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  • Location:Moshi
  • Start Point: Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • End Point: Moshi
  • Duration: 1-12 weeks
  • Hours: 30-40 hours per week
  • Accommodation:Host family or hostel
  • Meal:Local food (3 times a day)
  • Date: Second and Fourth Monday of each month
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Gain professional medical experience in a developing country, discover Tanzania's diverse and vibrant culture and enrich the lives of Tanzanians.

Tanzania is struggling to provide basic healthcare facilities to many of its citizens. Though in urban areas the healthcare has seen vast improvements recently, people in rural areas still succumb to treatable diseases. Moreover, qualified doctors and nurses don't like to visit rural areas and treat patients from disadvantaged background. Join RCDP's health project in Tanzania and go where the poor and the sick are and help them have a healthier life. You will work with local medical professionals to learn about the medical practice in Tanzania 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 Tanzania.


The health project in Tanzania hires only volunteers who have health care certification, such as 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.

Volunteer's Responsibilities

Your actual responsibility during the healthcare project in Tanzania 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.
Your work will might include:

  • 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 Location

The medical project in Tanzania is located in the northern towns of Arusha, Moshi and Boma. Arush is often referred to as a gateway to the northern safari circuit. Despite being located very close to the equator, the town lies at an altitude of 14 hundred meters and enjoys cooler temperature year round. The town has superb views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Coffee plantations and maize and wheat fields dominate the surrounding countryside. Arusha National Park, which is full of wildlife, is the nearest safari option.

Moshi is a smaller town and is located about 45 miles from Arusha. It also enjoys a cooler weather but is much wetter. There are many things to see and do in Moshi, including visiting lively markets, religious institutions, many different safari options, climbing Kilimanjaro and cultural trips to Maasai villages.