Zanzibar Nursing Internship

Pursue and Boost your nursing career through grabbing our well – packed and designed internship program for you in a reputable Local Hospital in the beautiful town of Stone town, Tanzania.

Land an internship set in a foreign environment and build a network of medical professionals across the globe that will surely make a significant impact in your start – up nursing career while enjoying and exploring a rich culture and scenic views of one of the most visited attractions in Tanzania, the sleeping giant town of Stonetown.


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Program Description

Pursuing Nursing as a career path is a difficult journey. As members of the front lines of healthcare, nurses, particularly student nurses, must master and refine their craft. One way to do so is to enroll in Nursing Internship Programs, such as the ones we provide.

Our Nursing internship program gives you the opportunity to gain an advantage in your first job as an aspiring student nurse or recent graduate. This internship will give you hands-on professional learning experiences with real patients while being guided by knowledgeable clinicians and medical professionals.  Furthermore, you will be exposed to a variety of medical fields, which will undoubtedly help you develop your skill set. Similarly, as a nurse intern, you will be able to build a career and discover your passions as a healthcare worker. Our program will undoubtedly help you build your confidence, as well as personal and professional networks with your colleagues and team members.

This internship program will also provide you with numerous benefits, including being immersed and exposed to a diverse work environment where you will meet hospital staff and local patients, receiving guidance from experienced industry professionals, and the opportunity to apply and test your classroom knowledge. In the long run, you will be able to form strong bonds with other nurse interns, make friends, and most importantly, you will be able to build and create a network with medical professionals, all of which will benefit your future career greatly.

In addition, as part of this program, you will be placed in a reputable Local Hospital where you will gain extensive knowledge of the Tanzanian medical system and clinical methods. Around 1923, the local hospital was established. It is right next to the Zanzibar State House in the heart of historic Stone Town. It is the primary referral hospital for both islands of Zanzibar. 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. You will also be assigned to wards, clinics, and theaters in various departments of the hospital by the postgraduate institute. However, if you wish to change departments, you must notify us and complete the current week in the new department. 

Though looking for and planning an internship requires extensive planning ahead of time, this program is ideal for you because we provide the best learning experiences and packages that will undoubtedly make your internship memorable and meaningful.

So put on your scrubs and come to the sleeping giant town of Stone Town, Tanzania. We guarantee that the experience you gain by participating in the program will be worthwhile because we include a full package of Tanzanian culture, hospitality, and generosity with the program. 

Your Roles – General Information

First and foremost, when applying for our nursing internship program, you must consider and demonstrate that you are:

  • Physically, mentally, and academically prepared to take on the internship job.
  • Must be a graduate or actively working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
  • Completion of Introductory Nursing Courses.
  • Basic understanding of healthcare principles.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have a level of efficiency, accuracy, and responsibility.
  • Can work under pressure and is a team player.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing.
  • Strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • You will also need to submit your qualifications (Medical study transcripts) and CV/Resume and a copy of your passport by email to the local team at least two weeks before beginning the program. Your documents will be sent to the hospital for review.
  • Be between the ages of 20 and 50 without immobility.

Meanwhile, as an intern, you must actively and proficiently fulfill your duties and responsibilities as follows:

  • Observe and provide support when needed to nurses with their daily duties;
  • Assist and help in administering medications to patients.
  • Shadowing, observing, and assisting at the hospital’s daily operations.
  • Assists Patients/residents with their health concerns with the close monitoring of the doctor / nurses in charge.
  • Take vital signs of patients.
  • Recording medical histories of all patients
  • Assist in reporting unusual findings to nurses who are on duty.
  • May assist in the bathing and dressing of patients;
  • May help feed patients who cannot feed themselves.
  • Observe Local Doctors/nurses on duty for operations and other medical procedures.
  • Participate in basic triage, wound care, blood pressure measurement, and medication preparation.
  • Join healthcare campaigns (if there are any) for children at local schools or communities to increase their health awareness. 
  • Partake in the day – to – day activities of the hospital.

Note: Hands on experience will be decided by the specialist in charge.

On the other hand, this is a great reminder for you that you are exploring Stone Town from the comfort of your own home, so making a difference in the lives of the community is greatly appreciated.

However, in order to make your journey meaningful, safe, and enjoyable, you must adhere to and follow all of the stated rules and regulations. Keep in mind that there are several factors to consider when enrolling in the program, and failure to comply may result in your termination from the program. Again, this is for your safety while staying with us and is implemented and advised.

Notably, you are expected to adhere to the following:

Pre – Arrival Considerations:

  • Physically and mentally fit to carry out daily tasks and run the local hospital.
  • It is recommended that you purchase travel and medical insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Bring your Medicines with you, especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis.
  • You should also dress modestly in order to respect the local culture, so your packing list should include a variety of layers such as T-shirts, long skirts and shorts, long sleeve tops, warm sweaters, trousers, waterproof jackets, and other clothing.
  • Comfortable working clothes.
  •  An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun.
  • Have completed the following vaccines: typhoid, tetanus, Rabies, Malaria, Hepatitis A, and Diphtheria.

Inside the Accommodation Center:

  • Adhere to and follow the rules and regulations established by the accommodation center, such as no drinking alcohol or smoking cannabis inside the center. Thus, under the influence of alcohol during program schedules is strictly Prohibited.
  • Be accountable for your personal belongings, space, and eating utensils.
  • Respect other participants, particularly at night. time.
  • Observe cleanliness inside the accommodation center.
  • Keep quiet and adhere to curfew times.

On the other hand, the success of this internship is dependent on your strong collaboration, support, and commitment as an intern as well as the hosting organization (Local Hospital). Thus, both should have due care and diligence in the performance of their duties, as follows:

The Intern

  • Attend Pre – and Post activities.
  • Report to the Direct Supervisor during the Internship Program or as scheduled.
  • Perform the duties and tasks given.
  • Prepare any documentation that may be required in your nursing course or by the hospital.
  • Be on time and always come to the hospital prepared.
  • Smile and have lots of patience as you are working with patients with different medical needs and conditions.
  • Always be kind and calm in different situations.
  • Be attentive with the caretakingdiagnosing, and treating of patients.
  • Be careful when using the hospital and medical equipment.
  • Please show your love to the patients as if you are their sisters, brothers, parents, and the one to lean on.
  • There may be a change of time and schedule, so please be patient and respect the advice of your local program coordinator.
  • Be respectful to the local staff, fellow participants, patients, and hospital staff at all times.
  • Adhere to the rules and regulations of the hospital you’re working with.
  • Beware of the medical protocols, procedures, and guidelines of the hospital.
  • Work closely with your local program coordinator and hospital staff.
  • Wear proper uniform.

The Placement (Hospital)

  • Guaranteed internship placement with an assigned project and a professional work environment
  • Provides supervision and guidance from a medical professional over the interns during the Internship Program.
  • Participate in the Joint Working Group by providing medical expertise, assistance, and mentorship.
  • Provides input and evaluation in the pre – internship and post – internship programs.
  • Inform the interns alongside the local program coordinators on capacities, completion performances, and issues and concerns.
  • Provide a physical workplace for the intern.

Note: Stated rules and regulations will be discussed further by the local staff or the Country Manager a day after your arrival.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

  • Provides you with practical work experience in the medical and nursing fields.
  • Gain insight into the Tanzanian healthcare system.
  • Observe the medical practices of local staff at the hospital in Stone Town, Tanzania.
  • Broaden your perspective on international medical and nursing care and treatment.



  • Breakfast
  • Orientation and Introduction at the Local hospital                        
  • Lunch
  • Start the Internship at the Local Hospital.
  • Dinner

Tuesday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Internship at the Local Hospital.
  • Lunch
  • Internship at the Local 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:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

Though you have submitted an e – copy of your CV / Resume and other pertinent documents, please make sure to bring a hard copy to be submitted to the local team upon arrival. . A Recommendation letter from University if you are for students, Letter of good conduct and Work Permit is required.

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

There is no further equipment required in these programs, however, you are highly advised to bring a medical or  nursing kit of your preference. Modest clothing – covering the knees and shoulders is required while working, as are medical gloves, scrubs, and masks for yourself.