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Medical Doctor Assistance

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St.Joseph Hospital doesn't have enough qualified staff to take good care of all patients.Therefore we need volunteer doctors/medics for whatever time possible.

St.Joseph Hospital is one of the big hospital in Moshi Town  and treats all medical conditions for patients.

The medical staff at the hospital are overworked due to lack of personnel and this is especially true in the number of qualified doctors on staff. Therefore, the workload is tremendous and any doctor who can volunteer his/her services for whatever time possible would be making a great contribution to the medical care of the Tanzanian people.

Any medical doctor assistance volunteers at this hospital are expected to help the local doctors at the hospital with their routine duties be it on the wards, at the clinics, in the delivery room or assisting in the surgical operations of patients plus other specialized medical divisions of the hospital. 

The duties of any medical doctor assistance volunteers are similar to their responsibilities in their native country. Thus they depend on previous experiences in their chosen field, their ability to adapt to the methods of care and treatment in Tanzania and the effort and time they are willing to contribute to this endeavor.

A high percentage of deaths in Tanzania are caused by four poverty-linked groups of diseases: infectious & parasitic diseases, illnesses of the respiratory system, nutritionally related diseases and diseases of the digestive system. The conditions most prevalent in Tanzania and the treatment provided is reviewed with the local doctors so that the medical doctor assistance volunteer is fully aware when such conditions presented themselves.

The hospital management personnel has requested that only qualified medical doctors apply for this position and it is preferred that they have some experience in their chosen profession. The scope of knowledge that a doctor can obtain at this placement through the sharing of knowledge and experiences with the doctors of Tanzania is unlimited. It all depends on the doctor's initiative and enthusiasm towards his/her medical contribution at this hospital.


Volunteer Tasks Required

Consultation With Patients

A medical doctor assistance volunteer at this placement is expected to assist the local doctors in the consultation and diagnosis of in-patients and out-patients at the hospital. This would be a daily responsibility. The volunteer doctor is expected to keep a record on all patients seen.

Routine Duties

A medical doctor assistance volunteer is expected to perform some of the routine medical duties at the hospital such as daily rounds of the wards and the treatment of said patients on these wards, as well as any necessary documentation. The doctor will be assisted by staff if there are any language difficulties.

Surgical Assistance

A medical doctor assistance volunteer would be expected to assist the local doctors during operational procedures. This is a very big hospital and surgeries are preformed every standard work day.

Delivery Room

Depending on the volunteer doctor's comfort zone and abilities he/she may be asked to assist in the hospital delivery room. It is always a very busy department at the hospital.


Typical day

Working days are from Monday to Friday.

Details on Arrival

Arrival will be at Kilimanjaro International Airport and any time depends on the flights schedule.

Anytime you feel to arrive to Tanzania would be very nice. But we recommend to all volunteers who are applying to arrive on weekends.

Free-time activities

Free time activities provided to our volunteers are as follows:

  • drawing and Painting with children
  • social activities like cleanliness to our schools, visiting people living HIV/AIDS and elders (home based care)
  • gym 
  • riding 
  • swimming 
  • cooking: Our volunteers will learn how to cook different types of Tanzanian food during their free time. 
  • sports

Note: During the free time the volunteer will do whatever he/she wants  to do. It's not mandatory.
(For this placement sometimes it is needed that the volunteer helps the hospital during nights or weekends.)


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
Education Requirements
Medical studies at University level
Required Documents
Cover letter, CV , Proof of education and Good Standing letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Passion to work with patients
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:00

Suitable for

Wheel Chairs

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Services by YAAPHA
  • Local accommodation for the duration of the program
  • An intensive Swahili course
  • In house services such as house cleanliness 
  • Electricity and Water Bills

  • NB:  The Airport Pick up has to be paid by the volunteer.


Our accommodation is located in Moshi Town. All rooms are self contained with hot water.

Guest Family
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. 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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Moshi/Tanzania between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. YAAPHA will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

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