Volunteer in a Hospital in Kenya

Company : Volunteer.Travel
Activities: Hospitality Internships / Career Break / Community Volunteer Projects / Summer Volunteer Programs / Medical, Health, Medicine
Country: Kenya
Location : Kenya
Duration: 2 weeks to 2 months
Approx Costs: 500 to 2000 £ Pound (UK)

Further your medical experience by working alongside doctors, nurses, and lab staff as they provide 24-hour care to the Kenyan community in this beautiful region of Africa.

Kenya is a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Magnificent wildlife roam across vast Rift Valley plains, white sand beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practise traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a destination of unparalleled appeal and fascination.

Travel to this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture in which you will be made to feel incredibly welcome. The people are positively inspiring and the landscape, national parks, beaches and surrounding islands are stunningly beautiful.

Once you’ve learnt to do things the Kenyan way you’ll never want to leave this unique travel destination.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be working in a vibrant and exciting local clinic with friendly doctors, nurses, laboratory and other staff. Your exact duties will depend on your previous experience, qualifications and medical background, and also whether you express any specific interests in being involved in any particular aspects of the work. It is important to remain open-minded and flexible, and also willing to be proactive in the search for work duties. With the right attitude and approach to the project, you are sure to enjoy a fantastic experience and take away unique memories.

The centre is well equipped with a number of departments such as paediatrics, maternity, HIV and AIDS and a Comprehensive Care Centre. It deals with many types of medical procedures and conditions both routine and emergency, so for those of you with more experience you could find yourself helping with circumcisions, caesareans, biopsies or vasectomies. Alternatively you could be helping out-patients, assisting in the delivery of a baby or working in pharmacy or lab. So you should be comfortable with the sight of blood and be prepared to deal calmly with distressing situations.

The placement will enable you to observe, in detail, medical practices and give you the opportunity to take part in the day-to-day running of a Kenyan clinic. Those with determination, enthusiasm and aptitude may be able to assist the doctors, nurses and lab staff in their duties and gain hands-on experience of administering care to the Kenyan people.

Depending on your interests and experience, you could get involved with many different aspects of medicine such as urology, obstetrics and gynaecology, gastrology, paediatrics, eye testing, anti-natal clinics and even in the pharmacy. You may also be able to help implement national health screening/immunisation programmes, support family planning objectives and provide health education to the local community by taking part in the monthly medical camp or medical outreach outreach work in the community itself. You could be dealing with anything from common complaints like headaches and toothaches to more serious ailments such as malaria and typhoid. You may have the opportunity to assist the doctors in taking vital measurements such as blood pressure and temperature as well as helping to dispense medication and assisting with nursing duties.

The most common complaints of patients are tropical diseases, however many patients have the secondary complication of HIV/AIDS which has a prevalence rate of up to 20% within the area. It is important that volunteers on this programme are caring and very flexible as the hospital needs are variable however those who are prepared to embrace this challenge will learn a great deal about the delivery of medical services to the local communities in Mombasa, whilst also enjoying a rewarding and enriching experience.

Start Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

Costs / Benefits

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment

In-country

2 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

Booking / Enquiry

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