony of Natal. KwaZulu remained independent until 1879.

KwaZulu-Natal is the birthplace of many notable figures in South Africa's history, such as Albert Luthuli, the first non-white and the first person from outside Europe and the Americas to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1960).

Where will you stay?

Hidden along the coastline of kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Richard's Bay offers a stunning backdrop to an unforgettable experience. This is a stunning coastal destination. Richards Bay is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is situated on a 30 square kilometre lagoon of the Mhlatuze River, which gives it one of the country's largest harbours. Richards bay also has the deepest natural harbour in the Southern hemisphere.

The Problem

Hospitals in South Africa are unlike those back home. Many government facilities are under resources without adequate medication or enough staff to deal with all the patients. 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, with limited funding and very few resources the country endures a high mortality rate and frequent outbreaks of disease and one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV and AIDS. You will see a lot of suffering and you must have the ability to maintain your professionalism and remain strong minded and compassionate.

The Solution

Depending on your area of interest and your skills, you will be matched with an appropriate clinical area/hospital. The learning opportunities are bountiful as long as you stay focused and flexible in your approached.

Your role

You will be assigned a local clinic to work in where you will assist in the general care of unwell patients. Your role as a volunteer will require you to assist in monitoring, observing and tending to the patients healthcare needs. 

Medical volunteering is the most challenging and therefore requires people who are highly motivated, passionate and focused. This is also the most rewarding area given that you are contributing life saving skills where they are desperately needed.

Tasks and duties would be as follows:

  • Assist the medical staff assigned to you with their day-to-day schedule
  • As it is a government clinic it usually is at its busiest from 07:00am until 13:00pm. After this time it generally quiets down however you may decide if you would like to stay on and assist.
  • Assisting in delivery of medical care including rounds, assessments, procedures, treatments, follow ups and general service provision
  • Attending clinical MDT meetings
  • General assistance of nursing staff where required and where experience and expertise follow
  • Could also concentrate on other areas within the clinic if not comfortable with the above tasks
  • Focus on special awareness and information programmes
  • You should also use your initiative at your project 
  • You're highly encouraged to introduce new project initiatives that can benefit the local community

Where will you stay?

You will stay in a beautiful , private guest house in Richard's Bay, KwaZulu-Natal. Providing safe, clean and comfortable  accommodation:

  • Self-Catering, basic food and supplies provided weekly 
  • Comfortable bedding
  • Airconditioning
  • Free WiFi
  • Housekeeping
  • Private garden & swimming pool access
  • Private parking
  • 15 min drive to the beach and shopping malls

This will be a quiet and friendly suburban neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town and the beach. You will have wifi, hot showers, 24 hour gated compound and the owner and on-site placement supervisor who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious. 

How will you get around?

You will need to be willing to take public transport to travel to various work locations or it is also recommended  that you bring your driving license and hire a vehicle for your placement duration.

VISA & PERMIT Information

Your VISA will be permanently stamped in your passport on entry to South Africa and valid for 90 days.

Where do my fees go?

Most of your fees are spent locally. Fees ensure you have above standard accommodation, that you have someone personally picking you up at the airport, orientating you and you have a coordinator day to day and clinical supervisor at placement. 

Please note:
We can also transfer you to the airport on your departure date for $75 USD. Please mention this in your application!

King Shaka International Airport 
Richard's Bay Airport

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?

Uniform or simple comfortable clothing that is bare below the elbow and covers your knees. You will be in a hot and humid climate that will require clothing that will keep you cool and easy to move around in. Comfortable shoes that protect and cover your feet, trainers are fine.

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!

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?
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 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!

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:













Free-time activities

KwaZulu-Natal has all the ingredients for an amazing adventure: sun, sea, shopping and thankfully, if hedonism’s your bag, quality clubs and spas too. 

Richard's Bay offers adventurous eaters tastes from across the African continent, be it Zulu fare like samp (crushed maize used in porridge) Braai (barbecue) and marog (African spinach) or other local cuisine.

Savvy visitors know to come with a half-empty suitcase ready to fill up with well-priced buys for themselves, friends and families, a portion of which is reserved for African mementos. 

Volunteers will stay in a guesthouse on a privately owned family home and enjoy choices of local restaurants as well as use local minibus transport to their volunteer project, for an authentic experience. This is a beautiful fishing town surrounded by coastline with incredibly friendly locals.

Respect for the locals, their cultures, religion and environment are essential to operate a successful volunteer programme. All our Volunteers placed in the local community have to abide by our Code of Conduct by respecting the local culture. Volunteers also have the opportunity to explore the scenic beauty of South Africa whereby tours and sightseeing can be offered. 

Water Sports

Program 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
Education Requirements
Nursing at High School diploma, Degree or relevant qualificationns level
Required Documents
CV, proof of education, relevant certifications, passport copy and criminal background check or two signed character references
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Previous experience working directly with patients
Experience working in a care/hospital environment.
Experience working in a team/multidisciplinary team
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 15:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Medi Trip (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Medi Trip

    • Pre-placement support 
    • Clinical supervision by a Consultant Speech & Language Pathologist and MDT team
    • Accommodation  (Self Catering apartment with garden and private pool access, weekly food supplies included)
    • Transfer from the airport
    • Placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa
    • Orientation Programme, including Welcome Session and Orientation Session
    • WiFi
    • Flights
    • Evening activities
    • Transport to and from the City
    • Transport to and from Projects
    • Airport shuttle back to the airport after completion of Programme
    • Additional cost for special dietary  requirements
    • Visa 
Airport Pickup at King Shaka International Airport

King Shaka International Airport 

Richard's Bay Airport


You will stay in a beautiful , private guest house in Richard's Bay, KwaZulu-Natal. Providing safe, clean and comfortable  accommodation:

  • Self-Catering, basic food and supplies provided weekly 
  • Comfortable bedding private double bedroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free WiFi
  • Housekeeping
  • Private garden & swimming pool access
  • Private parking
  • 15 min drive to the beach and shopping malls
  • Car hire available

This will be a quiet and friendly suburban neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town and the beach. You will have wifi, hot showers, 24 hour gated compound and the owner and on-site placement supervisor who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious. 

Guest Family Guesthouse Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are expected to prepare their own meals. Food and supplies will be delivered at the beginning of each week of your stay and this will be set menu, so please let us know if you have any requests or dietary requirements.

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 King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
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 South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 650
4 weeks
$ 925
6 weeks
$ 1,075
8 weeks
$ 1,350
10 weeks
$ 1,600
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,800
Average fees
$ 238 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Richard's Bay/South Africa between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
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 cash at arrival at the project site.
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