Is this Midwifery internship in Tanzania right for me?
If you’re looking for practical midwifery experience in a hospital, this internship is ideal for you. This is the chance to enhance your skills and knowledge, and boost your CV. It’s a great way to prepare for medical school applications or to gain confidence before graduating as a midwife. This project runs all year round, so you’re welcome to join whenever it suits you. The minimum duration is two weeks but we recommend staying longer, for you to gain even more midwifery work experience while in Tanzania.
Elective University Students
This project is perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
This internship is also ideal for learning about midwifery in a developing country before starting your studies. You’ll get a deeper insight into the challenges women face every day when giving birth. You don’t need any specific qualifications to join. Your role will be mainly observational and hospital staff will be there to supervise and guide you through your internship. Unfortunately, Pre-meds can only be in prenatal or postnatal but not see deliveries.
What will I do on the Midwifery internship in Tanzania?
You’ll work in the maternity ward of a local hospital.
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 some of the tasks you’ll do during your midwifery internship:
- Shadow doctors and midwives in the maternity ward of a hospital
- Provide support to expectant mothers during labour
- Observe births or cesarean sections, if you are a medical student
- Provide postnatal care and advice to new mothers
- Get practical medical experience during outreaches
These are the five main areas your work will focus on:
Learn from qualified midwives
You’ll spend your days shadowing local doctors and midwives, getting to know the daily routine of staff in a maternity department. Through shadowing and observing, you’ll learn what it’s like to be a midwife in Tanzania.
Local staff will also be available to answer all of your questions. They’ll guide you through your work and chat to you about different patients.
Work with expectant mothers
The role of a midwife starts during pregnancy. You’ll sit in on consultations with expectant mothers, and see how local midwives give advice on nutrition and living healthily before their baby is born.
You’ll also get to see how medical professionals give advice to expectant mothers during labour. You can watch as they teach mothers breathing techniques, reassure them about the birthing process, and talk them through possible medical complications.
If you are studying medicine or midwifery, you will be allowed to observe births and cesarean sections. This is the chance to see the role midwives play in the birthing process. It’s a great way to learn first-hand about delivery and you’ll get to see the first moments of a newborn baby as it’s welcomed into the world.
In Tanzania, only interns studying medicine or midwifery are permitted to observe births and cesarean sections.
Provide postnatal care
A midwife’s role doesn’t end after birth. You’ll also work with mothers after delivery to give them advice on postnatal care. You can help local midwives with assessing newborns and making sure they’re healthy. You’ll help with administering vaccinations and will talk to mothers about family planning and birth control. You’ll also chat to new mothers about how to care for their babies.
Work at medical outreaches
For more hands-on experience, you’ll work in remote communities, providing basic medical screening. The communities where we run outreaches don’t have regular access to healthcare facilities, so you’ll help improve access to basic healthcare.
Healthcare professionals will provide you with the training you need to help at outreaches. Then, you’ll go out into communities and measure things like blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Where in Tanzania will I work?
You’ll be placed in a local hospital in either Arusha or Moshi. Some of our placement hospitals are specifically geared towards providing medical care to women and children.
In all of our midwifery placement locations in Tanzania, there will be plenty of opportunity for learning and exploring the country.
We have placements in hospitals in Arusha. These hospitals are also under-resourced and under-funded, so you’ll find facilities are basic.
Arusha is an exciting mix of buzzing city life and peaceful nature. During your free time, you can sample tasty local food at restaurants, buy souvenirs at vibrant markets, or go on a safari in a wildlife reserve.
Alternatively, you can intern in a Maasai community hospital located near Arusha. You can join if you’re interning for a minimum of four weeks. You can only work in this hospital if you have midwifery experience. The hospital is typically busy and understaffed, so you won’t get as much guidance at this placement as you will at our placement in Moshi.
You can work in the maternity department of a hospital in Moshi. This hospital is under-resourced and under-funded, so it won’t be as well equipped as hospitals in your home country. However, it’s a great opportunity for you to see the innovative ways staff cope with these problems.
Moshi is a small town at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Its communities are largely rural and buildings are rustic with dirt roads running between. It’s the perfect place to connect with nature. You can go hiking around the base of the highest mountain in Africa or see wildlife up close during a safari.
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.
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