If you’re a credentialed healthcare / medical professional or medical student interested in sharing your skills and experiencing healthcare in a developing country, this project is for you. Health Care Volunteering in Zimbabwe gives volunteers the opportunity to work in hospitals and clinics while performing an array of duties based on local needs, volunteer qualifications, and doctor/nurse directions.
Health Care Volunteering in Zimbabwe
In many parts of Africa, people live in poor conditions, especially in rural settlements. Millions of people experience deprivation of the most basic rights to water, shelter and food. The medical infrastructure in Zimbabwe is very limited and people often need to walk long distances to receive medical aid. Hospitals and medical centers are desperately short of drugs, medical equipment and even health care professionals.
This project was implemented in partnership with a local hospital in Victoria Falls to give much-needed help and support to a challenged hospital. Volunteers mainly assist in administrative duties, basic treatment and patient support. They also participate in community health awareness programs to inform communities of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other common diseases. Volunteers also support the hospital in their home-based programs with HIV infected community members and elderly people.
Volunteers will likely stay busy throughout their shifts which could be a morning, afternoon or overnight shift. As a volunteer, you will also have the chance to experience almost all hospital departments to establish your understanding of the Zimbabwean healthcare system. The hospital is only a 5 minute walk from your accommodation which will make it easy for you to get home during tea breaks or any other times as approved by your supervisor. Volunteers should also understand that there may be instances where they will be on call and expected to work any time in the event that the hospital gets very busy.
Room & Board
Your project fee for the Healthcare Volunteering in Zimbabwe project covers your room and full board in the local volunteer house.
- Shared, single-sex dorm room in the volunteer house or with a host family if requested
- 3 meals per day provided by an in-house cook
- Filtered drinking water is not available so volunteers are encouraged to bring a water filter/purifier to avoid having to purchase bottled water (and reduce plastic consumption!)
- Limited WiFi is available for email and communications (streaming/downloading prohibited)
As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.
Included: 3 meals per day (upon arrival at project) • Shared room in volunteer house or home-stay • Local transportation for project activities • 24/7 local support • Dedicated field officer at project •
NOT Included: Flights • Vaccinations • Visas • Travel insurance • Extra activities • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
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Special Considerations | Health Care Volunteering in Zimbabwe
For special considerations regarding all projects in Zimbabwe, please visit the Zimbabwe page.
Healthcare volunteering in Zimbabwe is limited to credentialed medical professionals and current medical students.
Criminal Record Check
GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children. Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee). U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.
The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.