ZIMBABWE: Medical Volunteer Project

Zimbabwe medical volunteer project

Go Volunteer Africa’s Zimbabwe medical volunteer project is an excellent way to gain experience, combined with the chance to help people in some of the poorest medical institutions in the developing world. Go Volunteer Africa works with both small health clinics and large government hospitals in Zimbabwe.

This gives volunteers and interns the unique opportunity to work in a variety of different departments and to work closely alongside local doctors and nurses. Zimbabwe medical volunteer project participants work with a variety of medical institutions in and around the town of Victoria Falls. 

Zimbabwe medical volunteer project

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Taking rounds of the wards, maintaining files
  • Getting actively involved in the daily work of the hospital
  • Shadowing professionals medics and assist whenever needed
  • Treating minor injuries, vaccinations etc. (depending on skills)
  • Assist patients (getting them from one service point to another)
  • Professionals can get involved depending on the medical experience
  • Doing routine patient checkups like measure Blood pressure, pulse, check fever etc.

In both the smaller health clinics and the larger hospitals volunteers will find themselves working with patients who have a wide range of illnesses. There are many different departments in the majority of the hospitals we work with including maternity, general medicine, surgery, and pediatrics. Interns can choose whether they want to work in a variety of different departments or whether they want to focus on one in particular.

PROJECT LOCATION

Our Zimbabwe volunteer trip starts and ends in Victoria Fall town. Victoria Falls is a town in western Zimbabwe and a gateway to the massive waterfall of the same name. Here, the Zambezi River plummets over a cliff and into the Boiling Pot before flowing through a series of gorges. The Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool, is on the edge of a sheer drop. Spanning the river is 1905 Victoria Falls Bridge. The surrounding Zambezi National Park is home to white rhinos and elephants.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Zimbabwe will meet you on arrival at the airport in and take you to the volunteer lodge 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.

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ORIENTATION

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.

PROJECT DETAILS

Your exact role within the hospital or clinic will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as by the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.

Participants at the Zimbabwe medical volunteer project who already have some medical experience their roles varies and it is important to build up trust and a good relationship with the local doctors. Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in developed world. 

Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis and most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free. Go Volunteer Africa also organizes regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical volunteers and interns joining our Zimbabwe medical volunteer project in both Victoria Falls and Harare. You will help carry out vital outreach work in disadvantaged communities and assist with providing healthcare services that would not otherwise be available. 

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Go Volunteer Africa works closely with local community hospitals, which are under-resourced and under-staffed. If you have an interest or experience in the medical field and would like to work closely with a rural community, this is the perfect option for you. Given that these hospitals are severely understaffed it is important to remember that the doctors and nurses are very busy.

You will be living with other volunteers close to the hospital. The accommodation will be basic, but comfortable. The Zimbabwe medical volunteer project is available for a minimum stay of 2 weeks- up to longer stay of 12 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system.

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.

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 who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS

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.

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! A wide range of leisure activities during your free time complement this unique volunteer experience. You can choose from horse riding, bird watching, swim in rivers and waterfalls. A visit to the museum completes you volunteer trip, while you also will enjoy exploring the stunning jungle forests.

PROJECT QUICK FACTS

Availability: All year round
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 16yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: Families are encouraged to apply
Start 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 Family or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Victoria Falls
Language: English

IN A NUTSHELL

Volunteering in Zimbabwe with Go Volunteer Africa is affordable, low cost and budget friendly.  The volunteer opportunities in Zimbabwe are meaningful and life changing both to the volunteer and the host community.

Go Volunteer Africa was ranked as the best volunteer organization in Zimbabwe. All volunteer programs in Zimbabwe are community driven and managed by the local coordinating teams and this will give you a chance to get to know local people and really help those in need.

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Go Volunteer Africa is among the top NGOs looking for volunteers in Zimbabwe. Most volunteer projects in Zimbabwe are located throughout the country in places like Victoria Falls, Harare and in more rural areas.

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PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

2 Weeks
Two Weeks
$260
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3 Meals a Day
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3 Weeks
Three Weeks
$360
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Weekly
$100
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Program Fee Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $120 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. 

HOW TO APPLY

To start the process fill Volunteer application form and submit it for consideration and book your placement. For more information on how to get enrolled for the volunteering experience of a lifetime contact us. Or Give us a call | WhatsApp | Telegram | Viber | Imo at +254-796-786292 to talk to a Program Specialist.

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