Fursa Projects Tanzania

Medical work (Ndorbo Village 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+
The Ndorbo Village Hospital is a very small and basic health facility located about an hour outside of Arusha City. The hospital is located in a rural area with many thousand residents who have a very poor lifestyle, and to whom the hospital has made an indispensable change regarding healthcare. Where as the residents earlier couldn't afford to travel with public transportation to the hospitals in town, they can now reach this hospital by foot to receive treatment. However, the health facility currently has only one qualified doctor and 4 qualified nurses, which is why the need for medical volunteers are greater than ever.

The hospital itself consist of two separate buildings, which are the clinic building and the hospital building. The two buildings are located almost next to each other and only differ from each other by the departments and which patient groups, they attend to.

The clinic attend mostly to women. It consists of a small common waiting area, a delivery room, an examination room and an own room for family planning. The delivery room has only a single bed, which in no way is enough for the amount of patients coming to the hospital. This unfortunately means that many women are sent home with their newborn baby immediately after the delivery without proper examination or guidance. The examination room is mostly used for attending to HIV-positive patients, both men and women. The patients come to the clinic for a monthly checkup to receive their medication, but due to the lack of facilities, many have to leave the clinic after a long wait without any examination at all. 

The family planning mainly consists of advising about and aiding the women with different means of contraception. Further more, the clinic tries to give out lectures during the morning hours about HIV, the disease itself and how to prevent the spread.

The hospital attend to basically everything else. As the health facility is located in a more rural area, this facility is basically the only health facility the many thousand people in the area are able to reach since the majority travel by foot. The hospital therefore has a small dispensary for medicine and a few examination rooms with limited means, where they try their best to aid the patients or to refer them to a bigger or more specialized facility in town. Infectious diseases (such as malaria, diarrhea, typhoid fever, yellow fever), non-communicable diseases (diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension), traumas, heritable diseases (sickle cell disease, cancer) and burns are just few examples of patient cases the hospital deals with.

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.

As this health facility is located quite far out of town, our volunteers can choose either to work in this hospital full time (Monday-Friday) or to combine it with one of our other medical work placements in town - this way, the volunteers will work from Monday to Thursday in a hospital in town and then on Friday travel to the village and work there for one day. These Fridays will then be announced a few days ahead so the most people can benefit from it.

Typical day

If you wish to work in this placement through out the week, this will be your typical day:
As the hospital is out of town, you will have to reach it with public transportation - in Arusha we use small buses called Dala-dala's (don't worry, our coordinator will show you how to find the right ones). Due to the distance, you will have to leave the house around 7-7:30 AM in order to make it to the clinic around 8-8:30 AM. Upon your arrival, you will discus and agree with the nurses your work tasks/department for the day. Here after you will be working along side with the staff in treating the patients, doing health check/up, proscribing medicine and much more. Around 1-2 you will have time for lunch - either a lunch-box brought from the White House or you can return to the White House to have a late lunch with the rest of the guests - this depending on your work wishes and internship requirements. Then the work either continues in the afternoon or the volunteers can return to the house to have the afternoon off.

If you wish to work in this placement for one day a week only, this will be your typical day:
Also this way, you have to travel with Dala-dala to the village and leave the house around 7-7:30 AM. This weekly workday will be announced in the village a few days ahead, which means that people will already be waiting in line upon your arrival. Your main work task will then be to assist the staff in all the consultations and health check-ups, so as many patients as possible can be seen and treated on these days, where the permanent staff gets extra help. The tasks can be everything from cleaning cuts and wounds to assist child deliveries - as this is a general clinic, every types of patients will appear. The work will continue to lunch time, which will also either consist of a lunch box brought from the house or that the volunteers at this time return to the house to have a late lunch. Again, this depends on the volunteers individual work needs and wishes and will be agreed individually with the hospital.

Details on Arrival

As hospital are open at all times, this project can be joined throughout the year. Ndorbo 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)
$700.00
4 weeks
$826.00
5 weeks
$952.00
6 weeks
$1,078.00
7 weeks
$1,204.00
8 weeks
$1,330.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,834.00
Average fees
$193.00/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, Ndorbo Village

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