Viva Tanzania

Medical Support In District Hospital

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
Care for patients, assist with operations and learn how a big hospital in Tanzania with limited resources operates. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Hospitals and health care can be really different from what you experienced 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. For all interns and volunteers from the hospital, an individual work plan is created so that you know exactly which your tasks are, in which ward you will be active, so that optimal care can be guaranteed.

Previous experience is a requirement. Whether doing a  internship or volunteering you should be a qualified nurse, a current Med Student or a graduated doctor of any specialization.

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

Typical day

In the hospital there is no typical day. You will be part of the daily ward rounds at 9:00 am. In agreement with the Matron, you will decide on in which ward to work when. So your daily work load and work times depend on your specialization, knowledge and interest, and moreover on 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!

Usually your day will start at 9:00 am and ends at around 4:00 pm from monday to friday. If you are interested, it's possible to work on saturdays, too.

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
Yoga/Meditation

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV and Picture of the volunteer
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You are required to be a qualified nurse, Med Student or graduated doctor of any specialization.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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We refund your fees if Viva Tanzania cancels your trip
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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Viva Tanzania.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Viva Tanzania (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Viva Tanzania

All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, being taken to the project on the first day, 24/7 in-country-support, accommodation in a dorm, daily breakfast and dinner as well as a hospital fee for the use of the material / instruments and your incorporation and management.

For volunteering at Meru District Hospital the hospital charges a donation of 150$. We, as Viva Tanzania NGO, will cover 50$ from the program fees you paid. The additional 100$ have to be covered by you.

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are inculded. Martin, the founder of Viva Tanzania, or Philbert, our friendly staff member, will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick-up-sign just in time when your plane or 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 4 bed dorms; each contains comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings. As storage space is limited, please consider packing light. Accommodation in a single room is 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 and Ava, our dogs are part of the family and live outside of the house. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen allthrough the day.

Moreover we offer the option to stay with a guest family during your volunteering with us. The charges remain the same, but you will get the unique experience of sharing your daily live with and in a tanzanian family. They will provide you with everything necessary as accomodation and board and we make sure that they live in a secure area of Arusha. All family members are fluent in English and very warm and welcoming. As a new family member you will have your own lockable room, featured with a single bed and access to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the beautiful compound. If staying with a guest family, we will still privide 24/7 in-country support by our volunteer coordinators. For further information please let us know that you are interested in staying in a guest family within your application on Volunteer World.

Dorm Room Guest Family 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
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
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.
Vaccines
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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$462.00
3 weeks
$621.00
4 weeks
$780.00
5 weeks
$939.00
9 weeks
$1,576.00
17 weeks
$2,849.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$8,100.00
Average fees
$197.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Viva Tanzania will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.
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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