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HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE IN ZIMBABWE WITHTRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

ZIMBABWE

COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL PROJECT IN GWERU
Volunteering, Gap Year or Career Break in Zimbabwe

Provide much needed assistance to the underfunded and understaffed healthcare system!

This project is not an internship, rather it's about gaining experience in medical work in Zimbabwe.Whilst on this project, your biggest service will be the manpower that you offer.

You'll be able to get involved in not only this clinic but others in the nearby area as well.  

You don't need to be qualified in any particular area.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Price Please see Full Price List / Other Currencies
Duration This is a 4-week programme
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates. Projects start every other Monday. Please see Start Dates for 2015 below.
Requirements No qualifications required, just lots of enthusiasm. Minimum age 18
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest airport/station
Return transfer to the airport
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.
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 in gaining overseas work experience.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about Healthcare and the practice of Medicine overseas.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

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

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping a disadvantaged community 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!

HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE IN ZIMBABWE WITHTRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE IN ZIMBABWE WITHTRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

WORK CONTENT:

Project Highlights:

  • Gaining basic medical experience in local clinics through interaction with nurses and local staff

  • Playing a role in HIV/AIDS education and awareness

  • Getting involved in tasks such as baby weighing, taking blood pressure and body temperate etc.

  • Opportunity to do home visits and night duty at the clinics

  • Nutrition awareness and general counselling

  • Participating in national immunization campaigns; health outreaches or education drives

  • Repairs and Maintenance

You'll be accommodated on a stunning private reserve and have the opportunity to experience hands on interaction with lion cubs, elephant rides, canoeing & fishing, and horse riding, to name a few exciting activities you can enjoy in your time off.

This project is not an internship, rather it's about gaining experience in medical work in Zimbabwe. Whilst on this project, your biggest service will be the manpower that you offer. You'll be able to get involved in not only this clinic but others in the nearby area as well.   You do not need to be qualified in any particular area.

You will assist qualified personnel in

  • weighing babies, reading body temperatures and blood pressure

  • filing, archiving

  • general cleaning and maintenance, and making patients feel welcome and comfortable.

  • You will also have the opportunity to do home visits and maybe even night duty at the clinics!  

  • Away from the clinic you will participate in health education campaigns and national immunization drives

Right on the door step of the Game Reserve is the high density area of Mkoba. This is the area where the majority of Gweru’s population live Most of them do not have access to private healthcare facilities so most are totally dependent on the poorly staffed and serviced local clinics; specifically Mkoba Polyclinic.

In 2002, Mkoba Polyclinic catered for 47,580 people in one year. Currently it is estimated to be catering for over 90,000 people. It is ill equipped and poorly funded and above all, severely understaffed. This service provider is heavily dependent on goodwill and support from donor agencies.

Their maternity ward caters for all surrounding areas and records on average 125 births per months, yet only has 2 delivery beds.

The Opportunistic Infections Department process about 2500 cases of HIV/AIDS a month and the Extended Programme for Immunization Department does a minimum of 1900 immunizations a month.

PROJECT ORIENTATION
You will receive your introduction and orientation to the project upon arrival.  You will be introduced to your Volunteer Co-ordinator and to the Volunteer Manager, and will be shown around the volunteer accommodation and surrounding area.

Your Volunteer Co-ordinator will brief you on Africa, Zimbabwe and the projects and will prepare you for your work on the various parts of the project.

you will receive relevant information about common diseases and illnesses that you will come into contact with (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria etc.) and safety precautions for working in the clinics to ensure that you start work in a well-prepared and safe way.

A day in the life of a Volunteer
Please note that with the needs of the projects constantly changing, the below is given as a guideline only, and we ask that you remain flexible:

  • 7.30: Breakfast at the accommodation park

  • 8:00am: Depart for one of the clinics

  • 8:30am: Arrival at the clinic and deployment to the different departments – EPI, OI, Maternity ward, outpatients etc

  • 12:00pm: Break for lunch (packed) and move to a different project for the afternoon, or remain at the same one

  • 15:00pm: Pick up and return to the Park for the evening where you can relax, socialise, go for a swim, do emails, watch television – to name a few things.

  • 6.45pm: Briefing by your volunteer coordinator about the following days activities. The volunteers socialize at dinner at 7.00pm and around the cosy camp fire under the stars.

START DATES

2016 Start Dates

Jan 4th and 18th
Feb 1st and 15th and 29th
Mar 14th and 28th
Apr 11th and 25th
May 9th and 23rd
Jun 6th and 20th
Jul 4th and 18th
Aug 1st and 15th and 29th
Sep 12th and 26th
Oct 10th and 24th
Nov 7th and 21st
Dec 5th and 19th

The start dates for 2017 are:

Jan: 2nd , 16th and 30th.
Feb: 13th and 27th
March: 13th and 27th
April: 10th and 24th
May: 8th and 22nd
June: 5th and 19th
July: 3rd, 17th and 31st
August: 14th and 28th
September: 11th and 25th
October: 9th and 23rd
November: 6th and 20th
December: 4th and 18th

HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE IN ZIMBABWE WITHTRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE IN ZIMBABWE WITHTRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE IN ZIMBABWE WITHTRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

 

ACCOMMODATION:

Gweru: The setting of your accommodation is not only very beautiful (with almost all the buildings thatched and very African), it's also very conveniently located just yards away from where you work, eat, swim and play.

You will be staying in comfortable twin or quad room thatched accommodation at the main reserve camp.

  • Other facilities include swimming pool and internet access (access can be sporadic due to our remote location)
  • Volunteers have separate clean shower & toilet facilities located adjacent to the sleeping area
  • Your room will be cleaned daily by the housekeeping staff, and free use of the laundry service is available to all volunteers
  • You will receive three meals a day, breakfast and dinner is served at the main camp of the reserve, and you will be given a packed lunch for your working day.

There are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other volunteers and tourists.

 

Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe


Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travellersworldwide.com

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 programme (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 met at the airport and taken to the accommodation, where you'll be introduced to everyone.You'll be made to feel very welcome by all!

Your adventure has begun :-)

 

Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

 

 

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 Zimbabwe can also be combined with any of our other projects in Zimbabwe or Zambia - thus turbo-boosting your adventure and enjoyment! We would also recommend this combined with any of our children-related projects in South Africa

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

During your stay at the Park, you'll be able to enjoy an excursion to some of the other spectacular spots that Zimbabwe has to offer. Day trips are offered to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins as well as Granite Ridge in the beautiful Matobo National Park, and once a month a trip to the Victoria Falls is organised for those volunteers who are interested. These trips are also a great time for volunteers to interact and get to know each other better.

The expedition such as the one outlined below (to Victoria Falls) will cost you approximately US$475 (this includes National Parks fees, transport, meals (excluding meals in Victoria Falls), and accommodation).  

  •  Day 1: Leave after breakfast from Antelope Park for Miombo Safari Lodge (Hwange National Park); the largest national park in Zimbabwe. Enjoy a game drive in Big 5 territory where you could get up close and personal with a herd of elephant, buffalo, a pride of lion and many more.

  • Day 2-4: Leave after breakfast from Miombo for Victoria Falls, adrenalin capital of Africa! You have the option to bungee jump, white water raft, visit the Falls, gorge swing across the Batoka Gorge below the Falls or just enjoy the great social atmosphere at this tourist hot-spot! Dinner at the amazing “Boma” Restaurant is included whilst at the Falls.  

  • Day 5: Depart early morning from Victoria Falls to return to Antelope Park  

Please note:  This trip only operates with sufficient volunteer interest and is only available to volunteers joining the project for a minimum of 3 weeks.

There is also the option of a day trip to Great Zimbabwe – the ancient founding city of modern day Zimbabwe or to Matopos – a National Park to go on a wild Rhino tracking safari. The costs of these trips are dependent on the number of people going. +/-USD125

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 programme, please click here.

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