medical practice internship

This is a unique opportunity to work alongside healthcare professionals in both public and private medical facilities, located in both rural and urban areas, including community outreach programmes. Prepare to be exposed to a developing world healthcare system, cost-conscious medicine as well as high-end, world-class private medical facilities. As you will learn to appreciate once you arrive in Zimbabwe, it is a country of contrasts, and not unusual that we have world-class medical centres juxtaposed with under-resourced facilities.

During this internship, you will have first-hand access to Zimbabwe’s theatre rooms to observe surgical operations, watch doctor’s consultations with patients, and participate in clinical rounds. The programme will also expose you to the business side of running a medical practice, creating a holistic approach to a world-class internship. There is no better way to enhance your résumé if you intend on going to medical school.


The capital city of Zimbabwe is Harare, home to Parirenyatwa, the country’s largest public hospital as well as several small public hospitals and clinics. When these facilities are at capacity, patients are referred to the small private hospitals. Given this fluid exchange of patients between the public and private systems, students will have the opportunity to do observerships at both public and private facilities so they can have an appreciation of the differences in services and resources available in the respective clinical settings.

  • Work alongside healthcare professionals in a different country
  • Involvement in both public and private medical facilities
  • Experience city and rural healthcare facilities and ways of practicing medicine
  • Observe neurosurgery, urology, dermatology and physiotherapy, internal medicine, and general practice
  • Observe the business side of running a medical practice
  • Meet a diverse range of people from all walks of life
  • Observing medical doctors and taking notes during clinic
  • Assisting doctors with patient filing
  • Observing physicians in theatre during surgery
  • Accompany physicians during post-operation rounds
  • Compile a research report based on your area of interest


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"


"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!"




Arrive at work


Hospital Rounds


Tea break: utilise time to write a report on the morning observations


Clinic: seeing patients


Outpatient Department 




Feedback session with other interns


Departure from work to your accommodation


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.

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

We really make sure that you feel at home, and smoking is only allowed in the designated areas away from the house, apartment, or hostel.Some of the options available are listed below, along with accompanying photos:


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

  • Potential student of medical or health related programmes
  • Experience within a medical or health setting would be beneficial
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Skills:  Communication, organisational, reading and writing

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!

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.


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.


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
  • One weekend excursion
  • Accommodation (shared): including laundry, WiFi, and all utilities
  • Meals: provided only in the rural placement
  • Transportation for work related travel
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Local sim-card
The Programme Cost Excludes
  • Flights
  • Not work-related travel (upon request, we provide a shuttle service)
  • Meals: not provided in the City placement
  • Travel and medical Insurance
  • Visas (where applicable)
  • Any other items of a personal nature

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. 30% 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.


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☺.


Getting in contact – Making a Change

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