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Working at local clinics in Tanzania
HIV or AIDS program
Masai women project
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Working at the local clinics & Hospitals

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Project Overview

If you are a medical student, doctor, nurse or have any other medical related experience and you are looking for an opportunity to explore your medical career and to build your resume more attractive, then volunteering with GVS in health project is the perfect choice for you. We are providing you the opportunity to work closely with Tanzanian local doctors, nurses and other medical staff at local clinics/hospitals in the areas of Dar Es Salam, Arusha, Moshi and some other rural and urban parts of Tanzania to promote healthcare services in these areas. Tanzania is a land of about 41 million people. But sadly, thousands of them (especially living in rural areas) die every year due to lack of proper medical care and equipment. You will be shocked to see that in some areas, there is a single hospital that serves as many as 350,000 people. The doctor to patient ratio is extremely low here i.e. 1 doctor per 50,000 patients. Most of the modern medical healthcare facilities are available in private hospitals which are too expensive and are only afforded by rich people. The poor Tanzanians mostly rely on government hospitals which do not have trained manpower and enough resources to meet people requirement. These poor people are always looking for someone who cares. We thus give helping hand to these people by placing our volunteers with health background in local hospitals and clinics. As a GVS volunteer, you will help the poor Tanzanians in improving their health, whilst gaining valuable hands-on medical experience.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

Medical volunteering is very challenging but also very rewarding work. You have the chance to interact with local people and qualified doctors and nurses. You might allowed to work in various types of departments such as Gynecology, Neurology, physiotherapy, X-Ray, ICU, burns unit, surgery etc depending on your work experience. Doctors and directors of the organization will determine what kind of work you can get. Your major responsibilities include assisting doctors and nurses in taking care of patients. You are not allowed to perform diagnosis or surgical operations. You will work at hospital or clinics and involve in measuring Blood pressure (BP), temperature, height, weight, distributing medication, plus providing tips to patients about health, nutrition, and sanitation. You can also participate in the treatment of minor injuries/wounds. You can create awareness in local community by conducting informational sessions on prevention for various diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. You may also have the opportunity to help in different health camps (if any). You need to keep the records of treated patients. You are also expected to work in administrative section for fundraising and other basic activities. You can also help poor resourced hospitals by bringing some light medical stuff with you such as thermometer, bandages, disposable gloves, syringes or torch etc. Thus your help and efforts in this project is even more than a financial aid.

PLEASE NOTE: To adjust yourself in the new environment and make your work more flexible, you will be provided with a flexible work schedule from local doctors, nurses or other medical staff. Generally, you will be required to work for 3 - 4 hours per day in a week with option of weekends. We recommend you to work closely with local doctors and nurses. They will help and support you throughout the project. Other than this, you are also expected to make certain disruption in the work schedule due to cultural, traditional festival, your exams or other similar situations. During these times, you can go home for short holiday.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

Volunteers interested in joining the healthcare/medical program must have some health experience. Working in this project is very sensitive and it requires a lot of attention so you always need to be conscious about your each responsibility. You should be at least 18 years of age and should know medium level of English. You must have an open mind, flexible attitude, patience and eagerness to work with patients. You should be hardworking, imaginative, resourceful, independent and able to handle the patients. Other than this, you also need to submit a proof of certification of medical student, nurse, doctor or other medical-related experience before arrival to the project. Volunteers without having medical experience are not allowed to work in this project because of the potential risk associated with it.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Tanzania
Project Type: Work for elderly care home
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month Volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Cambodia). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.

Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates

You Pay 275 for 2 weeks, US $75 for every week thereafter 
Fee For Volunteer Programs
2 Wks  3 Wks  4 Wks  5 Wks  6 Wks  7 Wks  8 Wks  9 Wks  10 Wks  11 Wks  12 Wks 
$225 $300 $375 $450 $525 $600 $675 $750 $825 $900 $975
Fee For Volunteer Internship
2 Wks  3 Wks  4 Wks  5 Wks  6 Wks  7 Wks  8 Wks  9 Wks  10 Wks  11 Wks  12 Wks 
$250 $350 $450 $550 $650 $750 $850 $950 $1,050 $1,150 $1,250
Airport pick up, transfer to host family/hostel and orientation: US $90

Allocation of Global Volunteer Solution Fees:

If you are wondering where your volunteer's fees are going, then you should know that all of Global Volunteer Solution's programs solely rely on participant program fees. With the fees volunteers pay to enroll in the program, Global Volunteer Solution is able to attain its goals, thus raising the bar for hygiene, education and social status of local communities and bridging the gap between the Western and Eastern cultures. Ultimately, Global Volunteer Solution, its diligent volunteers, and its hopeful grassroots organizations are able to work towards a deeper cultural understanding, global unity and goodwill.

There are four categories to the Global Volunteer Solution program fees allocation

Application processing Fee
IQ. Most volunteers ask why there is a prerequisite application-processing fee to join the Global Volunteer program.
Registration Fee
Q. Another common question from volunteers: Why is there a prerequisite registration fee? How does GVS use my
Weekly Project Fees
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Language & Cultural Orientation

Lesson Plan: Language & cultural courses Orientation :
One week language and cultural Training

General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Tanzania volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Tanzania program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Tanzania?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Tanzania?
03. Where is the Tanzania programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Tanzania?
05. How long does the Tanzania volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Tanzania?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Tanzania?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Tanzania is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Tanzania?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Tanzania?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Tanzania?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Tanzania?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Tanzania?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Tanzania?
02. What should I know about Tanzania's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Tanzania's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Tanzania




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.