Dar es Salaam offers the perfect mix of opportunities that come from living in a cosmopolitan city, with the ultimate traveller’s paradise beckoning from across the water. Just an hour from the mainland, Zanzibar’s white sands and turquoise waters are a mecca for divers, backpackers and party-goers. Travel inland and you will find once-in-a-lifetime safari opportunities.

The Work The World House

Much of your overseas internship experience with us will center around the Work the World house. The house’s atmosphere is social — you’ll live with other healthcare students from other countries and other disciplines, so it will start to feel like home from day one.

The house is based in the north of the city, just a short walk from the Indian Ocean. The building itself is roomy and decorated with traditional Tanzanian carvings.

You have plenty of communal and private spaces, and there’s an outdoor pool to cool off in when the temperature rises. Take a short walk in the evening after placement, and you’ll find the seafront shops, bars and restaurants.

In the broader area, you can visit traditional craft markets, or catch a boat going on a snorkelling or whale-watching trip.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your internship abroad Security team: Monitor the house 24/7 for extra peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Our in-country team will take you to your internship hospital before your placement begins. They’ll introduce you to department staff and your supervisors, making sure you know your way around ready for when you start.

The team will continue to stop by at the hospital throughout your placement. They’ll just want to be sure everything is running smoothly.

We assign your clinical supervisors before you start your internship. Build rapport with them and they’ll give you an insider’s view on the local healthcare system.

The point of all the above is that we offer support throughout your healthcare internship in Tanzania.

tanzania electives

Internships in Dar es Salaam

Medical Internship, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Medical Internships

On your medical internship in Tanzania, you can spend time in neurosurgery, oncology, and anesthesiology among others. If you choose less specific areas, you’ll observe and in some instances help to treat more advanced referrals. Whatever you choose, you’ll gain vital experience with everything from communicable diseases to advanced pathologies that you may have only come across in textbooks.

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Nursing Internship, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Nursing Internships

Clinical facilities in Dar es Salaam are among the best in Tanzania. As such you can choose to get a breadth of experience across multiple areas. This will give you a broad, interdepartmental understanding of how nursing is delivered in our partner hospital. Alternatively, you can focus on very specific areas of interest like pediatric HIV. The choice is yours entirely.

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Midwifery Internship, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Midwifery Internships

We have excellent relationships with our partner hospitals in Dar es Salaam. One such hospital is the largest tertiary referral hospital in the country. The maternity wards here are busy, offering you the chance to get experience with deliveries and in OBG. However, your internship is not limited to these areas. You can also get involved in more niche areas like neonatal intensive care, or learning how staff care for expectant mothers with HIV.

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Physical Therapy Internship, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Physical Therapy Internships

The biggest causes of serious and critical injury in Dar es Salaam are road traffic accidents (road safety standards and traffic etiquette are somewhat distinct from what you’re used to in the US). That said, you’ll still see a diverse range of injuries. For example, you might see patients who have been admitted as a result of mining accidents, or those who have suffered serious strokes, and more.

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Paramedicine Internships

Tanzania’s healthcare system lacks funding, and so development progresses slowly. To give you some perspective, our partner hospital’s ED (still the only one of its kind in Tanzania) was only established in 2010. Needless to say, the department is busy all day every day. Emergency cases are referred from many miles away, but of course for some patients the distance is simply too far. Doctors and nurses here work irregular shifts, so you’ll learn from a variety of local staff. This adds to the breadth of experience you’ll get on an internship in Tanzania.

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Radiography Internship, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Radiology Internships

As a radiology student, you’ll quickly notice a lack of resource in Dar es Salaam. This is particularly true when it comes to both imaging and therapeutic equipment. For example, radiography is rarely offered in Dar es Salaam’s government hospitals, meaning patients have to travel far and wide to seek care in specialist centers. On an internship here you’ll not only see a range of cancers, but also fractures, trauma, RTAs, tuberculosis and HIV related cases. You’ll also observe the stark contrasts in practice. For example patients are often treated without immobilization.

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Dentistry Internship, Tanzania (Arusha)

Dentistry Internships

You’ll undertake your internship in our partner health centre in Dar es Salaam. You will spend time in the  dental department, focusing in on whatever interests you. Examples include oral surgery, oral pathology, oral medicine, preventative and community dentistry, prosthodontics, periodontology, and cariology. You’ll observe many cases that are typical in Tanzania. For example, many people suffer from dental fluorosis as a result of water contamination and poor diet.

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Occupational Therapy Internship, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Occupational Therapy Internships

The rehabilitative medicine department in our partner hospital is staffed by specialists from a range of disciplines. The department sees inpatients and outpatient, making up an average of around 20 patients each day. The OT team is also stationed in ICU, so you can spend with critical patients. You may even have the opportunity to conduct home visits. Typical cases include strokes, cerebral palsy, back pain, neuropathies, nerve injuries, contractures, arthritis, and post eclampsia.

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To deepen your appreciation of Tanzanian culture and healthcare, you can choose to add an extra week to the end of your internship to live with a family in a rural fishing village in the northern region of the paradise island of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Dar es Salaam. Each morning, you’ll head to a busy district hospital. Here, you’ll gain insight into how local staff treat cases of everything from malaria to snake bites. The experience will perfectly complement your city-based internship on the mainland. In your free time, you’ll take part in many local activities. This includes cycling to the fish market and white-sand beaches, learning about rehabilitating turtles, visiting the local herbalist, and learning about the spice trade which is an intricate part of Zanzibarian life

"When I first arrived I was surprised by the struggles staff were facing, but they were all still positive about everything."

Rose Johnston, Manchester Metropolitan University 2023

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"I travelled alone but all my anxieties melted away as soon as I touched down and met the amazing support team. I regret nothing...well I only wish I booked for longer".

Faatemah Mahetar, University of Central Lancashire 2023

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"I found the staff to be helpful if you introduced yourself, the more you gave the more you got back."

Hannah Bentley, King's College London 2023

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"Under supervision, I was able to help with deliveries and even lead the delivery of a baby on my own with hospital staff overseeing my practice at all times".

Joanna North, Bangor University 2023

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"It was such an eye-opening experience, from being in the psychiatric wards and seeing their way of working with a variety of mental health conditions".

Briony Anderson, Abertay University 2023

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What healthcare disciplines do Work the World cater for?

Work the World organize short-term educational healthcare internships for the following disciplines: 1. Nursing and Midwifery 2. Medical 3. Physical Therapy 4. Radiology 5. Pharmacy 6. Dentistry 7. Occupational Therapy 8. Paramedicine 


The house Tanzania is located only a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean. The building itself is spacious, decorated with traditional African carvings, has private and communal spaces, and an outdoor pool on the grounds. You’re also only a couple of minutes walk from seafront shops and restaurants.


The house in Tanzania is located only a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean. The building itself is spacious, decorated with traditional African carvings, has private and communal spaces, and an outdoor pool on the grounds. You’re also only a couple of minutes walk from seafront shops and restaurants.

How much does it cost to do a Work the World internship?

Costs vary depending on where you go and the duration. Details of inclusions and costs can be found here