Medical Care Assistant

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 The hospital has many challenges such as outdated equipment, medication shortages, insufficient staff and a growing community of patients that need medical care.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.

Your Role

Your role will be to support the hospital and the different departments where help is needed most. The women´s, children´s and men’s wards have an increasing number of patients and limited medical staff and the role of the volunteer is to make work easier for the other staff and support where needed.

Guidance and Supervision

Your stay in Arusha will be supervised by our local coordinator who is not only your host, but will also look after you from the start. He will help you to see Tanzania from a different perspective.

Extra Costs for Medical Volunteering

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.

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.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Medical at University level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

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Medical Care Assistant Medical Care Assistant Group pic Patient Helene in Zanzibar with a baby Assisting

Free-time activities

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!



What's included?
First day introduction at the project and surroundings - Accommodation in shared volunteer accommodation or host family - 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 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.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

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.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 2 weeks and 12 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.

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What's next?

The nearest airport is Arusha (ARK) in Arusha. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
Travel Insurance
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