Trip Highlights

  • Medical volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania to provide healthcare to locals
  • Work under professional doctors and nurses in local clinics/dispensaries and hospitals
  • Suited for final/third year medical/nursing students and also working medical professionals
  • Get to work in departments such as Gynecology, Operation Theater for surgeries, General Medicine, Physiotherapy department, First Aid department, Laboratory and research and X-ray facilities
  • Volunteer with other medical and pre-medical students around the world.
  • Dental volunteering is also provided, upon request for dentists
  • On weekends, travel around Tanzania Read more

Volunteer as a Medic in Tanzania

Tanzania Joy Volunteer

Put your skills to good use in a hard-pressed clinic of hospital

As a medical volunteer in Tanzania you will be working in a local clinic or hospital supported by Tanzania Joy Volunteer, helping to lessen the burden on the stretched resources of the medical service. These facilities are often stretched to breaking point and in desperate need of additional help. This is where you come in!

What will I be doing?

Your work will depend on your experience level, and you must have some medical experience in order to take part. We very much welcome medical and nursing students, especially as part of elective programmes, as you will have the opportunity to put into practice the skills you’ve learnt whilst helping those in real need.

You will spend the first few days shadowing a local doctor and learning about local techniques and common diseases. Once you feel comfortable you will have the opportunity to begin performing some basic procedures under supervision. General responsibilities for medical volunteers include taking rounds, prescribing and distributing medicines, dressing wounds, and assisting with births.

Medical volunteers will often also help out with medical outreach projects we undertake in the local community and beyond. Your skills are what make these endeavours possible, and this is often the highlight of a medical programme.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering in a clinic or hospital in Tanzania, apply now to hear from our specialist trip adviser.

Duration of the week

Volunteers are generally expected to work at their placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with other volunteers at our volunteer house, before you head to your hospital or clinic for around 9am. Mornings will often start with consultation with local staff members to discuss the needs of the day, and you may be asked to help out with a wide range of activities. At around 12pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers and local staff.

You will generally finish your placement at around 5pm, though this will depend on the opening times of your placement. When you finish you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and local team members over dinner, and we often organise games and activities of our own in the evenings. Weekends are also your own but there are always plenty of extra Adventures to do in Tanzania!

Childcare Volunteer Program in Arusha, Tanzania

Trip Highlights

  • Volunteer for childcare in Tanzania, take care of children at the center, assist the local staff in their caretaking, prepare meals for them, play with them and create an interactive and congenial atmosphere for them
  • This opportunity is ideal for people who like to work with kids
  • During weekends, volunteers can travel around in Tanzania and explore the region with fellow volunteers
  • Get to witness game drives and safaris at the world famous Serengeti National Park and also witness the Big 5 of Africa

Volunteer with Children in Tanzania

Make a REAL difference to the lives of disadvantaged children

Tanzania Joy Volunteer supports a number of children’s homes in Tanzania, providing assistance to overworked local staff and helping to give children a brighter future. Although local staff are extremely committed and do brilliant work supporting young children, childcare volunteers are integral in supplementing their stretched resources. This is where you come in!

Whether you work in childcare, social outreach or are a student, you could share and gain a lot of knowledge from this inspiring opportunity to volunteer with children in Tanzania.

Our placements are properly referred to as care homes or children’s homes. They exist to provide support and care for vulnerable and at-risk children. These kids may have living parents or a family who are not currently able to care for them. They provide care when a child’s family cannot, and aim to return the children to a stable family environment once the vulnerable period has passed. We place volunteers at a number of care homes and initiatives supporting children from the ages of 1 up to 16 and beyond.

What will I be doing?
As a childcare volunteer in Tanzania some of your duties will involve teaching small classes, as many children’s homes have schools attached. You will also help with running structured games and activities. Helping to foster a sense of family and community at the home is hugely important – some of the children will have lacked this all their lives. In addition, you will be expected to engage in a wide range of other activities, depending on the specific needs of your placement. This will include plenty of practical work such as cleaning, laundry, cooking and the dishes, as well as painting classrooms and gardening.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at a children’s home in Tanzania, apply now to hear from our specialist trip adviser.

Duration of the week

Volunteers are generally expected to work at their placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with other volunteers at our guesthouse, before you head to the children’s home for around 8.30am. Children tend to learn best during the mornings, so your initial duties may well involve teaching a small class of children. At around 12pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers and local staff. Afternoons are often devoted to games and activities and it will be your job to help run these.

You will generally finish your placement at around 5pm, though you’ll find that the children will often want you stay around to play more! After your placement you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and local team members over dinner, and we often organize games and activities of our own in the evenings. Weekends are also your own but there are always plenty of extra Adventures to do in Tanzania!

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