Tanzania Dar es Salaam
AboutDar es Salaam
City Population: 2,698,650
Language: SWAHILI AND ENGLISH
Currency: TANZANIAN SHILLING
Attractions: ZANZIBAR, NATIONAL PARKS, DIVING & SNORKELLING
Dar es Salaam is Work the World's largest program in Africa, and one of our most popular destinations. The culture mixes centuries of European, Arab and Asian influences, which have melded happily with traditional architecture, music and cuisine.
A stone's throw across the water, Zanzibar's turquoise blue waters and white sands promise the perfect escape, offering scuba diving, swimming, hiking and exploring, and a great nightlife. There are also two excellent "off-the-tourist-map" safari reserves; Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve.
As the capital of Tanzania, Dar offers the largest and most well-equipped hospitals, and the greatest amount of specialist care. If you’re looking for a placement in a vibrant city near Tanzania's exciting travel sights, Dar es Salaam is well worth considering.
You’ll find a warm, extended family atmosphere at our Dar house, thanks to our dedicated full-time staff. Program Manager Alpha and Assistant Program Manager Mark are there to fully support you throughout your placement. Alpha will pick you up at the airport, show you the local area, accompany you to your placement on your first day, and introduce you to your new colleagues.
Our other staff members are just as indispensable - and a lot of fun. In addition to keeping the house clean and tidy, our Housekeeper Neema also has excellent advice on where to buy the best local crafts and clothing. Our talented Caterer Rehema was formerly a chef at a 5-star restaurant and cooks up a delicious mix of traditional Swahili/Arabic cuisine, but can cater for all types of dietary requirements. The weekly barbeques are also the stuff of legend, so make sure you are hungry!
All our staff members are there to answer your questions and to help deal with any problems that might arise. Their mission is to ensure your time with us runs as smoothly and happily as possible.Read more about Our Staff
Accommodation & free time
Our house is located in Oyster Bay, a well known area north of Dar es Salaam on the Sea Cliff Peninsula. It offers comfortable shared bedrooms, spacious living areas, a swimming pool and a garden, perfect for relaxing in the evenings or practicing KiSwahili. A white-sand beach is just a short walk away.
On weekends, students enjoy taking trips over to Zanzibar, great for snorkeling and swimming with dolphins. Also popular is the UNESCO World Heritage site Stone Town, with its maze of alleys and craft shops.
Local game reserves such as Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve run exciting wildlife safaris. More adventures await a bit further away, at the world-famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, a short flight from the city.what else is included?
Village Healthcare Experience
The Dar es Salaam Village Healthcare Experience provides a rare chance to spend a week in a beautiful rural village in the Kilombero region. Here you’ll learn about the traditional culture and healing methods of rural Tanzanians, while delivering primary healthcare to patients with advanced symptoms in a small, under-resourced clinic.
Each morning you’ll work with a healthcare practitioner, then take part in local activities and traditions with the help of your guide/translator. You’ll share a room with three or less fellow students, in the home of a local host family who will provide you with delicious traditional meals.
You’ll join doctors in a basic but busy healthcare clinic, assisting in the labor/maternity wards, the men’s and women’s wards, or the outpatients department. There’s also a basic dental ward and HIV counselling.
This experience provides a dramatic contrast from Dar’s urban environment and hospitals. It will be personally and professionally invaluable to those wanting to engage in rural Tanzanian life and medicine.
On my first day I assisted with successful CPR of a young malnourished girl aged 22, who had TB. When the girl took a breath, I felt so overwhelmed with happiness! The doctor cheered and gave me a high-five! It was an experience that I will never forget.
Nicola Robertson, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy 2013Read More
This was a truly life changing experience and has inspired to me train as a midwife once finishing my nursing degree.
Holly Schwarzenberg, University of Manchester 2013Read More
Working in Africa was such a unique experience, and I feel has only helped in my training to become a nurse.
Laura Hoatson, University of Manchester 2013Read More