At a glance
- Learn basic medical skills during workshops, like how to measure blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Put your skills to use during outreaches to provide basic medical care to people in remote, rural communities.
- Get involved in educational campaigns to raise awareness of diseases.
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What will I do at a Public health placement in Tanzania for teenagers?
You’ll be working in a variety of different settings, helping improve access to healthcare. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do:
- Attend medical workshops to learn practical medical skills
- Help conduct health checks during medical outreaches
- Lead educational campaigns at schools and care centres
- Visit a Maasai community and explore Arusha
Public health work for teenagers in Tanzania will focus on these four areas:
You’ll attend regular medical workshops led by healthcare professionals. During these workshops you’ll learn practical skills, like how to suture or give injections. You’ll also learn skills that you can use at medical outreaches, like how to measure blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
This is also a great opportunity to learn about healthcare problems you wouldn’t encounter in your home country. For example, doctors will talk you through the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases like malaria.
Many remote and rural communities don’t have regular access to healthcare facilities. You’ll assist at outreaches by measuring things like weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Local doctors will use the data you collect to advise and treat patients. All the work you do during outreaches is supervised by medical professionals.
Preventing diseases is particularly important for people who can’t afford regular treatment. You’ll play a role in advocating for disease prevention, by raising awareness. You can cover a range of topics, including the importance of basic hygiene, nutrition and healthy eating, and malaria symptoms and treatment.
We have come up with a set itinerary filled with exciting leisure activities which you’ll do with other interns your age. For example, you’ll learn to make local food during a cooking class or move to your own beat during traditional drumming lessons. There’s even a chance to visit a local Maasai community and learn more about their culture.
Where in Tanzania will I work?
You’ll be based in and around Arusha, a city located at the foot of Mount Meru. Your public health work will take place in a variety of different settings. You’ll help at outreaches and awareness campaigns in a rural Maasai community, at schools and kindergartens, or in other remote communities. These areas will be less developed than you’re used to, typically with rustic buildings and dirt roads.
Arusha is a mix of modern city life and peaceful rural life. With a stunning nearby conservancy and lush surrounding vegetation, it’s a great place to connect with nature.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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