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The hospital is an institution established in 1975 which is operated by a religious order in the community. It was originally a small dispensary that focused on providing medical care to expectant mothers and children. As the population grew in Arusha, the need for varied care grew as well. Over time this medical facility has grown to become the second largest hospital in Arusha with an in-patient capacity of 100 and well over 100 staff members. It now handles patients in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Maternity, Radiology, Dentistry, and Care, Treatment and Coordination activities for persons living with HIV, and a Surgical Theatre (operating room that does an average of 50-70 procedures each month).
Participants can expect to engage in a range of activities depending upon their level of skill and education as they shadow local doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals caring for persons receiving in-patient and outpatient care. This may include monitoring, observing and providing health outreach information to the community.
Participants joining this program can contribute to the hospital through by providing their knowledge and skills, and when possible, donating additional resources/supplies, which would help to bridge the financial gap and support some of the local community members.
Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.
We will meet you at JRO (Kilimanjaro International Airport) or ZNZ (Abeid Amani Karume International Airport) in one of these time slots:
You will spend 6-8 hours each day assisting at the hospital with breaks and lunch in between. The day could look like:
Meals are inspired by the local cuisine and consist of a lot of corn, rice, potatoes, and bananas. Some beef, goat meat, beans, and a few green leafy vegetables will help to add nutrients to your daily meals. There are very few dishes that will be served that are the typical western style, so please be prepared for a food adventure as well.
You will be staying in our local program center or with a host family, to provide you with a degree of basic comfort. There may be western-style toilets, but the traditional squat-style flush toilet may also be what is in use. Sometimes water will need to be heated for showers and these may be bucket style. The accommodation is on a local school campus and there is lots of green space to enjoy. We have a big garden available where you can relax during the daytime, and during clear nights, you can even star gaze at the Milky Way from here! We suggest that all participants get a local SIM card and buy a bundle to maintain personal internet access.