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South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)

Medical assistant in Community Clinic

Cape Town, South Africa

Volunteer at a Community Clinic serving the underprivileged and supporting the clinic's staff with their daily tasks.

About the Program

For those able to afford it, the private healthcare system in South Africa meets developed world standards. However, the public healthcare system, which serves 80% of the population, faces serious challenges. The urbanization of the country has put serious strain on the hospitals in Cape Town: many have too few beds, doctors and medicine. Infectious diseases like typhoid fever and hepatitis are prevalent, largely because of poor public health, and HIV/AIDS remaining a devastating plague.
Volunteers work in community clinics serving poor populations. They share their expertise and insights with the local staff and, as needed and allowed by the local nurses and doctors, help to provide care. Volunteers live and work in Cape Town or the surrounding areas.

Structure and Facilities 

  • Most of the medical projects are understaffed and there is a lack of resources and therefore this can be a very stressful and challenging environment to work in 
  • Government funded facilities for people who cannot afford private medical care 
  • No major operations are done here

Typical day

Usual working days go from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM and include the following activities.
  • Observing
  • Supporting the staff
  • Helping with rehabilitation
  • Sharing health information
  • Assist patients to get around the hospital
  • Weighing patients
  • Other tasks that might come up

Free-time activities

Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations for a reason. Its beaches, such as Camp’s Bay, are world renown, and Cape Town’s beachfront and downtown areas are lively at any time. During the day it is easy to find artisans selling their crafts or outdoor cafes to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. At night, there are many excellent bars, clubs and restaurants where locals and foreigners can relax and socialize.
There are numerous cultural sites to visit, including the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and the Castle of Good Hope. They reflect Cape Town’s long history and help explain why the city is one of the most multicultural in the word. Robben Island, the infamous prison where political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were held during apartheid is a difficult but necessary stop. For outdoor lovers, Cape Town has a wide mix of opportunities. Table Mountain is a breathtaking spot to visit, and there are many nearby hills, mountains and trails that make for great biking, climbing and hiking. Many, like Lion’s Head Mountain, also offer stunning views over the city and ocean below. Join in on tours down the Garden Route and a Game Drive to spot the Big 5!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Winter Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
Medical at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A love and passion for people, medical related experience and/or studies in the field, patience and empathy, willingness to help where help is needed.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

Any questions? Just ask. We at South African Students Travel Service (SASTS) are happy to help you.

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Services by South African Students Travel Service (SASTS)

Placement in a suitable project and volunteer house - Placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa - Transfer from the airport to the SASTS house - Transfer to SASTS office for Orientation - Orientation program, including welcome session and Orientation Session - Meals and accommodation at volunteer house - Access to email, internet and mail holding facility at the SASTS House

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

Volunteers will be collected at Cape Town International Airport on the Set Arrival Date. A representative from the shuttle company will have a signboard with SASTS on it to meet you. If you cannot find the representative because your flight is early or delayed, please look out for SASTS. If you are unable to see anyone, please make your way to the information desk in the main terminal as the driver will page for you.

Accommodation

Volunteers are either placed at the SASTS in the house city or with a host family in the local community outside the city. The SASTS House can accommodate up to 30 volunteers at a time (5 dorm-style rooms sleeping between 4-8 people) , on-site, live-in SASTS hostel manager, fully-equipped kitchen and communal lounge area with satellite TV, fully-fitted bathroom with 4 showers and 3 toilets, individual lockers for each volunteer, prepaid WiFi internet connection, located centrally on transport route close to supermarkets, internet café, laundries, restaurants, etc.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner is provided Monday to Friday only. Lunch and weekend meals are the volunteer's expense. Breakfast is self help and normally includes coffee, tea with bread and cereal. Dinner includes a wide variety of dishes featuring food such as chicken or beef with beans, pasta, vegetable or rice. Dinner may also include a salad or soup.
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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 Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. 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.
Vaccines
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)
$400.00
3 weeks
$600.00
4 weeks
$800.00
5 weeks
$1,000.00
6 weeks
$1,200.00
7 weeks
$1,400.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,400.00
Average fees
$200.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South African Students Travel Service (SASTS) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 South African Students Travel Service (SASTS) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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