ZAMBIA: Healthcare Volunteer Project

Healthcare Volunteer Project Zambia
Healthcare Volunteer Project Zambia

If you are looking to gain medical work experience or would just like to help people consider medical and healthcare volunteer programs working within poor communities. By joining our medical volunteer projects you can work with people and make a positive impact. Traditional beliefs and witchcraft are still widespread and many people still consult traditional healers instead of seeking professional medical help. More efforts are needed on the ground to reach people in rural areas.

You might not know but Zambia also has a shocking rate of HIV and AIDS, this country has around lots of people living with the disease. Due to efforts being made on the ground the numbers of people being infected has decreased in the past few years and you can play a role in helping by either working in clinics or working within communities raising awareness.

PROJECTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Volunteer or intern at a hospital or medical clinic in Zambia
  • Gain valuable international work experience in healthcare
  • Positively impact a community in need
  • Learn and experience the healthcare system in Zambia
  • Experience all that the wonderful country of Zambia has to offer
  • Help educate the public on a variety of public health initiatives

Staff at the hospital will assign tasks based on the skills and past experience of the volunteer participant. This program is open to graduate level medical, nursing, and physical therapy students. Past clinical experience is not required. Volunteers also pursue public health projects including educational programs covering topics such as HIV/AIDS/STD prevention, hygiene practices and nutrition.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Lusaka is the capital of Zambia. In the center, sprawling Lusaka City Market sells clothing, produce and other goods. The National Museum exhibits archaeological finds and contemporary art. Nearby, the Freedom Statue commemorates Zambia’s struggle for independence. South of the city, Munda Wanga Environmental Park has a wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden. The Lilayi Elephant Nursery cares for orphaned elephants.

Livingstone is a town in southwestern Zambia, a few kilometers from the Zambezi River and the border with Zimbabwe. It’s a hub for visitors to the Victoria Falls. The adjoining Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park surrounds the Zambian side of the falls. The Livingstone Museum traces local history and archaeology, and the life of the Scottish explorer, David Livingstone, after whom the town was named.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

Depending on the project you choose, After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka or Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, depending on your project site. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Zambia will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. These airport services numerous international carriers. Zambia has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. The volunteer guest house will be your base for volunteering while living in Zambia. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Gain practical medical and nursing experience through our Zambia healthcare volunteer project. Go Volunteer Africa is offering you the opportunity that will shoot your career to the moon by doing your medical or nursing volunteer and internship  in Zambia. This is a very unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in Zambia. You’ll also get to broaden your understanding of healthcare issues from another part of the world.

Joining Go Volunteer Africa’s Zambia medical volunteer program may be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. The Zambia healthcare volunteer project provides you with opportunities to not only utilize your medical training and gain exposure to new specialties, but also help people in very desperate need.

International nursing volunteers working with Zambia not only address medical needs through their participation, they can also help improve local understanding and treatments of health conditions as well as encourage social and economic development. You can work in a hospital, health clinic, or care center. If there’s a specific you want to focus on, we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Go Volunteer Africa supports small community health centers in rural and hard to reach areas and also has a standing partnership with large government hospitals in Zambia. We offer short and long term Zambia medical volunteer and internship placements. Placements are available in areas of Dentistry, HIV & AIDS, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Radiography and Veterinary.

Interns are not allowed to perform the major identification or surgery works. Most of the time volunteers help doctors or work as an assistant to doctors. You will be involved in aspects of the day-to-day running of the hospitals, observing or directly assisting, where possible. You can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice.

SKILLS REQUIRED:

For the medical placement, volunteers need to be training. You will need to be aged 18 years or above at the time of joining the program. Everyone is welcome to apply and a lot of pre-med, medical students, graduates and general people looking to help can apply to join these project. If you are looking to volunteer in a skilled role (for example as a doctor), you will need to provide certificates and your level of experience

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Zambia volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Zambia. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above. We don’t accepts volunteers of 17 years of age and below on this program. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary.

VISAS:

Visitors to Zambia must obtain a visa from one of the Zambian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival. Visitors may alternatively obtain an electronic visa. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. As of November 2014 Zambia and Zimbabwe also offer a universal visa

INSURANCE:

You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Zambia has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: All year round
Duration: Minimum 3 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: ——————-
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Families or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Lusaka or Livingstone
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

3 Weeks
$560
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged upon rewuest)
Apply Now
4 Weeks
$660
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now
Any Extra Week
$100
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up.

For Medical / Healthcare Volunteers: *Hospital administration fee of $100 per month (regardless of lesser duration) is added for all medical placements. Have an inquiry? Contact Us