Medical Technician

Arusha X-Ray Centre and Clinic - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-237 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 50 USD
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Volunteer Job Description

The Arusha X-Ray Clinic provides medical diagnostic imaging services using X-rays, ultrasound and electrocardiography.

The Arusha X-Ray clinic is considered to be a small clinic, with only 6 examination rooms and no in-patient services. Because of this, the clinic requires volunteers to have a background knowledge that will assist doctors in one of the areas the clinic specializes in. Volunteers are needed to assist in improving diagnostic services and help with the workload of patients

Volunteers with radiological experience would be able to help out directly in the clinic in Arusha. Volunteers with enough experience are sought to teach the local staff and help to upgrade any techniques to improve the services at the clinic.

Volunteers may be asked to use x-ray machines, ultrasounds or electrocardiographs.

An radiation technologist volunteer at this placement should be a graduate or present student in this field of education. Of-course the more advanced the volunteer's education the more responsibilities the volunteer would be asked to assume.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Out-patient Services

A radiation technologist volunteer depending on his/her level of education & experience may be asked to help the doctors to conduct the services offered to the patients at the clinic. This includes conducting lab tests, ultrasounds, x ray services and giving out medication from the dispensary located in the clinic.

Rural Dispensary

A radiation technologist volunteer may choose to travel approximately 45 minutes outside of Arusha to assist at the dispensary that the clinic runs. The dispensary aids the rural populations at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Diagnostic Tests

A radiation technologist volunteer may help doctors with the diagnostic testing of patients who come to the clinic. Most often, the ailments seen are fractures, tuberculosis, abdomen distension and pneumonia.

Grants And Preposals

A radiation technologist volunteer may be asked to help the clinic with the writing, proof-reading and submission of proposals, grants and brochures to help raise funds and equipment for the clinic.

Host Organization Details

Arusha X-Ray Centre and Clinic

The Arusha X-Ray Clinic was first established to provide general health services and has expanded to included services in the form of medical diagnostic imaging using X-rays, ultrasound, and electrocardiography. In Arusha, they have laboratory diagnostic services, an out-patient clinic, a pharmacy dispensary, teaching and counselling services and diagnostic services to other medical institutions. They also run a mobile dispensary in the rural area of Marangu, Kilimanjaro which is located just outside of the city of Moshi, approximately 1 hour away from Arusha.

The clinic in Arusha currently provides only out-patient services, having to refer patients needing admittance elsewhere; but because of their central location in town, they still see on average 50 patients per day, despite only having 6 examination rooms. The clinic is not meant for a specific group of people, but rather serves the general population of the greater Arusha area.

Currently employed are 3 doctors, 2 nurses, 3 medical attendants, a radiographer, as well as, reception staff and a lab technologist. The ailments they diagnose and treat most often are tuberculosis, pneumonia, abdomen distension needing an ultrasound, as well as pregnancies and a large number of patients needing x-rays for fractures or other examinations after an accident.

When They Were Founded

This clinic was founded in 1988 by Dr. John Blimo. Dr. Blimo is still in the area, although no longer practicing. It began as a much smaller clinic with only one room and one doctor, but has since expanded to include six rooms and multiple doctors along with other trained medical staff.

Who They Work With

Mainly those of lower economic status, as well as upper classes and tourists.

How Are They Funded

As a recognized non-governmental organization in Tanzania, the Arusha X-Ray clinic is entirely self-funded through patient fees and profit from the dispensary. They strictly accept volunteers for their knowledge as opposed to monetary donations.

Donation Requests

This x-ray clinic would appreciate donations of modern diagnostic equipment, including a hematological analyzer, a clinical chemistry analyzer, electrocardiogram machine, x-rays and Computer Tomography equipment, computers for record keeping, voltage stabilizers, automatic medical film processor, glucometers, and blood pressure units.

Their main areas of service are the laboratory, ultrasounds, and x-rays. Any medical equipment that would assist them in these fields would be much appreciated.

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

The Arusha X-Ray Centre and Clinic is located very close to the center of town. Tucked just behind the Arusha International Conference Centre, it is located on the main road and very easy to get to. The centre is just one building, but is beside a small restaurant as well as a gift shop.

The building itself is in fairly good condition and has six examination rooms inside, as well as a small waiting room and an office. There is also a dispensary located inside the waiting room. Because of the central location of the clinic, many patients will come here before being referred to a larger hospital.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Catch a daladala (public transport) to Clock Tower, which is considered the center of town. Walk north from the Clock Tower past the AICC, then turn right after Mount Meru Hospital. Follow the road to the end where the clinic is situated just on the left. Time to placement: 25 minutes by daladala, 45 minutes by foot.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 3 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:25

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

AICC Hospital
Old Moshi Road
TEL 1: 0744299381
TEL 2: 2544113

Placement Address

Arusha X-Ray Centre and Clinic

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

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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