Medical Support In District Hospital

Care for patient, assist with operations and learn how a big hospital in Tanzania works.

Hospitals and health care can be really different from what you are used from home. Usually the access to health care depends on a person’s income, insurances are not common. It can be really interesting for interns and volunteers to experience the clinical routine in a country like Tanzania since sometimes resources are limited.

The Meru District Hospital is a large hospital with a capacity of 110 in bed patients. On average, 200 patients are provided for daily. The hospital covers all areas of modern medical care. Among others there is a paediatrics, HIV/Aids-, malaria- and tuberculosis-clinic, eye and dental care, mental health and physiotherapy, a maternity ward and over 1.000 operations are performed annually.

Your work varies and depends heavily on your interests and your previous knowledge. Under the guidance of the local doctors and care takers you will take over various tasks, such as patient care, assistance with operations and such. For all interns and volunteers from the hospital, an individual work plan is created so that you know exactly which your tasks are and this is also how optimal care can be guaranteed.

Previous experiences are an advantage but not a requirement. Whether as a practical term, internship or volunteer work before studying, anyone who has a quick apprehension is welcomed in the hospital.

To work in the hospital you should be vaccinated against all major diseases.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Typical day

In the hospital there is no typical day. You day depend on work, which depends on your skills, interest and the demand of the hospital.
Every day you will meet different people and face different challenges but here you will make life changing experience and make friends for a life time!

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV and Picture of the volunteer
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Tanzania? Volunteer World directly connects you with Viva Tanzania

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Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable rates like: 1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake. 2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimps at the Mount Kilimanjaro. 3. Cultural Tours to Maasai Markets and the possibility to visit different ethnicities. 4. Coffee Plantation Tours to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product. 5. Safari in the Nationalparks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area). 6. Climbing of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. 7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, taking to the project on the first day, 24/7 in country-support, accommodation in a dorm, breakfast and dinner as well as a hospital fee for the use of the material / instruments and your incorporation and management.
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.
Airport Pickup

In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are inculded. Martin, the founder of Viva Tanzania will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick up sign just in time when you plane lands/your bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience, when it's time to say good bye we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.

Accommodation

The hostel has different dorms; each contain comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings. Accommodation in a single room possible (extra charge). The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city center. Although the hostel is close to the busy town the house is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden there are different fruits. Bella, Luna & Takwa, the three dogs are part of the family. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetable. Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian (like Tizia), vegan or have any allergy, we can cope with everything. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$780
5 weeks
$939
6 weeks
$1098
7 weeks
$1257
12 weeks
$2053
20 weeks
$3326
50 weeks (max. stay)
$8100

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Viva Tanzania will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$179/week
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 Viva Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Budgeting
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What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro (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.
Vaccine Checker
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Free-time
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P.O. Box 04, Arusha, Tanzania