Placements in Dar es Salaam

Medical Placements, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Medical Electives

In Dar es Salaam, HIV and related cases are much bigger issues than in Australia. To get insight into how the condition is treated in a low-resource environment, you can attend a specialised HIV clinic. Of course, you can also see how Tanzanian doctors approach practice in more familiar areas like paediatrics, surgical wards like neurosurgery, and the infectious diseases unit. Speaking of infectious diseases, both communicable and non-communicable diseases are treated in the emergency department, with little attention paid to infection control. You can also spend time on the psychiatric ward and in anaesthesiology, both of which offer exceptional opportunities.

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Nursing Placement, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Nursing Placements

Clinical provision in our partner hospitals in Dar es Salaam is among the best in Tanzania. This means that nursing students like you can draw on the unique well of knowledge offered by local nurses. You can focus in on areas as specific as paediatric HIV. Or, if you wish to get a broader, interdepartmental understanding of nursing in Tanzania, you have the option to do so. With a broad range of clinical specialties available, the choice is entirely yours.

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Midwifery Placement, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Midwifery Placements

We have excellent relationships with national and regional hospitals in Dar es Salaam, one of which is the largest tertiary referral hospital in the country. The maternity ward here is busy, and offers you the chance to spend time learning about the local approach to labour in OBG. However, the placement is not limited to this — you can also get involved in areas like neonatal intensive care.

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Physiotherapy Placement, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Physiotherapy Placements

In Dar es Salaam, the biggest causes of critical injury are road traffic accidents. The standards of road safety and traffic etiquette here are somewhat distinct from what you’re used to. As a result, many more traffic accidents occur, and the range of injuries you’ll see is diverse. In our main partner hospital — a dedicated orthopaedic institute — you’ll see patients who have been admitted as a result of mining accidents, spinal injuries, and serious strokes among others.

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Medical Placements, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Paramedic Science Placements

Tanzania lacks financial resources across the board and so it can rarely afford to develop its healthcare system. For some context, the emergency department in our partner hospital was only established in 2010. As this is the only emergency department of its kind in all of Tanzania, some emergency cases are referred from many hours’ drive away. For some patients, a few hours will be too late. The department is always busy, and local staff work shifts, so you’ll get face time with lots of different staff and get a breadth of experience.

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Radiography Placement, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Radiography Placements

As a radiography student, you’ll immediately notice the lack of resource in Dar es Salaam. For example, there is a severe lack of equipment for imaging and treating cancers. Radiotherapy is rarely offered in hospitals, so patients often have to travel far and wide to institutions specialising in cancer care. Fortunately our partner hospital is one such institution. As well as cancers, you’ll see fractures, trauma, road traffic accidents, and cases relating to tuberculosis and HIV among others. You’ll also witness a stark contrast in the procedural aspects of your field. For example, patients are often treated without immobilisation.

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Dentistry Placement, Tanzania (Arusha)

Dentistry Electives

We are partnered with one of Dar es Salaam’s finest tertiary referral hospitals. You’ll spend time in the busy dental department, focusing in on areas like oral surgery, oral pathology and oral medicine. You can also get some experience with preventative and community dentistry, prosthodontics, periodontology and cariology. This experience offers you the chance to see cases typical of Tanzania. For example, many patients suffer from dental fluorosis as a result of water contamination and poor diet.

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Occupational Therapy Placement, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Occupational Therapy Placements

Trained professionals hailing from a number of disciplines staff our partner hospital’s rehabilitative medicine department. The department is set up to receive both inpatients and outpatients. You can get experience with an occupational therapy team stationed in the ICU, and you’ll have the opportunity to conduct home visits. Typical cases you can see include strokes, cerebral palsy, back pain, neuropathies, nerve injuries, contractures, arthritis, and post eclampsia to name a few.

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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 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.

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In-Country Team

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 home comforts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And don’t worry — they accommodate 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 extra 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 the experience aligns with your expectations as you go.

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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Prices

What's included?

  • Supervised hospital placement
  • Private catered accommodation 
  • Dedicated placement coordinator
  • 24/7 in-country team
  • Language lessons
  • Airport pickup

*Prices below are in addition to a $500 registration fee.

Destinations 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Extra Week
$3790 $4090 $4390 $4690 $4990 $700

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.

 

READ ABOUT ANNELOT'S VILLAGE EXPERIENCE

"Grab this opportunity with both hands and go for it, I promise you’ll regret it if you don’t"

Laura Evans, Birmingham City University 2019

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"There were more than a few drunk drivers. This caused a number of serious accidents."

Kira Mitchell, Chester University 2019

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"I saw doctors who cared about their patients, using what they could to do as good a job as possible."

Nick Edwards, University of Queensland 2018

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"Hospitals that would be considered busy in Australia seemed quiet in comparison."

Jessica Smith, Deakin University 2018

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"Seeing midwives manage a primary postpartum haemorrhage with the bare minimum was amazing."

Georgina Corbett, University of the West of England (UWE) 2018

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