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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.