Psychology interns in Zanzibar can play a hands-on role supporting local professionals in psychiatric, mental health and addiction treatment centers. Experience the balance between traditional and western treatment, and assist with counselling and wellbeing workshops for locals with a range of challenges.
Traditional cultural beliefs in Zanzibar can challenge western approaches to mental health and wellbeing. It is common for locals with mental health concerns to approach traditional healers or general practitioners first, only turning to westernized psychology/psychiatry as a last resort. In these cases, depression, schizophrenia and anxiety are often diagnosed.
Psychology interns assist local psychologists, social workers or psychiatric nurses that help to treat locals using a combination or western medical understanding and traditional cultural beliefs. The balance of treatment approaches is delicate, and designed to be both respectful and effective. This provides a unique and insightful learning environment, as well as an excellent opportunity to refine essential cultural and emotional intelligence.
Internship placements can be in a range of “sober houses”, which provide inpatient facilities for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, as well as in a public psychiatric hospital.
Tasks in the sober houses can be diverse. Interns work closely with local staff to develop and host workshops in personal and professional development, engaging inpatients on topics such as health and wellbeing. Longer term interns can design workshops in areas of your choosing. Interns can also help with gentle sports classes (such as stretching and yoga), and in counselling sessions.
Internship tasks at the psychiatric hospital typically include helping with group and individual counselling, daily care duties, physical therapy, art therapy, and accompanying local staff on general rounds. Interns can also help with community outreach programs, educating locals about mental health, addiction and social issues.
Psychology interns in Zanzibar are matched to a placement opportunity that suits your level of experience and skills. The specific details of your internship will be confirmed once it’s been fully designed in accordance with what you hope to achieve.
Psychology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Health and wellbeing workshops
- Alcohol and drug rehabilitation
- Art and physical therapy
- Community outreach programs
Professional development opportunities:
- Learn how mental health support services are provided in an East African country
- Understand the influence of cultural factors in providing mental health services
- Improve your counselling skills
- Gain practical work experience with a wide range of substance abuse cases and other mental health issues
- 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 to 4pm
- Gain experience balancing contemporary mental health understanding with cultural beliefs
- Play a hands-on role in helping individuals to overcome their challenges
- Assist in a wide range of mental health and psychology areas
- Experience life on Zanzibar, a unique and beautiful African island
Types of host organizations:
- Sober houses
- Psychiatric hospitals
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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.
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
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What extra costs will I have?
- Visa and work permit to intern in Zanzibar
- Flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$25 per week to be sufficient.