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  • Location: in and around Cape Town
  • Duration: 1-12 weeks
  • Hours: 30-40 hours per week
  • Accommodation: Host family or volunteer house
  • Meal: Local food (3 times a day)
  • Date: 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month
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Gain medical experience in a fascinating country with diverse and lively culture and work with doctors to treat local South Africans.

While South Africa has seen an impressive increase in the standard of health services, this result has yet to reach many places. Even in urban areas people still succumb to treatable diseases. Join RCDP's health project in South Africa and go where the poor and the sick are, helping them have a healthier life. You will work with local medical professionals to learn about the medical practice in South Africa and help with the treatment.

The aim of the project is to increase access to basic healthcare, decrease the prevalence of endemic disease and improve overall health by providing public health projects and promoting health education. This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to help the poor people of South Africa.

Your Activities as a Volunteer

Your actual responsibility during the healthcare project in South Africa will depend on your skill and experience. Among general things, you might do are assist in consulting room, dispensary and help with physiotherapy, treatment of minor injuries, maternal help and childcare, assisting midwives on visits, and checking and recording patient's information.

  • measuring BP, temperature, height, weight
  • assisting doctors and medical staffs with health center tasks
  • helping in health camps (if any)
  • dispensing medications
  • immunizations
  • treating minor injuries or wounds
  • OPD or out-patient services
  • providing tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation
  • counseling patients
  • assisting hospital’s administration

Project Skills Required

The health project in South Africa hires only volunteers who have health care certification, such as the student ID of a medical student, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. If you are on the process of acquiring the certification, you will also be considered provided you furnish document to support your claim.

Project Location

This project is located in Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa. Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot; it is a city alive with creativity, color, sounds and tastes. While walking through the city’s streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Stellenbosch is located about 50 km east of Cape Town and has a population of just over 100 hundred thousand. It lies in a hilly region and is sheltered in a valley at an average elevation of 136m. The area around Stellenbosch is known as wine country and has a very lush environment.