Medical Work Experience Projects in Arusha
from £995 GBP
to £1295 GBP
The medical and nursing projects in Tanzania are based in the second largest hospital in Arusha in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro! The hospital acts as a referral hospital to other health facilities in Arusha and Manyara regions so the cases you will see will be varied.
You will start off with a period of orientation at the health centre. You will then be able to spend time shadowing medical staff in a variety of clinics and departments or pick the one which is of the most interest. Clinic hours are Monday to Friday 8am until 3pm during which time you will be attached to one or two doctors in a particular department.
As well as gaining experience in medical fields you wouldn't have been able to see at home, you will also gain experience of how doctors in Tanzania work given the daily challenges they face. Very poor resources mean different approaches are taken. For example the prescribing of drugs is a major problem for Doctors when dealing with the very poor. A patient prescribed a course of antibiotics can, in many cases, only afford to purchase a small number of pills and the chances of them completing a full course are very slim. Despite the lack of resources the medical staff are able perform and provide extensive services.
Traditional medicine is also practiced in some of the hospitals and there is active research into areas where it has been found to be effective. Local healers’ are still regularly consulted in Tanzania and some of their methods are known to have very good effects. It has been known when medicines are in short supply for patients to be advised by doctors to find specific local plants and trees to make teas and follow the traditional healing methods.
Some of the hospitals we work with specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV, TB and STI's so if you are interested in these areas please let us know and we'll organise your placement accordingly. In addition to working in these departments it's also possible to combine projects and spend time on our HIV awareness and counselling programme if you'd like to know more about HIV counselling.What's Included
- UK support (including predeparture information on your placement and accommodation)
- Airport pick-up
- Local induction
- Culture and language course (where applicable)
- Local overseas support
- Food (in project accommodation)
Accommodation on your project will be with either local families or in group accommodation that we rent. You exact accommodation depends on the number of volunteers and your project.
All accommodation is checked by our overseas staff and host families vetted. If you don't feel comfortable in your accommodation, do please let us know as soon as possible and our overseas staff will do their best to make you more comfortable.
However, please keep in mind that you will be living in lesser economically developed countries so please don't expect the same standards as home. Access to running water, electricity and other things that we take for granted WILL be limited but we'll do our best to make sure you have the best that's possible.
Additional months are £595, extra weeks £150
This placement would suit:
Those looking for worthwhile experience in medicine or nursing. Placements are available for pre-medical students through to medical students on electives
Do you accept non UK citizens?
Do you accept applicants with disabilities?
accommodation, food, airport pickup
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