A nursing internship in Tanzania? That is an unforgettable experience!
Exchange of knowledge is the key. You will learn from the local healthcare professional, they will learn what is going on in your country. It will create a wonderful experience abroad for you. It's nice to contribute to another world. It's also nice to experience another view on healthcare. I am sure that you will become another person and a better nurse if you have done an internship in Tanzania.
I have contacts with two government hospitals. There is a lack of many things and not all treatment is possible because equipment or medication is not available. Still there is a lot to learn for students in nursing. To give some examples:
What is healthcare if there really is no money? What is possible en how creative do you have to be? Which illnesses are common and why? What about prevention? What is better in Tanzania compared to your country?
For your internship you can choose between two hospitals. One is in Tengeru, which is a smaller hospital. Complicated cases are referred to the big hospital in the city, where you can also do your internship. It is up to you what is interesting for you. For a third year student, I would choose the hospital in Arusha. Cases are more complex so you can experience more. As a second year student the smaller hospital is fine too.
Both hospitals are government hospital. It means not all might be available, the power will fail sometimes or here may be no water. Exactly that makes it possible for you to experience what it means if there is no money for healthcare. Poor people come to these hospitals, which both serve a large region for healthcare. Many of these people are not insured and that can create issues. Sometimes treatment cannot be performed, sometimes medication cannot be purchased and so on.
The ward where you want to work is to your own choice with the agreement of the hospital staff. You will do an introduction in the big hospital first and then you can make a choice where to do your internship. It is also possible to plan two consecutive wards. People are flexible in the hospital. It would even be possible to combine both hospitals, for example 4 in the small one and the rest in the big hospital so that you can compare. In the small hospital it is possible to work in maternity ward, which is not possible in the large hospital.
Illnesses are different from where you come from. Relatively many cases of wounds by fire occur (because of cooking on open fire, many children too), there are many cases of brain injury because of traffic accidents mainly by motorcycle (no helmet), there are excesses from diabetes and high blood pressure, complications at birth (many children are born so you get to see more complicated cases) and with neonates, then there is a larger number of patients with HIV/Aids and related infections. Also malaria occurs.
Your stay is in Sabore House. That was setup for that goal exactly. The house is spacious and has a beautiful garden. The hospital in Tengeru is 40 minutes away by public transport, the hospital in the city is at a half an hour walk or 20 minutes if you use public transport.
The University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam has experience through me. The hospital is used to students, there is a lot of experience with foreign students. A contract will be signed by the hospital.
You can experience an educational and special time. Exchange of knowledge between you and the local staff is possible.
On the moment you would like to come, a number of students have already preceded you.
It is best to discuss on your University what to do about the subjects that will be missed when you are abroad.
Contact the International Office at your University for further information.
There are 8 beds in the house. In the hospital there is more capacity. You will see more international students there.
For the largest period of time, I am in Tanzania. I live in a separate building at the back of the house. I am available for questions or finding your way in the country. Tanzania is a stable and safe country.
People speak Kiswahili here but most of the time staffmembers can speak English. There are colleagues that speak English very well, who are willing to help you. Patients don't speak English many times but sometimes they know a couple of words. It makes you more aware of non-verbal communication. With a couple of words and your hand an feet you will see you will get there.
Do you have any questions? Please contact me by email or WhatsApp.