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Excellent 4.8rating (76)

Psychology & Mental Health Hospital Assistant

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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

Psychology placement working with patients struggling with mental health problems. Work in a large hospital in a clinical team of nurses, doctors and psychologists.

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.

Medi Trip ...

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.

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 right at the heart of the community, we work only the very best local professionals and we 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. You will be supervised by professionals with years of local experience. 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.

                                                               Mental Health in the Community

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-V 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.


Your Mission

This is a placement working in a large outpatient mental health department as they receive patients from the community, asses, diagnose and refer them to in-patient facilities. Volunteer alongside a mental healthcare professional to deliver vital services to patients and their families.

This is a heavily medically led treatment facility centered around mostly medical treatment i.e psycho-pharmaceuticals. There is talk therapy and counselling involved which you can participate in through translation.


  • Work alongside psychiatric nurses,  mental health clinicians and social workers

  • Observe mental health assessments and treatments 

  • Assist with counselling and psycho-educational sessions; services often limited due to lack of resources

  • Assist with delivery of care to people in mental health crisis

  • Assist with delivery of health promotion and health education

  • Observe the effects of long term mental illness on day to day living amongst the most underprivileged

  • Observe the widespread impacts of mental illness on the local community

  • Deliver small scale observational report on your experience and findings.

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.

This placement can include outreach/community work with people in the wider community. Contact us for more details on outreach..


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.

Why Tanzania?

Tanzania is a bright, beautiful country to visit, the people are warm and gracious. Tanzania is multicultural and has hundreds of various tribes and ethnicities, the most famous being the proud nomadic Maasai tribe. Rich in culture and stunning to see, it really is an exciting part of Africa to visit. That is why thousands of travellers pass through every year. It's capital Dar Es Salaam sits on a breathtaking coastline, an hour from paradise island of Zanzibar. In the north, Arusha sits under the shadows of the great Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Tanzania is home to many famous Safari parks and game reserves where people from all over the world come to visit the spectacular wildlife.

What about COVID 19?

Tanzania has received the safe travel stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council in the wake of the current pandemic. 

Aside from that, you will receive safety guidance and protocol once you have registered with us.  If you would prefer to participate in this project remotely from home, please get in contact for details.

Where will you stay?

You will stay in Siret Hostel, is an award winning bed and breakfast, one of the highest rated and reviewed guesthouses in Arusha. We provide safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have wifi, hot showers, 24 hour 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?

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.

To get around town you will have the choice of local taxis (we have contacts of affordable, trusted drivers) who can get 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 pickpockets 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.

CLINICAL PRACTICE FEE
$50 usd per week. This is a payment all medical volunteers in Tanzania must make (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.

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, 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, Mental Health, Counselling 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

Minimum of 6 months experience working in a mental health. At least in Year 2 of study with practical experience

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.
    • A set menu of spaghetti bolognese, pilau (flavoured rice and veg), rice and chicken, chapati (flat bread) and beans served with salad and fruit!
  • 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

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 a MONDAY to ensure you maximise your work hours during the week.

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

Program fees

2 weeks (min. stay) 706€
4 weeks 970€
8 weeks 1,411€
10 weeks 1,680€
12 weeks (max. stay) 1,949€
Average fees 257€/week

Program fees

257€ 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 (76 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. 

76 reviews · rating4.8

Program (@Mt Meru) itself was great - a lot of flexibility, great liaison, great doctors, great nurses, psychologists etc…; and everyone’s real enthusiastic to collaborate. P/s: Occupational Therapy department was delightful too. & the methadone clinic. & the morgue. As for the house - ...
My placement was an incredible, insightful, and illuminating experience. In psychology, it is often said that you’ve got to ‘put yourself in someone else’s shoes’ in-order to fully understand their behaviour. Well, this placement was constantly filled with many opportunities for both ...
Lara Dutra Bachega rating5

2021 at Psychology & Mental Health Hospital Assistant

When I arrived at the hospital, I was received by one of the volunteer psychologists, he explained how the clinic worked and my main tasks would be to be around to see how things works. I was, together with the nurses at the clinic days, where we received about 40 patients per day to see how they ...
Amana Williams Murthoo rating5

2020 at Psychology & Mental Health Hospital Assistant

Our placement consisted of us going to visit a mental health outpatient ward at a regional hospital. During our placement we shadowed Psychologists who worked there and worked alongside students from the university of Dar es Salaam. During our visit we shadowed counselling sessions with ...
I was in Tanzania for 10 weeks, what feels like a combination between a lifetime and a short breath was filled with different experiences that I never could have imagined. My dominant role was as a psychology intern in the mental health department in a large hospital in Arusha.. Here I ...
I started off my placement through observing psychological assessment, diagnoses and medical treatment. I then partook in the administration of patient details, diagnoses and associated medication. This helped me familiarize myself with the diverse range of medication commonly prescribed. I also ...

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