Social Work and Community Outreach interns in Tanzania join forces with local healthcare, welfare officers and social workers, to deliver valuable support to people within rural homes and communities.
Many Tanzanian people have restricted access to healthcare resources and are at risk of contracting preventable disorders, such as malnutrition, anemia, tuberculosis and respiratory disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, hypertension, and alcoholic liver disease (etc). Drug and alcohol abuse may also affect men of working age within society. The most vulnerable demographic for many conditions (such as malnutrition) tends to be children and young women (aged 25 and under).
Women are additionally more likely to suffer from physical and emotional abuse, unwanted pregnancies, and unemployment. Due to lack of resources, staff, and other logistical challenges, social workers often struggle to manage their workloads and the large numbers of people requiring care.
Interns assist with the delivery of vital medical support, while gaining insight into diverse challenges, and how they are managed on a day-to-day basis. Interns should come prepared to travel alongside social workers and/or medical professionals, making welfare visits, receiving cases and referrals from the local community, visiting community health centers, observing home visits, assisting with health promotion and health education, and making observational reports.
It is important to note that the pace of life in Arusha can at times be slower and less streamlined. Culture shock can also be more pronounced and difficult in medical settings, especially when - due to limited funding and scarce resources - patients endure conditions that would be considered unacceptable in other parts of the world. Interns must come prepared to maintain a high level of professionalism, focus and compassion.
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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 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.