MEDICAL INTERNSHIPS IN ZIMBABWE
The global health programme takes place at four different hospitals across the country. Students will experience the facilities provided by a private boutique hospital in the leafy Harare suburbs, two of the largest public hospitals in the country as well as rural hospitals run by religious missions. This rotation is designed to enable participants to holistically experience the Zimbabwe healthcare system. What you gain at the four hospitals in terms of your learning and observational experience will be vastly different. The rotation encompasses surgical specialties, laboratory analysis, pharmacological and radiological services, as well as rehabilitation and integrative medicine.
You can choose from the following available clinical rotations:
- Departments: Neurosurgery – Urology – Dermatology – Physiotherapy – General Internal Medicine – Neurology: including the clinic and psychiatry unit – Obstetrics – Gynaecology – Paediatrics – Pathology
- Clinics: Endocrinology – Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases – HIV
- Units: Stroke – Renal – Burns – Intensive Care – Leprosy Centre – Opportunistic Infections
- Schools: Nursing
Some of the hospitals have a 24/7 casualty department that caters to all emergencies. There are also outpatient departments that review patients status and admit or discharge them.
- Work alongside healthcare professionals in a developing country with its own unique strengths and challenges.
- Experience public and private medical facilities.
- Participate in treating patients in urban and rural healthcare settings.
- Learn how the Zimbabwe healthcare system functions and how different or similar the system is compared to your own.
- Learn from people who overcome barriers and create solutions without overly relying on a developed system.
- Learn about the cultural limitations of practicing medicine in Zimbabwe.
- Strengthen your resume and the competitiveness of applications for continuing education. Gaining unique global experience by putting what you’ve learned to good use in a practical setting outside of the framework of your local environment.
WHAT CAN YOU DO AS AN INTERN?
- Practice taking a comprehensive or focused medical history based on the symptoms and reasons why the patient is at the facility
- Complete clinical examinations of the patient(s) and screen for signs of illness
- Prepare differential diagnosis reports
- Present assessment and treatment management plans
- Practice cost-conscious medicine
- Attend weekly grand rounds and interact with local Zimbabwean healthcare students
- Work at least 150 hours in total throughout the duration of your global health internship 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.
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
"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"
"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!"
A DAY IN THE LIFE…
Devotions / Prayers
A chat with supervisors in the office – game plan for the day
Outreach Immunisation and Antiretroviral Therapy Clinic
Departure from work to your accommodation
We offer flexible accommodation arrangements depending on your budget. Our basic packages include accommodation such as homestays with local families, shared rooms or single occupancy rooms in student dormitories or backpackers’ lodges. We can also discuss custom packages that can house you or your group in hotels, private apartments or homes booked just for you. As part of your application, please advise us of the type of accommodation you prefer. Some of the options available are listed below and you can browse through the photos to get a sense of the ambiance.
MORE DETAILS: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!
- How can I become an intern?
- What do I need to send you?
- Great, I have all of this. Now how do I apply?
- What happens between application approval and travel to Zimbabwe?
- What happens when I arrive in Zimbabwe?
- How do I get to the location of my internship placement?
- Will I have free time? How can I make the most of it?
- What do I wear to work?
We strive for the internship experience we provide to be beneficial to both participants and the institutions, medical professionals and patients our interns work with. We want to ensure a win-win situation for all. Therefore, because we thoroughly screen our institutional partners and programme facilitators, we also need to do some screening and preparation work when it comes to selecting participants.
Proof of your:
- education, skills and work experience in the form of a CV, documentation from your school and reference letters
- current enrollment in a professional, accredited, medical or healthcare programme of education
We’ll also need:
- a list of references we can contact to confirm your experience,
organisationalskills andreading and writing ability – especially when it comes to interacting with patients and taking histories
- to have an initial online interview with you to determine your communication skills
The process is really quite simple.
- Make sure you have the required supporting documentation available, such as your CV, your educational transcripts and proof of active study at an accredited institution, and reference letters.
- Fill out the application form by clicking here
- One of our team members will contact you to schedule an interview by phone or Skype. We will then verify and confirm the supporting documentation you provide us with. Once that process is complete, you will make your deposit and start planning your adventure!
Please start your application at least three (3) months before your preferred start date.
We are available on-demand, around the clock to assist you with the application and preparation process from your initial
From the moment of your arrival, starting at the airport, you will be welcomed by our staff and assisted with settling
You’ll then participate in a comprehensive orientation aimed at preparing you for your stay in Zimbabwe. We’ll focus on specific considerations regarding the city, town or rural area you will be staying in. The volunteer or internship activity schedule and expectations will be further confirmed and provided to you in an
The two orientations will explain the local transportation system, how to rent vehicles, appropriate dress in the local communities and during your work. We’ll also address cultural sensitivity,
You’ll be introduced to the history of the specific area where you’ll be staying and guest stars from the Zimbabwe Republic Police will appear for further safety talks. Similarly to other countries that are home to buzzing big cities and lively towns, some common sense and following the local rules and cultural norms will further help ensure your safety.
You will also receive your placement schedule during the initial orientation. We do, however, also value your input and so we are open to amending the schedule according to your feedback. We want to work collaboratively with you to create the greatest, most responsible and meaningful impact that is beneficial for both the people we are helping and you, too!
Our staff member(s) will accompany you as you travel together to the location of your first placement
Rest assured that we’ll take care of all the details! We provide airport pick up, take you to your initial accommodation and provide some refreshments and snacks. After a good night’s rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be conducted with the goal of preparing you for the specific programme placement you are participating in. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places and turn your African experience into a true adventure! From your in-country orientation, we will transport you to your placement site and introduce you to your supervisor. We’ll guide you through settling in and preparing to start your placement.
Tiritose also operates a shuttle service at a small additional cost. You can book this service if you want to venture out to see the sights either during the week or on weekends.
We cannot overestimate the importance of ensuring that your choice of clothing is culturally-appropriate.
Medical practitioners in Zimbabwe attend work in business-casual clothing that’s also elegant:
Men wear shirts, ties and long trousers. Women are expected to wear skirts or dresses that extend below the knee, and it’s important that tops don’t show too much skin and are not skin tight, either. Think of the dress code followed by the Queen of England, Elizabeth II: no knees, no sleeveless tops, no plunging necklines. It might feel like stepping back in time; however, we trust that you’ll enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere.
Zimbabwe is a culturally-sensitive place. We urge our interns to be mindful of this fact and avoid clothing that may be deemed inappropriate for the workplace. Interns need to be aware that they’ll be asked to cover up tattoos as they may have different meanings or significance in Zimbabwe. We also ask men not to wear earrings or any excessive jewelry beyond a watch or wedding band during their time at the hospitals. For the ladies, a simple stud earring is considered professional, while any jewelry that draws too much attention or may interfere with work duties by getting caught in the hair isn’t – so please no dangling earrings, bracelets or fancy necklaces. This is a place to really let your inner self shine and impress others with your knowledge and kindness.
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