Medical Internship

Women and Children's Health Center - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-458 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 50 USD / week
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Volunteer Job Description

The Arusha Health Centre for Women and Children is significantly understaffed and requires considerable volunteer assistance. While there is certainly a need for qualified medical volunteers, there are also several tasks that do not require any formal medical training.

Pre-med students and non-qualified volunteers are not required to have medical training but must have a keen interest in the medical profession and a willingness to help out with a wide range of tasks. While no training is required a general understanding of first aid and basic health and hygiene practices would be beneficial. As well, volunteers with an interest in working with the social and medical care of those living with HIV/AIDS would be beneficial.

The specific tasks for each volunteer will vary to some extent depending on the assessments of the volunteers skills by the staff at the clinic. There are certainly basic patient care and administrative tasks that would be appropriate for all volunteers. For those who are keen and with whom the staff are comfortable have the required knowledge they may be asked to assist the medical staff in various aspects of patients needs.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Patient Non-medical Care

Pre-med student volunteers will assist staff in the out-patient and in-patient departments. Duties may include: medical history of patients, current medical problems, vital signs, height and weight of patients, help to clean medical instruments and equipment as well as cleaning of patient care areas, restocking of supplies and any other general care needed for the well being of the patient to promote a smooth delivery of service while in the centre.


Pre-med student volunteers may be asked to reorganize or update patient filing systems, check past medical files to note if any follow-ups are required and to assist in general administrative office duties, ( eg. making photocopies of records, restocking of office supplies, updating current office data etc.)

Educational Seminars

Pre-med student volunteers may be asked to help in the development and implementation of educational seminars. These may include aspects of health care such as: HIV/AIDS, family planning, knowledge of infectious & parasitic diseases or illnesses, as well as nutritionally related diseases etc.

First-aid & Health & Hygiene Issues

Pre-med student volunteers may be asked to give sessions to the women and children at the center on general first-aid care, as well as discussions about general health and hygiene issues. The volunteers must always keep in mind the type of environment that the people live in when teaching about hygienic habits and nutritional foods.

Host Organization Details

Women and Children's Health Center

The Arusha Health Centre for Women and Children is a clinic serving the Arusha region in Tanzania, especially in the remote communities. The Clinic was established in the Arusha region due to the fact that a large percentage of the population in this area have low incomes and some have no incomes at all to support their families. The cost of travelling to a hospital as well as the cost of the fees in order to be seen at the hospital and receive the care they may require, is way beyond their means. The result of this is that very few seek medical attention and even those that do have usually waited until their condition has become acute and in many circumstances is beyond a cure.

Some types of conditions that frequently are not seen or medically attended to are: minor fractures, skin sores or infections that have sometimes resulted in ulcers, pneumonia, contagious diseases, nutritional conditions etc. In this same avenue of approach is the lack of pre-natal and post-natal care along with non medical attention during deliveries.

In Tanzania most tribal traditions adhere to the practice of home deliveries, especially the Maasai society. However, since this clinic has opened there has been a marked increase in the number of pregnant women seeking medical advice and attention through all stages of pregnancies. This has resulted in having a great positive impact on the number of pregnancy casualties. The Arusha Health Centre for Women and Children provides medical services such as:

  • Surgery
  • Clinical treatment
  • Laboratory services
  • Gynaecology exams and treatments
  • Maternity services and delivery
  • Pediatrics
  • Family planning and reproductive education
  • HIV/AIDS counselling
  • Vaccinations

The Clinic also provides "Health Awareness" educational sessions.

When They Were Founded

This Arusha Health Centre for Women and Children was founded in 1994, by Dr Wanjara. He was formerly employed at the Arusha Regional Hospital and became greatly concerned regarding the number of women and children that did not receive medical attention due to their financial situations. Since its founding in 1994 it has become a very busy clinic especially for Tanzanian's in remote communities.

Who They Work With

This organization serves women and children in the community of Arusha.

This organization has been a big help to the community they have been able to diagnose some diseases that other medical places were not able to diagnose

According to the World Fact book, Tanzania has an Infant Mortality Rate that is roughly thirteen times higher than that of Canada or the United States, and has the sixth highest prevalence of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. It is important that women and children have access to health care -- to become more knowledgeable in health issues that effect themselves and their families and in so doing work to reduce these rates and thus provide a better outlook for their country.

How Are They Funded

The Centre receives no government funds. It receives some funds from the fees charged at the clinic to those who can afford to pay. The Director also financially supports the clinic. Funds are also obtained through volunteer donations and NGO's from different countries as well as from Tanzania.

Donation Requests

This organization would greatly appreciate donations of the following medical supplies:

  • gynecological equipment
  • latex gloves
  • surgical gowns
  • lockers for the patients to use
  • office furniture and supplies
  • donations to help pay clinic fees for those who cannot afford them

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

The Arusha Health Centre for Women and Children is located in the northern part of Arusha. The area called Mianzini is very well developed with many small shops, local restaurants, a local bar and schools.

The city of Arusha has an estimated population of one million people and sits at the foot of Mount Meru. Mount Meru has the fifth highest peak in Africa; it is a few hundred meters shorter than Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa and encompassesss 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 a busy industrial and administrative center. Some of the main manufactures include textiles, beverages, processed foods, plastics, and electronic equipment. It is well known as an African Congress Centre and the International Tribunal for the Rwandese Genocide.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp Center walk west towards the impala roundabout; from there walk north until the end of Semion Road then you will reach the Nairobi Road. From there take any daladala that is going into town. Stay on the daladala for 10 minutes and then get off at the Mianzini stop. The sign for Arusha Health Centre for Women and Children is on the right side of the road as you get off the daladala; cross the road and walk for about 2 minutes and then you will reach the placement.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 7 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:40

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

Arusha Health Centre for Women and Children
TEL 1: +255 754 288 764
TEL 2: +255 754 288 764

Placement Address

Women and Children's Health Center

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

Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 50 USD / week

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.

Mar 06, 2020 Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020
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Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022


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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