Volunteer Medical Internship

Application Deadline: 31-10-2016

Company: Global Nomadic

A high percentage of deaths in Tanzania are caused by 4 poverty-linked groups of diseases infectious & parasitic diseases, illnesses of the respiratory system, nutritionally related diseases and diseases of the digestive system.

Our vision is to offer high-quality, appropriate health-care to the people of Arusha. During this Medical Internship, you will be assisting local staff and conducting treatments according to your skills and previous education. If you are qualified to perform surgeries, you will be able to assist our surgeons, however even if you are not, there is plenty for you to get involved in. You will be observing surgeries, taking blood pressure, administering vaccinations and treatments, along with a wide range of other necessary and important tasks.

The hospital faces challenges every day and staff and patient care are among the biggest concerns. The hospital is asking for interns and volunteers to help share their knowledge and skills and work together to create effective and appropriate healthcare to the surrounding region.

As part of this internship, you can be placed and gain experience in the following fields

Maternal and child healthcare,
Gynecological services,
Pediatric consultations,
Ophthalmological services and outreach clinics,
Dental services,
In and outpatient services,
Radiological services,
Provision of counselling to HIV/AIDS patients as well as the provision of ARV therapy,
Diabetic Clinic


Location Arusha, Tanzania

Duration Minimum 1 month, maximum 6 months

Start Dates Project is ongoing, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability

Cost $1050 / £850 for the 1st month + $820 / £650 for each month thereafter - see 'Costs' tab for further details

Medical placement in a hospital working alongside local doctors and support staff.
Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.
Opportunity to experience the Tanzanian Health Sector and increase your medical speciality skills
Serious Medical internship with hospital placement.

Daily Life

The working week runs from Monday to Saturday. Although you are not expected to work on Saturdays, you are more than welcome to put in extra hours.

Everyday (apart from Wednesdays and Fridays) starts with a doctor’s handover meeting at 9 am in the Matron office. The hospital is very flexible and encourages interns to attend anything they are interested in. Every task at the hospital is looked upon as being important, so if you for some reason can´t assist in medical treatment one day, please don’t hesitate to ask for other tasks such as doing laundry, cleaning instruments, scrub the floor etc.

Running at the hospital daily
Mother and baby clinic
CTC (Care and treatment clinic – HIV) Except Wednesday
General Outpatients (run by clinical officers not doctors)
Ward Round

Suggested additional things you can attend
Ultrasound department
There may be the opportunity to attend outreach sessions at rural areas; however this will be dependent on the availability of such sessions during your stay.

Shift Work Morning (7am-2pm), Afternoon (2pm-6pm), Evening (6pm-8pm).
Outpatients Shifts 8am-230pm and 230-6pm.

Travel & Accom.

You will be met at Kilimanjaro International airport or Arusha bus station by a project representative and taken to start your placement.

You will be staying in a fully serviced apartment, along with other interns and volunteers. You will have a shared room and bathroom. Our coordinators will make sure you are safe and comfortable and have everything you need throughout your placement.

During weekends you can visit the Tanzania National parks (Tarangire, Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater) or visit the many local attractions, such as the Hot springs, Maasai village and Canoe safaris. There are many trips we can organise for you.


Interns working at the hospital are asked to bring
Lab coat, stethoscope, pen torch
Notepads and stationary
White dress/apron
Alcohol gel, hand sanitizer
Small first aid kit
Disposable items including gloves, goggles
Oxford handbook of tropical medicine
Mosquito net, mosquito repellent, anti-malaria tablets
Phrasebook and guidebook
Health and Safety
The HIV infection rate in the hospital is much higher than the Tanzanian average of 6-7%. It is advisable to bring your own HIV PEP, however the hospital may be able to provide help in emergencies. Local preventative practices may differ from those experienced at home, so ensure you carry everything you will require to reduce the risk of infection. The hepatitis risk is low.

Drugs are readily available at local pharmacies if you get ill, however it is advised to bring sufficient amounts of common things such as loperamide, oral rehydration and any other regular medicines.
General Requirements
Min age 18 - Max age 80
Minimum 1 month commitment - 30+ hours a week, 6 days a week.
Enthusiasm and interest to work in Medicine - You must be studying medicine or have relevant qualifications
Good English skills
Full travel & medical insurance
Necessary vaccinations
Necessary flights & visas


Climb Mount Kilimanjaro!

This classic Tanzania trek is the most popular route to Mt Kilimanjaro and the only one serviced by mountain huts to provide protection from the elements. We hike along the most direct path to the summit of Kilimanjaro and cover the trail in just five days, with the help of experienced guides and porters. Hike through forests and alpine meadows, over rocky ravines and past lunar landscapes to the spectacular summit of Africa's highest peak. The panoramic views from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro must be seen to be believed.
Spot monkeys hiding in tropical rainforest
Visit Marangu and explore the lush tropical surroundings
Travel with a group of experienced guides and porters
Walk through surreal hanging moss forests and moonscapes
Hike Kilimanjaro's climactic last stretch by lamplight
Trek to Africa's highest point
Experience an incredible African sunrise from Mt Kilimanjaro
Gaze over the vast plains of Tanzania


Day 1 Marangu
Welcome to Tanzania. Travel to Marangu and admire the cloud-covered summit of the upcoming challenge - Mt Kilimanjaro. Perhaps get warmed up for the trek with a walk around the hotel's sprawling tropical gardens.

Day 2 Mandara Hut
Start the Kilimanjaro trekking adventure by getting to know the team of guides and porters. Set off with a hike through lush rainforest and spot monkeys and brightly-feathered birds in the overhead canopy. From the base at Mandara Hut, enjoy an optional walk to nearby Maundi Crater.

Day 3 Horombo Hut
Get muscles pumping on a trek to Horombo Hut. The rainforest gives way to rolling alpine meadows and the path crosses several ravines before reaching the hut. Spend the night in the shadow of the twin snow-tipped peaks, Kibo and Mawenzi.

Day 4 Kibo Hut
Heading higher towards the peak of Kilimanjaro, hike up progressively more rugged and rocky terrain and notice the air start to thin. Skirt the stark moonscape of the Saddle to reach Kibo Hut.

Day 5 Uhuru Peak/Summit
Close to midnight, wake and enjoy a cup of tea before zigzagging up a scree slope by lamplight. Arrive at Gilman's Point in time to rest tired legs and watch the sun rise from behind Mawenzi Peak. Continue the final trek upwards and pass along the rim of a crater to reach the highest point in Africa. At 5,896m, the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro offers simply unforgettable views of the crater, the ice fields and the distant East African plains.

Days 6-7 Marangu
Descend through alpine meadows and lush rainforests to Marangu and celebrate the end of a memorable Kilimanjaro trek with a warm, hearty meal and a well-earned hot shower or relaxing bath.

Your trip


8Hotel (2 nts)
Mountain hut (4 nts)

What's Included
An experienced regional tour guide plus the services of local guides at some sites. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated.

What's Not Included
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, meals, all optional tours or activities during your free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.


From £1195 (approx. $2000 USD) for 7 days trip. Exact price available upon request.


$ USD £ GBP* Total Fees - 1st month $1050 £850 Additional months $820 £650
Currency conversions are approximate.
All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee

What's Included

Project Fee includes all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

What's not included

Flights, insurance, visas ($200 USD) and vaccinations.

Full support will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

Premium Support

We offer premium Pre-departure Support throughout your placement for an extra fee of £395 / $550. We will help you with everything you need for your trip, from start to finish. We will ensure you have your flights, visas, vaccinations, essential items and everything else needed to make your trip safe, smooth and successful.

We also offer additional 24/7 Emergency Support for an extra fee - £195 / $300. In addition to the support provided by the in-country coordinator, you will have access to a phone number that you or your family can ring at any time of day - seven days a week. We will assist in any way we can to resolve any emergency situations, offering you and your family peace of mind.

If you want Full Premium Support, you can purchase both of these together for a discounted fee of £495 / $650.
Hospital & Health Care, Health, Wellness and Fitness, and Higher Education
Employment type
Not Applicable
Job function

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