Our Nursing internships are based in Arusha town. You will be placed in either a health clinic or a large hospital. As already established, the role of the volunteer will depend on the level of skills of the volunteer. If you do not have the required skills, your role will be mainly observational and you will shadow doctors and nurses throughout their day.
By interning as a nurse in Tanzania with Mbassa Adventures you will not just gain work experience, but also provide vital support to a busy profession in a developing country. You will see how resourceful nurses have to be working in hospitals that suffer from lack of funding and poor equipment.
This could include ward rounds, clinics, and observing operations. If you have nursing experience and build a good relationship with the local staff, you could be given more responsibility. This may include taking blood pressure, weighing and measuring patients, dressing wounds, passing equipment, and removing plaster casts.
You will normally rotate through various departments in the hospitals. You could spend time in surgery, maternity, general medicine, pediatrics, palliative care, and work with HIV patients. If you prefer to specialize in one area this may be possible.