arusha and beyond

  • Arusha is… “A great city to live in and a taste of ‘real Africa’ –  with lush surroundings, it’s also a gateway to the country’s Northern safari circuit.”
  • Drive across the Ngorongoro crater, or scale Mount Meru for panoramic views across the East African plains
  • Go on safari in the Serengeti and see zebra, lions, elephant, cheetah and antelope
  • You’ll quickly make friends with Arushan people — they're naturally sociable and inquisitive
  • Village Healthcare Week: Stay in Tanzania for an extra week and become a temporary member of the Maasai tribe, learning about local culture and healthcare
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Accommodation and team 

A great social hub, our Arusha accommodation is 15-minutes by ‘dala-dala' (shared minibus) from town. The house has plenty of space, with comfortable bedrooms and several living and dining areas. The garden is a great place to chat and socialize with housemates, and on clear days, you can see Mount Meru from the balcony.

At the house, our Arusha Program Manager and their assistant provide 24/7 support, takeing care of day-to-day operations. Two meals a day and a weekly BBQ night are provided by your in-house chef. You’ll also have a housekeeper, and local language teacher who hosts twice-weekly lessons.

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In addition to your main placement in Arusha, spend an extra week in Tanzania living with a Maasai tribe. This rare privilege is completely different from your city-based healthcare internship in Tanzania. Living in a traditional village enclosure, you’ll be welcomed as one of their own. In the village dispensary, you’ll observe how things like malaria treatments, pediatric vaccinations, and traditional healing practices are managed.

Each afternoon, our guides will introduce you to Maasai culture and traditions – be prepared for everything, from visiting sacred sites and watching traditional dance, to observing a goat sacrifice. This experience is the perfect complement to all clinical internships in Tanzania.

Placements in Tanzania - Arusha

Sarah van der Valk

"The time I spent in Tanzania was genuinely the most amazing experience in my life."

Sarah van der Valk, 2016

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Case Studies Ellen  Smith

"The Ngorongoro Crater was the most stunning place I have ever been"!

Ellen Smith - Safari and Massai VHE, Liverpool John Moores University 2016

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Case Studies - Saskia van Ool

"We rode piki-piki’s and watched a famous Maasai tradition - the goat sacrifice".

Saskia Van Ool - Maasai VHE , 2016

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Ahmad, Naaz

Living with the Maasai tribe is an experience I appreciated immensely.

Naaz Ahmad, King's College London 2015

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Our visit to the Maasai village was an unforgettable experience!

Juliana Jeffri Jee and Nasrah Mohd Arif , University College Cork 2015

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