Public Health in Tanzania
High School Specials for 16-19 Year Olds
- Placement location: Arusha
- Types of placement: Medical Outreach (multiple locations)
- Accommodation: Host Families or Guesthouse
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
The Public Health project in Tanzania is a unique project based in and around the town of Arusha. This project focuses on the importance of health campaigns and outreach work in the more rural areas, in addition to giving you an insight into how limited medical treatment is for some patients given their location and their way of life.
The majority of your time will be spent doing medical outreach work and educational health campaigns. You will be working alongside local doctors and nurses reaching out to as many people as possible. Your time in Tanzania will be varied and you may find yourself providing much needed treatment to a rural Maasai tribe one day and educating the children in a local care centre on the importance of hygiene the next. Many of the local Maasai do not have access to medical treatment and these free outreach clinics, provided by Projects Abroad, are vital when it comes to ensuring they have the treatment they need.
As a volunteer you will be involved in carrying out basic health checks, leading educational campaigns and observing and assisting where possible with the diagnosis of the patients with a local doctor.
While volunteering in Arusha you will live with one of our local host families or in a guesthouse. This gives you a unique insight into a completely different way of life. During the weekend you will get the opportunity to experience the breath-taking scenery in one of Tanzania's national parks.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers 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. If you want to know more about their achievements, read our 2016 High School Specials Impact Report.