The Mighty Roar

Medical Assistant in Hospitals

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The Mighty Roar
Coordinator | Michelle
Coordinator | Michelle
Gain valuable experience assisting in a hospital in South Africa, where you will be able to work with and observe some great local medical professionals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

Our medical volunteers are placed in a range of health care centres and clinics located in Cape Town, including Green Point Community Health Clinic, which provide facilities for poorer people who cannot afford private medical care.

This unique experience is the perfect project if you are embarking on a career in medicine, and will offer you a wide range of out-patient healthcare activities, suitable for medical students and medical practitioners. Not only will this experience provide insights into new techniques where you can learn from the local staff, but it will help to boost your C.V. and clearly distinguish you amongst your peers, giving you an invaluable edge for your future career.

South African healthcare clinics are currently often heavily under resourced, under-funded and struggle to have a good number of doctors and nurses available in comparison to the number of patients seeking help. Alongside this a large number of clinics and centres struggle with ageing and deteriorating infrastructure.

In these poorer areas, the healthcare is provided free-of-charge, but this often means that there is more demand than available supply. It also means that there is commonly overcrowding and extremely long waiting times for the medical care. Shortages of medications is also common, with an inability to always treat everyone who attends these very busy environments.

So as a volunteer, your help is invaluable! 

Typical day

You will spend your days in your allocated clinic or centre caring for those in the local community. You will be typically volunteering from 8:00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday. During the week you may do the following:

Assessments and care duties
You will help daily assisting in general patient check-ups, including checking blood pressure, breathing rates, pulse and temperature.  This will also include physical examinations of the height and weight of patients and building the medical history by obtaining important information on past medical history, medications and allergies.

Testing duties
During your working day you will also collect samples (urine, blood etc) for laboratory testing.

Preparation duties
To ensure the swift treatment of patients, part of your duties will include readying them for testing, treatment or procedures to be carried out by the doctor. This can include activities such as removing bandages or cleaning a wound.

Clerical duties
Updating the patient files and charts is really helpful for the busy nurses and doctors. You may also help with the scheduling of future appointments, manage cancellations and assist in clinic administration as part of your volunteering role.

General observations
During your time here you will be able to observe the way in which this healthcare system works in South Africa, which can be a real eye-opener and help to build upon the knowledge that you already have as a medical professional or trainee. This may mean also participating in home visits in rural areas to help with vaccinations or care for immobilised patients, alongside working within the clinic itself. You may also assist midwives out on their visits.

Details on Arrival

22nd July 2018
5th August 2018
12th August 2018
19th August 2018
26th August 2018
2nd September 2018
7th October 2018
14th October 2018
28th October 2018
4th November 2018

You should arrive to Cape Town Airport (CPT) on your selected start date. You will be met by one of our local team members who will be holding a named sign and will then transport you to the project site.

Free-time activities

Biologically and culturally diverse, South Africa’s combination of modern and ancient landscape is simply breathtaking. Cape Town is a beautiful city rich in history and alive with colour, sounds and tastes. Popular tourist sites like Table Mountain National Park, City Bowl, Two Oceans Aquarium and Chapman’s Peak Drive are all here for you to explore in your own time. This beautiful city is the second largest in South Africa, and with its quaint streets, mosques and simply stunning views, there is much to see and do.

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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Medical at Medical Experience or In Training level
Required Documents
Proof of qualifications
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by The Mighty Roar.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
The Mighty Roar (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.
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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

Fees include accommodation, the registration fee of $180 and some meals

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

You should arrive to Cape Town Airport (CPT) on your selected start date. You will be met by one of our local team members who will be holding a named sign and will then transport you to the project site.

On the last day of your programme you will need to arrange transport back to Cape Town Airport with our local team. The fee is not included within the programme costs.


You will be sleeping in mixed gender rooms with up to 8 people per room in bunk beds. There are shared bathrooms that have western style toilets and hot showers.

The communal area has comfortable sofas, a TV and DVD player. There is WiFi available for a small fee, and lockers where you can store your valuables (please bring along a padlock).

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner are provided within the programme fee and are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week. You will be responsible for purchasing and making your own lunch during the week and all meals during the weekend.

You can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Self service cereals, yoghurts, toast, fresh fruits, coffee or tea
Dinner – Set meal at a local restaurant between 6pm-7pm featuring chicken or beef with beans, pasta, vegetables or rice. Alternative nights might include Braai or volunteers preparing a meal together.

With notice we are able to cater for vegetarians, but any other dietary requirements such as vegan/gluten free/halal, participants will have to supplement or cater for their own meals. Cape Town has a large Muslim community so Halal foods are easily obtainable.

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.
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)
$ 609
3 weeks
$ 759
4 weeks
$ 879
5 weeks
$ 959
7 weeks
$ 1,219
9 weeks
$ 1,509
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,429
Average fees
$ 224 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar 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 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 The Mighty Roar during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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