|Location||2 weeks||3 weeks||4 weeks|
|$1,995 AUD||$2,595 AUD||$3,195 AUD|
|$1,295 AUD||$1,495 AUD||$1,695 AUD|
Tanzania is an intensely varied and colourful land on the east coast of Africa, a kaleidoscope of landscapes and diversity with a balmy climate. It offers a rich tapestry of culture and fantastic game viewing. This is home to Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro, the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, the migration on the Serengeti and Zanzibar. It is without a doubt one of Africa’s most appealing destinations.
Our medical volunteering programs are located in Moshi and at a large tertiary hospital in Mwanza. Moshi is located at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and is the gateway for most Kilimanjaro treks and safaris. Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania and is located on the beautiful southern shores of Lake Victoria in the western region of the country. Afterwards, or on your weekends, embark on an amazing safari! Medical volunteering in Tanzania is ideal of all medical and healthcare students as well as medical professionals.
For many Tanzanians, proper healthcare is neither readily accessible nor affordable due to widespread poverty in remote villages and the poorer urban areas. We have access to a number of hospitals which have very basic equipment, limited facilities and experienced volunteers are badly needed. Medical students and nurses are also very welcome.
The hospitals usually have departments including ophthalmology, ENT, cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, O&G, gastroenterology, laboratory, nephrology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, emergency paediatrics, outpatients, psychiatry, pharmacy, nuclear medicine and radiology.
Medical volunteers are required to have relevant training and qualifications and should also show initiative, flexibility and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances – for example, a surgery with minimal equipment, an understaffed hospital, or a clinic for HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis patients. There is a maternity clinic where volunteers may assist local nurses in the labour room, give vaccinations to newborns and treat mothers and their children who attend the clinic. Students may be assisting or observing in various departments within the hospital. More experienced practitioners may wish to also be involved in formal or informal training for local staff to exchange knowledge and share the latest techniques in your area of expertise.
Please advise on your Application Form if there is a specific department or area that you wish to be involved in during your volunteer program together with your CV with details of your relevant training and experience.
Education is highly valued in Tanzania. Volunteers can help broaden the horizons of the local children, exposing them to the English language as spoken by a native or very fluent English-speaker. Children in Tanzania love to go to school, and may start at the age of three and wherever possible, children hope to stay in school until at least 14 years of age. Volunteers can work individually or alongside other teachers and volunteers. There can be between 30 and 80 children in each class and volunteers therefore assist the local teachers, providing individual attention to the children, and sometimes relieving the teacher. You do not need to be qualified or have previous teaching experience to volunteer on this program.
There are a huge number of orphans left behind after their parents die from illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. In some cases parents are simply unable to provide for their children or they have been abandoned. Tanzania has a family-oriented culture and therefore orphans tend to be looked after by extended families or neighbours. The additional children put a huge strain on their new family and so they are sent to ‘orphanages’ each day for food and education. Thus children usually do not live at the orphanage and are only there for a few hours in the day. Volunteers may be asked to help with teaching, feeding, caring and general running of the orphanage.
We recommend that you arrive on the weekend prior to commencing your program. We will communicate your flight details to your hosts in Tanzania and they will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (or at Mwanza Airport) and take you to your accommodation.
For those medical volunteers in Moshi (Mt Kilimanjaro), you will be accommodated in a clean and comfortable family-run guesthouse and there will be local orientation covering customs, safety and a tour of the local area. Your hosts will provide three delicious meals daily and will assist with transportation to/from work daily. Weekends are your own time, for relaxing and exploring. Long weekends can be used to embark on a safari or travel further afield (such as Zanzibar).
Medical volunteers who are based in Mwanza will be accommodated at a guesthouse on the hospital compound. The guesthouses are large, western-style houses with many bedrooms (you will have your own bedroom) and you may be sharing your bathroom with other volunteers. Bathrooms have flushing toilets and showers (occasionally there is hot water!). A variety of eating options are available on the hospital compound. Please note that power and water shortages are common in Africa and your hosts will do their best to work around this.
If you are travelling as a couple we will arrange a private room and therefore please note this on your Application Form.
Between Dec – Feb and Jun – Oct is the best time to travel to Tanzania, Mar – May = Heavy rain season, Oct – Dec = Low rain season.
Even though the weather varies throughout the country, because it is close to the equator, temperatures usually average a high of between 22 and 32 (°C).
|Average high temperature||30°C|
|Average low temperature||10°C|
2 week Volunteer Program = A$1,995 Moshi / A$1,295 Mwanza
3 week Volunteer Program = A$2,595 Moshi / A$1,495 Mwanza
4 week Volunteer Program = A$3,195 Moshi / A$1,695 Mwanza
6 week Volunteer Program = A$4,095 Moshi / A$2,195 Mwanza
Please ask for all other durations. All costs quoted are subject to change by the tour operators, volunteer organisations and currency adjustments prior to final payment.
|Pre-departure assistance and Information Kit||Drinks|
|Arrival transfer and local orientation||Items of a personal nature (ie. internet, telephone etc)|
|Accommodation in local guesthouse||Travel insurance|
|Laundry service (excluding underwear)||Meals (in Mwanza)|
|Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including bottled water (in Moshi only).||Vaccinations|
|On-site Medical Supervisor and Hospital registration fees||Passport, Visa and Work Permit fees (currently US$250 and payable on arrival in Tanzania)|
|DocTours t-shirt and personalised luggage label||Flights (and taxes) to and from your destination|
Flight Centre Business Travel have global purchasing power to provide access to the best fares and rates available (including many unpublished airfares). They are available 24/7 if you need to change your plans. Here is a link for more information: Travel Request Form
Volunteers are required to submit a recent Working with Children Check or a police report – we can advise on how to arrange this.
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (‘CPD’) & PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY
Your medical volunteering in Tanzania may be eligible for CPD points from your relevant college. We will forward the guiding notes with your travel documents.
We recommend that you advise your professional indemnity provider of your medical volunteering in Tanzania in advance of travel.
DEPOSIT A deposit of A$495 will be requested after your placement is confirmed. This deposit is non-refundable.
FINAL PAYMENT is due two months prior to departure.
PASSPORT, WORK PERMITS and VISA
All medical volunteers in Tanzania need to have a business visa and local work permit issued in Tanzania. This is currently issued on arrival in Tanzania and costs USD 250 per person. We will provide you with further details and let you know of any updates to this process. You will need to take the following documents with you to Tanzania:
It is a condition of travelling as a medical volunteer in Tanzania that you have current travel insurance to cover against cancellation fees, medical expenses, lost luggage and evacuation.
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions. Deposits are non-refundable once your arrangements have been confirmed.
Please note that all costs are subject to change due to airline increases, taxes, hotel and volunteer price increases, as well as currency adjustments.