Dar es Salaam offers the perfect mix of opportunities that come from living in a cosmopolitan city, with the ultimate traveller’s paradise beckoning from across the water. Just an hour from the mainland, Zanzibar’s white sands and turquoise waters are a mecca for divers, backpackers and party-goers. Travel inland and you will find once-in-a-lifetime safari opportunities.
- Take a boat over to the paradise island of Zanzibar
- Spot big game on a savannah safari
- Hike through the beautiful Mikumi National Park
- Shop for handmade crafts in the bazaars and markets
- Discover laid-back bars and restaurants with live music
The Work the World House
Living in the in Dar es Salaam house will be a highlight of your trip. It will start to feel like home from day one. The house’s atmosphere is social — you’ll live with other healthcare students and graduates from other countries and other disciplines.
You’ll find the house in the north of the city and just a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean. The building is spacious and decorated with traditional African carvings.
You’ll enjoy both private and communal spaces, and there’s even an outdoor pool on the grounds. In the evenings, walk for a few minutes and you’ll arrive at the seafront shops, bars and restaurants.
In the broader area, you can visit traditional craft markets, and catch boats going on snorkelling and whale-watching trips.
Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind
Support in the Hospital
Before you start your placement, our in-country team will show you around your placement hospital. You’ll take a tour of the grounds so you know how to find your way, and meet all the relevant department staff and your supervisors. After you’ve started, our team will continue to visit you in the hospital. They’ll speak with you and department staff, making sure everything is running smoothly.
You’ll know who your clinical supervisors are before your placement begins. Earn their respect by building rapport, and they’ll offer clinical insights in a way that only a local practitioner can.
The crucial point is that we offer support throughout your clinical placement as and when you need it.
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Placements in Dar es Salaam
VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK
In addition to your main placement in Dar es Salaam, you can spend an optional week in an African village community. You’ll stay in a remote location on the western side of the Uluguru Mountains. In the mornings, you’ll get experience in a busy primary healthcare clinic seeing how local staff provide care in a rural setting. This makes the experience the perfect complement to your time in the city. In your free time, you’ll join in on many local activities. This includes cycling through sugar cane plantations, visiting nearby waterfalls, visiting local primary schools, and learning traditional drumming and dancing.
"The local staff were very welcoming and incredibly generous with their time and teaching."
Claire Finlay, University of Tasmania 2020Read more
"I gained experience that I wouldn’t get anywhere else."
Danielle Broad, University of Birmingham 2020Read more
"The placement experience was priceless! The staff on placement and the Work the World team at the house were all extremely helpful and friendly".
Shirin Patel , University of Central Lancashire 2020Read more
"Resources were limited and considerations around health and safety were very different."
Sarah Cartwright, Chester University 2019Read more
"I exchanged knowledge with local staff, which helped me gain confidence in my own abilities."
Aneeqa Hussain, Bradford University 2019Read more
WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES CAN I TRAVEL TO ON A WORK THE WORLD PLACEMENT?
WHAT IS THE WORK THE WORLD HOUSE LIKE IN ZAMBIA?
Our house in Lusaka is bright and open. There’s plenty of space for you and your housemates to chill out after placement, and the outdoor pool is great for when you want to cool off after a day on placement. Location-wise, the Lusaka house couldn’t be better positioned — you can get into the heart of this lively city in minutes.
WHAT TRAVELLING OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR ME WHILST I’M IN ZAMBIA?
Lusaka is a city that lets you access a diversity of experiences — big game safaris, bustling markets, awe-inspiring waterfalls and more. Feeling adventurous? Trekking, whitewater rafting, and abseiling experiences are all on your doorstep.