Off the shore of the African mainland, Zanzibar is an archipelago which is a part of Tanzania. Like the case in most Third World regions, Zanzibar has the tradition of early marriages and the case of teen pregnancy can be found in abundance. Healthcare system of Zanzibar is not very strong and often faces infrastructural and administrative challenges. The patient-doctor ratio is also a huge challenge. Medical Volunteering Program in Zanzibar will give you the opportunity to assist in 2 hospitals in a variety of medical disciplines for, both, students and qualified nurses as well as doctors.
The following departments are available for volunteers :-
It will be a challenging experience to assist and work in a hospital that doesn't have adequate staff, has limited resources and long queues of patients waiting to be treated. One of the challenges is that the wards do not have its own sterilization facilities and everything needs to be sent to the main hospital to be sterilized.
Your role as a volunteer in the medical program will be primarily to assist the local staff on duty. This can differ depending on what level of expertise you have, and for students, it will be more about shadowing the professionals. The challenging circumstances will help you to learn from practical experiences. Volunteers in the past have delivered babies, taken blood, changed dressings, assisted with minor surgery and other activities. This is an opportunity for volunteers to gain international work experience and come out of their comfort zone. It will be challenging, so volunteers with a healthy dose of independence and flexibility will enjoy learning how the healthcare system works in Zanzibar.
The major task would be to shadow the professionals and assist them whenever needed.
Volunteers, depending on their background and field of expertise, can assist in:
As a volunteer for the Medical Volunteering Program in Zanzibar, Tanzania, your general schedule would be:
The same work schedule continues from the second week onwards (Monday - Friday).
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.
Find a beautiful abode away from home in Zanzibar. Volunteering Solutions ensures that our volunteers get the “at home” atmosphere while volunteering.
As Zanzibar is semi-autonomous and part of Tanzania you can fly straight to Zanzibar (over Nairobi, Kilimanjaro or other international airports) or fly to Dar es Salaam. If you fly to Dar es Salaam you need to take a cab to the ferry to Zanzibar, where you can buy a ticket for the relaxing 40 minute boat ride to the island. It is very important that we know of your travel arrangements so the coordinators can be ready for you to arrive. Upon arrival at either the airport or ferry terminus, you will be welcomed by the coordinator who will show you around and take you to your accommodation.
All volunteers are given an orientation about their project and the location by the local coordinator.
Accommodation is offered in the safe area of Mbwemi just outside Stone Town and close to the airport. You will be staying with coordinator Francis and other volunteers. Expect to share a room with other volunteers.
The house is big enough with a living room/dining room, as well as kitchen. It accommodates up to 8 volunteers in 2 different rooms and 2 bathrooms but generally we only have 2-6 volunteers living here with more busy times over the popular July and August months. The house has a garden with a secure wall and gate to make sure you are as safe as possible.
Bedding is provided in the form of sheets, but bring a towel for personal use. Mosquito nets are also provided on most beds, but you can bring your own nets. If you don’t have enough space in your suitcase; it is cheap to buy things locally.
The accommodation can be basic, standards are very different on Zanzibar then back home most probably, and showers do not have hot water, but the weather is hot enough to shower cold!
Within easy reach you will find the main road with food stalls to buy fresh juices, Mandazi (local doughnuts) and any other basic needs. Within 20 minutes’ walk you can find 2 popular bars with fast internet and supermarket with some imported (and expensive) goodies to treat yourself every now and then.
Meals are provided 3 times a day by the cook. The Zanzibar cuisine includes meat, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes. There are several eating and dine out places near the accommodation.
Volunteers will have a lot of free time during the weekend. During weekdays too, your evenings would be free. Some of the activities that you can get involved in during your free time in Zanzibar.
All free time activities are at participant’s own expense.
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