Namibia Medical Placement (Rural Clinic)

Company : Conservation Travel Africa
Activities: Medical, Health, Medicine / Hospitality Internships
Location : Rural areas of Namibia
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)

Contribute to the medical welfare of the remote San community and live in unspoilt African wilderness. 

Assist the resident doctor and nurses to provide healthcare to the local community. Learn about their way of life, the diseases affecting them and give care to people living in extreme poverty.

Why choose this project?

Be part of the team caring for the marginalised and poverty-stricken San Bushman Community. Work in the clinic supporting the busy medical team and provide outreach services in rural villages and farms.

The marginalised San Bushman community is one of the oldest cultures in the world, who now live in extreme poverty - many trying to survive on USD$0.60 per day. Medical volunteers are always needed to support the resident Doctor and Nurses at the surgery and contribute to outreach clinics in local schools and villages. Volunteers may also get involved with training Community Health Workers to learn new first aid skills and healthcare techniques for them to impart to their communities.

You will be a key member of the team providing care to the local community and, depending on your experience and background, can expect to undertake basic clinical skills, history taking and patient examinations as well as obstetrics, family planning and counselling, all with the support of local translators.

What will I be doing?

As a medical volunteer you will work alongside the permanent doctor and nurses and learn about the common diseases affecting the local population and how to treat them. Give care to patients living in extreme poverty and make a different in this stunning remote location.

  • Receive training on basic clinical skills and examinations
  • Professional volunteers will run consultations and assist with outreach work in the remote villages around the clinic
  • Opportunities for research work for personal interest and to benefit the clinic and patients
  • Assist staff with daily duties such as primary healthcare, observations, tending to wounds and in the pharmacy
  • Help in the community with family planning and substance abuse counselling
  • Work with the nurse in the local community carrying out basic procedures
  • Help with community feeding programmes
  • An opportunity to work on your own initiative and help individuals outside of your clinical skills
  • Make a real difference to the lives of the San Bushman as you provide medical assistance to those most in need
  • A real hands-on medical volunteer programme where you can see first-hand the impact your involvement has on the the community

Start Dates

There are two start dates per month excluding mid-December to mid-January

Costs / Benefits

The cost includes:
- Programme fee - financing which goes back into the programme you are involved with; this includes funding for equipment, supplies and vehicles
- Return transfers from Windhoek to the clinic on alternate Sundays
- Accommodation at the clinic
- Three meals per day
- Full 24 hour support and training from programme and clinic staff during your stay
- All programme-related transport and equipment required to do your work


The project welcomes volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds:

- Healthcare professionals: doctors, nurses and allied health professionals e.g. pharmacists, physiotherapists, optometrists, occupational therapists and paramedics.
- Other professionals: e.g. gardeners, engineers, plumbers, architects, painters and decorators, joiners, teachers, statisticians and data analysts.
- Students: e.g. medical and nursing students, as well as those who are thinking of applying for a healthcare professional career.

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