Fursa Projects Tanzania

Medical work (Daraja Mbili Public Hospital)

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
As a qualified doctor, nurse or midwife or as a medical student in these fields, you will take part in the everyday routine at the hospital by aiding the medical staff. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
Daraja Mbili Public Hospital is a newly established medical clinic located only 15 minutes from the White House, where you as a volunteer will be accommodated during your stay. Currently the clinic is consisting of three main buildings with a few different departments, but due to the big demand of medical attention in the neighborhood, an on-going construction to expand the clinic is in process.  As mentioned, the clinic has a few different departments. As it is a big burden in most of the African continent, infectious diseases is a big part of any health facility here in Tanzania. In the Daraja Mbili Public hospital the work usually consist in treating and examining patients for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, STD's (sexually transferred diseases), typhoid fever, diarrhea and many others diseases. As the patients typically have a hard time recalling the beginning and origin of the symptoms, the work of diagnosing the diseases can be quite difficult. Previous experience with these types of tropical infectious diseases will therefore be a big advantage!


Besides infectious diseases, the hospital has an obstetric department with a labor and delivery sections as well as a post-delivery section. Very few women in Tanzania attend regular checkups during their pregnancy, and the time of birth is often the first contact with a health facility. In the obstetric department, the doctors and nurses try their best to assist the many patients with the limited means they have available. The hospital has only one delivery room with three beds next to each other, which often can be occupied by women at the same time. After delivery, the women are taken into recovery where the health personal attend to them as best as they can. However, the limited means and personal usually means that the women are sent home quite soon after delivery if there is no acute complications to be seen. The women attend regular checkups after birth, where the children are being weighed and offered the appropriate vaccines. However, as the personal is few and the patients are too many, the women are often waiting in vain for hours only to be sent home in the end of the day with no checkup.

For the moment, the hospital are preparing an surgical room to perform the most basic and acute operations, which they have referred to other health facilities in the past. As you see as well in the picture, the room is very basic and the personal is forced to make use of the few means they have available. However, if you have surgical experience and wish to expand your knowledge, you have the possibility in this hospital.  The few departments we have mentioned are just few of the areas, the facility is dealing with. As it is located in a poor area of Arusha, the many thousand residents in the area around the hospital often seek help and treatment here first. Therefore, patients suffering from traffic accidents, burns, domestic abuse victims and patients suffering from non-communicable diseases (diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome) will appear daily and the work in the clinic will differ from day to day.

As a medical worker, you will aide and assist the medical staff at the hospital in the different departments. Depending on wish and experience, the volunteers will be placed in a department that suits them and will be guided through the daily routines by qualified staff. In this placement we are looking for both qualified doctors, nurses and midwifes as well as students enrolled in any of these educations. However, we are looking for volunteers who are so far along in their education that they are able to actively take part in the treatment of patients. We are looking for volunteers, who are mature and can act on their own without putting themselves or the patients of any risk. At the same time, we are looking for volunteers who also are able to know their own limits of what they are capable of and who are wise enough to say no or when they are put in a situation beyond their knowledge.

It is important to keep in mind, that working in a hospital in a developing country usually is very different from working in a hospital in a developed country. As the hospital has much fewer means to work with, alternative solutions are often part of treatment plans. We hope, that you as a volunteer can help contribute to with useful solutions, bringing new ideas for better hygiene or maybe come up with a better charts-system.

As you can never predict which patients will enter the hospital, you never really know what you will arrive to work and find, especially in a country like Tanzania who is facing a great deal of health related issues. As medical worker, you will assist and help the staff with basic assignments as cleaning burns, cuts and scrapes and to help proscribe and pass out medicine as well as more complicated assignments like assisting during delivery, help asses trauma patients suffering from traffic accidents, help treat victims of domestic abuse and assisting at surgeries. Due to the limited staff, you will also help guide and teach the patients how to prevent diseases and explain the treatment plan of current ones. We understand, that the language barrier might make communication difficult but since you will always be working along side with the permanent staff, they can help you out with translations.

Typical day

A typical day will usually begin 8:00 AM at the hospital, where you will be assigned your department or work area of the day. At this time, patients are already lined up by the dozens outside the hospital and from this time on you will work along side with the staff helping them the best you can. Around 10-11 AM there will often be time for a little break and a cup of tea to gain energy again, after which the work continues to lunch time. As part of our volunteer program, all three meals are included in the accommodation price and you can at this time return to the White House on foot to have your lunch. Depending on the individual agreement with the hospital and the volunteer's wishes, the volunteers can then  return back to the hospital after lunchtime to work in the afternoon as well or they can take the afternoons off. If wished, the volunteers are welcome to join the staff in evening shifts and night shifts as well. 


Details on Arrival

As hospital are open at all times, this project can be joined throughout the year. Daraja Mbili Hospital is in great need of assistance, which is why your work at this placement can begin at anytime that fits you. We will recommend that you arrive to Tanzania by the end of the week so that you have the weekend to settle in and get comfortable in the house and area before beginning your work the following Monday.

Free-time activities

In Arusha, there are plenty of free time activities to do, both multiple-day trips, one-day trips and afternoon activities. As Tanzania are one of the best places in the world to go on safari, there is plenty opportunity to do so during your placement. At the White House, we can help you customize the safari of your dreams and to make it fit your timetable. Depending on how many days, which parks (Arusha National Park, Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater), camping or lodging and whether you wish to be part of a group or travel on a private safari we can help you arrange it all.

As well as safaris there is also plenty of possibility to hike our beautiful mountains, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Regarding both these mountain treks we can help you arrange everything and advise you about number of days, the different routes and so on.

If you are more in the mood for day-trips, there are tons to choose from. Hiking to Mt. Meru waterfall, visiting authentic Masai villages, swimming in natural hot springs, making coffee the hills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, visiting man-made underground caves and visiting banana plantations are just few of the suggestions, we can give you. All these can be arranged from the White House upon your arrival.

During the afternoons when you are off work, there's also plenty of things to do and see. In the warm weather here in Tanzania, it can be well needed to cool down in a cold swimming pool. Most of the hotels in town offers guests from outside the hotel to use the pool for a small fee. This way you and your friends can get to relax after a day of work. If you are more adventurous and in the mood for an activity, we recommend you to go to Lake Duluti just outside of Arusha, rent a canoe and paddle around the lake for some hours while watching the birds and monkeys along the shore. This relaxing experience will help you gain energy for the rest of your work-week. In case if rainy weather, Arusha has one museum to offer - the Museum of Nature and Wildlife. It doesn't take many hours to walk through, but it can be a fun and different activity. Or you can pay a visit to the Cultural Heritage Center, which is a gallery that has many small shops to visit too.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Medicine, nursing, midwifery at University level
Required Documents
CV with picture and Certificate of qualification or education enrolment documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience with tropical diseases will be an advantage.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Fursa Projects 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.
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On-site services

Services by Fursa Projects Tanzania
 Fees include:
  • Voluntary Work in Tanzania
  • Work permit in Tanzania
  • Single or shared room with full board during entire stay
  • Assistance from a local coordinator
  • Orientation on your first day
  • Airport pick up
Fees do not include:
  • Any personal expenses, soft drinks, bottled water
  • Any entrance fee during sightseeing and traveling
  • Insurance
  • Tourist visa fee
  • Immunization
  • Plane tickets
Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

We provide our volunteers with airport pick-up - from both Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Domestic Airport. Just provide us with your arrival detail - date, exact time, flight number - and we will make sure our driver is waiting outside for you with a sign of your name and a big smile.

Accommodation
During your stay you will be accommodated in the coziest and most friendly hostel in Arusha, The White House of Tanzania. Upon your arrival, you will meet the Jackson family who is owning and running the hostel. Not only are they running the hostel, the whole family lives on the hostel site as well, which means that during your stay you will be welcomed as part of the family.

The hostel consists of various room types differing from double rooms, twin rooms with separate beds, triple rooms, quadruple rooms and finally an 8-person dorm room, which are all facing a common courtyard with couches, pillows and a daytime bed for chilling during the warm afternoons in Arusha. The common area is also where our guests, both volunteers and travelers, will come together and enjoy their meals. In the house, breakfast, lunch and dinner is all included in the prices and is eaten together in the courtyard. We find these times to be a good possibility for our guests to share experiences and ideas and even to plan future trips together.

The bathrooms in the house are all shared, which means that the rooms don't have individual bathrooms. The bathrooms are located at the end of the courtyard and consists of bathroom booths with both shower and toilets. And compared to many other Tanzanian accommodations, we always have warm showers to offer!

Location wise, the White House is only 15 minutes walk from the central city, where you will find cafes, ATM's, shops and restaurants. Our hostel is located in an area called Daraja Mbili, which is a more authentic Tanzanian area than the ones you will find in central town, but perfectly safe. Our guests are more than welcome to walk anywhere during daytime, but at nighttime it is no longer safe to walk on foot (this is the case all over Arusha). However, it is very easy to arrange taxis or other kinds of transportation to the White House during nighttime.

Included in your accommodation price, you will also find a good functioning WIFI at all times, so you can easily communicate with your friends and family at home.
Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
The three daily meals included in your accommodation price is prepared from fresh groceries everyday and served to our guests at the given mealtimes. Our chefs are Tanzanian, which means that the meals usually consists of local dishes. The breakfast consists of toasted bread with a side of eggs and fruits, while the lunch and dinner are usually either a side of rice, potatoes or pasta served with maharage (beans), choroko (lentils), mboga mboga (vegetable stew), makande (beans and maize) or either beef or chicken prepared in various ways.

In case of any allergies or intolerance or other special needs, feel free to let us know and we will try our best to come up with an alternative for you. As said earlier, all these meals are included in the price but our guests are free to leave the house and go out for dinner whenever - all we ask is that you let us know to prevent unnecessary food wastage. 

In the White House we have a small bar that sells cold water, soda and beer for affordable prices. Drinks ARE NOT included in the accommodation fee, ONLY meals.

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
3 weeks (min. stay)
$ 780
4 weeks
$ 906
5 weeks
$ 1,032
6 weeks
$ 1,158
7 weeks
$ 1,284
8 weeks
$ 1,410
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,914
Average fees
$ 210 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 3 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fursa Projects 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 Fursa Projects Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Tanzania  Arusha, Daraja Mbili

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