Medical Electives Work Experience in Tanzania

This project will allow you to gain experience in your chosen field within medicine while experiencing what life is like for some Africans. Asian poorest residents in the towns of your choice country programs, our medical student placements meet the requirements of all Universities schools around the world, and offer you

A guaranteed medical placement in one of our partner hospital where we works within your choice destination, and your medical placement with us will be organised by our professional staff in your chosen country 

Every year we organise and receive medical electives for several hundred students who most choose to come/to go to Tanzania. Our staffs in the USA, UK, and TANZANIA and in our placement destinations has a real understanding of what makes a great elective, and a detailed knowledge of which hospitals offer the best student experience in particular fields. 

Your Medical placement

Our partner hospitals and clinics in each destination are carefully chosen to offer as a wide range of clinical and Medical opportunities as possible. Our Major medical popular placements are in pediatrics, obstetrics/gynaecology, General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceuticals or Physiotherapy, but we can also arrange more for specialist fields on request.

Your main activities on this project will usually include: helping the doctors with basic procedures, receiving patients, helping to clean and tidy away the office, assisting doctors while performing different office tasks and also assisting the patients after treatment, As well as the core medical placements, we offer a range of optional programmes giving a broader insight into the realities of healthcare and everyday life in the developing world. 

It is difficult to be specific about the day-to-day work you will do as it is so varied and spread across many areas. The hospital is very busy with a multitude of duties and responsibilities, so you will probably be worked very hard in most areas! You may work in a variety of medical departments, where you can either assist or shadow the staff members, depending on your level of experience. 

Work at the Hospital is from 20-30 hours per week. Volunteers are accommodated in the local Tanzanian host family with local food three times a day. You might be asked to share a room with another volunteer. So please be flexible with it.

On the first day of the project you will meet a project coordinator, who will explain your role as a volunteer. The orientation will cover all the relevant information about your project, including safety issues. An individual timetable will be worked out for you based on how much time you want to commit to volunteering. 

You should be supervised all of the time while you are there and given help and direction. Your workload will depend on yourself and your ability coupe with the hospital work, as well as your confidence with the work, and as the staff members’ confidence in you grows. Initiative is also an important ingredient to a successful placement. 

When you take part in this placement, it is required that you bring along your own white lab coat and a stethoscope as the equipment is not always freely available.


Will depending on volunteer/s choice on staying with a local Tanzanian host family together with other volunteers, Both backpackers hostel and our host family are simple and comfortable, with satellite TV, kitchen and living room, and staff of laundry/cleaning ladies and a cook. All bedding and full accommodation are provided/will be provided after paying their choice program costs, So you will not need to bring a sleeping bag or come out with food plans except for your own traveling expenses costs.

In-country support:


We work directly with the project to provide support during your time in Tanzania. You can expect help from project coordinators, staff at the schools and orphanages, and fellow volunteers. We also provide a 24-hour cell phone number for emergencies.

Additional Activities and Excursions:

If you have free time during or after your volunteer stay, you will have the opportunity to take part in excursions at your own cost. The following are some examples of activities you can enjoy in Arusha -Tanzania:

  • Trekking/hiking Mt.Kilimajaro
  • Visiting Tanzania National parks
  • Visiting Maasai villages and Tanzania snake Park


On the first day of the project, you will be given an extensive orientation to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. You will be informed of local customs, and how to get around using public transport. The orientation will cover all the relevant information about your project, including safety issues. An individual timetable will be worked out for you based on how much time you want to commit to volunteering.

The cost of volunteering with us for a 2-4weeks medical program is $500usd per person and that includes our program registration fees which is $200usd.


What does your program fee cover?

The total cost includes a Registration Fee $200usd (Refundable if you choose not to go but the refund can only be done if you will provide us with enough reasons on why you have canceled your placement ) – 24/7 support from Amani hostel staff, information pack, administration costs, local travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers, Program Fees, Airport pick up and drop off , orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer placement period, In-country 24/7 volunteer support and In-country administration costs.

What program Fee does not cover?

Visa, flights, travel insurance (Compulsory), vaccinations, souvenirs, trips or tours you do while in the country, gift to projects staffs and host family, any personal expenses, transfer back to the airport from the program, spending money (volunteers in our different destination generally find US$50 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).

You enroll by filling and sending to us our volunteer application via, please add a letter of motivation in English with a picture, of how long you wish to work and why you want to work as a volunteer and describe yourself. The local coordinator will do his best to respect your first priority, but we may not guarantee that all your wishes can be fulfilled. 

Upon receipt of your enrolment form, Amani hostel will send confirmation and a handbook with useful details and further explanations about your project placement. 


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Tanzania is the perfect choice for a first experience of tropical medicine in Africa. Lacking the equipment and resources more developed countries enjoy, doctors and nurses here have adapted to deliver the best possible front-line healthcare in challenging conditions – making it afantastic place for students to experience firsthand the sharp end of clinical medicine and surgery.
Colorful indigenous cultures still thrive here as they have done for centuries Even our security guards at the Amani hostel’s  houses are Masai warriors! The influence of tribal cultures and traditional medicine practices are also evident in cases you’ll see in the hospitals, adding even greater value to the learning experience.Our twin bases in Iringa and Morogoro are both wonderfully friendly and safe towns, set among the rugged hills of the southern highlands. Iringa offers easy access to the stunning wildlife and untamed wilderness of Ruaha National Park, meaning you can finish work on Friday and be spotting elephant, lion and giraffe at a waterhole by sunset!Arusha is perfectly placed for weekend trips to the paradise island of Zanzibar, world famous for its snorkeling, scuba diving and white sand beaches. The location of the house and hospital give you the best of both – a genuine experience of African community life off the tourist trail during the week, and dolphin spotting as your soak up the Indian Ocean sunshine at the weekend!

Our Tanzania programme can accommodate 123 students per week making it a great place to get to know other students interested in careers in healthcare from all over the globe.
Amani hostel’s provides opportunities to gain hospital work experience for students interested in medicine, nursing, midwifery and dentistry.

Pre-Medicine Work Experience in Tanzania

Want to know what being a doctor is really like? Our overseas medicine work
experience placements are the perfect way to find out. Whether you are looking to gain valuable medicine work experience to put on your UCAS application or an in-depth insight into working in a hospital, there is no better way to learn more about medicine than shadowing clinical experts carrying out their day to day duties.
During your time on placement, you will be placed in a different department every week, according to your interests. Within this department, you will be assigned a doctor who will act as your mentor, explaining cases to you and answering any questions you might have.
The type of cases you will observe depends on which departments you are working in.

You can choose from: General Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine and many more. As well as spending time on the wards or in the operating theatre, you will also receive several clinical teaching sessions a week, after you have finished in the hospital for the day. These classes are a great way to understand more about healthcare in the region you are working in, and to pick up some clinical skills, such as sutchering or dressing

Our placements are perfect for a range of students, including those in year 12/13 looking to gain experience before applying to study medicine at university, gap year students, those studying for their undergraduate degree in a non-clinical subject (for example biomedical science) who hope to go on to medical school and students in their first year of a clinical degree course.

Students generally spend two weeks on a medical placement with us, although it is possible to join the programme for anything from one week upwards. Our programmes run all year round, so you can choose when you would like to go, and how long you would like to go for, 52 weeks of the year.

Working in a hospital overseas is a great experience, not only because of the close up clinical experience you will receive. It is also a great way to learn about healthcare in other countries and to observe the ethical dilemmas doctors face day to day in less well-funded hospitals in other parts of the globe. The cases you will observe will also differ from what you would generally see at home – Typhoid, Dengue Fever, Tuberculosis and Malaria are all a good contrast to what you might find in your local hospital!

A placement overseas is also a great way to turn two weeks of medical work experience into the adventure of a lifetime! From going on Safari in Tanzania, there are plenty of opportunities to make this experience truly unforgettable!

Pre-Nursing Work Experience in Tanzania

If you are interested in becoming a nurse, our pre-nursing programme is a great way to find out more about what the role involves, and to get an insight into which areas of nursing might be of most interest to you. An increasingly competitive field, it is important to have as much relevant work experience under your belt in order to help you secure a place on the training course of your choice.

Our overseas pre-nursing placements can be tailored to your interests:

Our pre-nursing students can choose to work in the following departments: General Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and many more! Whilst getting a feel for what areas of nursing interest you the most, you will also have the opportunity to see cases that you may never have the chance to observe back home
tropical diseases such as Malaria, TB and Typhoid are all common in our hospitals overseas.

All hospitals in each country have a range of departments. Examples of the types of cases you might be working on include: the aftercare of neurosurgery patients in Czech Republic, the care and rehabilitation of stroke patients in Thailand, neonatal complications or Malaria patients in Tanzania.

Working in one of our partner hospitals overseas also allows you to get an insight into the difference between health cares in other countries and your own. Facilities in some of our partner hospitals are very basic and nurses often have to make difficult decisions on which patient to tend to first, as they are often so short staffed.

Your pre-nursing placement starts here:

Students age 16 or over are welcome to join one of our programmes. Students at school or college who are currently thinking of enrolling for nursing at university, those on a Gap Year, undergraduate students in other disciplines who are hoping to get into postgraduate nursing or those in their first year of a  nursing degree are all welcome to join this programme.
The average length of a placement with us is two weeks, although anything between one and four weeks is popular too, and some students choose to stay even longer! Our programmes run all year round, so you can decide when you would like to go, and how long for.

Generally, working hours in the hospitals are between 8am and 2pm. depending what department you are in, you could be spending time on the wards or in the operating theatre.
You will be assigned a nurse who will act as your mentor whilst you are on placement. They will guide you through each case, advising you on any procedures that they are carrying out, and answering any questions that you have.

Several times a week, you will have clinical teaching sessions with one of the mentors, who will go through some of the cases you have observed in more detail, as well as teaching you some basic clinical techniques, such as how to take a patient’s blood pressure or how to dress wounds effectively.

As well as learning lots which will help you in your future career, taking part in one of our overseas placements is a great way to see a new place and have unforgettable experiences!
From going on safari at sunset in Tanzania to snorkeling on the south coast of Thailand, there is plenty of ways to make your trip unforgettable!

Pre-Dentistry Work Experience in Tanzania

Our pre-dentistry programme is a great way to get a real insight into dental care. With tough competition for university places, getting good work experience is more important than ever.
Learning from highly qualified dentists in a clinical setting will really help your personal statement to stand out to admissions tutors. Spending time working closely alongside a dentist will also help you to decide if a career in dentistry is right for you.

Each of our overseas destinations provides a unique pre-dentistry experience:
Throughout our dental placements, our students will be working with  experienced dentists who will explain each patient’s case in detail. Our mentors are also very happy to answer any questions that you may have. This is an observational placement (as our students have not yet
obtained any clinical experience) but there may be some opportunities to help with hands on tasks, such as taking a mould of a patient’s mouth.
Dentistry in Tanzania is mainly restorative (as people do not go to the dentist routinely) therefore patients often require extractions, fillings and root canals. Thailand and Czech Republic also have an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening or implants.  All destinations see trauma cases.

Your dentistry experience starts here:

Working in a dental practice overseas will help you to gain a deeper  understanding of the differences in healthcare around the world. In many of the countries we work with, there will be more cases of decay than in the UK. Many of the government practices we work with are also very underfunded and short staffed, which will provide an interesting contrast to dental facilities back home.

As well as getting some fantastic work experience in dentistry, taking part in one of our programmes is a great opportunity to explore an exciting new place. From going on safari in Tanzania to bamboo rafting in Thailand, each destination has plenty to ensure your spare time is unforgettable too!

Students who join our pre-dental programme are generally between 16-18 and in year 12 or 13 at school or college, looking to gain this experience before applying for dentistry at university.
Gap year students, those studying an undergraduate degree and hoping to apply for dentistry as a postgraduate or those in their pre-clinical years of dentistry also join this programme.
Students can travel with us for anything between one and four weeks, or longer. The most popular length of time is two weeks. Our programmes run every week throughout the year, so it is possible to join whenever is most convenient.

Pre-Midwifery Work Experience in Tanzania

Our pre-midwifery placements are a great chance to gain experience of working alongside midwives and other health professionals in a real life hospital environment. Students have the opportunity observe births and C-sections at close range.
Each of our destinations provides a unique pre-midwifery experience:
In Iringa Regional Hospital in Tanzania, students can observe between 10 and 15 births a day on average. Generally these are complex cases as women don’t come in to hospital for

You don’t need specialist skills to get involved, just time, energy and genuine motivation – but if you do have a particular talent for art, music, sport or anything else it can probably be put to good use!
Volunteer placements are very flexible; you can spend time helping out during free afternoons and evenings, or at weekends.

Surgery Volunteer Introduction;

Amani hostel’s surgery elective is designed for students interested in surgery. It is an opportunity to get significant hands on experience in both minor and major surgery as well as more specialized surgical areas, depending on the student interest and the type of elective placement.
Given the integrated management in most hospitals in developing countries and the limited resources and health care staffing constraints, students will have a vast exposure to various surgical disciplines as they rotate through the hospital during their placement:

General Surgery:

This offers students a supporting role in patient care including pre-operative evaluation,  operative intervention and post-operative care and management.
While under supervision, the student will be involved in pre-operative decision making such as
patient assessment and counseling, obtaining informed consent, pre-operative medication e.g. thrombophylaxis, prophylactic antibiotics, blood transfusions, anxiolytics and glyceamic control. Preoperative imaging and radiographic and sonographic interpretation is also an essential part of our program.

The student will also assist intra-operatively in major theatre surgical conditions that require general anaesthesia like resection and anastomosis, explorative laparatomies, partial bilroths gastrectomys and total gastrectomys, appendicectomy, total and subtotal hemicolectomy, fashioning colostomys, peritoneal toilet. Thyroidectomy, Pancreatectomy, splenectomys and
cholangietectomy, hernia repairs are also common. Skin grafts and flaps, surgical toilet the student will also get minor theatre time and assist in procedures under local anaesthetic like simple wound management and debridement, primary and secondary skin closures, incision and drainage, ganglion removals, excisional and incisional biopsies, fine needle aspirations, chest tube placement and removal.

They will also get to watch central nervous line placement and cantor tube placement, suprapubic and urethral catheterization and assist in nasogastric
Post operative participatory care will include fluid and electrolyte management in burns and stoma care. Surgical patient analgesia and pain management. Stoma care. Heamatology and pathology lab interpretations, Imaging and nutrition.
Reviewing of abdominal drains and management of donor/recipient sites in grafts. In addition to the above, our general surgery experience will expose students to other procedures or enhance skills such as history taking and physical examination. Participation in conferences, case based learning and rounds will be expected.

Podiatric Surgery:

This gives a student the chance to observe and under a supervisor, may perform various procedures on foot, ankle and lower leg, administer procedures focusing on disorders of the lower extremities including damage caused by such chronic conditions as diabetes, and trauma to the feet and ankles, the student will also administer various procedures to congenital malformations.

Orthopedic Surgery:

Opportunity to participate in diagnosis and active treatment of patients,  including case application, manipulation of simple fractures, closed and open reduction, management of orthopeadic implants like external and internal fixation. Knail insertion, k-wire insertion and plate &screws are all common occurrences. The student will also get to participate in POP application, attend surgery and post-op management.

Burn Surgery:

Participate in burn related critical care, fluid and electrolyte resuscitation, review of heamatologic indices. Management of surgical wounds and surgical procedures related to burn care like skin harvesting and grafting, escharotomys, counseling, reconstructive surgery.
Exposure will include care of both major and minor burns patients. Critically injured techniques
will be invasive critical care, Swan-Ganz catheter insertion and monitoring, amongst others.

Trauma & Emergency Surgery:

Opportunity to get involved with dealing with acute trauma patients. Students learn how to effectively manage patients during the resuscitative and evaluation phases of care. Application of the ATLS protocols, management of multiple trauma, and the management of shock. They will handle emergency intervention such as chest intubations, tracheostomy, and fluid management of shock. Participants will follow patients through treatment and their rehabilitation from acute trauma and help monitor some patients.
They will also take responsibility with the attending to develop appropriate treatment and rehabilitation plans for these patients. The students will work under the direct supervision of the attending and will be expected to attend any conferences and case based learning held.

Surgical Critical Care:

Offers student opportunity to get involved in managing critically ill surgical
patients in both the intensive care units and high dependency unit. This will be done both preoperatively and postoperatively. Students learn how to use invasive monitoring and support systems. They also get opportunity to perform procedures such as insertion of arterial lines, central lines, and intubations, perform history taking, physical examination, daily notes and orders, evaluation and treatment planning. Students will work under surgery department
resident and attending and are expected to attend any bedside teachings and conferences.

Surgical oncology:

Students get surgical experience focusing on the care of patients with malignant and benign disorders, both inpatient and in the surgical outpatient clinic. Their experience will span preoperative, operative and postoperative management and continued care.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:
Students participate in the surgical management of oral and head and neck pathology e.g. cystic hygromas, thyroid carcinomas, cleft palate &lips and the correction of congenital



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