“Thankyou so much Karin. Our placement is going really well, the staff at the hospital are very friendly and we’ve seen some amazing things. The volunteer house is good, and Moshi is fun, so very enjoyable :). Sorry it’s taken us a while to get feedback to you, overall we had an amazing time in Africa and we wanted to thank you for the opportunity you gave us. In relation to the project, the staff were fantastic and very welcoming, however there was little direction given to us when we arrived and we were left on our own to choose where to work each day (this was fine with us because we could explore different wards). We borrowed some scrubs and we found that we were much more readily accepted by staff and patients as part of the medical team. Also for medical students encourage them to gain some practical clinical skills beforehand so they can be more hands on, because we found that most of our training so far has been in the area of communication and history taking, and with the language barrier this was hard to put to use. We were lucky enough to watch some amazing surgeries and sit in on clinical consultations with doctors which was incredibly rewarding for us and we learned so much. Overall, Moshi is a beautiful town and the people, especially children, are really friendly. We met so many fantastic people, ate all the local food, and discovered the Moshi nightlife. We strongly recommend that volunteers go on safari and climb Kilimanjaro, we didn’t have time or money for the latter but everyone who did raved about it. Zanzibar was also beautiful and well worth the visit especially to wind down after some eye-opening experiences. Staying at the volunteer house also allowed us to go to other projects like schools and orphanages on our time off from the hospital. We will send some photos soon too! Thanks again.
– Ms LK & Ms RM, Med Students, (Tanzania)