Zanzibar Medical Placement

Be part of a medical program at the local referral hospital and gain valuable knowledge about healthcare services alongside local professionals.

This is an excellent opportunity for medical professionals and prospective medical/nursing students to broaden their knowledge of healthcare delivery. Depending on your qualifications, you may also be able to provide medical assistance to community members who have limited access to healthcare resources.


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Program Description

The local hospital was established around 1923. It is right next to the Zanzibar State House in the heart of historic Stone Town.  It serves as the primary referral hospital for both of Zanzibar’s islands. It consists of three hospital buildings, the main one in Mnazi Mmoja, and the other two in Mwembeladu (maternity hospital) and Kidongo Chekundu (mental hospital). It offers the majority of the services available at many referral hospitals, including, but not limited to, ENT services, OB/GYN, ICU, Pediatrics, eye care, general surgeries, and many others.

As the primary referral hospital, it also serves as a teaching hospital for the island’s health colleges and universities. In this capacity, this healthcare provider is a true resource for the communities it serves. Shortages of medical equipment and supplies contribute to a variety of health issues in Tanzania, posing a significant challenge to achieving the third goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – health and well-being. As a result, to shadow and learn more about healthcare service delivery, participants in the Hospital medical program must have some medical experience and/or background. You will be assigned a variety of tasks to help out in the hospital based on your medical skill level and experience, thereby serving those who have limited access to affordable, quality health care.

Participants in this program can help the hospital by sharing their knowledge and skills, donating extra resources/supplies, bridging the financial gap, and supporting local community members.

Some tasks/duties may include but are not limited to, observing and/or monitoring patients, treatment techniques, and providing health outreach information, among others.

Aims & Objectives

  • Support the hospital staff with medical assistance
  • Add to your practical healthcare work experience
  • Observe the medical practices of local staff at the hospital in Zanzibar
  • Broaden your perspective of international medical care and treatment


Monday to Friday

You will spend five hours or more each day assisting at the hospital, with a lunch break in between. The day could look like:

  • Breakfast
  • Assisting with health care service provision at the local center/hospital
  • Lunch
  • Assisting with health care service provision at the local center/hospital
  • Dinner

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                65

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        On Signup

Required qualification:        Medical Background

Additional Requirements

  • You must have an established medical background—studying on a pre-medical track, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, or working in a relevant field.
  • Recommendation letter from University for students
  • Letter of good conduct
  • Work Permit

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants in the program, certain measures have been put in place, particularly for specific age groups. Those who are older are required to obtain medical clearance, as this acts as a precautionary measure to ascertain their physical ability to partake in potentially strenuous activities. Similarly, participants who are under 18 years old must have a signed parental consent form, as this guarantees that their parents or guardians are aware of their involvement and approve of their participation. Due to the length and active nature of the program, it is essential for all participants to possess a decent level of fitness, since a significant portion of the activities will take place outdoors under the heat of the sun. By adhering to these requirements, the program organizers can maintain an enjoyable and safe environment for everyone involved.

Additional Equipment

  • Modest clothing – covering the knees and shoulders, is required while working
  • Medical gloves, scrubs and masks for yourself