Highly unique internships in nutrition for those wishing to gain experience assisting children and adults in Tanzania who suffer from malnutrition. These issues are common in Tanzania, but opportunities to receive care and treatment are rare. Interns assist local professionals in clinics and hospitals to build knowledge and provide much-appreciated assistance in the community.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
Anemia and chronic malnutrition affect many children in Tanzania. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are also at risk of suffering from preventable nutritional deficiencies. Many people don’t have access to specialized nutrition advice, so interns play an important role in helping to provide support to those in need. These Nutrition internships in Arusha, Tanzania are highly valuable learning opportunities for interns to understand the unique needs of individuals in a culturally and economically diverse environment.
Nutrition interns are placed in regional clinics or hospitals, where patients with severe and complex cases of malnutrition are referred for care. Interns work alongside local nutritionists and doctors, who endeavor to treat adults and children who are suffering from the effects of long-term malnutrition.
You’ll gain a practical understanding of how nutritionists evaluate, diagnose and treat those with nutrition concerns. Interns mostly shadow local professionals and learn through observing consultations with patients, though there may be scope to assist in certain roles.
Interns should come prepared to encounter a healthcare environment which is very likely going to be quite different from what you’re used to. Facilities are usually under-resourced and placements can also be relatively under-staffed. This is the reality of healthcare facilities in many underdeveloped countries. Interns are encouraged to maintain a professional, caring and compassionate outlook, striving to understand local contexts, enhance cultural intelligence, and learn from the knowledge and experience of your local supervisor and mentor.
Nutrition internships in Tanzania are conducted in English. Most patients speak at least basic English, although you should be prepared for the fact that you won’t always understand what’s being said if locals are conversing in other dialects. Your internship supervisor is available to provide support and assist you in understanding exchanges, as and when appropriate.
Despite challenges which face the country’s healthcare sector, Tanzania has a strong tourism economy and is one of Africa’s most popular destinations. Outside of your internship schedule, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the attractions that people travel from all over the world to experience. The world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro National Park are popular day trips, which our local coordinators can help you to arrange. A trip to Tanzania is simply not complete without experiencing an African safari either - you can combine this internship with a safari in the Serengeti national park, which will truly make this trip unforgettable.
It is important to be aware that the Tanzanian government requires international interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution to their health/medical placements. The amount of this contribution varies. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, it’s recommended that interns budget, at most, US$50 per week. All Ministry of Health contributions are made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator.
Nutrition interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Shadowing and assisting doctors and nutritionists
- Observing consultations, diagnosis and treatment planning
- Providing clerical assistance
Professional development opportunities:
- Gain an understanding into malnutrition in Tanzania and its effects
- Learn how experienced nutritionists diagnose and treat specific issues
- Build communication and patient relationship skills
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- Gain specific experience delivering nutritional advice and assistance
- Learn from experienced local nutritionists dealing with specific issues in Tanzania
- Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
- Regional clinics
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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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It is important to note that Medical and Education internship fees in Tanzania do not include Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations. These vary depending on the placement and length of the internship and must be contributed in-country. For more details, contact your Program Manager.