What will I do on this Medicine Internship?
This is a chance for you to gain medical work experience, by learning from doctors and doing outreach work.
We can arrange extra work for university medical and healthcare elective students to meet all of your university’s requirements. This includes meeting a set amount of clinical hours or working in a specific department.
Here are the different tasks you will do:
- Observe professional doctors in a hospital or clinic
- Spend time in several hospital departments
- Learn about healthcare and gain practical skills during medical workshops
- Participate in medical outreaches and practise taking health measures
These are the different areas your work will focus on:
Learn from qualified doctors
You’ll spend your days shadowing medical staff, sitting in on patient consultations and getting to experience the life of a doctor in Tanzania. You’ll get to see first-hand how doctors cope with challenging circumstances and lack of funding and resources. You’ll get to see different medical procedures and learn how to diagnose and treat different diseases.
Work in different departments
Depending on how long you intern for, you might get to spend time in different departments, giving you the chance see what specialisation stands out for you.
Attend medical workshops
As part of your learning experience, you’ll also get to learn from medical professionals during workshops. These are held about once every two weeks. Local doctors will take this time to teach you practical skills, like how to measure blood pressure or administer first aid. They’ll also talk you through the symptoms, prevention, and treatment of tropical diseases, like malaria.
Help local communities
You’ll also be helping people in local communities during medical outreaches. We'll teach you everything you need to know, and your work will be supervised by medical professionals.
You’ll give talks on healthy eating to help with heart disease prevention. You can also gain experience measuring the blood sugar and blood pressure levels of people who can’t seek formal medical treatment. Medical outreaches provide basic medical care and diagnoses to people who can’t afford regular check-ups.
Where in Tanzania will I work?
We have two medical placement locations in Tanzania. You can intern in Arusha or in Moshi. Depending on where you intern, you might work in a hospital, health clinic, or Maasai community hospital. In both of these regions, buildings and facilities are not always well-maintained and communities might be less developed than what you’re used to.
Arusha is a busy city with smaller, less developed communities in some areas. It is nestled at the foot of Mount Meru and is home to over 400,000 people.
In Arusha, you can intern in hospitals or healthcare clinics. They are typically under-resourced and there will be a stark difference between hospitals in Arusha and the kind of medical care you’re used to seeing.
There’s also the option to intern in a Maasai community hospital where more traditional medicine is practised. Again, facilities and treatments here will be basic. With few medical staff and a busy, fast-paced environment, this placement is ideal for interns with medical experience who want to assist in an understaffed hospital.
Moshi is a rural town at the foot of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Travel along bumpy dirt roads, past goats and local people on motorbikes to small, rural hospitals and clinics.
Conditions in these hospitals and clinics are basic, with very few resources, like medical equipment and hospital beds. But you’ll get to see how doctors cope with these challenges and come up with innovative ways to provide the best possible care to patients.
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
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.
A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.
What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Tanzania
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