Global Health Internship: Clinical Rotation

Final year medical students, nursing students, physician assistants or other students within the medical field have the option to participate in a global health rotation in Africa. This unique experience will allow you to be part of a dynamic healthcare team, where doctors, nurses and physician assistants rely heavily on the history and physical examination you record, as there are limited resources available for extensive testing and imaging studies in Zimbabwe.

In addition, you will be participating in the healthcare service provided to a patient population that is very different from the ones you have been exposed to in your native countries. Participating in a global health programme in Zimbabwe allows medical, nursing, and physician assistant students to see the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of infections that are endemic to Zimbabwe like malaria, tuberculosis, schistosomiasis and HIV, while practising cost conscious medicine.

BACKGROUND TO THE PROGRAMME

The global health programme is set at four different hospitals across the entire country. Students will have an experience of a private boutique hospital in the leafy Harare suburbs, two of largest public hospitals in the country as well as a mission hospital in the rural areas. It is designed to give a wholistic experience to the Zimbabwe healthcare system. What you will observe at the four hospitals will be vastly different, and will encompass surgical specialties, laboratory, pharmacy and radiology services, as well as rehabilitation and integrated medicine.

Clinical rotations available include: neurosurgery, urology, dermatology, physiotherapy, general internal medicine, neurology: stroke unit, psychiatry unit, endocrinology clinic, neurology clinic, internal medicine clinic, infectious disease clinic, HIV clinic, the school of nursing, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, and pathology, renal unit, leprosy centre, opportunistic infections unit, psychiatry, burns unit, and intensive care unit.

Some of the hospitals have a 24/7 casualty department that caters to all emergencies as well as outpatient departments, where patients are reviewed and discharged/admitted.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME
  • Work alongside healthcare professionals in a different country
  • Involvement in both public and private medical facilities
  • Experience city and rural medical healthcare
  • Learn the reality of medical healthcare in Zimbabwe and how different or similar it is to your own
  • Learn about the cultural limitations of practicing medicine in Zimbabwe
  • Boost your resume with a unique adventure off the beaten track
AS AN INTERN YOU GET To:
  • Practice taking a comprehensive or focused history based on the chief complaint
  • Complete patient physical exams
  • Generate a differential diagnosis
  • Present assessment and management plans
  • Practice cost-conscious medicine
  • Attend weekly grand rounds and interact with Zimbabwean students within the healthcare sector
  • Work at least 150 hours for the duration of the global health experience

they came, they EXPERIENCED, they loved it!

Tiritose is amazing, and as for Zimbabwe, I have no words. I have really enjoyed my time here, from going to Pari (largest public hospital), and Ecosurgica (upmarket specialty private clinic), and then our in Magunje in the rural areas, and awww! the excursions. Best internship ever.

JESSICA HIPPOLYTE

It is a good programme for experiencing real Zimbabwean life and local culture. Especially for people who enjoy educating and playing with kids, as well as someone who intend to expand their knowledge on floras and faunas

GAVIN LAU

"Harare may not be the first gap year destination on your mind, but I have been blown away during my time here. It is a beautiful country, with the best climate I've experienced yet and the friendliest people"

KATIE HEYWOOD

"Zimbabwe has given me so much more than a volunteering exercise, its broadened my horizons and taught me so much about the human spirit and … oh! along the way I’ve worked with some inspirational people with a vision to have addiction treatment delivered in this country. So I have to come back, again and again to see this vision and dream realised"

AMANDA J THOMAS

"My time with the children? Well, where can I start? Number 1, they defintiely changed my life, I saw life from their own eyes, so innocent and full of hope. I was just happy to play big brother to them all. Remembering my third grade vocabulary wasn't as easy as I thought it would be haha!"

YUSUF IYA

A DAY IN THE LIFE…

07h30

Devotions / Prayers

08h00

A chat with supervisors in the office – game plan for the day

08h30

Hospital rounds

11h00

Tea Break

11h30

Outpatient Department 

13h30

Lunch

14h30

Outreach Immunisation and Antiretroviral Therapy Clinic

16h30

Departure from work to your accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer/ Intern accommodation greatly depends on the budget. Tiritose offers from homestay (with a local family), backpackers (shared rooms or single occupancy), dormitories, shared or single apartments, house shares, and hotel stays for both individuals and groups. Please indicate the type of accommodation you prefer when applying to this programme. Some of the options available are listed below, along with accompanying photos.

DETAILS: YOU ASKED – WE ANSWERED!

Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme.

Intern- education / skills / work experience required

  • Enrolled in a medical or healthcare related programme
  • Experience within a medical or healthcare field
  • Skills: Communication, organisational, reading and writing

Very Simple !!

Just fill in the application form,

Click Here to Apply

Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!

Pre-departure support

We are available on-demand, around the clock to assist from initial enquiry to confirmation of your placement. You will receive information brochures on your exact destination (city) and project. You will be allocated a placement advisor who will be your point of contact throughout the process, and help you prepare for an adventure of a lifetime.

Orientation

Upon arrival, you will undergo a comprehensive programme aimed at preparing you for your stay in Zimbabwe and specifically the city/town as well as the volunteer or internship activities. This is a follow-up to the initial acquainting online orientation completed prior to arrival.

Orientation will cover transportation system, renting vehicles, appropriate dress in communities and for work. Cultural sensitivity, mutual respect and appropriate ways to carry yourself in public.

Similar to other countries with buzzing cities/towns, a little common sense and following the rules will ensure your safety. Orientation will include history of the specific area and guest stars from the Zimbabwe Republic Police will appear for further safety talks.

Orientation also marks Shona/Ndebele/Tonga 101 classes. You will achieve more especially working with kids if you can string a sentence in the native language.

You will also receive your placement schedule during orientation. However, we operate responsible volunteering and value your input and so the schedule may be evaluated using your feedback in order to have the biggest impact.

Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up, take you to your first night accommodation, and sort you out with refreshments! After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done according to the needs and requirements to best prepare you for your programme placement. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places at the same time, giving you a glimpse to your African adventure. From your in-country orientation we will drive you to your placement site and introduce to your supervisor. We will make sure you are settled and ready to go!

Tiritose operates a shuttle service, which you may take advantage of (at a small cost) during the week as well as on weekends for your excursions.

Work hard and play hard (that’s the motto). City sightseeing and other excursions in and around your project area – there is a loads to do, and we have it all for you to explore!

We will help you plan adventures across the continent and hook you up with great specials through our various partners inside Zimbabwe as well as the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Have a look at the tours on offer, and if you cannot find what tickles your fancy, give us a shout, and we will make it happen.

Culturally Appropriate Clothing

Medical practitioners in Zimbabwe attend work in formal dressing, males wear shirts, ties and long trousers. Female doctors are expected to wear below the knee skirts or dresses, with modest, non-revealing tops that do not show too much skin. Zimbabwe is a culturally sensitive place, and we urge interns to be mindful of this fact, and avoid such clothing that may be deemed inappropriate for the workplace. Interns need to be aware that we ask you to cover up tattoos as they may have different meanings or significance in Zimbabwe. For males we ask you not to wear earrings during your time at the schools, and for females, a simple stud will do.

DATES & RATES

We offer monthly programmes, starting on the first Monday of each month. Programme costs are calculated on a calendar month basis in American dollars. 

Should a month be too long or too short, please enquire with us, we are here for you! 

What Does The Cost Include
  • Application process
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • In-country orientation: including local area tour
  • Accommodation (shared): including laundry, WiFi, and all utilities
  • 24/7 on-ground support
The Programme Cost Excludes
  • Flights
  • In-country transportation (upon request, we provide a shuttle service)
  • Meals
  • Travel and medical Insurance
  • Visas (where applicable)
  •  Any other items of a personal nature
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO

Tiritose operates & runs ethical programmes, ensuring responsible travellers who want to enjoy a holiday, whilst contributing to the local communities, environment & wildlife conservation efforts, do so in a safe & sustainable way.

We are the most transparent organisation as a registered non-profit organisation. 70% of the volunteer fee goes directly towards programme running costs, something you will gain an appreciation of when you arrive in Zimbabwe. 25% is utilised to ensure we prepare for your induction, health & safety as well as staff salaries. Although the operations cost more money to run, we operate a lean model to ensure maximum contribution to the programme.

COULD NOT FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?

Contact Us for further information about education focussed programmes at any of the programme sites. If you have found your own internship placement or volunteering opportunity in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about☺.

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