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Community Impact Assistant

Arusha, Tanzania show on map

Agency | Medi Trip

Healthcare workers are encouraged to volunteer their time and skills to vulnerable patients in the community.

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 underprivileged, at risk and vulnerable people to learn compassion, care and the complexities of healthcare in a developing nation.

The Problem

The majority of Tanzania's 53.5 million citizens reside in rural areas and grow up in abject poverty. Many fall victim for poverty, sickness and lack of basic education and basic health education that puts them at risk from preventable disease. Lack of access to basic healthcare, basic education and poor standards of living means they struggle more than others to improve their lives.

Life expectancy: 60 years old

Burden of disease:

-Tuberculosis

-HIV

-Malaria

-Non communicable disease (diabetes, hypertension, COPD, alcoholic liver disease and obesity)

With so much poverty and socioeconomic issues in Tanzania, the most vulnerable continue to be women under 25 years old and children. Furthermore, a large amount of medical complaints and infectious diseases continue to be a burden the country. There is much to learn here about the socio economic implications on health on the population. Now is an interesting time to see how these issues are managed on the ground on a day to day basis and how your colleagues here in Arusha manage these challenges.

Your Mission

Volunteer alongside a community healthcare professional to deliver vital medical services to people in their own homes and the wider community.

  • Travel throughout the city and working in community health centres,  seeing the most vulnerable

  • Observe home visits

  • Assist with delivery of care to people who cannot access major hospitals

  • Assist with delivery of health promotion and health education

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

  • Observe the widespread impacts of the most common diseases; including communicable and non communicable diseases, on the 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.

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.

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 taxi’s (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 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 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 overview of your patients you will be visiting in their homes. You will support your supervising health visitor with home visits in the community. You will either observe or assist in managing the care and needs of those patients for the day. On alternate days you will work in the community health centre helping patients that come in from the community for treatment. 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!

Details on Arrival

We take on volunteers all year round!

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
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

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)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Medical, Healthcare or related study or experience at University or related studies level
Required Documents
CV, proof of education, criminal background check, health status check and personal insurance and/or indemnity cover.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Working directly with people in a healthcare or social care aspect.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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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 Arusha Airport
We can transfer you to the airport on your departure date for $50 USD. Please mention this in your application
PICK UP POINTS:
Kilimajaro Airport
Arusha Airport
Arusha Bus station
Accommodation

You will stay in Siret Hostel a 2017 award winning accomodation, close to town, popular amongst tourists. Rated 9.4 and 4 stars in reviews. This is a shared accomodation welcoming volunteers and guests. It's quiet, peaceful and secure. 

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

Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
  • Breakfast and Dinner. MONDAY's-FRIDAY's (At the weekend's there no chef, but volunteers are free to make use of the kitchen and food supplies)

    • 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 cheap 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 Arusha Airport (ARK) in Arusha. 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)
$625.00
3 weeks
$735.00
4 weeks
$840.00
5 weeks
$945.00
6 weeks
$1,050.00
7 weeks
$1,160.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,700.00
Average fees
$227.00/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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

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