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Zanzibar - Medical Placement

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Flight tickets are not included. Our travel experts will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together. The price is a from-price and varies with the date. See the exact price when selecting date.
What's included?
From 1088 EUR
Flight tickets are not included. Our travel experts will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together. The price is a from-price and varies with the date. See the exact price when selecting date.
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Duration
14 days
Starts in
Stone Town
Ends in
Stone Town
Be part of a medical program at the local referral hospital and gain valuable knowledge about healthcare services alongside local professionals.

This is a great opportunity for medical professionals and some prospective medical/nursing students to hone their medical knowledge about healthcare provision. Depending on your qualifications, you may also provide medical assistance to people from the community with limited access to healthcare resources.
The local Hospital was started around 1923. It is situated at the heart of historic Stone Town and is right next to the state house of Zanzibar. It is the main referral hospital for both of the islands which make up Zanzibar. It consists of three different hospital buildings, the main one located at Mnazi Mmoja itself and of the other two, one is located at Mwembeladu (maternity hospital) and the other one is at Kidongo Chekundu (mental hospital). It provides most services available at many referral hospitals including, but not limited to: ENT services, OB/GYN, ICU, Pediatrics, Eye, general surgeries and many more.

As the main referral hospital, it is also the teaching hospital for health colleges and universities on the island. In this capacity this healthcare provider is a true resource for the communities it serves. Shortages of medical equipment and supplies contribute to a host of health problems in Tanzania, and this presents a tremendous challenge for achieving the third goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Good Health and Well Being. Therefore, in order to be actively involved in the Hospital medical program, participants need to have some medical experience and/or background in order to shadow and learn more about healthcare service delivery. Based on your medical skill level and experience, you will be given a variety of tasks to help out in the hospital, thereby serving those with limited access to affordable quality health care.

Participants joining this program can contribute to the hospital by providing their knowledge and skills, and also by donating additional resources/supplies, helping to bridge the financial gap and supporting the local community members.

Some of the tasks/duties may include but are not limited to: observing and/or monitoring the patients, treatment techniques, and providing health outreach information, etc.
Itinerary

Zanzibar - Medical Placement

About Your Location

Zanzibar is an amazing destination that tempts you to explore it from end to end. It is a semi-autonomous region within the United Republic of Tanzania and it is comprised of two main islands, Unguja and Pemba, and a number of sparsely populated islets. After the 1964 revolution, Zanzibar joined with the then Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Zanzibar maintains its own government and is directly responsible for all non-union affairs, including health services.

Unguja Island covers an area of about 1,464 square kilometers and Pemba Island covers an area of about 864 square kilometers. The local people are a mixture of ethnic backgrounds. Islam is the dominant religion and practiced by most of Zanzibaris, although there are also followers of Christianity and other ethnic beliefs. Swahili is a local language used by people and is spoken extensively in Zanzibar. English is also spoken by many people.

Aims & Objectives

- Support the hospital staff with medical assistance
- Add to your practical healthcare work experience
- Observe the medical practices of local staff at the hospital in Zanzibar
- Broaden your perspective of international medical care and treatment

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Monday to Friday
You will spend five hours or more each day assisting at the hospital with a lunch break in between. The day could look like this:

- Breakfast
- Assisting with health care service provision at the local center/hospital
- Lunch
- Assisting with health care service provision at the local center/hospital
- Dinner

Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

A Negative Covid test in English is required within 72 hours prior to arrival and you will have to show the result to the local team on arrival
Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Educational requirements: You must have an established medical background - studying on a pre-medical track, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, or working in a relevant field.
Police clearance certificate on sign-up
Copy of CV/resume on sign-up
Recommendation letter from University for students
Work Permit (USD 250). Our partner can help with the necessary paperwork. Please note that volunteers need to be qualified nurses, doctors or students. Qualified nurses and doctors need to have a license to practice in Tanzania and this needs to be applied for in advance. It can be applied for by the project on behalf of the volunteer or the volunteer can apply online for the license themselves.
Passport copy on sign-up
Travel & medical insurance

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
Summary

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
None

Activities

Weekends are free to relax and to explore the local area. Zanzibar is known for its sandy white beaches and unique culture. While here, don’t miss Stone Town, a place that is know for its mazes and spices (take a spice tour for sure!). Another must is a visit to Prison Island, where you can spot dolphins and marine life. Travel north or east of the island for some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best!

Accommodation

You will be staying in a traditional and comfortable guesthouse with multiple bedrooms, communal bathrooms, a kitchen and one sitting room - suitable for enjoying the company of your fellow participants. Please note that all rooms (4-8 guests per room) are single gender, and that there are no hot showers, fans/air-conditioning, laundry service, or Wifi. You can purchase a local SIM-card locally.

You will easily find a few small local stores nearby that sell snacks, drinks and any basic supplies you might need during your stay. There are also ATM's, banks, shops, a local pharmacy, etc.

Local transport

Transfers are not included.

Meals

Local meals that are typical of Zanzibari culture will be provided at your accommodation. Clean drinking water is provided free of charge, but all other drinks are not included.

Please be aware

Dress Code
Fully covering the knees and shoulders is required while on the project site and while interacting within the community. No sheer (see-through), low cut or midriff revealing tops, miniskirts or offensive/questionable writing on garments are allowed.

Please provide your own medical gloves, scrubs and masks.

What to Bring
Toilet paper, towels, bed linens, toiletries, mosquito protection are NOT provided so you will have to bring these along with you.

Visa
Please remember to take care of the visa arrangements on time.

Zanzibar - Medical Placement

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