Tanzania is the perfect choice for a first experience of tropical medicine in Africa. Lacking the equipment and resources more developed countries enjoy, doctors and nurses here have adapted to deliver the best possible front-line healthcare in challenging conditions – making it a fantastic place for students to experience firsthand the sharp end of clinical medicine and surgery.

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Colorful indigenous cultures still thrive here as they have done for centuries… Even our security guards at the Global Safaris houses are Masai warriors! The influence of tribal cultures and traditional medicine practices are also evident in cases you’ll see in the hospitals, adding even greater value to the learning experience.


Our twin bases in Iringa and Morogoro are both wonderfully friendly and safe towns, set among the rugged hills of the southern highlands. Iringa offers easy access to the stunning wildlife and untamed wilderness of Ruaha National Park, meaning you can finish work on Friday and be spotting elephant, lion and giraffe at a waterhole by sunset!


Arusha is perfectly placed for weekend trips to the paradise island of Zanzibar, world famous for its snorkeling, scuba diving and white sand beaches. The location of the house and hospital give you the best of both – a genuine experience of African community life off the tourist trail during the week, and dolphin spotting as your soak up the Indian Ocean sunshine at the weekend!


Our Tanzania programme can accommodate 123 students per week making it a great place to get to know other students interested in careers in healthcare from all over the globe.


Global Safaris provides opportunities to gain hospital work experience for students interested in medicine, nursing, midwifery and dentistry.


Our placements are ideal for Sixth Form students, as well as those taking a gap year or undergraduates of related university courses.


Pre-Medicine Work Experience in Tanzania

Pre-Nursing Work Experience in Tanzania

Pre-Dentistry Work Experience in Tanzania

Pre-Midwifery Work Experience in Tanzania

Pre-Medicine Work Experience in Tanzania

Want to know what being a doctor is really like? Our overseas medicine work experience placements are the perfect way to find out. Whether you are looking to gain valuable medicine work experience to put on your UCAS application or an in-depth insight into working in a hospital, there is no better way to learn more about medicine than shadowing clinical experts carrying out their day to day duties.


During your time on placement, you will be placed in a different department every week, according to your interests. Within this department, you will be assigned a doctor who will act as your mentor, explaining cases to you and answering any questions you might have. 


The type of cases you will observe depends on which departments you are working in. You can choose from: General Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine and many more. As well as spending time on the wards or in the operating theatre, you will also receive several clinical teaching sessions a week, after you have finished in the hospital for the day. These classes are a great way to understand more about healthcare in the region you are working in, and to pick up some clinical skills, such as sutchering or dressing wounds. 


Our placements are perfect for a range of students, including those in year 12/13 looking to gain experience before applying to study medicine at university, gap year students, those studying for their undergraduate degree in a non-clinical subject (for example biomedical science) who hope to go on to medical school and students in their first year of a clinical degree course.


Students generally spend two weeks on a medical placement with us, although it is possible to join the programme for anything from one week upwards. Our programmes run all year round, so you can choose when you would like to go, and how long you would like to go for, 52 weeks of the year.


Working in a hospital overseas is a great experience, not only because of the close up clinical experience you will receive. It is also a great way to learn about healthcare in other countries and to observe the ethical dilemmas doctors face day to day in less well-funded hospitals in other parts of the globe. The cases you will observe will also differ from what you would generally see at home – Typhoid, Dengue Fever, Tuberculosis and Malaria are all a good contrast to what you might find in your local hospital! 


A placement overseas is also a great way to turn two weeks of medical work experience into the adventure of a lifetime! From going on Safari in Tanzania, there are plenty of opportunities to make this experience truly unforgettable!

Pre-Nursing Work Experience in Tanzania

If you are interested in becoming a nurse, our pre-nursing programme is a great way to find out more about what the role involves, and to get an insight into which areas of nursing might be of most interest to you. An increasingly competitive field, it is important to have as much relevant work experience under your belt in order to help you secure a place on the training course of your choice.

Our overseas pre-nursing placements can be tailored to your interests: 


Our pre-nursing students can choose to work in the following departments: General Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and many more! Whilst getting a feel for what areas of nursing interest you the most, you will also have the opportunity to see cases that you may never have the chance to observe back home – tropical diseases such as Malaria, TB and Typhoid are all common in our hospitals overseas.


All hospitals in each country have a range of departments. Examples of the types of cases you might be working on include: the aftercare of neurosurgery patients in Czech Republic, the care and rehabilitation of stroke patients in Thailand, neonatal complications or Malaria patients in Tanzania.


Working in one of our partner hospitals overseas also allows you to get an insight into the difference between healthcares in other countries and your own. Facilities in some of our partner hospitals are very basic and nurses often have to make difficult decisions on which patient to tend to first, as they are often so short staffed.


Your pre-nursing placement starts here: 

Students age 16 or over are welcome to join one of our programmes. Students at school or college who are currently thinking of enrolling for nursing at university, those on a Gap Year, undergraduate students in other disciplines who are hoping to get into postgraduate nursing or those in their first year of a nursing degree are all welcome to join this programme. 


The average length of a placement with us is two weeks, although anything between one and four weeks is popular too, and some students choose to stay even longer! Our programmes run all year round, so you can decide when you would like to go, and how long for. 


Generally, working hours in the hospitals are between 8am and 2pm. depending what department you are in, you could be spending time on the wards or in the operating theatre. You will be assigned a nurse who will act as your mentor whilst you are on placement. They will guide you through each case, advising you on any procedures that they are carrying out, and answering any questions that you have.


Several times a week, you will have clinical teaching sessions with one of the mentors, who will go through some of the cases you have observed in more detail, as well as teaching you some basic clinical techniques, such as how to take a patient’s blood pressure or how to dress wounds effectively.

As well as learning lots which will help you in your future career, taking part in one of our overseas placements is a great way to see a new place and have unforgettable experiences! From going on safari at sunset in Tanzania to snorkeling on the south coast of Thailand, there is plenty of ways to make your trip unforgettable!

Pre-Dentistry Work Experience in Tanzania

Our pre-dentistry programme is a great way to get a real insight into dental care. With tough competition for university places, getting good work experience is more important than ever. Learning from highly qualified dentists in a clinical setting will really help your personal statement to stand out to admissions tutors. Spending time working closely alongside a dentist will also help you to decide if a career in dentistry is right for you. 


Each of our overseas destinations provides a unique pre-dentistry experience: 

Throughout our dental placements, our students will be working with experienced dentists who will explain each patient’s case in detail. Our mentors are also very happy to answer any questions that you may have. This is an observational placement (as our students have not yet obtained any clinical experience) but there may be some opportunities to help with hands on tasks, such as taking a mould of a patient’s mouth. 


Dentistry in Tanzania is mainly restorative (as people do not go to the dentist routinely) therefore patients often require extractions, fillings and root canals. Thailand and Czech Republic also have an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening or implants. All destinations see trauma cases.


Your dentistry experience starts here:

Working in a dental practice overseas will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the differences in healthcare around the world. In many of the countries we work with, there will be more cases of decay than in the UK. Many of the government practices we work with are also very underfunded and short staffed, which will provide an interesting contrast to dental facilities back home.


As well as getting some fantastic work experience in dentistry, taking part in one of our programmes is a great opportunity to explore an exciting new place. From going on safari in Tanzania to bamboo rafting in Thailand, each destination has plenty to ensure your spare time is unforgettable too!


Students who join our pre-dental programme are generally between 16-18 and in year 12 or 13 at school or college, looking to gain this experience before applying for dentistry at university. Gap year students, those studying an undergraduate degree and hoping to apply for dentistry as a postgraduate or those in their pre-clinical years of dentistry also join this programme.


Students can travel with us for anything between one and four weeks, or longer. The most popular length of time is two weeks. Our programmes run every week throughout the year, so it is possible to join whenever is most convenient.

Pre-Midwifery Work Experience in Tanzania

Our pre-midwifery placements are a great chance to gain experience of working alongside midwives and other health professionals in a real life hospital environment. Students have the opportunity observe births and C-sections at close range. 


Each of our destinations provides a unique pre-midwifery experience:

In Iringa Regional Hospital in Tanzania, students can observe between 10 and 15 births a day on average. Generally these are complex cases as women don’t come in to hospital for a straightforward birth. Thirty per cent of these deliveries are by C-section, which makes for a varied placement! 


In Arusha in Tanzania, there is an entire branch of the hospital dedicated to maternity. This branch serves the whole island, so it is always busy and there are high numbers of births to observe everyday! 

Students in Tanzania generally split their time between observing births (both natural and surgical) and antenatal care in obstetrics and gynecology and caring for newborn babies in the neonatal unit. 

Czech Republic has very modern facilities including a state of the art 4D ultrasound, so it is a great place to observe antenatal procedures, as well as labour itself. 


Your Midwifery Experience starts here: 

You will be assigned a mentor within the department you are working in. They will guide you through your time in the hospital, explaining each case to you step by step, and answering any questions that you have.  


Our programmes are suitable for many students; those in year 12/13 hoping to apply to study midwifery at university, gap year students and those looking to apply to postgraduate midwifery programmes. 


This experience can really help your UCAS application to stand out from the crowd, and it is a great talking point at interview. It is also a good way of working out if a career in midwifery is really for you.

Our pre-midwifery programmes run every week throughout the year, so you can decide when you want to go. The most popular length of time to join one of our programmes is two weeks, but anything between one and four weeks (or more) is fine

Community Volunteering in Tanzania

We deliberately don’t refer to our healthcare placements as medical or nursing ‘volunteering’ to avoid confusing the aim of student learning with the kind of service that requires years of clinical training to provide in a hospital environment. However, a lot of students who join us also want to make a real contribution and help others while away – and that’s what our community volunteer placements are all about.


We have a range of volunteer opportunities in all of our destinations, most of which are based around care work with children. We work with orphanages, care homes and special schools, all of which operate with limited resources and really value an extra pair of hands.


You don’t need specialist skills to get involved, just time, energy and genuine motivation – but if you do have a particular talent for art, music, sport or anything else it can probably be put to good use!

Volunteer placements are very flexible; you can spend time helping out during free afternoons and evenings, or at weekends. 


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