Develop unique understanding of mental health disorders as a Psychology intern in Tanzania, where demand for quality mental health treatment is high. Interns assist professional therapists in outpatient mental health departments, delivering vital services to patients and their families.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided. Click here to view remote Psychology & Social Work internships, that you can undertake virtually from home.
Mental disorders are common all over the world, and are known to hamper socio-economic development and growth. Despite guidelines from WHO for mental health service frameworks, Tanzania still struggles with the successful treatment and rehabilitation of people who suffer from various mental health conditions. Limited access to quality mental health treatment can mean many individuals remain untreated for years. Traditional cultural beliefs in Tanzania can also differ from western approaches to mental health and wellbeing. Tanzanians may prefer to seek help via traditional healers, before turning to general practitioners and westernized psychology/psychiatry treatments.
Interns on a Psychology internship in Tanzania work in an outpatient mental health department, where patients from the community are received, assessed, diagnosed, and referred to various in-patient facilities. Interns assist and observe a mental healthcare professional in clinics with patients, providing guidance and treatment.
Activities can include:
- Working alongside mental health clinicians and social workers
- Observing mental health assessments and treatments
- Assisting with counselling and psycho-educational sessions
- Helping to care for people who can’t access major hospitals
- Promoting mental health awareness
As an intern, you’ll gain a unique understanding by observing the effects of long term mental illness on the daily lives of underprivileged people, as well as the widespread impacts of mental illness on the local community. You’ll also deliver a report on your experience and findings at the end of your internship, reinforcing your biggest learnings and achievements.
It’s important for Psychology interns in Tanzania to be prepared to experience a healthcare system that is far different to what you’re used to at home. Health is often under-resourced and under-funded, and this can lead to elements of culture shock. Interns should remain professional and compassionate at all times. As perspectives of mental health can greatly differ within Tanzania, interns must prepare to encounter diverse cultural belief systems. It’s important to practice sensitivity and rely on professional local staff to act as mentors to learn and understand how to sensitively operate with the best interests of the patient in mind.
This internship is conducted in English. Most patients you’ll work with will be able to speak at least basic English, however, for those that can’t, you’ll be able to receive a debrief from your supervisor afterwards.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist countries, and as an intern you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city of Arusha and popular surrounding areas. The world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro National Park are popular day trips for interns at the weekend, and there are opportunities to combine your Legal Support internship with a safari in the Serengeti national park.
Psychology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Shadowing and assisting professional therapists
- Observing mental health treatments and assessments
- Promoting mental health awareness to patients and their families
Professional development opportunities:
- Understand the influence of cultural factors in providing mental health services
- Learn about specific symptoms and treatments for a range of mental health afflictions
- Gain understanding of managing patient relationships
- Develop communication skills within a professional working environment
- 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 a first-hand understanding of assessment and treatment of a range of mental health disorders
- Experience how the mental health system works in a new country
- Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
- Outpatient mental health 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.