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The Dar-es-Salaam Medical Elective Program in Tanzania is an elective program that has captured the Interest of many western medical students and high school students. This is because of the positive effect the program has had to past participants. Dar-es-Salaam being the capital of Tanzania offers an ideal Environment to perform a medical elective for western students. All our partner hospitals i.e. public and private are within the city of Dar-es-Salaam. Being stationed at the capital of the country alone adds value to your Elective.


  • Having an unforgettable and rewarding volunteer experience and an unforgettable cultural experience in Tanzania.
  • Discover the difference that enthusiastic volunteers make in people’s lives.
  • Discover what this land of unforgettable and diverse cultural experiences has to offer while building understanding and friendship with the locals.
  • Dedicated to us, not for us. We are most impressed with your knowledge and, above all, your desire to help.
  • Visit the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro and more for an unforgettable wilderness experience.


Medical Elective Tanzania Dar Es Salaam Review


About Us

KIVOLEXis a volunteer organization that arranges volunteer programs and elective abroad. We are a non-profit organisation, aimed at improving the lives of all those in need in the local community. Specifically, we work with underprivileged groups such as women and children through providing the needed healthcare and services from our volunteers. Established to bring Western enthusiasm, expertise and passion to tackling some of the problems which affect the most needy in the world. Our ethos is that you’ll be volunteering with us, not for us. We’re far more interested in your skills and desire to help than your money.

 KiVolEx is run by a group of experienced social workers and doctors who have seen the difference passionate volunteers can make to people’s lives. We have support in the UK and US in the form of previous volunteers, who handle the recruitment and support of new volunteers before they fly out to begin project work. 


KIVOLEX Volunteers Medical programs

Volunteering abroad or Elective is a very rewarding activity, both for you and for the community with which you work. Don’t underestimate the skills you have that will make a difference: one of the most important is that you are fluent in English. Since most higher education courses in Tanzania are in English, just being exposed to fluent English is very beneficial for volunteering in Tanzania. You will create memories (and friends) that will last a lifetime, knowing that you have made lasting positive changes in the community in which you volunteered, but you also become more independent and whole as a person. We will try to find the best medical department/area for you. If there’s something specific you want to do, we’ll put you there, and if not, we’ll work with you to come up with something that will greatly benefit you and the local community.

Million of people are the world die every year due to a lack of proper equipment and professionals, hence need for medical volunteers and Interns. We place our volunteers and Interns in different medical clinics and hospitals on the outskirts of Dar-es-Salaam. Most of these health centers and hospitals have rudimentary equipment and facilities which in most cases limit the ability of the professionals to perform well. Volunteers and Interns are placed in hospitals and health centers based on their qualifications and experience. Medical volunteers and Interns must show initiative and a willingness to work in a new environment.

Given the paramount importance of proper medical care, as well as the fact that most volunteers and Interns are unable to communicate directly with patients due to language barriers, volunteers undergoing medical training in other countries should understand that they may not be allowed to participate in certain serious medical conditions. Local doctors are reluctant to allow volunteers to operate on patients. Although a medical volunteer may be skilled enough to do this, they are unlikely to be familiar with the tools available abroad. Therefore, if working in a medical setting, volunteers should not be frustrated if they have not already had surgery. Volunteers will monitor surgeries, measure blood pressure, administer vaccines and perform a wide range of other medical tasks.

KIVOLEX Volunteer has a unique elective opportunity for international high school students and medical students who want to develop Tanzanian alternative medicine and exercise therapy, to gain practical experience in the medical profession. The purpose of this elective is to introduce students to the medical profession, improve their understanding of medical education and study options, and develop their interest in this exciting career path through experimentation. Students also have the opportunity to see the practice of medicine in other parts of the world and understand the state of medicine in the world.


Tanzania Medical Elective Program Objectives

The purpose of the program is to expose students who want to pursue a career in healthcare to the realities of the career before they begin college and medical school or before they graduate from medical schools. Students who have attended past Tanzania medical elective programs have graduated the program with a strong sense of validation that they have chosen the right career path, while also understanding the hard work that will be required to be successful Medical Practitioners. Students will also come away with an appreciation of the culture and opportunities within the Internship or elective location.

Tanzania medical elective exchange program presents growth opportunities for the host countries as well as the program exposes students to the medical faculty. Students at past programs have expressed a desire to return to their host country in the future, either as tourists, employees or volunteers. Medical elective Tanzania also offers opportunity to demonstrate to local recruits what kind of programs the university or facility has to offer, and can provide engagement opportunities between visiting and local students.

What is expected of Medical elective Program

  • Preparing patients for examinations. This may include leading patients to examination rooms, taking and logging patient vital signs and medical histories, explaining procedures, and setting up equipment for the doctor’s arrival. Interns are also often responsible for cleaning and preparing examination rooms after a patient’s departure.
  • Laboratory tasks. In many cases, interns are required to collect and handle samples for pathological testing as well as assisting with injectable medications or patients.
  • Managing supplies. Interns are often trained and responsible for sorting and organizing laboratory materials, keeping examination rooms stocked, and inspecting the structure and integrity of medical implements

About Tanzania

With such a perfect location, perched on the edge of the African continent, and facing the Indian Ocean, Tanzania’s weather and climate leaves nothing to be desired. Warm and sunny days are followed by cool and balmy nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti plains or enjoying the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are always welcoming and gentle.

Location: Situated in East Africa just south of the equator, mainland Tanzania lies between the area of the great lakes—Victoria, Tanganyika, and Malawi (Nyasa)—and the Indian Ocean. It contains a total area of 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq mi), including 59,050 sq km (22,799 sq mi) of inland water. Comparatively, the area occupied by Tanzania is slightly larger than twice the size of the state of California. It is bounded on the North by Uganda and Kenya, on the East by the Indian Ocean, on the South by Mozambique and Malawi, on the South West by Zambia, and on the West by Zaire, Burundi, and Rwanda, with a total boundary length of 4,826 km (2,999 mi), of which 1,424 km (885 mi) is coastline. Tanzania claims part of Lake Malawi, although its internationally recognized boundary is the eastern shore.

Population: 50,483,923 inhabitants

Capital city: Located in the heartland of Tanzania, Dodoma is the nation’s new official political capital and the seat of government in the country. Today Dar es Salaam remains the principal commercial city of Tanzania and the de-facto seat of most government institutions. It is the major seaport for the country and its landlocked neighbors.

Ethnic Groups

Ethnic Groups: Mainland-native Africans constitute 99% of the total population. About 120 peoples have been categorized into 5 ethnic groups distinguishable by their physical characteristics and languages. Approximately 95% of Tanzanians may be roughly classified as Bantu, a comparatively recent blend mainly of Hamitic and Negroid stocks. Tribes range in membership from only a few thousand to the Sukuma tribe, which numbers more than 2 million. Other major tribes include the Nyamwezi, Makonde, Haya, and Chagga. The Luo, east of Lake Victoria, are the only people of Nilotic origin; the Masai of the northern highlands are Nilo-Hamites. A very small number of Bushmen-like people are scattered throughout northern Tanzania, where small tribes of Cushitic origin also live. The inhabitants of Zanzibar and Pemba are chiefly descendants of mainland Africans or are of mixed African and Arab extraction. The remaining 1% of the populace is made up of non-Africans, including Arabs, Asians, and Europeans.


Languages: The official languages of Tanzania are English and Kiswahili. However, some 120 languages are spoken within the borders of Tanzania. The large majority of these (ca. 100) are Bantu languages. The others belong to the language families Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan and (controversially) also Khoesan. A small number are unclassified. Immigrant languages from Europe and Asia can also be found.


 Religion: Christianity and Islam are the predominant religions of Tanzania. About 40-45% of the population practice Christianity, about 35-40% practice Islam. The rest of the population adheres to traditional beliefs, most of which centre around ancestor worship and nature-based animism. Most Christians live on the mainland, where missionary stations and schools reach deep into the continent. Islam is the major religion of the coastal areas but is also practiced further inland along the old caravan routes.


Requirements to Volunteer To participate in the program, you must be at least 18 years old on the day the program begins. You can be forgiven if you have permission from your legal guardian or if you are accompanied by a parent.

Language skills: Speak English (beginner Level)

Educational Requirements Secondary school education in any field

Required documents Resume, copies of certificates and related documents

There are no citizenship restrictions. We welcome support from all over the world.

Promise Time We need your help Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 am.

Prices for a volunteer program include:

Facilitation of volunteer placement – planning and monitoring of graduate programs Pre-arrival support and project / training preparation Airport transportation Orientation (usually starting Monday) Accommodation (Breakfast and Dinner) Housekeeping Daily face-to-face communication with internal coordinators

Exclude the following

Donate $ 150 for Project donation Airport transfer at departure (on request) VISA Standards and PERMITS

We are very Flexible, Volunteers can arrive at any date

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Stay home Life is simple, but all the homes have electricity and running water so volunteers can stay in a safe and secure home (some lodges may be without electricity or water during a drought). All homes are carefully inspected by local staff and safety inspections are performed on them. Many of the volunteers enjoyed the welcoming family and felt that their stay gave them a real Tanzanian experience.

Dedicated house Volunteer House is a western bungalow with 6 rooms (all with bunk beds). There are two bathrooms with western toilets and sometimes a fireplace. The house has a double bedroom, which is usually reserved for couples. The house is safe with guards and doors. Chefs work in a volunteer house and prepare food for volunteers. (Note that the Volunteer House has very limited space and can accommodate only 18-24 people). food and beverages food:

Provides two meals a day. Breakfast usually includes tea (tea), toast, cereals, fruit and mandazzi (fried flour). At dinner, meat and vegetables are often combined with traditional dishes such as Ugari, Chapatti, Boga and Irio. Internet You have to pay for internet access.

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KIVOLEX looks forward to and encourages your desire for travel and adventure. Time away from voluntary work is up to you to decide on your own activities. You can also enjoy the local culture and spend time in the community on weekends. Alternatively, there are plenty of opportunities to explore Tanzania and all it has to offer. Long weekends can be game drives or trips to Zanzibar, Da Es Salaam, Kenya and Uganda. If volunteers want to volunteer on weekends, they can join a local team, visit other children’s organizations, and play and play with children.

Tanzania is a big country full of exciting adventures. If you wish to stay in the country after your volunteering, we can help you organize excursions and activities. You can go on safari anywhere on the planet through the Serengeti or Ngorogoro which has the most safari animals. Relax on the Spice Island of Zanzibar and enjoy the uninterrupted sunshine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water. Swim with dolphins, PADI dive routes, spearfishing and sleep in a hammock among palm trees on the sand. We love Zanzibar! For more physical adventure, Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, is just around the corner. After five days of climbing, about 4 miles high, the temperature at the top dropped to -25. Not for the faint of heart, but it is possible.

More Info

Travel insurance Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to prepare for it. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft – travel insurance in Tanzania provides and is a supplement. Vaccination If you are considering volunteering in Tanzania, you should consult your doctor before embarking on a social journey. Check out mandatory vaccinations in Tanzania.

Arrival notice

Our program runs throughout the year, but volunteers usually arrive every Friday and the program begins every Monday. except for special programs. The arrival airport are the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es salaam, Kilimanjaro International Airport in Moshi and Abeid Karume International airport in Zanzibar.

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