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High­lights

Experience the Tanzanian health care system first hand
Exchange knowledge with the local clinic staff
Learn how a small health clinic with limited resources operates
Study local diseases and their methods of treatment
Explore Tanzania by day trips, safaris or mountain climbs
Work in a small hospital and help to improve the medical care for local people. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Unfortunately good health care is not available for everyone in Tanzania. Insurance isnot as much common as in the Western world and the service of hospitals differs dramatically. 

The project

Tumaini Health Centre is a hospital and health centre owned and run by the Sisters Of Our Lady Kilimanjaro and the congregation of the church. Furthermore, this hospital not only reaches but  exceeds the medical standards required by the government of Tanzania to be a fully functioning hospital in Arusha. Their services are as follows

  • Diagnosis
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Inpatient and outpatient treatments programs
  • Fully operational pre- and postnatal unit
  • Perform surgery
  • Provide triage for accident and emergency to all local hospitals and clinics.
  • Laboratory tests for blood testing and ultrasound technology as well.
Your work
As a volunteer at Tumaini Health Centre, you will be required to help out in the everyday jobs as a member of the hospital team. Depending on your level of training as a nurse or doctor, you will be supervised and assisted in all your duties. Nothing will be asked of you that you are not comfortable with, but you can expand your skill set and knowledge of medical care in all aspects of hospital responsibilities. When you start, you will discuss with Sister Dr. Clarissa, who is in charge of the hospital, where you want to be placed, and she will plan your work accordingly. You will be required to work from 8am until 4pm (or end of shift hours if you are in surgery), so times can vary depending on your department. If your shift will end at night time, transport will be provided to make sure you are safe. The hospital is open seven days a week, but you only have to work Monday to Friday if not otherwise discussed.

Typical day

A typical day starts at 9am when you arrive at the hospital and discuss your daily tasks with your co-workers. 
Depending on the amount of patients you will work along in the different units the health center has. Whether that may be assisting a woman giving birth, treating smaller wounds or handing out medication. No day is like the other!

Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable volunteer rates like: 


1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.
2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
3. Cultural tours to Maasai markets and the possibility to visit different ethnic groups.
4. Coffee plantation tour to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product.
5. Safaris to the national parks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area). 
6. Climbing Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!

Climbing
Concert/
Music
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Safari/
Zoo
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

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)
Required Documents
CV, Picture of the volunteer and police clearance certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in health care can be an advantage.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Viva Tanzania
The fees include:
  • pre-arrival support through email, WhatsApp, telephone and video calls

  • advice and guidance about the projects 

  • pick up at the airport or bus station on your arrival

  • drop off at the airport or a bus station when you leave

  • an orientation tour in Arusha personalized to your individual needs, including help buying a local sim card, guidance on how to use public transport and lunch

  • on the first day of your project our volunteer coordinator will come with you to show you which public transport to take, and make sure you settle in well at your project

  • 50 Euro project donation*

  • Accommodation in our hostel

  • breakfast and dinner seven days a week (lunch is included in some projects – see the project description for more information)

  • 24/7 support from our volunteer coordinators who speak English and German

*We donate a quarter of the registration fee to our Viva Tanzania Volunteer’s fund. This fund is used to help the projects we work with when they have extra expenses they cannot afford. For example, medical and veterinary costs, utility bills, salaries and paint, etc.

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Two airport transfers are included in the fees.

Our driver will pick you up on your arrival and take you to the hostel.

On your departure he will take you back to the airport.



Accommodation

Accomondation

Our hostel where volunteers, interns and travelers stay together is located in Arusha close to the city center. It takes 25 minutes to walk to the city center. To get to the city quickly, there are motorcycle cabs and dala dalas (minibuses) everywhere.
In our hostel we have enough space to relax, a pool, a roof terrace with bar, a shop with products from our projects and a small spa.
A wall more than two meters high and our night watchmen ensure a safe stay.

Accommodation

In our hostel we have 6 and 4 person dormitories as well as double and single rooms. Each room has its own bathroom with hot shower. There are closets in the room, in addition, each guest has a safe that can be secured with a lock. The rooms are separated by gender. Single and double rooms are available for a surcharge of 50 Euro per person per week.



Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Board

Our cook prepares vegetables, fruit, pancakes and daily changing breakfast highlights. Tea, coffee, margarine, honey, peanut butter, jam are also available.

For dinner there are different dishes from Tanzanian and Western cuisine. If you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies/intolerances, it is no problem at all.

If you would like to buy food, there is a refrigerator and shelves where you can store your groceries.



Internet Access
Limited 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.
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

You can start working at this project any day of the week that suits you.
On your first day we will do a town tour showing you Arusha, how to use the buses, where to find ATMs, exchange money and much more. 
The next day one of our staff members will take you to your project showing you the way and making sure you are always safe.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$709
4 weeks
$1,145
6 weeks
$1,581
9 weeks
$2,235
24 weeks (max. stay)
$5,505
Average fees
$292 /week

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

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Support a Health Center

Work in a small hospital and help to improve the medical care for local people.

$268/week

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