6 Reasons To Take Up Medical Volunteering In Tanzania In 2019

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Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness and the “Big 5” of the animal kingdom. Visited often by wildlife enthusiasts and safari lovers, the country has a huge demand for medical volunteers who can contribute effectively towards the developing society.

Volunteering Solutions offers affordable opportunities to work and learn in Tanzania, that are perfect for all budding doctors/medical students looking for an African Escapade.

Here are the 6 reasons why you should take up medical volunteering project in Tanzania.

1) Destination – Arusha, and Zanzibar

The healthcare projects in Tanzania are located in Arusha and the beautiful island of Zanzibar. As a large part of the country is largely rural, many people flock for their treatment in Arusha hospitals and hence the need for knowledgeable volunteers increases. The healthcare system of Zanzibar is not very strong and often faces infrastructural and administrative challenges. It’ll be a great opportunity to help and volunteer for the numerous patients at the hospitals in both/any of the locations.

2) Specialized Medical Volunteering

The Tanzania healthcare projects are focussed on final or pre-final medical students apart from doctors since the work in local hospitals requires knowledge and basic skills.  Some of the hospitals include big names like St. Elizabeth Hospital, Mt. Meru Hospital and Tengeru Hospital in Arusha. It’ll be a great opportunity for students to learn while working with professionals.

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3) Hands-on exposure and skill development

Since volunteers work in hospitals and clinics along with professionals, they can learn a lot and get oodles of hands-on work and skill development opportunities. The hands-on work, although, also depends on individual skills and knowledge base apart from the doctor’s discretion.

Usual duties include :

  • Assisting the doctors/nurses
  • Dressing and cleaning wounds
  • Check-ups
  • Work in surgery and maternal health departments

Dedicated Dentistry placements are also arranged for students in Arusha, Tanzania. Volunteers can also view this video review of our past volunteers who worked in this project.

4) Wildlife Safaris

Since Tanzania is the land of the “Big 5 of Africa”, weekend tours to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Reserve, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park are arranged for wildlife lovers. You can seek advice from the country coordinator, who’ll assist you in arranging your safari, and ensure that you have a great experience amidst the wilderness.

Wildlife-safari-in-Tanzania with volunteering solutions

5) Evening Activity Options

Apart from the safaris, there are also various evening activity options in Arusha that include the house party, drumming lessons and souvenir shopping. A great way to unwind after a hard day’s work! You’ll also get to meet other medical students and share your ideas and learnings with them, during the dinner time.

6) Experience Certificate

All volunteers who work for the medical healthcare project will get an experience certificate from Volunteering Solutions upon successful completion of the project that goes a long way in their medical career.

If you are a budding healthcare professional who is eager to get an African volunteer work experience, then you can drop us an email at [email protected] to know more about the medical projects in Arusha and Zanzibar, and secure a spot.

You can also take a quick look at the Comprehensive Guidebook for Volunteers in Tanzania.


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