Volunteer in a district hospital in Arusha, Tanzania; and provide your skills and time to support the nurses and doctors offering medical services.
About the Program
The Arusha Medical Project gives you the opportunity to volunteer and assist in a district hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. The hospital has many challenges such as outdated equipment, medication shortages, insufficient staff and a growing community of patients that need medical care. Help and assistance from volunteer medical students or qualified medical staff is invaluable.
The mission of the hospital is to provide free medical care to the Maasai communities living in the greater Arusha area.
The need for volunteers at this project results from the huge challenge of limited government support, lack of funding and the large number of patients who need help. There is also an ongoing need for financial support to improve the general situation of the hospital.
You will assist with general medical care - vaccinations, dressing changes, maternity ward, minor surgeries, physiotherapy; and other activities related to your experience and expertise.
Due to the challenging financial situation of the hospitals and the extra time and effort it takes to supervise volunteers, there is an added compulsory donation. Depending on what hospital you choose to volunteer at, the compulsory donation is 100 USD (once-off) for both hospitals and an extra 50 USD for St Elizbeth Hospital for any 4 weeks after the first 4 weeks. Please note that this amount will be added to the volunteering fees.
In Arusha you can go on Safari, there is a national park where you can spot a lot of animals. You can do some sport activities here like hiking or canoeing. There are hiking trails in a park where you can climb a mountain where you will have a stunning view. Furthermore you can do some cultural tours where you will experience the real culture of Arusha. There are some cultural tours where you going to visit some traditional schools and have a look how the culture in Arusha is. In Arusha there is a local market where you can find some souvenirs to buy before you go home!
Volunteers stay in shared volunteer accommodation in the area Ngaramtoni, which lies on the outskirts of Arusha. Ngaramtoni resembles a village more than the busy streets of Arusha Town, but still offers you access to the facilities of Arusha within 20-30 minutes travelling.
You will be hosted by our local coordinator and his family and stay at their house.
The host family or a cook prepares meals for the volunteers. Meals will be local Tanzanian food which generally means a basic breakfast of bread and tea; and cooked meals for both lunch as dinner. Meals can consist of pasta, cooked banana, cassava, ugali (maize porridge), pancakes or other foods normally eaten by the local community.