Gain real-life experience alongside practicing medical professionals in Zanzibar’s main hospital. Interns can request placements in a huge range of medical departments, experiencing healthcare in a unique African setting and enjoy the wonders of Zanzibar in your free time.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
This Medical internship in Zanzibar is an ideal internship for medical students looking to gain practical experience in healthcare. Interns are placed in the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, which is Zanzibar’s main hospital, under the guidance of local physicians. The hospital has an established and professionally-run elective and internship program, and you’ll get first-hand experience in seeing healthcare in action, with the unique perspective of African conditions.
The Mnazi Mmoja Hospital has a wide range of departments, including wards dedicated to Emergency Services, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, Internal Medicine (Gastrology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology), Surgery, Dermatology, Dental, Neurosurgery, Radiology, ENT (Otolaryngology), and Ophthalmology. It also caters for Acupuncture, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy.
Interns can request placements in specific departments, and these requests will be catered for as much as possible. Medical interns can expect to shadow and observe your supervisor, seeing how they approach patients with a range of complaints and providing assistance where it’s appropriate. Local laws mean foreigners that aren’t fully qualified are not able to carry out hands-on medical duties, so it’s important to set realistic expectations about what you’ll be doing.
It’s also possible for interns to join a medical outreach program, run in rural communities by a local NGO. These medical camps are run on weekends and can have a range of focuses, including vaccinations, cancer screenings or community clinics. Interns can express an interest in taking part in these programs when you’re in Zanzibar.
Interns must keep in mind that medical facilities in Zanzibar are unlike what you might be used to at home. They are often under-resourced and under-staffed, which presents a number of challenges for both medical professionals and patients. Culture shock can be more pronounced in healthcare environments so interns are expected to maintain a high level of professionalism, focus and compassion. However, this presents a unique learning environment and a medical experience that will set interns apart in their medical careers.
You should also recognize that your supervisor’s priority is delivering medical care, and may not always be able to immediately discuss their work while directly working with patients. Patience is an essential attribute for this placement, along with the ability to coordinate discussions with supervisors when it’s most appropriate. Interns are expected to address any questions with their supervisor in order to learn and gain enhanced understanding into cultural differences and local practices.
Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination for tourists in Africa, and has a unique mix of tropical and traditional African features. It has modern areas, with amazing beaches and activities for your spare time, as well as a cultural areas with iconic old buildings and shops to explore in your spare time. The island is a three hour ferry from the Tanzanian mainland, where you can tick off your African bucketlist with an amazing safari.
This internship is conducted in English.
Medical interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Shadowing and observing local doctors and nurses
- Experiencing healthcare in a wide range of departments
- Community clinics in rural areas
Professional development opportunities:
- Learn about healthcare services in a developing country context
- Experience treatment of tropical and other diseases that you may rarely see at home
- Supervision and guidance from practicing medical professionals
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence
- Interns can arrange your own schedule with your supervisor, but it’s recommended to contribute at least 25 hours per week
- Interns can request placements in a wide range of medical departments
- Gain first-hand experience in a unique medical setting
- Experience life on Zanzibar, a unique and beautiful African island
Types of host organizations:
- Zanzibar’s public hospital
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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Medical Internship fees in Zanzibar include Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations, but do not include the exemption certificate which is payable in-country directly to the hospital.