Midwifery Volunteer Projects in Tanzania
- Placement location: Dar es Salaam and Arusha
- Role: To work within a busy maternity unit learning from the knowledge and expertise of local midwives
- Type of placements: Hospitals
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
If you are considering volunteering in Midwifery then Tanzania would be a great choice. You will not just learn a lot from your time here, but you will also be helping poor and disadvantaged women and their babies who will benefit from your time.
You will be placed in maternity units in either Dar es Salaam or Arusha. Most hospitals have maternity units, the largest experiencing up to 90 births a day. Your role will be mainly observational, but if you are enthusiastic and integrate well into the team, you may be given more to do.
The local midwives are very busy and you will have to be energetic and pro-active in order to keep up with them. You will be able to provide emotional support to women in labour, show them to their beds, and be an extra pair of hands for the midwives.
Midwifery in Tanzania
According to hospital regulations in Arusha and Dar es Salaam, only volunteers studying midwifery or medicine will be permitted to observe cesarean sections and births. If you have no previous medical experience, or you are still a pre-med student, you will not be allowed to partake in observing cesarean sections and births.
Maternity practice in Tanzania will be different from what you are used to. You may find some births quite shocking and you should try not to become emotionally attached to the patients, but be on hand to support the women and the midwives. Maternity units in Tanzania will not have the level of equipment or resources that you are used to. You will learn a lot about birth in a developing country and learn how resourceful midwives have to be working with limited facilities.
You will live with one of our local host families who will treat you as part of their family. Our active Projects Abroad community will be on hand for you spend your free time with, when exploring the area and travelling at weekends. The standard Midwifery project is available from 2 weeks.
The Maasai Medical Project
Projects Abroad also works closely with a Maasai community hospital, which is under-resourced and under-staffed. If you have a keen interest or experience in the medical field and would like to work closely with a rural community, this is the perfect option for you. Volunteers work alongside local doctors and nurses in a variety of different hospital departments. Facilities at the hospital are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard one would expect in the West. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases and try not to become emotionally involved with the patients. Ninety per cent of the patients are Maasai and the hospital runs regular community outreach programmes in order to educate and treat the more remote members of the community.
The Maasai Medical placement is available from 4 weeks. Given the private nature and often poor living conditions of the Maasai tribe, you will be living with other volunteers on the Maasai Community project in a communal house that has basic facilities.
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Tanzania.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Tanzania Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.