ZAMBIA

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP IN LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

You'll work in a Clinic that is a full service medical facility operating under the Ministry of Health. They offer antenatal services as well as labor and delivery and child health. They are a recognized HIV centre offering ART (antiretroviral therapy) services, with over 600 patients receiving medicines.

The Clinic caters to a rural community that sees over 1,200 outpatients per month. You'll observe experts and learn how they work in Zambia. "You get to experience everything and anything possible, you can also ask for what you would like to do and see and they put you in that environment." Sahre-Luis Kerle

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Hi, I'm Jim Morel, Project Coordinator for Zambia, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
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Price: £1,345 (approx. US$1,710) for 2 week3
£300 (approx. US$380) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 2 week2 to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 18. You should be studying a medicine-related subject or be qualified.
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Accommodation,
Meeting you at the nearest airport,
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project,
Local in-country team support and backup,
24-hr emergency support,
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Programme? SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in gaining overseas work experience or an internship for university credit or requirement. Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about the practice of Medicine overseas.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

This internship is based about 30km just outside of Livingstone town centre. The clinic is situated on some farmland out in the bush in a fairly remote area which is currently being run by some American Missionaries. They have managed to convert one of the outbuildings into a medical centre and this enables them to do some tremendous work in helping the local communities. Although the clinic is fairly small, the work is extremely beneficial to the local villagers.

They are looking into obtaining some ultrasound equipment to enable them to monitor pregnancies more efficiently. The Clinic provides treatment in their HIV referral clinic which is open every Thursday. An additional part of the community service they provide is a truck which goes round to all the local villages to collect patients for treatment.

Many of their cases generally involve pregnancies, snake bites and testing for Malaria or HIV. For those who may have broken bones, they need to be referred to the hospital in Livingstone town centre, although they are able to stitch up minor wounds at the clinic. Currently the HIV centre has 5-6 patients.

The clinic is a full service medical facility operating under the Ministry of Health in the Kazungula District near Senkobo Zambia. They see over 1200 outpatients per month and have capacity for 8 inpatients. They offer antenatal services as well as labor and delivery and child health. They are a recognized HIV centre offering ART (antiretroviral therapy) services, with over 600 patients receiving medicines. They also provide community based mobile ART and Home Based Care and are a referral centre for the other rural health centres in the surrounding areas. They currently do outreaches 2-3 times per week, some full service and some just ART. They also have full lab services, offering the following:

  • All the quick tests
  • CD4 counts
  • Full blood counts
  • TB sputum testing
  • Chemistries

The facilities include:

  • Male and female wards
  • Maternity unit
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Two exam rooms
  • Large reception area
  • Storage
  • Male and female toilets
  • An outside covered porch area for an outside waiting room
  • A new freestanding lab building is under construction

They serve a very large population of people and English is the language of service with clinical assistants fluent in the four main tribal languages, Tonga, Bemba, Nyanga and Lozi. The clinical officer and his wife are American and staff include a licensed midwife, a nurse, 5 clinical assistants, plus varioius ancillary staff.

MORE ABOUT THE CLINIC:
The clinic is a full service medical facility operating under the Ministry of Health in the Kazungula District near Senkobo Zambia. They see over 1200 outpatients per month and have capacity for 8 inpatients. They offer antenatal services as well as labor and delivery and child health.

They are a recognized HIV centre offering ART (antiretroviral therapy) services, with over 600 patients receiving medicines. They also provide community based mobile ART and Home Based Care and are a referral centre for the other rural health centres in the surrounding areas.

They currently do outreaches 2-3 times per week, some full service and some just ART. They also have full lab services, offering all the quick tests as well as CD4 counts, full blood counts, TB sputum testing and chemistries. The facility is a full building housing a male and female ward, maternity unit, lab, pharmacy, two exam rooms, large reception area, storage, male and female toilets, and an outside covered porch area for an outside waiting room. A new freestanding lab building is under construction.

They serve a very large population of people and English is the language of service with clinical assistants fluent in the four main tribal languages, Tonga, Bemba, Nyanga and Lozi. The clinical officer and his wife are American, but licensed in Zambia. The other workers including a licensed midwife, an Enrolled Nurse and a part-time lab technologist along with 5 clinical assistants.

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ACCOMMODATION

During the week (from Monday to Thursday nights):
You'll stay in a Guest House which is conveniently located 500 meters from the Medical Centre. The Guest House has 2 separate dorm rooms (for males and females), each with 4 beds in. There are also separate bathroom facilities for males and females.

Food and drink is not provided on this placement. The Guest House has kitchen facilities, so you will be expected to prepare food for yourself. There are no shops or restaurants around the Guest house, but you can pick up supplies while you’re in Livingstone at the weekends, or there is a free minibus that travels from the Guest House into Livingstone every week.

The area around the Medical Centre and Guest House is rural and quiet.

Weekends:
On Friday nights (after work has finished), you will be transported to Livingstone (approx. 45 minutes drive) to stay in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the centre of town.

You'll stay here for 3 nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). This will enable you to do more during your time off at the weekends and allow you to meet other people. On Monday mornings, you will be transported back to the Guest House near to the Medical Centre, in time to begin your working week.

You'll live in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the center of Livingstone. The hostel has a very large private garden shaded with huge mango trees, and a crystal clear swimming pool. It also has a lively, sociable bar area where many activities are arranged.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-Fi / Internet access available in the hostel in Livingstone.

Livingstone has a Colonial feel to it and you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Your accommodation is ideally situated and can offer excellent trips to places such as Lusaka.

You'll share a room with other other volunteers or guests of mixed gender.

There is a local supermarket for you to buy food from and the hostel has cooking facilities for you to use or you can pay for meals at the hostel if you wish. Even better still why not try out some local dishes for a real Zambian experience!

At the time of writing, facilities at the hostel include; a swimming pool, recreation room with TV, internet cafe with internet access, a dining and kitchen area where food can be stored. There is also access to telephones.

The hostel also has an in-house booking centre, where many local activities can be booked (wildlife safaris, river cruises, river gorges, bungee jumping, white water rafting, treks, etc). They guarantee to offer the best deals in town and to beat any other lodge or booking centre!

Many guests comment on the quality of the Hostel staff. They are their greatest asset and many have worked for them for over four years and some have been there since the Hostel opened. Staff turnover is very low and a family atmosphere has been created that adds tremendously to their guests' enjoyment.

The Hostel is also involved in a number of community projects. Recently they raised over US $2,000 for a local school. They sponsor a local youth football team, the police regatta team, local fund raising events and an annual day out for orphaned children on World tourism Day. They also sponsor Independence day celebrations.

There are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other volunteers and tourists.

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Above: Accommodation during the Week

Below: Accommodation over the Weekends

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

On Your Arrival: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

It'is an unbelievable experience to go down the river on a boat and watch a herd of elephant bathing in the shallows and throwing water in their with their trunks while they keep a wary eye on you to ensure you don't get too close to their babies - it's an experience you never forget. I never have!

LOCATION - LIVINGSTONE AND VICTORIA FALLS:
All our projects take place in Livingstone town, a quaint but lively area very close to Victoria Falls. You'll have plenty of opportunities to participate in the multitude of activities that surround the Falls, from white-water rafting and canoeing on the magnificent Zambezi River to bungy-jumping or game spotting in the Reserve.

Livingstone is the capital of the Southern Province and is situated just north of the Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zimbabwe. It is a major tourist centre serving visitors to Victoria Falls, but the main streets of this colonial town, Mosi-oa-Tunya, are lined with classic colonial buildings, with Victorian tin roofed houses and wooden verandas.

he spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge is only about 10km away from Livingstone, and the area surrounding the Falls and Livingstone town have given it the name of ‘adrenaline capital of the world’.

Livingstone is a fun town where tourists come for adventure, sports and an adrenalin kick. Being so close to the powerful Zambezi River, water sports are everywhere!

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES:

  • White water rafting is a must! If you are keen for the ultimate thrill then a multi-day trip along the Zambezi is it! The Zambezi provides the best rafting trip on the planet! You'll crash through some of the biggest commercially run rapids in the world. Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its twenty three whitewater rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller coaster ride along a route carved over millenia by the Great Zambezi.
  • Bungee Jumping for the very brave: The highest commercial bridge jump in the world in the most spectacular setting over the Zambezi River! This must be the ultimate adrenaline rush. It’s an indescribable feeling that will probably change your life!
  • And more: You can do riverboarding, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, walking safaris, elephant back safaris, fishing, flights over Victoria Falls, quadbiking, golf and scuba diving. This is a real adventure playground!
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

SAHRE-LUIS KERLE
British
Medical and Healthcare Work Experience Internship in Livingstone

I cannot really pinpoint what has been the best bit of my placement, as everything has been really good. I had a warm welcome by the clinic and everyone has been friendly and helpful, so it has made the whole experience excellent!

I feel I am gaining more knowledge towards my nursing course. I am able to experience a wide variety of opportunities to do with the clinic. This has ranged from working with the different staff members, meeting different aged patients, seeing different problems/issues, taking part in the diagnosis and treatment, assisting with wound dressing, lab tests, helping inpatients and being able to go out to the villages with the clinic.

I would definitely recommend this placement to other health professionals, as you get a real insight into health care and you receive such a large variety of experiences. This placement would definitely suit health professionals or those that are training to do something involving healing/helping people.

The clinic is a worthwhile placement, being able to connect with the village people is amazing. The clinic is extremely beneficial if you’re in the health profession. I cannot think of anything else at present, it has been a great experience so far!

Can you describe a typical day?
I would get picked up from the backpackers at around 8.00 a.m. and usually arrive at the clinic before 9am.

I would be assigned to a member of staff to work with throughout the day. The duties would vary depending on who I worked with, but no matter who it was, I received the full benefit of their tasks and job.

You get to experience everything and anything possible, you can also ask what you would like to do and see and they put you in that environment.

I usually get picked back up around 4.00 p.m. The day goes pretty quickly and there is always something going on in the clinic.

PRITHIKA SELVADURAI
British
Medical and Healthcare Work Experience Internship in Livingstone

There were so many positive experiences that it's hard to pinpoint certain times. Working in a clinic in the village allowed us to experience the parts of Zambia that tourists don't get, where we got to visit people's homes and pray with them. I came to realise how shockingly religion is important to people especially in the poorer parts where that's all they have to rely on.

One of the most memorable moments was watching a lady give birth, it was such a momentous event that cannot be forgotten. I loved doing outreach work every Wednesday and Friday, where we travel further into the village so that healthcare can be provided to those unable to come to the clinic. Although it was heartbreaking at times to see children at the clinic and orphanage, they were so happy that we forgot about those things.

As much as I enjoyed this trip, two weeks is nowhere near enough. If I could do this again then I would definitely stay at least one month as I would have liked to visit different parts of Zambia, for example, Lusaka. This trip has taught me many things and has encouraged me to travel more, learn about different cultures, people and way of life. The best aspects of travelling is meeting random people and finding that similar connection. It has been such a wonderful trip, I've been talking about it non-stop!

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RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL TRAVEL:

Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.

We are passionate about mutually beneficial interaction with the local community. The team members are locals and very community-minded. We work closely with the local community to achieve maximum benefits and emphasis is always placed on doing what is best for the local environment. To this end, information on how to leave minimal negative impact on the environment is given to you prior to your departure as part of your documentation from Travellers Worldwide. This is also highlighted in your induction on arrival.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY:

We have local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect

POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

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