Intern Abroad HQ offers affordable internships in Arusha, Tanzania from just two weeks. With a focus on specialized medical internships for healthcare students and professionals, interns are granted the opportunity to receive dedicated guidance and supervision from a medically trained Program Director and trained local professionals. Teaching placements are additionally available for interns with a passion for education. Flexible internship start dates are available year-round, every Monday.
The urban internship placements in Arusha are located within close proximity to comfortable and modern accommodation. The city is located on the “safari circuit” near some of Africa’s greatest national parks and game reserves, including Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. If you’ve always wanted to visit Africa as a medical practitioner or an educator, this opportunity is for you!
Medical internships in Tanzania offer a broad scope to be placed within a clinical area/hospital, while gaining the opportunity to work directly alongside qualified, licensed medical professionals in your department.
Nurses bind healthcare systems with communities around the world, by working in partnership with them to promote and protect wellbeing. Nursing interns in Tanzania use their internationally transferable skills to work directly with patients within a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and assistants, collaborating together to care for others.
All new mothers and their babies should receive the utmost care and support at such a special time in their lives. Healthcare facilities in Tanzania are often under-resourced and under-staffed. Midwifery interns contribute through assisting local professionals in busy maternity and delivery wards, while providing loving support to expecting mothers and women with their newborns.
Pharmacies in Tanzania are important outlets for the provision of medicines, information and counselling, as well as referral to health facilities. Tanzania is currently facing a shortage of both pharmacies and registered pharmacists, especially in rural and underserved regions. Pharmacy interns work in local hospitals to support the pharmacy teams in their crucial work of dispensing medication and educating patients about the importance of medication compliance.
Life saving diagnostic radiology and imaging services are not easily accessible for many Tanzanians living in rural areas. Although these services are increasingly available within cities, most of the technology is not modern or advanced. Radiology interns work alongside local teams to observe, gain insight into local practices, and share their knowledge and skills where appropriate.
Physiotherapy interns in Tanzania work in a local hospital alongside a small team of professional physiotherapists, to provide physiotherapy care to postoperative, disabled and immobile patients. The team see patients from a wide range of settings including: burns, trauma, orthopaedics, paediatrics.
Ophthalmology interns in Tanzania have the opportunity to assist within an eye clinic and observe medically trained professionals as they work with patients who have ophthalmological complaints, such as cataracts and glaucoma.
Oral hygiene and basic dental care is not often seen as a medical priority in Tanzania. However, healthcare facilities are increasingly promoting awareness and aiming to ensure dental provision is accessible for children and young adults. Dentistry interns in Tanzania can expect to gain insight into a wide range of dentistry complaints, while working alongside local professionals in their treatment of patients.
Anemia and chronic malnutrition can affect many children in Tanzania. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are also at risk of suffering from preventable nutritional deficiencies. Limited access to resources and healthcare remains a challenge, however public healthcare officers work to tackle these issues. Interns join local nutritionists and doctors to observe, gain enhanced understanding, and contribute skills and knowledge.
Mental disorders are very common in almost all countries of the world and Tanzania is no exception. Despite guidelines from WHO for mental health service frameworks, the country still struggles with successful treatment and rehabilitation of patients. Psychology interns assist in an outpatient mental health department, where mental healthcare professionals deliver vital services to patients and their families.
Many Tanzanians grow up and reside in rural areas, where low socioeconomic status and accessibility issues contribute to a lack of education and healthcare. Social Work & Community Care Outreach interns assist social workers and healthcare professionals with the delivery of services to people within their own homes and communities.
Young homeless women on the streets of Arusha are exposed to numerous risks. However support has grown from within the local community, providing at-risk women with increased access to refuge, mentorship, and education. Women’s Education interns join a foundation for women which is dedicated to helping girls and young women achieve their goals.
Education internships are focused on supporting children in Tanzania to reach their full social and intellectual potential. Interns assist with the implementation of a focused curriculum and syllabus, covering subjects such as English, Maths, Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics), Geography, Sports Education, IT/Computers, Languages, Art, Civics.
All Intern Abroad HQ programs include a guided reflection course, which combines personal development with professional competency building. Interns receive weekly reflection modules to complete during their program, which foster the acquisition of essential soft skills for employability and a resilient career. Each reflective journaling task introduces a new topic, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts that inspire and guide the learning process.
Intern Abroad HQ does not award grades for the completion of our internship programs, but interns can be supported to independently arrange academic credit through their home educational provider. Upon completion of the internship duration and reflection course, interns receive a portfolio as documentation of their experience. This includes a certificate of internship completion, alongside a summary of the internship goals, skill development, highlights, and a compilation of the reflection work.
Programs begin every Monday and participants may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 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.
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.
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.
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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 programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- * 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).
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 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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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.