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Zanzibar - Medical Placement

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Stone Town
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Be part of a medical program at the local referral hospital and gain valuable knowledge about healthcare services alongside local professionals.

This is a great opportunity for medical professionals and some prospective medical/nursing students to hone their medical knowledge about healthcare provision. Depending on your qualifications, you may also provide medical assistance to people from the community with limited access to healthcare resources.
The local Hospital was started around 1923. It is situated at the heart of historic Stone Town and is right next to the state house of Zanzibar. It is the main referral hospital for both of the islands which make up Zanzibar. It consists of three different hospital buildings, the main one located at Mnazi Mmoja itself and of the other two, one is located at Mwembeladu (maternity hospital) and the other one is at Kidongo Chekundu (mental hospital). It provides most services available at many referral hospitals including, but not limited to: ENT services, OB/GYN, ICU, Pediatrics, Eye, general surgeries and many more.

As the main referral hospital, it is also the teaching hospital for health colleges and universities on the island. In this capacity this healthcare provider is a true resource for the communities it serves. Shortages of medical equipment and supplies contribute to a host of health problems in Tanzania, and this presents a tremendous challenge for achieving the third goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Good Health and Well Being. Therefore, in order to be actively involved in the Hospital medical program, participants need to have some medical experience and/or background in order to shadow and learn more about healthcare service delivery. Based on your medical skill level and experience, you will be given a variety of tasks to help out in the hospital, thereby serving those with limited access to affordable quality health care.

Participants joining this program can contribute to the hospital by providing their knowledge and skills, and also by donating additional resources/supplies, helping to bridge the financial gap and supporting the local community members.

Some of the tasks/duties may include but are not limited to: observing and/or monitoring the patients, treatment techniques, and providing health outreach information, etc.

Zanzibar - Medical Placement

About Your Location

Zanzibar is an amazing destination that tempts you to explore it from end to end. It is a semi-autonomous region within the United Republic of Tanzania and it is comprised of two main islands, Unguja and Pemba, and a number of sparsely populated islets. After the 1964 revolution, Zanzibar joined with the then Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Zanzibar maintains its own government and is directly responsible for all non-union affairs, including health services.

Unguja Island covers an area of about 1,464 square kilometers and Pemba Island covers an area of about 864 square kilometers. The local people are a mixture of ethnic backgrounds. Islam is the dominant religion and practiced by most of Zanzibaris, although there are also followers of Christianity and other ethnic beliefs. Swahili is a local language used by people and is spoken extensively in Zanzibar. English is also spoken by many people.

Aims & Objectives

- Support the hospital staff with medical assistance
- Add to your practical healthcare work experience
- Observe the medical practices of local staff at the hospital in Zanzibar
- Broaden your perspective of international medical care and treatment

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Stonetown City Orientation
- Spoken Orientation
- Lunch
- Swahili Language lesson

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Monday to Friday
Each day, you'll spend at least five hours at the hospital, with a break for lunch. Leaving accommodation around 07:30, you'll arrive at the hospital by 08:00 to start work. If you prefer to finish by noon, you can return for lunch. If you want to continue working, we'll supply a packed lunch for you to eat at the hospital. Afterward, you can resume your tasks and head back to the accommodation in the evening. Transport to the hospital will be arranged using public transportation.

Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Activities & Events

Evening Activities
The following extra activities will be conducted every Wednesday of the month. The group will decide if they want to go in to Stone Town for the evening or stay at the volunteer house for one of the activities.

First Wednesday - Movie night! We will show a great movie on our big screen at the accommodation.
Second Wednesday - Game Night! The local team will organize exciting and fun games for you to get involved with.
Third Wednesday - BBQ with a great movie! Enjoy the last evening of the week with a delicious BBQ while watching one of your favorite movies on the big screen at the accommodation.
Fourth Wednesday - Karaoke night / Music night with staff and participants. Jam in a simple get-together by singing a song with them, eating with them, and many more

***These activities can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions, and unforeseen circumstances.***

*** No alcohol is allowed during these activities.***

Evening Outing

A shuttle will be provided from the Fuoni Accommodation to Stone Town 2 evenings a week on Wednesday and Friday.
- Leaving from the Accommodation: 16:30
- Leaving Stone Town: 22:00

Please meet the return transfer at 22:00 sharp at the designated meeting point.

Optional Culture Week

This program can also include a Culture Week which is highly recommended but not mandatory - just inform your travel advisor if you wish to include it. Get to know Zanzibar! Explore the rich culture, the complex history, and meet amazing people who call this fantastic place home.

This once independent island nation has actually put the “Zan” in what we now call Tanzania. As you learn more about this unique location you will enjoy the warmth of the weather and the local community. You will visit local sites and enjoy breathtaking views during this week long introduction.

Aims & Objectives of the Culture Week
Help you learn helpful phrases in the local language
Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
Enjoy local sights and activities
Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay

Public Holidays

Please note that ALL programs are closed during public holidays except Constructions and Renovation Program and Medical Placement. Therefore, these two programs are still running or on-going during those dates/holidays mentioned below. However, during the Eid al - Fitr on 10th March to 29th April 2024, only the Constructions and Renovations program is still running.

Public Holidays 2024
Likely evening of 10 March - 29 April - Eid al-Fitr

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Educational requirements: You must have an established medical background - studying on a pre-medical track, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, or working in a relevant field.
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
Copy of CV/resume on sign-up
Recommendation letter from University for students
Work Permit (USD 250). Our partner can help with the necessary paperwork. Please note that volunteers need to be qualified nurses, doctors or students. Qualified nurses and doctors need to have a license to practice in Tanzania and this needs to be applied for in advance. It can be applied for by the project on behalf of the volunteer or the volunteer can apply online for the license themselves.
Passport copy required on arrival
Travel & medical insurance

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

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Weekends are free to relax and to explore the local area. Zanzibar is known for its sandy white beaches and unique culture. While here, don’t miss Stone Town, a place that is known for its mazes and spices (take a spice tour for sure!). Another must is a visit to Prison Island, where you can spot dolphins and marine life. Travel north or east of the island for some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best!


You will be staying in a traditional and comfortable volunteer house in the village of Fuoni. The house has multiple bedrooms, communal bathrooms, a kitchen and one sitting room - suitable for enjoying the company of your fellow participants. Please note that all rooms (2-8 volunteers per room) are single gender, and that there are no hot showers, fans/air-conditioning, laundry service, or Wifi. You can purchase a local SIM-card locally.

You will easily find a few small local stores nearby that sell snacks, drinks and any basic supplies you might need during your stay. There are also ATM's, banks, shops, a local pharmacy, etc.

Lokal transport

Arrival Information
ZNZ (Abeid Amani Karume International Airport)
Our transfer coordinator will meet you outside the Airport’s main arrival hall holding a sign with either your name or “The Green Lion”, either upon your arrival or if not possible, at the following times.

Pickup Window
Arrive on Saturday* or Sunday between 06:00 - 21:00.

*Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.

Please note that in some cases we may need to wait for several participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport.

***If you arrive well ahead of time, make sure you return to your meeting point at the appointed time as we may not be able to wait on any late arrivals.***

What to do, if...
...you are waiting at the airport but can’t find your transfer coordinator?
Make sure that you have passed customs and are at the meeting point as described above. If you are there already, it is essential that you stay where you are and wait to avoid further confusion.

It is most likely your driver has just got stuck in traffic. But if after waiting at least 20 minutes you still can’t find your driver, try calling our transfer Coordinator (phone number below).

If they do not answer on the first try, please keep trying.

...you can’t reach the transfer coordinator on the phone.
Please send them a text message and wait at the meeting point. They might be busy and will get back to you shortly. If for any reason they don’t get back to you, please try again. If 30 minutes passes, you can try your country manager’s phone number (also below).

...you don’t get an answer on your messages
Stay at the meeting point. We will meet you there in any case.

Revo is the transfer coordinator +255776218023
Emergencies - Harry +94 77 711 9372



Local meals that are typical of Zanzibari culture will be provided at this accommodation such as wali (rice), ugali (maize porridge), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), samaki (fish), pilau (rice mixed with a variety of spices), biriyani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Once per week all participants create together the weekly food plan. Clean drinking water is provided free of charge, but all other drinks are not included.


Dress Code
Fully covering the knees and shoulders is required while on the project site and while interacting within the community. No sheer (see-through), low cut or midriff revealing tops, miniskirts or offensive/questionable writing on garments are allowed while shorts, trousers, and t-shirts for men is highly advised.

Please provide your own medical gloves, scrubs and masks.

What to Bring
Towels, Toiletries and mosquito protection are NOT provided so you will have to bring these along with you or buy them locally.

Please remember to take care of the visa arrangements on time.

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