Dental Volunteer

Ngorbob Dispensary - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-942 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Health Care Category: Dentistry Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Ngorbob Dispensary is a government medical center for the Maasai community living in the rural regions outside of Arusha. The Dispensary provides more accessible health care rather than them having to travel to the city for basic treatment and services. The medical services offered by the Ngorbob Dispensary are available for only a small contribution so that everyone can afford to get the medical care whenever needed.

Dental Volunteers will be expected to assist delivering basic and emergency care to the patients of the Dispensary. As well, they may be involved in outreach programs, traveling to more rural communities to deliver dental services and education about oral hygiene. Volunteers may also be asked to assist with administrative or other tasks while at the placement.

This volunteer position is for qualified dentists only.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Dental Health Care

As a dental volunteer you would need to attend to dental health problems such as simple extractions, restorative treatments, preventive dental procedures, emergency dental care for the relief of pain and/or infection etc. The volunteer may be asked to assist in dental surgery

Dental Outreach Programs

A dental volunteer would be expected to support staff in dental health educational sessions for adults and children during community health events. The volunteer would be expected to participate in dental programs for school aged children within childcare facilities and schools.

Preventive Dental Care

A dental volunteer would be asked to provide preventive dental care such as oral hygiene instruction to patients, school children, as well as adults in communities.

Administrative Duties

A dental volunteer may be expected to schedule appointments for clinic days and oversee rescheduling of appointments from time to time. As a dental volunteer, you may be asked to analyse, summarize and review patient demographic data, as well as keep good records.

Host Organization Details

Ngorbob Dispensary

Many people in Tanzania do not have access to adequate health care. For many years, the majority of health care facilities were located in and around major urban centers. As a result, residents in rural communities had very limited access to medical care.

Ngorbob Dispensary is a government medical center that was created to provide medical care for the Maasai community living in the rural regions outside of Arusha. The Dispensary was created in an effort to make health care more accessible to the rural communities, rather than them having to travel to the city for basic treatment and services.

The Ngorbob Dispensary currently provides medical services for four villages and smaller communities in the region. The Dispensary offers medical services for only a small contribution so that everyone can afford to get the medical care whenever needed.

The center provides minor medical services like:

  • General out-patient service for adults and children
  • Clinics: Antenatal (prenatal) Clinics, Pediatric Clinics, and Family Planning Clinics
  • Laboratory services including routine blood, urine, and stool examinations, blood group and matching services, lipid profiles, etc
  • Basic dental services
  • General wards
  • Maternity ward and services
  • When the clinic receives patients with complicated medical issues they refer them to the bigger hospitals in the Arusha.

    When They Were Founded

    Ngorbob Dispensary was started in 2004 as part of a government initiative to deliver better health care services to their rural population. Prior to the creation of the Dispensary, the rural communities of the Kisongo region had no access to health care unless they were able to travel to the city.

    How Are They Funded

    Ngorbob Dispensary receives their funding from the government and also from the small fees that they get from patients. Also, sometimes the dispensary receives its funding from private donors or volunteers but this is usually in the form of medical supplies.

    Donation Requests

    Any medical equipment or supplies would be appreciated including:

  • Latex surgical gloves
  • Surgical gowns
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Sterile needles
  • Antiseptic creams
  • Thermometers
  • Band-aids
  • Gauze
  • Diapers
  • Vitamins
  • Baby formula
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Gowns
  • Towels
  • Small fans
  • Medical books
  • Placement Location Information

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Ngorbob Dispensary is located few kilometers from Arusha city in the Maasai community area, Also its located close to the local market where the villagers come to sell their products and domestic animals like goats. There are very limited services available in the area , such as restaurants, internet cafes and supermarkets. If you require these services you will have to travel to the city. Its fairly safe moving around this area as the community is very friendly and foster a welcoming environment for visitors.

    The clinic has two buildings one pediatric clinic and the one for adults. The medical supplies at the center are very basic and maintaining inventory can be as challenge. Volunteers should be prepared to work in an environment with limited medical supplies.

    Transfer From BaseCamp

    From Arusha town head to the main bus station nearby the Nakumati shooping mall. From here catch a daladala(public transport) to Kisongo and ask to get off at Kisongo stendi (bus station) from here turn left towards the market and walk through the market right after the end of the market you will be able to see a sign of Ngorbob clinic. The center is located in the very open area that has no other building so its easy to spot the center.

    Distance & Time

    Distance from BaseCamp: 10 km
    Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

    Weather in the Area

    Despite its closeness to the equator, Arusha's elevation of 1400 mm on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures down and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for the majority of the year. The temperature ranges between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average of around 25 degrees.

    Arusha has distinct wet and dry seasons and experiences an eastern prevailing wind from the Indian Ocean, a couple of hundred miles east. Highest average rainfall occurs in March, April and May.

    City/Village Description

    The city of Arusha has an estimated population of around one million people and sits at the foot of Mount Meru. Mount Meru is the fifth highest peak in Africa; it is a few hundred meters shorter than Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa and encompasses three volcanic cones; Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira (don't worry, they're not active!)

    Arusha is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape on the planet. With easy access to the Arusha National Park, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park there is never a shortage of things to do!

    Arusha is considered to be one of the best African cities when it comes to great weather and tourism combined.

    Arusha is a busy industrial and administrative centre. Some of the main manufacture products include textiles, beverages, processed foods, plastics and electronic equipment. It is well known for the African Congress Centre and the International Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide.

    Nearest Medical Clinic

    Ngorbob Dispensary
    TEL 1: 0788267242

    Placement Address

    Ngorbob Dispensary

    Accommodation and Meals

    All of our volunteers begin their stay in Tanzania at our BaseCamp Center in Ngaramtoni - Arusha. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

    The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Tanzania. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

    If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Tanzania you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

    BaseCamp Tanzania

    BaseCamp Tanzania
    BaseCamp Tanzania Address

    Nelson Mandela Road
    Kijenge Ya Chini Mt. Meru Gas Station
    Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania

    BaseCamp Tanzania Contact Details

    Tel: 255 719 177 084
    Mobile: 255 754 683 347

    BaseCamp Tanzania is located in the Kijenge area of Arusha. The centre is located just a few minutes from the famous Clock-Tower and many amenities such as banks, internet cafes and international calling centres. You can also find some great local markets selling everything from fresh fruit and fish, to beautiful wooden carvings and amazing East African paintings! Arusha is a comfortable place to live with many of the conveniences of home, while still allowing travellers to experience the African way of life.

    BaseCamp Tanzania is set up with a number of dormitory style rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. The house has a large covered balcony on the main floor with a spectacular view! There is also a large common room on the lower level with a small resource centre containing books, magazines, movies, games and other African publications. Outside is a beautiful lawn and garden that overlooks the city and is an ideal setting to catch up on email, review some Swahili or just enjoy a quiet afternoon. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

    The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotating schedule of a variety of traditional dishes from around the country. This allows volunteers to try a wide range of Tanzanian dishes and to gain some knowledge of the food served and meal etiquette before living with a host family. For those who stay on in BaseCamp, the 14 day schedule allows for lots of variety.

    BaseCamp Tanzania is also the training and orientation centre. Each day volunteers will spend part of the day in lectures or workshops at BaseCamp and part of the day exploring the city and learning how to get around comfortably on their own.

    Living With a Host Family in Tanzania

    Living with a host family in Tanzania is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

    Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

    All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Tanzania.

    How the Program Works

    Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

    Option 1 - Free Services

    Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

    Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

    As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

    Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

    Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

    These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

    In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

    Option 3 - Full Program Support

    For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

    We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

    Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

    Program Fees

    Program Fees - Tanzania

      Registration Fee
      1 Week
      2 Weeks
      3 Weeks
      4 Weeks
      5 Weeks
      6 Weeks
      7 Weeks
      8 Weeks
      Additional Weeks
    All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

    What is Included
    • Pre-Departure support
    • Placement consulation
    • Airport reception & transfer
    • 2 Day orientation
    • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
    • Breakfast and dinner
    • Emergency & placement support

    What is Not Included
      Before Departure
    • International flight
    • Travel medical insurance
    • Visa costs where required
    • Work permits where required
      While Overseas
    • Daily transportation to and from placement
    • Transport to airport on departure
    • Placement fees if requried

    Program Dates

    Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

    If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

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    These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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