Social Work and Community Care 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 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.
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
- * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
- Visa and permit to intern in Tanzania, Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations.
- Flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
- 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$50 per week to be sufficient (excluding Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations).