Due to inadequate staff and being under-resourced, the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe is struggling to provide sufficient healthcare to the public. As a medical volunteer in Zimbabwe your help is much needed in community health centers, clinics and hospitals through our Zimbabwe medical volunteer project.
Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world with around 14% of the population suffering. You could apply with the National AIDS Council through Go Volunteer Africa to help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS by raising awareness of the problem within local communities and also looking to care and offer support to affected people. Helping local Zimbabweans overcome the daily struggles they face will be an experience which will stay with you forever.
- Volunteer or intern at a hospital or medical clinic in Zimbabwe
- Gain valuable international work experience in healthcare
- Positively impact a community in need
- Learn and experience the healthcare system in Zimbabwe
- Experience all that the wonderful country of Zimbabwe 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.
Our Zimbabwe volunteer trip starts and ends in Harare the capital and largest city of Zimbabwe. You will be based in Harare. Harare, formerly Salisbury, lying in the northeastern part of the country.
On the edge of landscaped Harare Gardens, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe has a large collection of African contemporary art and traditional pieces like baskets, textiles, jewelry and musical instruments. The unusual granite formation Epworth Balancing Rocks is southeast of the city. Wildlife such as zebras and giraffes roam Mukuvisi Woodlands, which has bike paths and a bird park.
The city is modern and well-planned, with multistoried buildings and tree-lined avenues. It is the site of Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, a Dutch Reformed church, the Queen Victoria Memorial Library and Museum, the National Archives, the University of Zimbabwe (opened 1957), and the Rhodes National Gallery.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Zimbabwe will meet you on arrival at the airport in Harare and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Zimbabwe has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. The volunteer guest house will be your base for volunteering while living in Zimbabwe. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.
If you are studying or considering a career in medicine or nursing, join our fascinating Zimbabwe medical volunteer project focusing on health promotion. This projects works with medical teams in the mornings and community based projects in the afternoons, in an effort to improve the lives of the impoverished from young to old, many of whom are HIV positive or are suffering from Malaria or TB.
Home Based Care is vital for this community and health activities undertaken on this project include home visits for the very sick, clinical work, HIV education and talks for the communities regarding topics such as nutrition and basic health, and visits to old people’s homes to provide much needed assistance for understaffed facilities.
Your responsibilities as a medical volunteer in Zimbabwe depends on your skills, qualifications and experience. It can range from treatment of local patients to shadowing of local doctors and medical staff. You will not perform major procedures, but rather assist local doctors, shadow them, learn from them, and be involved in various tasks such as treating minor wounds and injuries, measuring blood pressure and temperatures, recording height and weight and other related tasks.
Volunteers have the opportunity to observe patient care being provided by local staff in Zimbabwe, which provides valuable insight into the public healthcare system. The clinics and hospitals have several departments which you may be involved in, including outpatients for adults and children, HIV and TB services, as well as the pharmacy and maternity departments.
Volunteers will be involved with helping treatment of malaria, tuberculosis and syphilis which are the most common health ailments in Zimbabwe. For example, if you are a registered nurse, medical doctor, lab technician, and paramedic or have a trained medical skill then you can. Participate in patient care such as diagnosing, injections, lab work. If you are a mid-wife then you can work in the maternity ward assisting with prenatal and antenatal care.
Volunteers can also accompany local caregivers to several communities and support their home-based care program. Immerse yourself in traditional Zimbabwean life as you walk through the villages and visit the homes of patients suffering from a variety of illnesses. The aim is to provide comfort, educate and increase awareness as you offer medical care.
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 Zimbabwe volunteering program.
LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Zimbabwe. 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.
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.
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.
Visitors to Zimbabwe must obtain a visa from one of the Zimbabwean diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or are eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. Foreign citizens may apply for all types of visa (tourism, business, residence and study) online through the eVisa system. Visa fee can be paid online or on arrival. It takes an average of two working days to obtain an e-Visa. However the period may vary due to a number of factors. The e-Visa is valid for three months from the date of issue.
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 Zimbabwe 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!
|Availability:||All year round|
|Duration:||Minimum 3 weeks commitment|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.|
|Dates:||1st or 15th of the month|
|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|
PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
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