Medical Volunteering in Arusha!

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Program Description

Mount Meru Hospital

The history of Mt. Meru Hospital goes back to the First World War when it was initially established as a camp for treating casualties of the war. Over the years it evolved into a hospital. Mt. Meru Hospital was established in World War I as a casualty camp. Throughout the years it has become a hospital. There is a capacity of 450 beds and features many departments including pharmacy, physiotherapy, anesthesia, mental health, pathology, radiology, dentistry, ophthalmology, pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics, surgical, and internal medicine.

This hospital is owned in full by the government and employs 430 staff members. This hospital serves over 200 patients each day and is located in the center of Arusha. As a volunteer with this project, you will have the opportunity to hone your medical skills regardless of specification.

Ngarenaro Health Centre

With a beginning as a health centre for women, Ngarenaro Health Centre has continued on as a women’s reproductive health facility. Situated in the center of the city, the centre features 8 doctors and 40 nurses as well as facilities for a labor ward, maternity and children’s clinic, an outpatient department, and a laboratory service.

This is a very busy centre with an extremely high number of patients. Services are available 24 hours and include testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS, general maternity, family planning services, early infant diagnosis, delivery, care, treatment and counseling for HIV positive mothers, preventing mother-to-child transmission, antenatal care and pregnancy, and comprehensive breastfeeding.

Volunteers who are medical professionals (please submit your CV) or medical students are welcome. Volunteers will treat the mothers and children who visit the centre, give vaccinations to newborns, and assist nurses in the labor room. Some volunteers may assist with administration.

Themi Hospital

Established in 1994, Themi Health Centre employs 27 nurses, four clinical officers and one assistant medical officer. It features services for pregnancy and delivery, antenatal care, maternity care, family planning information, a clinic for children, a labor ward, laboratory, and an outpatient department. We also provide testing and counseling services for TB and HIV/AIDS.


Further your medical knowledge and experience, get insight in the everyday life of a hospital with a new and different cultural/religious background, discuss with other staff about concepts and methods, and work towards the volunteer experience of a lifetime.


Interested volunteers must be enrolled in school and actively studying in the field of medicine or possess a certification of successful completion.

Volunteer Types

What`s Included

* Personal pre-arrival support and advice
* Paperwork and contract making
* Airport transportation
* Accommodation in a host family or volunteer hostel
* At least 2 meals a day
* 3 days of Swahili language training and orientation about Arusha, Moshi town and Swahili culture
* Possibility to continue Swahili language training during the whole trip
* Transportation to the placement for introduction
* 24/7 personal support and guidance from Projects Overland workers

Program Locations

Arusha, Tanzania

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Program Details

Projects Overland
  • Tanzania: Arusha
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-3 months, 2-4 weeks, 3-6 months
Depending on duration - please inquire for information!
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