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Volunteer Overseas

Midwifery Elective Placements in Tanzania

  • Placement locations: Moshi and Arusha
  • Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous midwifery training
  • Requirements: You must be currently studying at university for a degree in Midwifery. If you are not an elective student please go to our standard Midwifery project in Tanzania page
  • Type of placement: Hospitals
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Qualified supervisor, food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

If you take your Midwifery Elective in Tanzania you will not just learn a lot from your time there, but you will also be helping poor and disadvantaged women and their babies who will benefit from your support. Maternity units will not have the level of equipment or resources that you are used to. You will learn a lot about birth in a developing country and learn how resourceful midwives have to be working with limited facilities.

Volunteer with newborn triplets in Tanzania

Projects Abroad have many years experience co-ordinating Elective Students in Tanzania. We have in-country staff who will help liaise with you and your university and make sure you are placed in a medical facility that will best fulfil the requirements of your chosen Elective.

At your placement you will be allocated a qualified member of staff as your supervisor. They will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss specific cases with you. They are keen for you have a productive time with them and you will learn a lot about the midwifery profession in Tanzania.

Options for Elective Students

You will be placed in maternity units in either Moshi or Arusha. The largest unit deals with up to 90 births a day. 

Overall, your role will involve providing emotional support to women in labour, show them to their beds, and be an extra pair of hands for the midwives. According to hospital regulations in Arusha and Moshi, only volunteers studying midwifery or medicine will be permitted to observe cesarean sections and births. If you have no previous medical experience, or you are still a pre-med student, you will not be allowed to partake in observing cesarean sections and births.

The more pro-active you are in your placement, the more you may be given to do. Maternity practice in Tanzania will be different from what you are used to. You may find some births quite shocking and you should try not to become emotionally attached to the patients, but be on hand to support the women and the midwives.

You will live with one of our local host families who will welcome you as part of their family. You can spend your free time with our active Projects Abroad community, exploring the area.

Please be aware that most universities have deadlines by which time your Elective application paperwork must be completed. If your university needs information on the hospital or clinic in which you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we strongly advise completing our application form at least one month before this deadline. We can only provide this detailed information once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

If you have any questions please call us on 01273 007230.

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