PAEDIATRIC DISABILITIES AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

A project more suited to physical therapy and public health students, looking for an internship experience in Africa. It is a collaborative effort between Kapnek Trust and the Ministry of Health and Child Care, catering for children with cerebral palsy and other forms of disability. Some of the work volunteers and interns will be involved with on this project includes training parents on the provisions of physical therapy so that they may better assist their children. You can expect to participate in community campaigns, targeting eradicating stigma and isolation of families with disabilities. The programme has the capacity to provide support to over 10,000 children. Volunteers and interns, together with their home universities, friends or communities may contribute towards making this a reality for the children and their families.

Harare Children’s Hospital and Community Outreach Programme has gone a long way to ensure the children’s hospital becomes a leading, world-class training and treatment centre. This is on the backdrop of its closure in 2008, and re-opening through the efforts of Kapnek Trust and its partners in 2010. The hospital now boasts of a neonatal intensive care unit, children’s play rooms as well as several surgical suites. In order to ensure the availability of trained physicians, the programme has extended to training nurses and pediatric specialists. Volunteers and interns have a big part to play in the continuation of this programme.

BACKGROUND TO THE PROGRAMME

A non-profit organisation founded by J.F. Kapnek, an American pioneer who had found financial success in Southern Africa, and decided to leave his fortune through setting up a non-profit organisation. The Trust was established in 1966 and has gone through various transitions to date. It now focuses on tackling the toughest challenges responding to threats to child survival, healthy growing and ensuring educational opportunities.

The programme is located at Harare Central Hospital, Harare (the capital city of Zimbabwe) and Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME
  • Work alongside healthcare professional in a different country to support their daily activities
  • Offer support to patients and their families or guardians
  • Be involved with an impactful project, directly within a community
  • Befriend locals, and make friends for life
  • Experience both public and private 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

"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

"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

A DAY IN THE LIFE…

The programme is located within a local Zimbabwean community, and so it is important to learn to live like a local.

0730

Devotions

08h00

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

08h30

Cerebral palsy seminar & hospital rounds

11h00

Tea Break

11h30

Outpatient Department 

13h30

Lunch: prepare packed lunch as you will eat on-the-go on most days

14h30

Outreach at satellite community rehabilitation centres 

16h30

Departure from work to your accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

You will have an option between a shared apartment or house, homestay (local family) a backpackers/hostel, or hotel. All the accommodation is comfortable and located in safe residential areas either in the city centre or a few kilometres from the nearest town.

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.

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

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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

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
  • Transportation for work related travel
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Local sim-card
The Programme Cost Excludes
  • Flights
  • Meals when placed in the City as we provide meals in the rural placement
  • In-country transportation (upon request, we provide a shuttle service)
  • 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. 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.

COULD NOT FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?

Contact Tiritose 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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