Join our Dentistry internship in Tanzania and prepare for a career in dentistry. You’ll shadow dentists in dental clinics and health centres and learn from observing them. This is a great opportunity to get an insight into how dentistry is practiced in a developing country.
This internship will add valuable work experience to your CV. You’ll get to see advanced cases that you wouldn’t see on an internship in your home country. The health centres and clinics where you’ll work are under-resourced, so you’ll also get to see the innovative ways dentists cope with running out of supplies.
You’ll be based in Arusha, a city in northern Tanzania. With scenic nature trails and a bustling city centre, it’s the perfect setting to experience life in East Africa.
When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01273 007 230 to see if we can offer a discount.
Flexi Trips - Aged 16+, wanting flexible dates, independence, and a volunteer project or internship tailored exactly to your needs
Tanzania > Dentistry
Completely flexible dates
Arusha (Read More)
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Anyone aged 16 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is the Dentistry internship in Tanzania right for me?
Our Dentistry internship in Tanzania is perfect for anyone interested in a career in dentistry. It will give you relevant experience to draw on when you apply to study. If you’re already studying, seize the opportunity to build your practical dentistry knowledge.
You don’t need any previous experience to join. You'll have a supervisor to guide you, and you can reach out to our staff anytime you need to. You can find out whether dentistry is the right career for you by getting first-hand dentistry experience.
This project runs all year round so you can join whenever it suits you. The minimum duration is two weeks, but we recommend staying longer to get the most out of your placement.
What will I do at my dentistry placement in Tanzania?
You’ll gain dentistry work experience in Tanzania at a dental clinic or healthcare centre. In both placements, there are plenty of ways you can learn and gain experience. These are some of your main tasks:
- Shadow and observe local dentists and experience their daily routine
- Assist with minor tasks like patient screening and preparing instruments for procedures
- Raise awareness of the importance of oral hygiene in local schools and communities
Your work will focus on these areas:
Observe and assist professional dentists
A large part of your internship will be spent in a dental clinic or healthcare centre, shadowing local staff. You’ll spend your time getting to know the daily routine of a dentist in Tanzania.
You’ll sit in on consultations and observe procedures, such as root canals and bonding. You might also get to see advanced cases first-hand, something you wouldn’t experience on an internship in your home country. Local dentists will teach you how to diagnose and treat these different conditions.
You’ll also have the chance to assist with minor tasks. This will include things like screening patients before consultations, helping prepare instruments and equipment, and giving patients information about oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene awareness campaigns
If you’re eager to make a difference in local communities, you can also raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene in schools and around the community. However, this aspect of the internship is optional. You can organise your own outreaches and give talks on how to brush teeth correctly. If you’re feeling creative, you can make oral hygiene posters to hang on classroom walls. This will give students a visual reminder about why they need to care for their teeth.
Where in Tanzania will I work?
On this Dentistry internship, you’ll spend most of your time in dental clinics or healthcare centres. The facilities and equipment might be more basic than what you’re used to. Time spent at your dentistry placement in Tanzania is a good opportunity to see how dentists cope in an under-resourced setting. If you do awareness work, this will be based in schools and rural communities.
This internship is based in Arusha, a city nestled at the foot of Mount Meru. It has a busy city centre, with buzzing bars and restaurants. There are also more rural communities on the outskirts of Arusha. You’ll see some developed buildings and tarred roads, but there will also be lots of dirt roads between more rustic buildings.
A typical day on the Dentistry internship in Tanzania
Your work will usually run from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. You’ll have your weekends free.
On a typical day, you’ll wake up and enjoy a tasty breakfast with your host family. Then, you’ll grab your notebook and catch a dalla dalla (shared minibus taxi) to your placement. On your first day, Projects Abroad staff will accompany you to show you the way.
Mornings will usually be busier than your afternoons. You’ll start your work by sitting in on consultations and observing dental procedures. In the afternoons, you can help prepare equipment or ask local staff questions about the different cases you’ve seen throughout the day. This is a great opportunity to hear all about dentistry directly from professionals.
If you’d like, you can organise outreaches to raise awareness about dental care. This is a chance to teach children about the importance of caring for their teeth, to help with preventing future health problems.
In the evenings, you can spend time exploring, and enjoying dinner with your host family or other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers.
What are the aims and impact of this Dentistry internship?
The main aim of this project is to give you the chance to learn more about dentistry first-hand. You’ll also get to experience what dentistry is like in a developing country. As you shadow local staff, you’ll gain valuable experience to enhance your CV.
You can also help raise awareness about the importance of dental hygiene. By teaching local students the ins and outs of dental care, you can help with preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Without easy access to dental clinics, it’s particularly important to work towards preventing dental problems in these communities.
To make sure we’re always working towards a long-term vision, we’ve outlined five goals in our Medical Management Plan for Tanzania. These goals are:
- Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups
- Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases
- Improve hygiene standards
- Improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients
- Encourage an understanding of medical practices and promote an exchange of medical knowledge
Join our dental internship in Tanzania and play a part in working towards these goals.
It was great to be able to assist the dental team with procedures and also learn a great deal about dentistry in general as well as see some of the uncommon and complex cases faced here in Tanzania, such as abscesses and oral cancer.
Dentistry Internship in Tanzania
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Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
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