Help out in a district or main hospital in this fascinating historic island of Zanzibar.
About the Program
The Zanzibar Medical Project presents the opportunity to volunteer and assist in one of the hospitals in Stone Town, Zanzibar. This tropical island off the coast of Tanzania lives by the seasons, and has a laidback atmosphere you will definitely enjoy.
The hospitals struggle with challenges such as outdated equipment, shortages of medication, insufficient or undertrained staff, and a growing number of patients. Extra help and assistance from volunteer medical students or qualified medical staff is very welcome and improves the services being offered.
The mission of the hospitals is to provide the best free medical care possible within the extremely challenging circumstances they have to work with.
The need for volunteers at the hospitals is huge. Next to assistance with the actual work, there is an on-going need for financial support to improve the situation of the hospitals.
Your role as a volunteer will be to support the hospitals and work with the local staff in the different departments. You can assist with HIV/AIDS testing for pregnant women, vaccinations for children, general care at the different wards and much more.
Guidance and Supervision
Your stay on Zanzibar will be supervised by our local coordinator. He will look after you from the start and support any help needed to make this a successful and rewarding period of volunteering.
Extra Costs for Medical Volunteering
Due to the challenging financial situation of the hospitals on Zanzibar, the local government has implemented a compulsory donation of 75 USD per week. This allows them enough finances to supervise volunteers’ activities and coordinate your work. This compulsory donation is not included in the fees and needs to be donated in cash to the hospital upon your arrival on Zanzibar.
Volunteers will work from Mondays to Fridays for 6 - 8 hours a day including the following tasks.
A lot of different activities can be found in the neighborhood of Zanzibar. Go sailing, scuba diving or choose one of the other activities on the water! Taste the traditional spices and food on a Zanzibar cook and spices tour where you make your own traditional meal and eat it yourself! Furthermore, you can go hiking, cycling, there is a yoga center where you can practice your flexibility or do a culture tour and find out the real Zanzibar.
Volunteers will stay in shared accommodation in the area of Chukwani, which is 10-15 minutes away from the centre of Stone Town, the main city on Zanzibar.
The house is fully furnished up to Zanzibari standards, and provides you with a comfortable home for the duration of your stay on Zanzibar. You will stay together with other international volunteers creating lots of opportunities to enjoy the island together.
Volunteers are provided with meals that are cooked for you by our cook. Meals will be local Zanzibari food which generally means a small basic breakfast of bread and tea and cooked meals for both lunch and dinner.