• Organize Your Placement
    Organize Your Placement We offer hassle-free and professionally organized elective programs. Alternatively, we will provide placement assistance for independently organized elective programs through open placement in our key destinations.
  • Elective Programs for Nursing
    Elective Programs for Nursing Students from their 3rd year programs in nursing and midwifery can now apply for elective programs across a wide range of mission and public hospitals and health centres with ease.
  • Medical Field Studies
    Medical Field Studies Partnering with local medical research institutes and universtiess, students in the fields of medicine, public and international health studies can undertake their study projects.
  • Medical Electives Programs
    Medical Electives Programs Access a full complement of programs for medical electives, internships and clerkships open to pre-med, current and senior students of medicine, nursing and dentistry. Programs start at 4 weeks up to 4 months!
  • Clerkships and Family Medicine
    Clerkships and Family Medicine Looking for an extended clerkship, internship or family medicine programs for your practical year? With programs from 4 weeks to 6 months and open placement options, your search is over!
  • Medical Interns and Volunteers
    Medical Interns and Volunteers Senior medical students are invited to apply to participate in either clinical or research program placements through collaboration with mission hospitals in the region and ITROMID Kenya.

Medical Electives in Tanzania

Healthcare in Tanzania is largely provided through the public sector with an extensive network of mission hospitals that have enhanced accessibility to basic healthcare. However, compounded by inadequate funding and poverty, the country still grapples with the weight of an enormous public health burden.  

The regulatory issues around planning an elective term in Tanzania make the placement process more arduous than in the other destinations we operate with placements concentrated in regions where health care is often delivered under rudimentary conditions and living conditions are basic. Participants should expect to be extensively engaged with little time for much else than hospital work. We particularly recommend this destination for students who want an elective experience in remote Africa. 

Early placement is recommended 12 to 15 months in advance

Elective terms between 4 weeks and 3 months. Volunteer placements from 4 weeks up to 6 months.

Placement for premeds, medical and nursing students and volunteers.

  • Rural Africa
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Zanzibar
  • Ndanda
  • Fisherman by the Sea
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro:
  • Local Cultures
  • City by the Sea
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Selous Game Reserve

There are no foolproof measures that you can apply to mitigate or guarantee your personal safety, security or peace of mind but you can do something to minimize the risk exposure from situations that may arise:

  1. Orient yourself with the location of your program. Knowing your way around, the landmarks and the directions to and from places that you shall frequent gives you bearing and familiarity with your surroundings. This is particularly important for students taking electives in rural areas or areas classified as hostile or where there is poor road access and infrequent public and private transport. This will ensure that you can plan a quick exit should the need arise.
  2. Select your accommodations and living environment carefully, especially if you are travelling alone or if you plan to self-organize your elective. As a general rule, cheap rarely equates to secure. This doesn’t mean that you cannot find inexpensive accommodations that aren’t secure. If you intend to reside in a hostel, make extensive enquiries into its location. A hostel in a mid-range residential area is best since it will be fairly inexpensive and relatively secure. A hostel in a low-range residential area will indicate that it is more likely to be seedy and that you are exposed to high risk. An up-market range residential area indicates that it is likely to be very secure but also pricier. You may also have to make other considerations like the proximity to your program location. If properly managed and with mutual respect between the host and visitor, homestays are a fairly suitable option for individual students traveling alone especially because of the cost benefit. In Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kampala and the other smaller cities in East Africa, you can expect to pay between USD. 25 to USD.37 for decent, for full secure accommodations and services (laundry included).
  3. Avoid traveling at night, especially if you are traveling alone. If your program is located in a city, the risk of car accidents, muggings, car-jacking and all attendant risks that can be associated with movements at night increases dramatically. If you opt to travel at night, for instance to go out to a nightclub, move around with a friend or someone you can trust. Notify someone of your movements and ensure that you use a private car, taxi or hired vehicle. This way you are more secure. Take down the number of the cab driver who drops you off to a night club and ask them to collect you later, perhaps even at a specified time if you are sure of exactly when you’d like to leave the club.
  4. Avoid alleys, and overcrowded areas. Even in Africa, these places tend to be an easy ticket to become a victim of crime. Muggings and other crimes can easily take place here. If you must go to an overcrowded area, such as a bus park, open-air markets or public transport station, then spend as minimal time there as possible. Do not get distracted by the vendors and avoid carrying anything on your person that may draw unwanted attention to you such as cameras, expensive watches or jewellery. Carrying a money bag into a crowded area draws instant unwanted attention to you and you will be marked as a potential target as soon as you draw money out of it. Many “friendly” people you might encounter in the markets have opportunistic motives and offering up information that can be used to solicit reactions or interest from you is a big mistake. Anything that a stranger in a crowded place doesn’t need to know about you should not be disclosed. You are likely to expose yourself to “confidence men” (con men) by disclosing such information.
  5. In many tourist markets, there are individuals who do not have their own stalls or operate legitimate business in the market. They are commonly referred to as brokers and their primary objective is to draw your patronage to legitimate business owners who operate in the market for “commissions”. Simply, if you make a purchase from their benefactors, you end up paying a lot more for less. In these markets, the brokers are actually more than the legitimate business owners. If you must go to these markets, you’d be advised to simply go and view items that you would like to purchase with someone who can then return to the market later and purchase them on your behalf.
  6. Exercise caution and good sense. Make a list of emergency contacts and develop an emergency plan to counter any life-threatening risks that may arise during your in-country stay. This may involve orienting yourself with the local hospital(s) recommended by your insurer for admission procedures in the event that you require hospitalization. It may also necessitate taking out some sort of emergency rescue package so that in the event of an accident or medical emergency, you can quickly be evacuated to hospital. Your list of emergency contacts should also include the contact details of your home country foreign mission (embassy/consulate), the contact details of your travel agent’s local representative or local office of the international airline that you are using. Other emergency contacts may include the contact of your exchange coordinator (if you are on an organized program), your hosts (in case you have organized a homestay), the program coordinator (for instance the medical superintendent of the hospital where you are placed if you are a medical elective student), the contacts of the nearest police station and fire brigade. Make a “life-saver” card which you carry with you at all times notifying anyone who may be with you or find you in case of a medical emergency; of what to do so that you may receive urgent medical care. Make a copy of your passport’s essential details (personal details section and visa) in the event of loss of your passport. You can maintain this on your SEA profile so that it can quickly be printed in case of such an emergency. Ask your program organizer if they offer custodial services this way you minimize the risk of losing your passport. If you have any medical conditions or allergies, ensure that this information is indicated on your “life-saver” card and ensure that the medication and allergies are noted. Drink plenty of fluids and ensure that you have taken all your inoculations and anti-malarial prophylaxis. Remember that the best protection against malaria is to always sleep under a treated bed-net. If you are open to having sexual encounters, ensure that you have the sense enough to protect yourself. Acquaint yourself with cultural sensitivities and styles of communication and understand that these may often raise disagreements and misunderstandings.
  7. If you don’t need it don’t carry it. This rule applies to money, important documents such as your passport, cameras, expensive jewellery or anything which you may value but have no immediate use for at the time. Sometimes, just the hassle and inconvenience of losing something important can put you at risk. For instance, the loss of a passport and lack of proof of identity or nationality can become a big problem if you land into legal problems. Find a secure place to store all important documents and valuables.

1. Medical & Nursing Student Electives, Global Health Volunteers | Tanzania

For Medical & Nursing Students

medics3Our electives program in Tanzania is open to medical and nursing students keen on a global health elective program in a variety of specialties. Students keen on this program must be in their third year of study or higher. The placements require a minimum of 4 weeks and can be extended to as long as 12 weeks. For senior students and medical interns interested in taking their practical year (PJ) in Tanzania, the programs start at a minimum of 8 weeks and extend to as long as 24 weeks, for senior students and interns. Our senior student placements are organized at Muhimbili Hospital in  Dar es Salaam; and at Kilimanjaro Medical Centre in Arusha.

Global Health Volunteers Program

This program is open to premed students, medical professionals and students pursuing a career in a medical field that places them to work in medical departments within a hospital, including medical laboratory technicians, clinicians, pharmacists and even public health administrators. The program is managed on open placement and will allow participants to gain insight into global health in the context of their respective key interests as well as broaden their skills in public health management. 

General Information for all Applicants

Our elective programs are concentrated around the Lake Victoria/ Mwanza/ Kigoma regions as well as Kilimanjaro/Arusha region and Southern regions in the country. On open placement, we have a choice of 40 DDH and mission hospital placements spread across all regions of the country including the regions around Usambara and Muheza, Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Sumbawanga, Mbeya, Tukuyu and Iringa.  You may view only some of the featured placements under the tab to the right titled "Featured Hospitals".

Typically, the working environments for our placements are in rural settings where participants can achieve the most by working very closely with the hospital teams and patients. The work environments are fairly well-supervised but because of being under-resourced, the level of supervision may not compare to what students are used to in their countries of study and they may also find the placements here very demanding on their time and engagement; with hands-on-participation expected from them.

Tanzania is a superb travel destination. To get the most out of both your elective program and the travel experience, we strongly recommend that you schedule your travel plans at either the beginning or the end of your elective term. For students who want to take their electives at two separate locations, you may also schedule travel in between the split of the two placements. We offer up to 8 budget-travel itineraries in Tanzania with special discounts for students on our programs and organized groups.

Please note that Tanzania has complex immigration formalities for students taking their electives for durations exceeding 3 months. In effect, placements take longer durations of time to confirm as students may have to apply for a Class C entry permit before they are eligible to take up any placements.

St.Benedict's Referral Hospital | Southern Region | Tanzania

St.Benedict's Referral Hospital | Southern Region | Tanzania St.Benedict's Referral Hospital | Southern Region | Tanzania
St. Benedict's Hospital, Ndanda was established in 1908 by German missionaries. The 300-bed hospital is located 500 kilometres south of Dar es Salaam in the Mtwara region of Tanzania's south near the...
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Bunda Mission Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania

Bunda Mission Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania Bunda Mission Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania
Status: DDH (District Designated Hospital) Location: Bunda, Between Mwanza and Musoma near Lake Victoria. Crossing from Kenya via Isebania. Catchment: 350,000 – 380,000 Approximately Bed Capacity:...
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Bugando Referral Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania

Bugando Referral Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania Bugando Referral Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania
Bugando Medical Centre was built by the Catholic Church of Uganda in 1968. Between 1972 and 1984, the hospital was administered as a national hospital before its administration reverted to the Catholic...
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Kabanga Mission Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania

Kabanga Mission Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania Kabanga Mission Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania
Kabanga Hospital is a mission-supported hospital located in Kigoma, western Tanzania sitting at the shores of Lake Tanganyika near the Burundi and DR Congo borders. Kabanga is located approximately...
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Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre | Arusha/Moshi/Kilimanjaro Region | Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre | Arusha/Moshi/Kilimanjaro Region | Tanzania Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre | Arusha/Moshi/Kilimanjaro Region | Tanzania
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center is a hospital run and administered by the Good Samaritan Foundation. This 450-bed capacity hospital sits at the foothills of the Kilimanjaro a short thirty-minute...
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Karatu Hospital | Arusha/Moshi/Kilimanjaro Region | Tanzania

Karatu Hospital | Arusha/Moshi/Kilimanjaro Region | Tanzania Karatu Hospital | Arusha/Moshi/Kilimanjaro Region | Tanzania
Status: Mission Hospital Location: Northern part of Tanzania, 160Km from Ngorongoro crater. Catchment: 300,000 Approximately Bed Capacity: 98 with <76% occupancy daily Staff: 75 approximately;...
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Muheza District Hospital | Usambara/Muheza | Tanzania

Muheza District Hospital | Usambara/Muheza | Tanzania Muheza District Hospital | Usambara/Muheza | Tanzania
The hospital is a mission of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, under the Diocese of Tanga. It is the designated district hospital for Muheza district administered in co-operation with the District Medical...
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Ndolage Mission Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania

Ndolage Mission Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania Ndolage Mission Hospital | Lake Victoria/Northwest Region | Tanzania
Status: DDH (District Designated Hospital) Location: The hospital is located in Kamachumu about 56 kilometers south of Bukoba Town in Kagera Region near Lake Victoria in Muleba District. Catchment:...
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Program specialties for our elective programs in Tanzania include:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Community Public Health
  • Nursing & Community Social Work
  • Emergency Medicine (Accident and Emergency)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • General Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health
  • Ophthalmology

On Application:

  • Proposed dates for your elective.
  • Recommendation/ Good-standing letter from the Dean of your medical school.
  • Statement of objectives and/or approved study plan for your elective term from your medical school.
  • Complete the online application form(s). You will then receive confirmation of your program acceptance, service fee note and deposit payment instructions.
  • For Travel:

  • Your passport, entry visa and CTA or Class C work permit. Visa fee is usually $50 (and $100 for nationals of USA). 
  • Travel insurance. You should scan and send a copy of your travel insurance document(s) to your assigned student liaison who will be on hand to meet you on your arrival.
  • Students taking the open placement option should ensure that they make arrangements to secure the necessary authorizations to have their elective terms cleared.
2013/14 DESTINATIONS

Kilimanjaro/ Moshi/Arusha

Lake Victoria/ Mwanza Region Southern Regions/ Dar/ Dodoma
4 Weeks $2,275.00 $2,175.00 $2,425.00
6 Weeks $2,525.00 $2,375.00 $2,675.00
Cost per additional week $150.00 $125.00 $175.00
Weekly Stipend (Proposed) $75.00 $75.00 $50.00

* Group discounts are awarded to students traveling in a group. The discount ranges from 5% to 15% depending on location, participant number(s) and program duration(s).

  • 7 Days | Arusha - Kilimanjaro - Moshi | Tanzania
  • 4 Days | Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam | Tanzania
  • 3 Days | Arusha - Ngorongoro Safari | Tanzania
  • 3 Days | Arusha - Ngorongoro - Lake Manyara | Tanzania
  • 4 Days | Arusha - Lake Manyara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Arusha | Tanzania
  • 5 Days | Arusha - Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro - Serengeti - Arusha | Tanzania
  • 4 Days | Arusha - Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro - Tarangire - Arusha | Tanzania
  • 5 Days | Arusha - Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro - Tarangire - Arusha | Tanzania

2. Open Placement | Medical and Nursing Electives | Tanzania

nurseYou may want to self-organize your elective term but find that with the constraints of time and other limitations, the placement process is entirely too much of a hassle.

Our open placement solution is for you. It gives students the opportunity to secure placement from a choice of close to 40 hospitals on our database and  independently plan their own program directly. Under open placement, students have a wider choice of hospitals or organizations that they can work with. 

Our open placement is offered to both junior and senior medical students, medical professionals seeking internship opportunities and nursing students seeking global health placements for non-research electives in international and public health. Although we currently do not offer open or programmed research elective placements in Tanzania, students who are looking for advice on research placements may This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance with formalities.

Program specialties for our elective programs in Tanzania include:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Community Public Health
  • Nursing & Community Social Work
  • Emergency Medicine (Accident and Emergency)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • General Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health
  • Ophthalmology

On Application:

  • Proposed dates for your elective.
  • Recommendation/ Good-standing letter from the Dean of your medical school.
  • Statement of objectives and/or approved study plan for your elective term from your medical school.
  • Complete the online application form(s). You will then receive confirmation of your program acceptance, service fee note and deposit payment instructions.
  • For Travel:

    • Your passport, entry visa and CTA or Class C work permit. Visa fee is usually $50 (and $100 for nationals of USA). 
    • Travel insurance. You should scan and send a copy of your travel insurance document(s) to your assigned student liaison who will be on hand to meet you on your arrival.
    • Students taking the open placement option should ensure that they make arrangements to secure the necessary authorizations to have their elective terms cleared.
  • 7 Days | Arusha - Kilimanjaro - Moshi | Tanzania
  • 4 Days | Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam | Tanzania
  • 3 Days | Arusha - Ngorongoro Safari | Tanzania
  • 3 Days | Arusha - Ngorongoro - Lake Manyara | Tanzania
  • 4 Days | Arusha - Lake Manyara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Arusha | Tanzania
  • 5 Days | Arusha - Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro - Serengeti - Arusha | Tanzania
  • 4 Days | Arusha - Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro - Tarangire - Arusha | Tanzania
  • 5 Days | Arusha - Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro - Tarangire - Arusha | Tanzania

FAQ's: Electives in Tanzania

Choosing an Elective Hospital

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Program Inclusions and Exclusions

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General Travel Advisory

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Your Safety and Security

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Self-Organized Placements

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Budgetting for Your Elective Term

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Accommodation Arrangements

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Open- Placement: Mission Hospital Electives

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General Terms and Conditions

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