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MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS IN LIVINGSTONE IN ZAMBIA

ZAMBIA

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS IN LIVINGSTONE IN ZAMBIA

Work in a Clinic catering to a rural community that sees over 1,200 outpatients per month. You'll observe experts and learn how they work in Zambia.

The Clinic is a full service medical facility operating under the Ministry of Health. They offer antenatal services as well as labor and delivery and child health. They are a recognized HIV center offering ART (antiretroviral therapy) services, with over 600 patients receiving medicines.

They also provide community based mobile ART and Home Based Care and are a referral center for the other rural health centres in the surrounding areas.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration Minimum stay is 2 weeks, up to 6 months or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements You should be studying a medicine-related subject or be qualified. Minimum age 18.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your Program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest airport/station
All accommodation
Transfer to and from your project
In-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visa, Food, return transfer to the airport
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.
Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged 18 +
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested inanyone interested in gaining overseas work experience or an internship for university credit or requirement.  Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about the practice of Medicine overseas.
Also available as a summer placement in Zambia or Africa or someone who can only afford the time to take a short break.s

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the Zambian culture!

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS IN LIVINGSTONE IN ZAMBIA

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS IN LIVINGSTONE IN ZAMBIA

WORK CONTENT:
This internship is based about 30km just outside of Livingstone town center. The clinic is situated on some farmland out in the bush in a fairly remote area which is currently being run by some American Missionaries. They have managed to convert one of the outbuildings into a medical center and this enables them to do some tremendous work in helping the local communities. Although the clinic is fairly small, the work is extremely beneficial to the local villagers.

They are looking into obtaining some ultrasound equipment to enable them to monitor pregnancies more efficiently. The Clinic provides treatment in their HIV referral clinic which is open every Thursday. An additional part of the community service they provide is a truck which goes round to all the local villages to collect patients for treatment.

Many of their cases generally involve pregnancies, snake bites and testing for Malaria or HIV. For those who may have broken bones, they need to be referred to the hospital in Livingstone town center, although they are able to stitch up minor wounds at the clinic. Currently the HIV center has 5-6 patients.

The clinic is a full service medical facility operating under the Ministry of Health in the Kazungula District near Senkobo Zambia. They see over 1200 outpatients per month and have capacity for 8 inpatients. They offer antenatal services as well as labor and delivery and child health. They are a recognized HIV center offering ART (antiretroviral therapy) services, with over 600 patients receiving medicines. They also provide community based mobile ART and Home Based Care and are a referral center for the other rural health centres in the surrounding areas. They currently do outreaches 2-3 times per week, some full service and some just ART. They also have full lab services, offering:

  • All the quick tests

  • CD4 counts

  • Full blood counts

  • TB sputum testing

  • Chemistries

The facilities include:

  • Male and female wards

  • Maternity unit

  • Lab

  • Pharmacy

  • Two exam rooms

  • Large reception area

  • Storage

  • Male and female toilets

  • An outside covered porch area for an outside waiting room

  • A new freestanding lab building is under construction

They serve a very large population of people and English is the language of service with clinical assistants fluent in the four main tribal languages, Tonga, Bemba, Nyanga and Lozi. The clinical officer and his wife are American and staff include a licensed midwife, a nurse, 5 clinical assistants, plus varioius ancillary staff.

MORE ABOUT THE CLINIC:
The clinic is a full service medical facility operating under the Ministry of Health in the Kazungula District near Senkobo Zambia. They see over 1200 outpatients per month and have capacity for 8 inpatients. They offer antenatal services as well as labor and delivery and child health.

They are a recognized HIV center offering ART (antiretroviral therapy) services, with over 600 patients receiving medicines. They also provide community based mobile ART and Home Based Care and are a referral center for the other rural health centres in the surrounding areas.

They currently do outreaches 2-3 times per week, some full service and some just ART. They also have full lab services, offering all the quick tests as well as CD4 counts, full blood counts, TB sputum testing and chemistries. The facility is a full building housing a male and female ward, maternity unit, lab, pharmacy, two exam rooms, large reception area, storage, male and female toilets, and an outside covered porch area for an outside waiting room. A new freestanding lab building is under construction.

They serve a very large population of people and English is the language of service with clinical assistants fluent in the four main tribal languages, Tonga, Bemba, Nyanga and Lozi. The clinical officer and his wife are American, but licensed in Zambia. The other workers including a licensed midwife, an Enrolled Nurse and a part-time lab technologist along with 5 clinical assistants.

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS IN LIVINGSTONE IN ZAMBIA

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS IN LIVINGSTONE IN ZAMBIA

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS IN LIVINGSTONE IN ZAMBIA

ACCOMMODATION:

During the week (from Monday to Thursday nights), you will stay in a Guest House which is conveniently located 500 meters from the Medical Center.  The Guest House has 2 separate dorm rooms (for males and females), each with 4 beds in.  There are also separate bathroom facilities for males and females.

Food and drink is not provided on this placement. The Guest House has kitchen facilities, so you will be expected to prepare food for yourself.  There are no shops or restaurants around the Guest house, but you can pick up supplies while you’re in Livingstone at the weekends, or there is a free minibus that travels from the Guest House into Livingstone every week.

The area around the Medical Center and Guest House is rural and quiet.

Weekends: On Friday nights (after work has finished), you will be transported to Livingstone (approx. 45 minutes drive) to stay in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the center of town. You will stay here for 3 nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). This will enable you to do more during your time off at the weekends and allow you to meet others. The hostel has a very large private garden shaded with huge mango trees, and a crystal clear swimming pool. It also has a lively, sociable bar area where many activities are arranged.

Livingstone has a Colonial feel to it and you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Your weekend accommodation is ideally situated and can offer excellent trips to places such as Lusaka.

Again, you will be required to share a room with other volunteers or guests of mixed gender. You will also have to cater for yourself at the weekends. There is a local supermarket for you to buy food from and the hostel has cooking facilities for you to use, or you can pay for meals at the hostel if you wish. Even better still, why not try out some local dishes for a real Zambian experience!

At the time of writing, facilities at the weekend hostel include; a swimming pool, recreation room with TV, internet cafe with internet access, a dining and kitchen area where food can be stored and access to telephones.

The hostel also has an in-house booking center, where many local activities can be booked (wildlife safaris, river cruises, river gorges, bungee jumping, white water rafting, treks, etc). They guarantee to offer the best deals in town and to beat any other lodge or booking center.

On Monday mornings, you will be transported back to the Guest House near to the Medical Center, in time to begin your working week.

'"I thought the accommodation was an amazing environment to be in especially for first time travellers, the staff working there were excellent by being friendly and arranging lots of different activities. There was also lots of time to go sight-seeing on the weekends and do all the tourist activities. We actually did bungee jumping, white water rafting and went to a safari. These were also amazing things especially bungee jumping!"  Prithika Selvadurai

 

Lounge of the accommodation
Accommodation during the week


Accommodation at weekends



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure!

Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:

When you arrive, you'll be welcomed by our in-country Organiser who will pick you up at the airport and take you to the accommodation, where you'll be introduced to everyone.He will show you the nearby facilities such as banks, pharmacy, food and beverage outlets etc. You will be made to feel very welcome by all.

Your adventure has begun :-)

CASE STUDY: PRITHIKA SELVADURAI:
"There were so many positive experiences that it's hard to pinpoint certain times. Working in a clinic in the village allowed us to experience the parts of Zambia that tourists don't get, where we got to visit people's homes and pray with them. I came to realise how shockingly religion is important to people especially in the poorer parts where that's all they have to rely on.

One of the most memorable moments was watching a lady give birth, it was such a momentous event that cannot be forgotten. I loved doing outreach work every Wednesday and Friday, where we travel further into the village so that healthcare can be provided to those unable to come to the clinic. Although it was heartbreaking at times to see children at the clinic and orphanage, they were so happy that we forgot about those things.

As much as I enjoyed this trip, two weeks is nowhere near enough. If I could do this again then I would definitely stay at least one month as I would have liked to visit different parts of Zambia, for example, Lusaka. This trip has taught me many things and has encouraged me to travel more, learn about different cultures, people and way of life. The best aspects of travelling is meeting random people and finding that similar connection. It has been such a wonderful trip, I've been talking about it non-stop!"

FEEDBACK FROM SAHRE-LUIS KERLE:
What experience do you feel you are gaining?
I feel I am gaining more knowledge towards my nursing course. I am able to experience a wide variety of opportunities to do with the clinic. This has ranged from working with the different staff members, meeting different aged patients, seeing different problems/issues, taking part in the diagnosis and treatment, assisting with wound dressing, lab tests, helping inpatients and being able to go out to the villages with the clinic.

So far what is the best thing about your placement? I cannot really pinpoint what has been the best bit of my placement, as everything has been really good. I had a warm welcome by the clinic and everyone has been friendly and helpful, so it has made the whole experience excellent!

Would you recommend this placement to anyone else? I would definitely recommend this placement to other health professionals, as you get a real insight into health care and you receive such a large variety of experiences.

What type of person do you think this placement would suit? This placement would definitely suit health professionals or those that are training to do something involving healing/helping people.

Can you describe a typical day? (E.g. start time, morning duties, lunch hours, afternoon duties, any other duties…. I would get picked up from the backpackers at around 8am and usually arrive at the clinic before 9am. I would be assigned to a member of staff to work with throughout the day. The duties would vary depending on who I worked with, but no matter who it was, I received the full benefit of their tasks and job. You get to experience everything and anything possible, you can also ask what you would like to do and see and they put you in that environment. I usually get picked back up around 4pm. The day goes pretty quickly and there is always something going on in the clinic.

The clinic is a worth while placement, being able to connect with the village people is amazing. The clinic is extremely beneficial if you’re in the health profession. It has been a great experience so far.

 

Feedback on Medical Internships in Zambia with Travellers Worldwide


Victoria Falls, about 20 minutes from Livingstone

 

Bridge Over Victoria Falls near Livingstone - Rainbows gather in the mist at this popular Bungee Jumping spot!
Bridge Over Victoria Falls near Livingstone - Rainbows gather in the mist at this popular Bungee Jumping spot!

OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Coming soon

Any project in Zambia can also be combined with any of our other projects in Zambia - thus turbo-boosting your adventure and enjoyment! We would also recommend this combined with any of our Care projects in South Africa


LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

LOCATION
All our projects take place in Livingstone town, a quaint but lively area very close to Victoria Falls. You'll have plenty of opportunities to participate in the multitude of activities that surround the Falls, from white-water rafting and canoeing on the magnificent Zambezi River to bungy-jumping or game spotting in the Reserve.

LIVINGSTONE
Livingstone is a fun town where tourists come for adventure, sports and an adrenalin kick. It's very close to the awesome Victoria Falls and the powerful Zambezi River. Water sports are everywhere!

Livingstone is the capital of the Southern Province and is situated just north of the Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zimbabwe. It is a major tourist center serving visitors to the Falls, but the main streets of this colonial town, Mosi-oa-Tunya, are lined with classic colonial buildings, with Victorian tin roofed houses and wooden verandas.

The spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge is only about 10km away from Livingstone, and the area surrounding the Falls and Livingstone town have given it the name of ‘adrenaline capital of the world’.

Local attractions include not only the impressive Victoria Falls, but also Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, located adjacent to Victoria Falls, and Livingstone Game Park. Livingstone Museum has displays of historical African artefacts and memorabilia related to Scottish missionary David Livingstone and his exploration of the region in the 1850s.

THINGS YOU CAN DO - ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
Zambia encompasses everything magnificent about Africa - wildlife, birds, safaris, lakes, rivers, culture and adventure sports!

White water rafting is a must! If you are keen for the ultimate thrill then a multi-day trip along the Zambezi is it! The Zambezi provides the best rafting trip on the planet! You'll crash through some of the biggest commercially run rapids in the world. Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its twenty three whitewater rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller coaster ride along a route carved over millenia by the Great Zambezi.

Bungee Jumping for the very brave: The highest commercial bridge jump in the world in the most spectacular setting over the Zambezi River! This must be the ultimate adrenaline rush. It’s an indescribable feeling that will probably change your life !

And more: You can do riverboarding, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, walking safaris, elephant back safaris, fishing, flights over Victoria Falls, quadbiking, golf and scuba diving. This is a real adventure playground!

The terrain is mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains, and the flora in Zambia is amongst the best in the world. The great Zambezi River also forms a natural riverine boundary with Zimbabwe, making Zambia one of the most beautiful countries to visit.

Along the southern border of the country stretches Lake Kariba, the largest man made lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. It is about 280kms long and 40kms across at its widest point.

"It is an unbelievable experience to go down the river on a boat and watch a herd of elephant bathing in the shallows and throwing water in their with their trunks while they keep a wary eye on you to ensure you don't get too close to their babies - it's an experience you never forget. I never have!"

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

 

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