Eligibility requirement: Suitable for Medical, Nursing, Midwifery, and Physician’s Assistant students (pre-qualification and post graduate). Recent graduates of relevant disciplines are also eligible. If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, click here to explore other medical internships which are suitable for pre-med students.

Language requirements: This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths: Gynecologist (OB/GYN), Obstetrician, Midwife, Maternity & Child Health Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, Paediatric Nurse, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Specialist, Pediatrician, Medical Doctor

Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Internship details

The provision of Obstetric Surgery & Gynecology services is a top priority for the Ministry of Health in Tanzania, given the country’s efforts to reduce their infant mortality rate. Government and healthcare teams work tirelessly to ensure that babies are delivered safely and given the best care and support during their critical early years. Internships within this field provide valuable and rewarding learning experiences, which are sure to have a lasting impact on personal and professional development.

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.

Fertility rates remain high across Africa and there is a challenge to ensure that both expectant mothers and new babies receive the best care and support. Women and families who are affected by low socioeconomic status are vulnerable to receiving poorer health outcomes, given restricted access to nutrition, education, and general resources for health and wellbeing.

Obstetric Surgery & Gynecology interns in Arusha, Tanzania participate alongside local obstetric and gynecology surgeons, as well as labour and delivery staff, who work to assist pregnant women struggling with complex pregnancies and deliveries. The types of procedures commonly performed by the medical team include:

  • Spinal or IV anaesthesia for C-sections
  • C-Sections and uterine dilation/curettage/evacuation procedures
  • Deliveries (including vacuum assisted deliveries. emergency C-sections, etc)
  • Perineal laceration repair (e.g. 3rd and 4th degree lacerations and obstetric fistulas)
  • Catheterisation
  • Management of fetal malpresentation (external cephalic version or breech delivery)
  • Ultrasounds
  • Neonatal resuscitation
  • Gynecological examination
  • Management of post delivery gynecological issues
  • Family planning consultations

Given the challenges faced within this sector, interns in Tanzania must be prepared to encounter healthcare systems which are typically under-resourced and under-funded, while also observing that patients endure conditions that would be considered rare or unacceptable in your own home country. Interns should come prepared to encounter culture shock and bear in mind that the local supervising and coordinating teams are available to provide guidance and support throughout.

Interns are advised that patient flow in and out of clinics and hospitals is unpredictable. Adaptability is essential - just as there are times that are very busy, there may also be days when patient flow is decreased. All interns are strongly encouraged to be flexible, proactive and willing to help where it’s needed. You will be welcome to discuss your schedule at all times throughout the internship, should you wish to pick up any extra hours or take time to rest. Any requests for extended hours are subject to availability and must always be discussed with the in-country coordinator in advance, who can facilitate arrangements and liaise with local stakeholders.

This internship is conducted in English; however, some patient interactions are likely to be carried out in local languages. In such circumstances, interns are required to demonstrate patience and compassion. The relevant staff and supervisors are available to debrief and discuss sessions, when the moment is appropriate. At all times, interns in Tanzania are encouraged to consider your supervisor and in-country coordinator as valuable and knowledgeable resources and mentors. They’re in the best position to provide guidance and local context into the needs and challenges of the local community, and will be happy to support your learning experience throughout this internship abroad.

It is important to note that the internship placements grouped as “Medical” require interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution. This supports the operation of placements and covers supervision for interns on medical-related placements. This contribution is not included in the internship program fee; it must be made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator in Arusha. Interns will not be permitted to commence their placement until this has been covered. The amount of the Ministry of Health contribution varies, as it is not the same for every clinic/hospital. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, we ask interns to budget up to US$75 per week.

Obstetric Surgery & Gynecology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Shadowing and assisting local obstetric and gynecology surgeons, as well as labour and delivery staff
  • Assisting expectant mothers in antenatal classes and birthing preparation
  • Helping new mothers and infant babies, under the supervision and guidance of your supervisor
  • Collaborating with the local medical team to promote safe and healthy birthing practices
Professional development opportunities:
  • Build your understanding of the routine roles of obstetric surgery and gynaecology department staff
  • Gain understanding in building relationships with new and expecting mothers
  • Build culturally intelligent communication skills, while building a sensitive perspective and engaging in self reflection
  • Gain experience in responsible duties before, during and after childbirth
  • Enhance practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
Typical schedule:
  • Approximately Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. It is important to understand that flexibility is a key requirement for this internship placement, as there are no “standard business hours” for childbirth and babies may not be delivered every week. Interns will establish a regular and expected schedule with the supervisor. You will be welcome to adapt your schedule or contribute extra hours, provided that discussion and agreement to do so takes place between you and your coordinator/supervisor.
Internship highlights:
  • Gain practical understanding into this career path from qualified local professionals
  • Build genuine relationships and assist both new and expecting mothers
  • Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
  • Hospitals
  • Health clinics
  • Birthing clinics
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Program fees

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.

Non-medical internships
Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks 2 weeks $1,284
3 weeks 3 weeks $1,389
4 weeks 4 weeks $1,494
5 weeks 5 weeks $1,599
6 weeks 6 weeks $1,704
7 weeks 7 weeks $1,809
8 weeks 8 weeks $1,914
10 weeks 10 weeks $2,124
12 weeks 12 weeks $2,334
Medical internships
Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks 2 weeks $1,384
3 weeks 3 weeks $1,489
4 weeks 4 weeks $1,594
5 weeks 5 weeks $1,699
6 weeks 6 weeks $1,804
7 weeks 7 weeks $1,909
8 weeks 8 weeks $2,014
10 weeks 10 weeks $2,224
12 weeks 12 weeks $2,434

It is important to note that the internship placements grouped as "Medical" require interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution. This supports the operation of placements and covers supervision for interns on medical-related placements. This contribution is not included in the internship program fee; it must be made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator in Arusha. Interns will not be permitted to commence their placement until this has been covered. The amount of the Ministry of Health contribution varies, as it is not the same for every clinic/hospital. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, we ask interns to budget up to US$75 per week.

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Program fee for abroad internships

What it covers
  • Securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (for selected programs)
  • Experiential Learning Curriculum
  • In-country guidance for social and tourism activities
  • International reference letter

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Arrival and Orientation

Programs begin every Monday and participants may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. Interns are advised not to book their flights until they have first registered to confirm their participation. Ports of entry to the program include the local Arusha Airport (ARK) or the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Airport pick up is included in the program fee. Transportation from the airport to the intern accommodation is approximately 30 minutes from Arusha Airport or 60 minutes from the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Alternatively, interns who arrive to the program overland (i.e. from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania) may be picked up from Arusha’s bus terminal.

Once interns have arrived, they are greeted by a representative of the local team and transported to the accommodation in Arusha. Accommodation is covered by the Program Fee and includes the Sunday night before the internship program orientation is held on Mondays. Orientation is provided by our local hosts and covers important details concerning introductions, support, culture, customs, safety, rules and expectations, things to see and do, and more.

Accommodation

Interns in Arusha are accommodated together on one of the city’s most top-rated guest houses, located in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood (just 15 minutes from town center). Living is safe, clean, modern and comfortable, including 24/7 gated security, housekeeping, and a live-in local coordinator. (Laundry services are not included but can be arranged directly for a small fee). Amenities include hot showers, WiFi, and satellite television (in common areas). Interns can expect to share a bedroom with 1- 5 other guests, of the same gender. Bathroom facilities are shared. Private/en-suite room upgrades are subject to availability and must be arranged directly with the local team, once registered.

Meals

Interns in Arusha include breakfast and dinner, prepared and served Monday to Friday at the guest house accommodation. Typical dishes in Tanzania are influenced by seasonal produce and the dinner menu is usually set according to a weekly rotating schedule. For example, dinner meals may cover Wali Rosti (rice and meat stew), spaghetti bolognese, Wali Umboga (rice and vegetables), pilau, and chapati maharage (a thin wholemeal pancake cooked on a griddle, with beans). Dinner dishes are accompanied with salad. Breakfasts consist of fresh seasonal fruit, fried eggs, and bread with spreads (plus tea and coffee). A filtered cold water dispenser is available in the common area for use to reduce the amount of plastic bottle use. Bottled water​ ​is​​ ​readily available in Tanzania and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations to you accordingly. However, it is important to note that the provided meals will not reflect what you are used to eating at home and flexibility is required. Interns are encouraged to budget extra spending money for any special snacks/treats.

Activities and tourism

There is an array of activities to enjoy during your stay in Arusha, as well as touristic excursions to attractions within Tanzania. Located on the “safari circuit”, the internship program is based near to some of Africa’s most beautiful environments, including Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. Whether you’re content with local entertainment, such as Maasai markets, cafes, music, nightlife, and cinema, or you’re planning to book in big ticket items such as overnight safari camps and mountain trekking adventures, our local team will assist you with itinerary advice and planning.

Day trips

Day trips are popular among interns and perfect for taking advantage of the weekends during your internship. Depending on the excursion, the rates can range from US$60 up to US$450, including round trip transportation and lunch. (The more expensive day trip rates cover transportation to destinations that are further afield, such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Note that the day trip cost will typically exclude additional gate entry fees, which may be subject to change). While you’re planning your internship in Tanzania, don’t miss:

  • Arusha National Park: Near Mt Meru, the park offers easy game drives and scenic walking tours, where you can discover beautiful streams, waterfalls and rivers.
  • Tarangire: This destination offers the chance to spot the Big Five. Keep an eye out for herds of elephants, lion prides, giraffes and many more animals within their natural habitat.
  • Lake Manyara: This lush oasis was once described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest in Africa”. Relax on a peaceful game drive and enjoy the vista of buffalo, flamingo, lions, impala and more.
  • Serengeti: One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the famous Serengeti ecosystem extends right up to Kenya.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Located in northern Tanzania, the region is home to the Big Five and boasts the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater - a breathtaking natural wonder.
  • Metaruni Waterfalls Hike: Go trekking to the waterfalls through the foothills overshadowed by Mt Kilimanjaro. Enjoy lunch in the town of Moshi.
  • Hot Springs: It’s a longer drive to visit the natural hot springs in Moshi, but worth the trip! Soak in the warm waters against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Maasai Culture Tour: Visit a Maasai homestead for a friendly guided experience and meet members from the impressive nomadic tribe, who retain their unique cultural identity.
  • Snake Park: Check out a variety of snake breeds, from small grass snakes to cobras. The park is also home to other species of birds and amphibians and features a Maasai market.

Overnight safari tours and trekking

If you want to plan a Tanzanian adventure before or after your internship, we can assist you to arrange overnight camping safaris of the Northern Circuit (Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro), as well as a Mount Kilimanjaro trekking package (all inclusive six day climb). Extended safari tours are popular and two all-inclusive options offer either camping or lodge accommodation. Pricing details can be provided to interns once they have registered.

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Country profile

Capital Dodoma
Population 47.78 million
Languages Swahili and English
Currency Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time zone UTC+03:00

Weather and climate: In Arusha, where the Tanzania internship programs are based, the warm season typically lasts from January till late March. During this period, the average daily high is around 81°F / 27°C. The cooler season is from mid May till late August and the coldest month of the year is usually in July, when the low reaches around 56°F / 13°C. The dry season is considered to run from late May through till mid November. Rainfall can occur during the rest of the year, December through April.