Medical Volunteering

Improve the quality of life for vulnerable collectives, women and children, in Tanzania Mainland.

St Joseph hospital Moshi

St. Joseph Hospital is funded by the Catholic Church and the Government. It was founded in 2001 and since then, the hospital has been continuously expanding. The most common wards in the hospital are; Female ward, Male ward, Pediatric ward, Out-patient ward, Operation theater and Laboratory. There is new maternity ward with labor/delivery room. In the hospital there are about 200 out-patients every day and about 300 patients on the wards. This hospital offers internships for nursing and medical students.

St. Joseph hospital is the best of all the training hospitals in Moshi. The staff are professional and motivated. They pay attention to the interns, telling them about their work and the different tasks that they fulfill. The interns are not there just to observe, but they are given different tasks to perform based upon their previous experience and training.

Mawenzi Regional Hospital

Mawenzi regional Hospital was founded in 1920 as a small military dispensary for German soldiers. 1956 the dispensary became a hospital. In the 1971 KCMC, (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center) a big university hospital, was opened in Moshi. After that the support and development has been concentrated there and Mawenzi stayed behind, without the same level of support and funds. But it is still a very busy and large hospital.

There are altogether 447 workers in the hospital, 152 nurses, over 20 doctors and around 300 beds. You can find all the most common departments in Mawenzi; Medical wards, Surgical wards, Pediatric ward, Physiotherapy unit (where there are 2 Physiotherapists), HIV-unit, Tuberculosis clinic, X-ray unit, a Laboratory, Gynecological and prenatal ward - where there is also labor ward.

In addition to the wards, there are more than 300 out-patients in the hospital every day and about 50 of them will be admitted to the hospital daily. In the Pediatric ward there are 60 beds but there can be up to 4 kids sleeping in one bed, so the amount of patients in the pediatric ward can easily rise up to 200. In labor ward there are more than 40 beds and several deliveries every day. 

Mawenzi hospital is very busy and there is always plenty going on. The employees of of the hospital speak English and there has been plenty foreigners working in the hospital before, so they are used to working with foreigners. This makes Mawenzi hospital a very good practical training placement. 

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Program Requirements

Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) and Swahili (basic level)
Health Declaration
Education Requirements
Nurse, Medicine, Doctors at High School/University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Pediatrics, Nurse, Medical assistant, Medical student
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 01:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteering Africa Tanzania are happy to help you.

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What's included?
Project fees, transport, food, accommodation, visa, orientation and 1 day trip
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

Kilimanjaro international airport JRO 45 Min drive to moshi Driver Name Ally Kinota Mobile +255752-321-566


Soweto hostel, Volunteers house Shared room twin bed, Mosquito net and pillow, flushing toilet and cold shower bed and breakfast

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Local Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
47 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Moshi-Kilimanjaro/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 47 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Africa Tanzania 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 Volunteering Africa Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Tanzania. Please check the visa regulations for Tanzania.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Tanzania and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Tanzania.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.

What's next?

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
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.
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