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Khaya Volunteer Projects

Medical Assistant

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The hospitals struggle with challenges such as outdated equipment, shortages of medication, insufficient or undertrained staff, and a growing number of patients.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

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.

Suitable for


Typical day

Volunteers will work from Mondays to Fridays for 6 - 8 hours a day including the following tasks.

  • Nurse assistance
  • Handing out medication
  • Dress changing
  • Taking blood samples
  • Taking care of minor surgeries
  • Working in maternity or physiotherapy department
  • Assisting with births
  • First aid
Depending on your level of expertise, a personalized program will be made with the hospital volunteer supervisor.

Medical Assistant Medical nurse Medical Assistant Weighing babies will be one of your jobs! Hospital room Assisting

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 (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Medical at University level
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 09:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Khaya Volunteer Projects are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

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.

Water Sports


What's included?
First day introduction at the project and surroundings - Accommodation - All meals included (3 meals a day) - Guidance and supervision during your stay

What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.

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.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

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.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
12 weeks
14 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Stone Town/Tanzania between 2 weeks and 14 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Khaya Volunteer Projects will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Tanzania

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Tanzania. Please check the visa regulations for Tanzania.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Tanzania and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Tanzania.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Kisauni (ZNZ) in Zanzibar. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.
What can you do in leisure-time in Tanzania while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Stone town, Zanzibar Urban, Tanzania, Stone Town, Tanzania

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