Maternal and Child Health Programme Internship

Are you a healthcare professional who wants to help improve the lives of mothers and their children? This programme is designed to train healthcare professionals at birthing centers and hospitals around Zimbabwe. You’ll be part of the support team providing support and guidance that will ensure on-site staff can competently provide mothers with counselling services. Patients at the health centres receive HIV testing services and are administered with non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor drugs that are used to reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission at birth and during early childhood. Recently, programme staff were successful in implementing the World Health Organisation’s Option B+ strategy for HIV positive women which comes close to completely preventing mother-to-child transmission. Meanwhile, our partner hospital Chidamoyo became the first referral health centre to record a 100% success rate with regards to newborns entering the world HIV-free.

PROGRAMME BACKGROUND

The programme is offered at two sites. One is a rural, full-service hospital serving the poor population in north-western Zimbabwe. Its inpatient and outpatient departments serve over 70,000 people every year. The hospital was recognised as the first in Zimbabwe to record that, of all children born there in a calendar year, none were HIV positive. Medical education programmes take place at the hospital, including research conducted by universities. It also provides educational scholarships that result in the graduation of approximately 3,500 students, whilst offering support to over 50 child-led households, those in which the primary caregiver of other children is also a child. Clinical rotations available at this hospital include: General Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Pathology.

The second site is a mobile service that is active throughout Zimbabwe’s provinces. The service provides support services to healthcare professionals working locally at our partner sites to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission.

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS
  • Work alongside healthcare professionals in Zimbabwe and support their life-changing efforts.
  • Offer support to healthcare professionals and patients to face the challenges associated with being under-funded and lacking adequate resources on a daily basis.
  • Contribute to a genuinely impactful programme that creates measurable results
  • Give to others by assisting at healthcare centres, and also benefit by enjoying the beautiful sights as you travel around Zimbabwe.
  • Make friends for life among the locals.
  • Experience working in both urban and rural medical facilities

GALLERY

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…

The programme is immersive and takes place within local communities across Zimbabwe. It’s important to learn to live like a local while you’re here. At the rural hospital, you can expect to wake up real early. After all, the early bird catches the worm, right?

If you choose to work with the mobile support services team, the days can be long, and you’ll be eating “on the go” as you move from district to district. However, the experience is unique and authentic, and you’ll gain an appreciation for the team’s commitment while also absorbing the natural beauty and culture of Zimbabwe.

0730

Devotions / Prayers

08h00

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

08h30

Hospital rounds

11h00

Tea Break

11h30

Outpatient Department 

14h30

Outreach Immunisation and Antiretroviral Therapy Clinic

13h30

Lunch

16h30

Departure from work to your accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

If you choose the rural hospital placement, you will reside at a very comfortable, two-story, grass-thatched house. We’ll provide you with three meals a day including snacks.

If you opt for an adventure with the mobile support service team, you can choose between a shared apartment or house, homestay with a local family, backpackers’ accommodation or a local hotel. All of the options are comfortable and are located in safe residential areas either in city centers or a few kilometers from the nearest town.

To keep costs low, it’s advisable to share rooms. Houses, apartments and hostels are equipped with satellite TV and internet. A laundry and cleaning service is also provided.

We do our best to make sure that our interns feel welcome and enjoy some of the comforts of home.

Smoking is only allowed in the designated areas away from the house, apartment, or hostel.

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.  Our application is split into two categories:

Volunteer – education / skills / work experience required

  • Degree/ Masters/ PHD in public health care
  • Confident with healthcare practices and health care settings
  • Degree/ Masters/ PHD in physical therapy
  • Confident with physical therapy practices
  • Must have work experience in physical therapy

Intern – education / skills / work experience required

  • Student enrolled in a physical therapy or public health programme
  • Confident in physical therapy practices
  • Confident in public health matters
  • Experience would be beneficial

Very Simple !!

Just fill in the application form,

Hit the button below or the one at the bottom of the page

(Apply Now)

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

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.

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

The programmes we offer operate on a monthly basis starting on the first Monday of each month. Participation costs are calculated per month in American dollars.

If one month is either too long or too short for you, please let us know, we’re here to create a unique and customised schedule for you.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST?
  • The application process
  • A pre-departure information package
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • In-country orientation including a tour of the local area
  • Shared accommodation that offers laundry facilities, WiFi, and all utilities ¹
  • Transportation for work related travel
  • All meals at your rural placement
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • A local sim-card

¹ – please contact us regarding private accommodation or customized options for you or your group

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Flights
  • In-country transportation (we offer a shuttle service upon request at an extra cost)
  • Meals in the City ¹
  • Travel and medical insurance ²
  • Visas where applicable
  • Any other items of a personal nature

¹ – We only provide participants with meals at their rural placements

² – Tiritose does maintain comprehensive insurance for the organisation; however, you still need to obtain your own private insurance

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Tiritose channels the revenue from our programmes and tours to:

  • Contributing to local community development initiatives
  • Wildlife and environmental conservation programmes
  • Development partnerships with educational and medical institutions
  • Rural development projects, including our unique village resource centre initiative
  • 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 maintain a commitment to the highest standards of purpose, transparency and accountability. Please contact us if you would like a copy of our Impact Report for the year 2018.

With regards to fee distribution, the following is an introductory allocation structure:

  • 75% of the programme fee is channelled directly towards the operative costs. These funds help support local development initiatives and living-wage employment for programme facilitators representing our partners in realising the organisation’s social and environmental impact goals, including healthcare institutions, educational institutions, as well as, secondarily, the contractors we work with such as tour guides and tour programme operators.
  • 25% is utilised to ensure that we adequately prepare for your orientation, ensure health and safety, as well as pay our own staff living wages.

We operate a lean model of social enterprise development in order to ensure that contributions to our organisation’s mission and purpose, as well as the realisation of our development goals, social and environmental impact, is maximised to the fullest possible extent.

DIDN’T FIND WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR?

Feel free to contact us for further information about our educational and practical, experiential learning programmes available at any of our locations of work. Even if you have already found your own internship placement or volunteer opportunity in Zimbabwe, we can still assist you with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours to help make your free time more meaningful. We have a friendly and energetic hive of worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe. Our “team bees” will answer all of your questions and will be available to take you to all the unique gems to be discovered in Zimbabwe that might have stirred your passion and spoken to your soul while you’ve been exploring this shared digital space!

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