About the Internship
This amazing program has a huge impact on the lives of those less fortunate in Tanzania. It is based in the Meru District Hospital, a large hospital for the area, with a capacity of 110 in bed patients. On average, 200 patients are provided with medical care daily. The hospital covers all areas of modern medical care, including paediatrics, HIV/Aids, the malaria and tuberculosis clinic, eye and dental care, mental health and the maternity ward. Over 1,000 operations are performed annually in the hospital. Volunteer work varies and depends heavily on interests and previous knowledge. Under the guidance of the local doctors and care takers, volunteers will take over various tasks, such as patient care and assistance with operations. An individual work plan is created for all interns and volunteers outlining tasks and ensuring optimal care is given.
Goals of this Project:
- Improve the future prospects of the people of Tanzania
- Provide quality medical care to the impoverished people of Arusha
- To offer affordable and exciting volunteer projects in the magnificent country of Tanzania, home of the Serengeti National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro
- To create a better understanding of the African culture and value system
How You Can Help
This program can change the lives of vulnerable people in Arusha. By providing much-needed volunteer labor, more patients can be cared for and a higher level of care given. While volunteers will be helping to make a difference in a facility that is extremely underfunded and sharing their knowledge and ideas with local staff, they will also gain an amazing opportunity to see how third world hospitals manage with very little resources, learning new techniques and ideas for medical care. Volunteers will also have the unique opportunity to meet people from all walks of life from around Tanzania and build relationships with them – it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A high level of English is required to participate in this program. All volunteers must also be fully vaccinated before arrival. As is common in developing countries, the standard of infrastructure is probably lower than in volunteer’s home countries.
Volunteers contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Assist with day-to-day medical care, as appropriate for experience and training
- Network with program staff and medical staff
This program offers an amazing opportunity for suitable applicants who are 18 years and over to work alongside qualified medical professionals and gain first-hand insight into Tanzania's healthcare system. It is open to those with experience and/or education in the field of medicine, as well as med-school students. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with patients and staff, though this is not a pre-requisite. Naturally, all applicants must also have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
Situated in northern Tanzania, Arusha is the capital of the Arusha Region and is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.
Arusha balances well the ‘city life’ with the ‘small town’ feel and that makes it even more attractive in the eyes of tourists and travelers from all parts of the world. The city is surrounded by farm estates growing coffee, wheat and maize. These farm estates are being maintained by the Arusha and Meru tribes since the 18th century. Arusha is commonly referred to as the safari capital of East Africa. This is because it is the main starting point for safaris into Tanzania. It is a vibrant town renowned for its streets filled with tourist vehicles, the Maasai warriors and the famous Central Market. Awesome!
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport volunteers will be collected by a representative of the local project team and transported to their assigned accommodation where they will join a short welcome session. On Monday, volunteers attend the full orientation session where a representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience in Tanzania. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, ask any last questions you may have, and perhaps even start to make those safari trip plans...oh yeah!
- Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
- Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival/Departure Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania (CODE: JRO)
Accommodation & Meals
Safe and comfortable accommodation will be provided during your stay in Tanzania. Volunteers will be accommodated in a small hostel that is run by our local partner organization. Their two dogs Ella and Ava who are very friendly and welcoming also live at the compound (outside only). The project management team lives only three walking minutes away, plus a volunteer coordinator will be onsite from 8am to 8pm weekdays, who among other things, will join you and your fellow volunteers for dinner each evening.
The hostel has three double and four quadruple rooms (private rooms are available on request for an additional fee) each containing comfortable beds and space to store your belongings. While the local team try to allocate rooms based on gender, this cannot always be guaranteed. Hot showers are available, though volunteers are asked to use water sparingly.
The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city center. Motorbikes and Dala Dala (Minibuses) for transport are available everywhere. Although the hostel is close to town it is surrounded by a peaceful garden where you can relax among the exotic fruit trees or enjoy the amazing view of Mt Kilimanjaro from the sweeping balcony area! A large two-meter high wall and a 24/7 security team make sure you are nice and safe. Washing machines are not common in Tanzania, therefore laundry must be either washed by hand, or can be done by the local cleaner for a small additional fee.
Volunteers are provided two meals per day at the hostel. Breakfast usually includes tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as seasonal fruits. Dinner will be international as your hosts cook both Tanzanian and Western food.
Don't worry if you are vegetarian, vegan or have any allergies, as the local team can cope with these too. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries and you are welcome to prepare some of your own meals if you prefer. Easy!
Please note: Program fees for this program include a US$100 donation to the hospital for much needed medical consumables and other items.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.
Important Visa Information
An ‘STP’ or ‘Volunteer’ visa is required to volunteer in Tanzania and costs around US$250 depending on where it is obtained. Some nationalities can apply in advance from their local Tanzania Embassy, but most volunteers will obtain the volunteer visa from the airport on arrival in Arusha. Please ensure you have sufficient US$ to pay for the volunteer visa on arrival (notes must be no older than 2009). The STP-visa, which is valid for three months, can then be renewed for a further three months if required.
Note: All travelers require return or onward tickets, all documents required for their next destination and proof of funds. Currently visitors arriving from infected areas must hold a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travelers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.