Join our Medicine internship in Tanzania for teenagers and get medical experience in a hospital. You’ll shadow nurses and doctors, and see what the day-to-day life of a doctor in Tanzania is like. This is a great way to add clinical experience to your CV, and start preparing for a future career in medicine.
We’ll teach you about diseases and conditions you’ve only ever read about in textbooks. Doctors will talk you through their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. You’ll attend regular medical workshops, where you’ll learn about things like measuring blood pressure and suturing wounds. During outreach work, you can use some of the practical skills you’ve learnt to provide basic healthcare to rural communities.
You’ll be based in Arusha, a city nestled at the foot of Mount Meru. As part of your programme, we have scheduled cultural and tourist activities, like a weekend safari trip. You’ll get to enjoy these activities with a group of like-minded volunteers your age. Our local staff will be there to guide you 24/7.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
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
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
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Visa support and advice
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Organised weekend tourism trips
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
A free cultural awareness course
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this Medicine internship for high school students?
You’ll spend time working in hospitals and getting practical medical experience in a Maasai community. Here are some of the tasks you’ll do:
- Shadow qualified doctors and nurses in a large hospital in Arusha
- Attend regular medical workshops and learn about medical conditions common in Tanzania
- Provide Maasai people with basic healthcare during medical outreaches
- Explore Tanzania with a group of volunteers your age
Shadow doctors and nurses
As part of this internship, you’ll get to observe the work of doctors and nurses. You’ll be assigned a supervising doctor who will guide you through your different tasks.
Get the chance to see first-hand what working in a hospital in Tanzania is like. You’ll sit in on consultations and get to see how to use specialised medical equipment.
Because the hospital where you work is under-resourced, you’ll also get to see the innovative ways doctors cope with running out of supplies. It’ll give you a broader understanding of how medicine is practised in another country.
Attend workshops run by healthcare professionals
You’ll spend part of this internship attending medical workshops. You’ll learn about common diseases in Tanzania, like malaria and HIV/AIDS. Doctors will also give you first aid training or teach you things like how to suture or give injections.
You’ll also learn practical skills like how to measure blood pressure and blood sugar. You’ll then use these skills at medical outreaches.
Help at medical outreaches
During your time in Tanzania, you’ll participate in medical outreaches. These cover different topics, but you’ll always have plenty of preparation during workshops beforehand. Some examples include visiting a kindergarten to share knowledge about the importance of oral hygiene, or doing basic health checks in a Maasai community.
The communities where we hold outreaches are usually remote or rural, with no access to regular medical care. So the work you do during outreaches will help improve access to basic healthcare for these communities.
Explore this beautiful country
This programme has a set itinerary and although you’ll be doing lots of learning, there are also plenty of leisure activities in between. So, as part of this project, you’ll get to explore Tanzania and learn more about local culture. Through all your adventures, you’ll be with a group of volunteers your age. Our friendly staff will also be there to guide and supervise you.
You’ll have a cooking lesson to learn how to cook local dishes. During a visit to a Maasai community, you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch and get to see handmade beaded jewellery. You’ll even have a weekend safari through a breath-taking wildlife reserve.
Types of placements available for this Medicine internship
You’ll be based in Arusha, a city in northern Tanzania. This city is an eclectic mix of modern and less developed buildings. It’s a buzzing city, filled with local markets and restaurants. On the outskirts, there are lush landscapes and the serene beauty of the African savannah.
You’ll work in a hospital and in remote communities. The hospital where you work will be less developed than you’re used to, giving you the chance to see a different side of healthcare. You’ll also conduct outreaches in remote communities, particularly in a rural Maasai community. You might also run outreaches in kindergartens or care centres.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
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.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
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Medical Internship for High School Students in Tanzania
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Medical Internship for High School Students in Tanzania
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