ZAMBIA: Hands on, Professional Medical Work Experience Internship in Livingstone

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Hospitality Internships / Community Volunteer Projects / Medical, Health, Medicine
Country: Zambia
Location : Livingstone
Duration: 2 weeks to 6 months
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Gain valuable work experience in a rural clinic and its attached orphanage on this placement. At the same time, have an exciting travel experience in Africa!

LOCATION:

Our Work Experience placements are based in Livingstone town, a quaint but lively area very close to the magnificent Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River.
Livingstone is a fun town where tourists come for adventure, sports and an adrenalin kick. Because of the Falls and the Zambezi, water sports are everywhere! The spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge is only about 10km away from Livingstone, and the area surrounding the Falls and Livingstone town have given it the name of ‘adrenaline capital of the world’.

Local attractions also include Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, located adjacent to Victoria Falls, and Livingstone Game Park. Livingstone Museum has displays of historical African artefacts and memorabilia related to Scottish missionary David Livingstone and his exploration of the region in the 1850s. Our medical placement is located about 30km outside of Livingstone town centre, but you'll live in the middle of Livingstone.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Zambia and 'real' Africa.
► You'll learn a lot from experts in your field about how they work in a cultural environment that's different to what you're used to.
► New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
► An entry on your CV or Résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
► And best of all ... AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE!

PLACEMENT OVERVIEW:

The clinic is based on some farmland out in the bush in a fairly remote area which is currently run by American Missionaries. They have managed to convert one of the out buildings into a medical centre enabling them to do some tremendous work in helping the local communities. Although the clinic is fairly small, the work they do is extremely beneficial to the local villagers. The clinic consists of 2 exam rooms, 1 private room for serious cases and two small wards with 3-4 beds in each, one for men and one for women.

They are also trying to obtain some ultrasound equipment to enable them to monitor pregnancies more efficiently. The Clinic provides treatment in their HIV referral clinic which is open every Thursday. An additional part of the community service they provide is a truck which goes round to all the local villages to collect patients for treatment. Many of their cases generally involve pregnancies, snake bites and testing for Malaria or HIV. Currently the HIV centre has 5-6 patients.

You will be assigned to a doctor or nurse and they will show you around and generally demonstrate the type of work they do. Most of your work will involve helping and assisting the local doctors and nurses with their daily rounds, making medical notes and updating records. You may also be asked to help with computer entries, and help clean equipment and various areas within the clinic.

A TYPICAL DAY BY A TRAVELLERS VOLUNTEER:

I would get picked up from the backpackers at around 8am and usually arrive at the clinic before 9am. I would be assigned to a member of staff to work with throughout the day. The duties would vary depending on who I worked with, but no matter who it was, I received the full benefit of their tasks and job.

You get to experience everything and anything possible. You can also ask what you would like to do and see, and they put you in that environment. I usually get picked up again around 4pm to go back home. The day goes pretty quickly and there is always something going on in the clinic.

ACCOMMODATION:

You'll live in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the center of Livingstone. The hostel has a very large private garden shaded with huge mango trees, and it also has a crystal clear swimming pool. There is a lively, sociable bar area where many activities are arranged. Livingstone has a Colonial feel to it and you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Your accommodation is ideally situated and can offer excellent trips to places such as Lusaka.

WHAT TO DO NEXT:

If you’d like more information about this or any of our projects, please email or call us! If you’d like to apply for this project, please go to our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.
 

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £1,095 for two weeks. You can participate for up to 6 months or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

Qualifications depend on which placement you choose. Some don't require any qualifications or experience and some others would prefer some experience. Please speak to us so that we can help you choose the placement that is right for you and will give you the most beneficial experience. All placements do require you to have initiative, adaptability and patience (and a good sense of humor helps!)

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