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Healthcare Heroes Zanzibar

4.2(13 reviews)
Experience
Volunteer
Destination
Tanzania
Duration
4 to 14 weeks
Ages
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience Zanzibar’s beautiful lifestyle whilst making a real difference to regional communities. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer in a little slice of island paradise, creating change and tackling the healthcare challenges Zanzibari have to face. Picture yourself assisting in a local hospital’s medical department, sharing your knowledge and gaining hands-on experience, exploring the island’s natural attractions, relaxing on pristine beaches and, most importantly, contributing to providing better health care and improving current practices.

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we’ve joined with local project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to Zanzibar’s community with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup to project transport, volunteer accommodation, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable impact on the lives of others, make new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference and lasting impact on the greater community whilst channelling that friendly and traditional lifestyle at the same time.

Inclusions

Volunteer project placement

We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start making a difference to the world. You can choose from one of the following departments; Emergency Department, Medical Ward, Neurosurgery Department, Pediatric Ward, Physiotherapy & Occupational Department, Surgical Ward, Obstetric & Gynecology Ward & Maternity Hospital. Please keep in mind that placement in your preferred department will depend on experience and need.

Volunteer accommodation

Relax in central share-house accommodation with the other volunteers, located a short stroll from breathtaking beaches, markets and restaurants.

Airport pickup or transfer

To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Mbweni.

‘Welcome to Zanzibar’ orientation

Head into town with your English-speaking supervisor, where you’ll be shown the local public transport, main shopping complex and banks. You’ll then head into hospital to be introduced to the staff and shown around the hospital grounds.

Meals

Enjoy breakfast and dinner on week-days, prepared fresh for you by the housekeeper.

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.

Pre-Departure Guide

Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.

Certificate of completion

In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!

Ongoing local team support

Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.

24/7 Global Emergency Line

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.

gWorld access

Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.
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Global Academy

Gain access to an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn before & whilst you travel.

Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Healthcare Heroes Volunteer trip in Zanzibar is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment, and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement and provided meals, accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

Whether you’re doing gap year volunteering or taking a volunteering holiday from work, you’ll arrive in Zanzibar with the confidence that absolutely everything has been pre-arranged for you. You’ll be able to jump straight into your volunteer duties, relax into the beautiful Zanzibari lifestyle and start making new friends with all the logistical details sorted, from airport pick-up to accommodation.

Channel all your energy into immersing yourself in your volunteer placement, as well as taking time to get to know the local area. Roam Stone Town’s old forts and cobbled alleyways, taste the local cuisine and relax on white-sand beaches instead of sweating the logistical stuff - that’s exactly why we’re here. Feel confident and proud you are contributing much-needed help to a meaningful cause and save yourself the time, money and even the risk of being stranded in a foreign country by having us on your side. Make your time count on this life-changing opportunity to volunteer in Zanzibar and arrive home knowing you've made a lasting and enriching impact on the country’s communities and people.

Requirements 

To qualify for this trip, you must have a minimum of one year study or full-time work in the field of medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, paramedic science or chiropractic studies.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, $300 USD volunteer visa (payable upon entry), $100 USD hospital fee per week, tourist visa, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

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Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you've touched down in Zanzibar International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in the centre of Mbweni, centrally located and within a short stroll of many amazing beaches, restaurants and markets. Relax, settle in and meet some of the other volunteers.

Day 2

Head to your orientation with the other volunteers, where you’ll be taken into town with your English-speaking supervisor and shown the local public transport, main shopping complex and banks. You’ll then head into the hospital to be introduced to the staff you’ll be working with and the hospital grounds. You’ll also receive your ID badge. 

Day 3+

6.30am: Rise and shine, it’s time to start your day! Breakfast is served at your accommodation and you'll get ready for your day’s work at the hospital.  7.00am: Commute to closeby Stone Town, which is about 20 minutes by bike to the hospital.  7.30am: You’ll start your morning shift of volunteer duties in your hospital department. General duties include participating in morning medical meetings, observing patients and discussing treatments with your mentor, helping treat patients with guidance from your mentor and giving a helping hand to colleagues where it’s needed.  1.00pm: Take a well-deserved lunch break. Enjoy your packed lunch or visit the nearby restaurants to try a local dish. 2.00pm: Spend the afternoon partaking in more important volunteer duties. 3.30pm: Your hard work is done for the day. You can choose to relax before dinner or explore the local town.  6.00pm: Dinner will be served and you’ll also get to debrief about your day with the rest of the volunteers. 7.00pm: Volunteers can relax, play games, enjoy scheduled activities on some nights and bond with fellow staff or volunteers.  Weekends: You’ll have every weekend off, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore. Make the most of your time off and head on safari or visit mainland Tanzania. You’ll be able to stay for free at the volunteer lodge in Arusha on the weekends, which is just a 1.5-hour ferry ride or short flight away.

Ongoing

We’ll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

Reviews

Kelly S
It was absolutely amazing!
Chloe D
Jessica was awesome to chat with and very informative.
Katilyn C
Amazing experience!
Tina A
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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

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Why should I book now?

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As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better?

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Can I travel with a friend?

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And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

What happens if COVID affects my trip?

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected with our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.

If you’re affected by Covid-19 while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We recommend travellers purchase Global Travel Cover travel insurance that provides Covid-19 medical protection too.

Do I need to be vaccinated to book?

As border restrictions for countries begin to ease, being fully vaccinated will maximise the number of locations you can visit. So while you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel through over the next 12-18 months. We highly recommend our travellers look at the current travel restrictions of their destination, speak with a medical professional or get in touch with our team for travel advice.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 84* days before departure without incurring any charges when you rebook it for any time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.

In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 2 years!

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Time to go

We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.

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