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Volunteering for Professional Midwives in Tanzania

  • POSITION: Midwife
  • PLACEMENT LOCATION: Moshi, Arusha, or rural Maasai community
  • REQUIREMENTS: Full qualifications as a midwife & relevant licence to practice
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

A student studying medicine holds a new-born baby at a hospital in Tanzania.

Projects Abroad offers professional midwives the opportunity to help treat disadvantaged pregnant women and babies in hospitals in Moshi, Arusha, and a rural Maasai community. The staff in these institutions can benefit from qualified midwives sharing methods of treatment from their country of qualification.

This project is perfect for midwives considering volunteer work abroad or midwives on a career break.

Here you will find answers to the following questions:

How can volunteer midwives help in Tanzania?

What will I gain from this project?

What will Projects Abroad provide?

For how long can I join the project?

What skills or qualifications do I need?

How can volunteer midwives help in Tanzania?

You can use your knowledge and training to help local staff as a volunteer midwife. You can work on tasks such as:

  • Helping existing staff to treat patients, including:
    • Diagnosing, monitoring, and examining women during pregnancy.
    • Developing, assessing, and evaluating individual programs of care.
    • Supervising and assisting mothers in labour.
  • Producing literature for new parents giving advice on the daily care of their baby, including breast feeding, bathing, and making up feeds.
  • Helping with general medical outreach programs within nearby towns and villages.
  • Working with existing staff to find ways of improving care standards.
  • Observing and assessing the work of local trainee midwives.
  • Coordinate outreach projects where possible

The majority of our volunteers work in government hospitals. These are large facilities and you will be expected to work for around 6 hours per day, from Monday to Friday.

What will I gain from this project?

A student doing her Midwifery Elective in Tanzania helps care for new-born babies in Tanzania.

Working in a hospital in Tanzania you will learn and practice methods of treating patients different to those used in North America. You will also benefit from discussions with fellow professionals and pass on any information from your home country.

If you choose to work in the rural hospital in the Maasai community you will also learn a lot about the Maasai culture and way of life. Locals will be eager to hear about your life back home, your family and your friends. We believe that this cultural exchange helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.

While the local medical staff speak English, please bear in mind that the majority of your patients will only speak Maasai or Swahilli. The local medical staff have busy schedules but when you are working alongside them they will help translate when possible.

Please let us know if you have a preference regarding where you would like to work.

What will Projects Abroad provide?

We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Tanzania is successful and enjoyable:

  • Safe accommodation with a Tanzanian family close to your project.
  • Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
  • A member of staff to meet you at the airport when you arrive.
  • Medical and travel insurance.

For how long can I join the project?

We encourage volunteers to give as much time as possible. However, you can join a Professional Midwifery Project in Moshi or Arusha for two or three weeks if you don’t have time to join us for four weeks or more. Please be aware that the longer you stay, the more trust and respect you will be able to build with the local medical staff.

Volunteers choosing to work in the Maasai community need to commit to at least 4 weeks on the project.

What skills or qualifications do I need?

You need to be fully qualified as a midwife and have a relevant license to practice in your country of residence.

If you are interested in this project but don't have the relevant experience, then please read about our standard Midwifery project in Tanzania.

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