PEDIATRIC & CHILDREN HEALTH VOLUNTEERING IN TANZANIA DAR ES SALAAM
Not only in Tanzania Dar Es Salaam, but around the world, Pediatric and children health volunteering has become one of the most popular volunteer programs. Infant mortality is high in developing countries like Tanzania and Africa in genreal. This is due to lack of proper treatment and a qualified specialist. Medical volunteers, medical undergraduates, medical students and non-volunteers from abroad are needed to help reduce this high infant mortality rate.
- 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.
KIVOLEX Medical Placement
Kilimanjaro Volunteers Exposure (which we shorten to KiVolEx), is a volunteering organisation based in Dar Es Salaam, in eastern Tanzania.
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 Tanzania. 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.
In Tanzania, 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 in the form of previous volunteers, who handle the recruitment and support of new volunteers before they fly out to begin project work.
Volunteering overseas is an enormously rewarding activity, both for yourself and the community you work with. Don’t underestimate the skills you have that will make a difference: one of the most important is that you are a fluent speaker of English. With much of the higher curriculum in Tanzania being in English, just being exposed to fluent English is enormously beneficial for volunteering in Tanzania. You’ll make memories (and friends) that will last you a lifetime- knowing that you’ve made lasting positive change to the community you volunteered with, but also became more independent and rounded as a person. We will try and match you with the best possible medical department/field for you. If there’s something specific you want to do, then we will place you there, and if not we will work with you to find something that will benefit both you and the local community enormously.
Thousands of Tanzanian dies every year because of lack of proper medical care and equipment. We place our volunteers in a number of medical volunteering in Tanzania clinics and hospitals in suburban Dar Es Salaam. Most of these health centers and hospitals have primitive equipment and facilities that in most cases limit the practitioner’s ability to perform well. Volunteers are placed into hospitals and health centers according to their qualifications and experience. Medical volunteer in Tanzania need to show initiative and have a readiness to work in a new environment.
Because of the utmost importance of proper healthcare coupled with the fact that most volunteers cannot communicate directly with patients due to language barriers, volunteers need to understand that they may not be allowed to take part in some serious medical cases. The doctors are understandably hesitant to allow volunteers to operate on patients. While a medical volunteer may be appropriately qualified to do so, the instruments available in Tanzania will probably not be familiar to volunteers. So, if working on the medical volunteer in Tanzania placement volunteers should not become frustrated if they are not actually conducting surgeries. Volunteers will be observing surgeries, taking blood pressure, administering vaccines, along with a wide range of other medical tasks.
Pediatric hospital volunteering in Tanzania program gives a chance to international volunteers to volunteer in children clinic in a local Maternity Hospital. If you decide to join our course you will volunteer in children medical center located in the out skates of Dar Es Salaam city. These pediatrician health clinic needs as many child care volunteers as possible. This is your time come and be part of the change the whole world wants to see.
Challenges in child health in Tanzania
A human resources crisis has resulted in understaffed health facilities. With increasing decentralization, sustainability is dependent on district councils’ sound planning, sufficient and timely disbursement of funding, and unfailing implementation of health programs.
Impact of child health in Tanzania
Tanzania has made progress addressing child mortality through high coverage of childhood vaccinations, a strong malaria prevention and treatment program, and increasing awareness, prevention, and treatment of respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, and under nutrition. The under-five mortality rate in Tanzania has decreased from 166 deaths in 1990 to 57 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017.
What is expected from Volunteer Pediatrician Associate
- escorting patients to exam rooms;
- taking and recording vitals, such as temperatures and height and weight measurements;
- taking and recording medical histories;
- preparing patients and parents for examinations and medical procedures; providing assistance to physicians during exams.
- collect and prepare laboratory specimens;
- dispense vaccines and shots;
- draw patients’ blood;
- prepare and administer medications.
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: 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
Orientation (usually starting Monday)
Accommodation (Breakfast and Dinner)
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
Dates & Fee
We are very Flexible, Volunteers can arrive at any date
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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.
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
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.
You have to pay for internet access.
Tours & Free Time Activities
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.
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.
If you are considering volunteering in Tanzania, you should consult your doctor before embarking on a social journey. Check out mandatory vaccinations in Tanzania.
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.