Medi Trip

Children's Medical Associate

Arusha, Tanzania show on map

Agency | Medi Trip

Work in a busy children's ward in a local hospital helping the paediatric medical team treat sick young babies and children from the local community.

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.

The Problem 

According to the WHO 45% of children's deaths under 5 years old were newborns, many only living the first few days after birth! Now more than ever clinical staff are called to duty beyond their borders. Although fertility remains high across Africa, mothers, babies and children under 5 still struggle to stay healthy and alive. Largely preventable and treatable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea cause the death of about 300 children under 5 years of age every day! There are wide socio-economic and geographical disparities in child mortality, largely due to inequities in access to, and use of, health services. Health systems and service delivery are below the standard needed for the population in Tanzania. The availability of life saving drugs, specialist treatments and supplies remains critically low. The systems for referral to specialist centres and transport from rural regions are inadequate or expensive. Limited access to insurance schemes and informal payments at health facilities means many people simply cannot afford to send their children to hospital. It is overwhelming.

The majority of children arrive at the hospital with complex health issues including:

  • Respiratory infections (pneumonia, TB) and breathing difficulties
  • Malnutrition and vitamin difficiencies (e.g Rickets, severe dehydration, critically low blood glucose)
  • Cerebral nervous system complications due to complications at birth (e.g Cerebral Palsy, Hypertonia, Hydroencaphalus)
And much, much more. Complex social issues including extreme poverty exacerbate these health complications. 

Your Role 

Now is the time to challenge ourselves as practitioners and help to empower those who do not benefit from medical advancements and knowledge. Contribute your time and support the medical care of young children in Arusha Tanzania. Work with a great team who are busy and over stretched, who at times just can't give every patient the tender loving care they deserve. This is where you come in. Volunteer your clinical care and support in our busy children's ward, your contribution is priceless and unforgettable for the families, their children and and the medical staff. 

  • Assist in the organisation of the busy children's medical ward-help direct patients, support and comfort families
  • Assist in triage and assessment of the patients
  • Help to clerk patients: admissions and discharges 
  • Assist in the nursing/medical care of sick and unwell children
  • Support the busy and overwhelmed medical staff in ward rounds and clincs

This placement will include compulsory outreach/community work with children in the wider community which includes a choice of the following:

  • Working with nursery aged children at an orphanage every Saturday
  • Helping with "homework club" at a local school to primary aged pupils
  • Helping with with weekend activities at a local Children's Home 
Please let us know which of the following you feel you will be most able to assist in. Contact us for more details on each project.

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. 

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. Tanzanian’s 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! 

Although most Tanzanian's 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.

About Arusha

Tanzania belongs to the East African community, neighboured by Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique. Arusha is in northern Tanznia; a very unique and vibrant city at the base of Mount Meru, about an hour away from the tallest mountain in Africa Mount Kilimanjaro. The city is surrounded by natural beauty being in close proximity to several national parks including Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Olduvai and Arusha National Parks.

Interestingly, Arusha hosted the international criminal tribunal for Rwanada and sits as the de facto East African Community capital. Despite being in a conservative and religious country, Arusha is regarded as more liberal and very open to foreigners. Perhaps due to it's historical significance in the 1961 Arusha Declaration, which gave independence to modern Tanzania from the British Commonwealth. The city is very much a melting pot, multicultural and populated by people from all different backgrounds. The main language spoken is Swahili and a visitor would do well by learning a few of the many greetings. 

Where will you stay?

You will stay at the 2017 award winning Siret Hostel; 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 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.

You have the choice of local taxi’s (we have contacts of affordable, trusted drivers) who can chauffer you around town or you can use the famous ‘dala dala’ mini buses that most Tanzanian’s 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 $50 USD VISA ($100 USD for US Citizens) to enter the country at the aiport. This is a quick and simple process at arrivals in the airport. 

Once in Arusha we will process your Volunteer Permit to allow you to legally carry out your volunteering. This will be $200 USD and will be arranged by us and paid directly to the local government. Your permit will be permanently stamped in your passport and valid for 90 days.

HOSPITAL CONTRIBUTION
This is a contribution all medical volunteers in Tanzania must make of $100 USD towards your host hospital (Ministry of Health, Tanzania). We make charitable contributions too, to support the impoverished and under resourced hospitals as part of our charitable work and as ongoing support for supervising and looking after our Medi Trippers.

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

We take volunteers all year long!

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. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
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
required
Required Documents
CV, proof of education and relevant certifications
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by Medi Trip.

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

    • $100 USD contribution to placement facility
    • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

PICK UP POINTS:
Kilimajaro Airport
Arusha Airport
Arusha Bus station

Departure: On your leaving day, we can transfer you to the airport for $50. Please mention this in your application.

Accommodation

Our volunteers stay in an award winning guesthouse Siret Hostel and one of the highest rated accommodations in Arusha. The fabulous, refurbished home is close to town, popular amongst tourists. Consistently rated above 9.2 and rated 4 stars.

  • There is a live in coordinator,
  • housekeeper
  • hot showers
  • good wifi, 
  • 50 in HD TV, 900+ satellite channels, 
  • gated security with electric fencing and intercom entry. 

We make regular visits and inspections of the accommodations to ensure they remain suitable for our Medi Trippers.

Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Dinner.  

  • Continental breakfast with, eggs, toast, cereal, variety of fruit (inc the ever popular avocado), jam, butter, nutella! Coffee & Tea.
  • Unlike other hostels, we don't feed you the same dinner everyday, we have a set menu of spaghetti bolognese, pilau (flavoured rice and veg), rice and chicken, chapati (flat bread) and beans, always 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?
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$575.00
3 weeks
$682.00
4 weeks
$840.00
5 weeks
$1,050.00
6 weeks
$1,260.00
7 weeks
$1,470.00
8 weeks
$1,680.00
9 weeks
$1,890.00
10 weeks
$2,100.00
11 weeks
$2,310.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,520.00
Average fees
$249.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania 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 Tanzania.
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.

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