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 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, accommodaing 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 placementSecurity 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 clinical internship.

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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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In addition to your main internship in Dar es Salaam, you can spend an optional week in an African village community on the western side of the Uluguru Mountains. In the mornings, you’ll spend time in a busy primary healthcare clinic, seeing how local staff provide care in a rural setting. This makes the experience the perfect complement to your time in the city. In your free time, you’ll join in on many local activities — cycling through sugar cane plantations, visiting nearby waterfalls, visiting local primary schools, and learning traditional drumming and dancing.


"I gained experience that I wouldn’t get anywhere else."

Danielle Broad, University of Birmingham 2020

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"The placement experience was priceless! The staff on placement and the Work the World team at the house were all extremely helpful and friendly".

Shirin Patel , University of Central Lancashire 2020

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"Resources were limited and considerations around health and safety were very different."

Sarah Cartwright, Chester University 2019

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"I exchanged knowledge with local staff, which helped me gain confidence in my own abilities."

Aneeqa Hussain, Bradford University 2019

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"My placement helped me to become more proactive and improved my confidence."

Shakiirah Naseem, Anglia Ruskin University 2019

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