PRE-MEDICAL SCHOOL INTERNSHIP

This is a unique opportunity to work alongside healthcare professionals in both public and private medical facilities, located in both rural and urban areas, including community outreach programmes. Prepare to be exposed to a developing world healthcare system, cost-conscious medicine as well as high-end, world-class private medical facilities. As you will learn to appreciate once you arrive in Zimbabwe, it is a country of contrasts, and not unusual that we have world-class medical centres juxtaposed with under-resourced facilities.

During this internship, you will have first-hand access to Zimbabwe’s theatre rooms to observe surgical operations, watch doctor’s consultations with patients, and participate in clinical rounds. The programme will also expose you to the business side of running a medical practice, creating a holistic approach to a world-class internship. There is no better way to enhance your résumé if you intend on going to medical school.

BACKGROUND TO THE PROGRAMME

The capital city of Zimbabwe is Harare, home to Parirenyatwa, the country’s largest public hospital as well as several small public hospitals and clinics. When these facilities are at capacity, patients are referred to the small private hospitals. Given this fluid exchange of patients between the public and private systems, students will have the opportunity to do clinical rotations at both public and private facilities so they can have an appreciation of the differences in services and resources available in the respective clinical settings.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME
  • Work alongside healthcare professionals in a different country
  • Involvement in both public and private medical facilities
  • Experience city and rural healthcare facilities and ways of practicing medicine
  • Observe neurosurgery, urology, dermatology and physiotherapy, internal medicine, and general practice
  • Observe the business side of running a medical practice
  • Meet a diverse range of people from all walks of life
AS AN INTERN YOU GET TO:
  • Observing medical doctors and taking notes during clinic
  • Assisting doctors with patient filing
  • Observing physicians in theatre during surgery
  • Accompany physicians during post-operation rounds
  • Compile a research report based on your area of interest

A DAY IN THE LIFE…

08h00

Arrive at work

08h30

Hospital Rounds

10h30

Tea break: utilise time to write a report on the morning observations

11h00

Clinic: seeing patients

11h30

Outpatient Department 

13h30

Lunch

16h00

Feedback session with other interns

16h30

Departure from work to your accommodation

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Tiritose is amazing, and as for Zimbabwe, I have no words. I have really enjoyed my time here, from going to Pari (largest public hospital), and Ecosurgica (upmarket specialty private clinic), and then our in Magunje in the rural areas, and awww! the excursions. Best internship ever.

JESSICA HIPPOLYTE

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ACCOMMODATION

Intern accommodation greatly depends on the budget. Tiritose offers from homestay (with a local family), backpackers (shared rooms or single occupancy), dormitories, shared or single apartments, house shares, and hotel stays for both individuals and groups. Please indicate the type of accommodation you prefer when applying to this programme. Some of the options available are listed below, along with accompanying photos:

DETAILS: YOU ASKED – WE ANSWERED!

Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme.  

Intern – education / skills / work experience required

  • Potential student of medical or health related programmes
  • Experience within a medical or health setting would be beneficial
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Skills:  Communication, organisational, reading and writing

Very Simple !!

Just fill in the application form,

Hit the button below or the one at the bottom of the page

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Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!

Pre-departure support

We are available on-demand, around the clock to assist from initial enquiry to confirmation of your placement. You will receive information brochures on your exact destination (city) and project. You will be allocated a placement advisor who will be your point of contact throughout the process, and help you prepare for an adventure of a lifetime.

Orientation

Upon arrival, you will undergo a comprehensive programme aimed at preparing you for your stay in Zimbabwe and specifically the city/town as well as the volunteer or internship activities. This is a follow-up to the initial acquainting online orientation completed prior to arrival.

Orientation will cover transportation system, renting vehicles, appropriate dress in communities and for work. Cultural sensitivity, mutual respect and appropriate ways to carry yourself in public.

Similar to other countries with buzzing cities/towns, a little common sense and following the rules will ensure your safety. Orientation will include history of the specific area and guest stars from the Zimbabwe Republic Police will appear for further safety talks.

Orientation also marks Shona/Ndebele/Tonga 101 classes. You will achieve more especially working with kids if you can string a sentence in the native language.

You will also receive your placement schedule during orientation. However, we operate responsible volunteering and value your input and so the schedule may be evaluated using your feedback in order to have the biggest impact.

Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up, take you to your first night accommodation, and sort you out with refreshments! After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done according to the needs and requirements to best prepare you for your programme placement. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places at the same time, giving you a glimpse to your African adventure. From your in-country orientation we will drive you to your placement site and introduce to your supervisor. We will make sure you are settled and ready to go!

Tiritose operates a shuttle service, which you may take advantage of (at a small cost) during the week as well as on weekends for your excursions.

Work hard and play hard (that’s the motto). City sightseeing and other excursions in and around your project area – there is a loads to do, and we have it all for you to explore!

We will help you plan adventures across the continent and hook you up with great specials through our various partners inside Zimbabwe as well as the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Have a look at the tours on offer, and if you cannot find what tickles your fancy, give us a shout, and we will make it happen.

DATES & RATES

The programme start date is every Monday, and so please ensure you book your flight to arrive between Friday & Saturday!

Programme cost is calculated on a calendar month basis in American dollars. Please enquire with us should you wish to visit for shorter or longer periods! 

What Does The Cost Include
  • Application process
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • In-country orientation: including local area tour
  • One weekend excursion
  • Accommodation (shared): including laundry, WiFi, and all utilities
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Mobile phone, and local sim-card
The Programme Cost Excludes
  • Flights
  • In-country transportation (upon request, we provide a shuttle service)
  • Meals
  • Travel and medical Insurance
  • Visas (where applicable)
  • Any other items of a personal nature

Where Does The Money Go

Tiritose operates & runs ethical programmes, ensuring responsible travellers who want to enjoy a holiday, whilst contributing to the local communities, environment & wildlife conservation efforts, do so in a safe & sustainable way.

We are the most transparent organisation as a registered non-profit organisation. 70% of the volunteer fee goes directly towards programme running costs, something you will gain an appreciation of when you arrive in Zimbabwe. 30% is utilised to ensure we prepare for your induction, health & safety as well as staff salaries. Although the operations cost more money to run, we operate a lean model to ensure maximum contribution to the programme.

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COULD NOT FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?

Contact Us for further information about education focussed programmes at any of the programme sites. If you have found your own internship placement or volunteering opportunity in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about☺.

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