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Kenya Healthcare Internship

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Kenya – a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Charismatic wildlife roam rift valley plains, white sand beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practice traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a destination of unparalleled appeal and fascination.

Travel to this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture unencumbered by the burdens of modern day western society. The people are extremely welcoming and the landscape is stunningly beautiful. You will enjoy peaceful evenings spent chatting to locals or reading and reflecting on the charm of your tranquil surroundings.

Your internship offers a period of apprenticeship where you can work off-campus to gain valuable experience in a specific career field that combines learning with hands-on activity. This practical learning experience within the workplace provides an invaluable addition to classroom learning and an ideal opportunity to develop your future career.

   

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Gain valuable experience in a specific career field

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Up to date CV
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FAST FACTS
Location Malindi / Mombasa, Kenya
Activities Basic healthcare activities
Assisting the doctors
Community outreach work
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Homestay or shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The Kenya Healthcare Internship is based in Malindi, on the beautiful Kenyan coastline. Volunteers could be assisting in either a hospital or local clinic, depending upon availability at the time of your placement, in Malindi and Kaloleni, north of Mombasa.  This project is best suited to pre-med students, medical students and medical practitioners as the work will involve carrying out medical duties within the hospital. Your internship will give you invaluable preparation for a career in medicine. The placement will allow you to observe medical practices and gives you the opportunity to take part in the day-to-day running of a hospital, or clinic, utilising a rotational programme which enables volunteers to help in a variety of departments. Those with determination, enthusiasm, aptitude and the right inclination may be able to assist the doctors and nurses in their duties and gain hands-on experience of administering healthcare to the Kenyan people.  You will be expected to work between 8am and 2pm Monday to Friday, with free time in the afternoons and weekends.

Your work may consist of basic healthcare activities such as taking histories, diagnosis, prescription and diagnosis of ailments and giving assistance to the existing medical staff. However, please note that your level of involvement will depend upon your previous experience and qualifications as well as the needs of the hospital at that time. It is therefore important to remain flexible.

There is also the opportunity to spend free time in the hospital as well, but this is purely optional and we encourage volunteers to spend time with their host families and embrace the local culture. The hospital staff are all incredibly friendly, and welcome questions from the volunteers on all aspects of procedures and hospital life. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Nairobi airport by a friendly local staff member. You will usually spend a night in the Kenyan capital to recover from your international flight before taking the comfortable coach ride to the coast and Malindi.  If you prefer you can fly directly to Mombasa and we will arrange airport pick up for you accordingly.

In Mombasa the local staff will meet you and introduce you to your host and the local area. Both your host and local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and laid back community.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will stay with a friendly Kenyan host, or in a shared volunteer house, where you'll have your own room. Your accommodation will have electricity and running water. Your accommodation will be a 3 km walk from your project location away.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You host will provide you with two delicious, authentic, home cooked Kenyan meals a day, providing you with a balanced diet including fruit and safe drinking water. Vegetarians are welcome and can easily be catered for.

Kenyan cuisine includes such delicacies as "oysters Mombasa", fish or chicken in coconut, groundnut soup or beef and potato stew, and for dessert, bananas cooked in banana leaves.

I just wanted to write and say what a wonderful time I had in Kenya last year!  | 10 Jan 2013
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The three weeks I spent volunteering in Kenya will stay with me forever.  | 29 Sep 2012
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Opportunities not possible at home  | 30 Jul 2010
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All expectations exceeded  | 25 Jun 2010
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

It is often said that a visit to Kenya without a stop at Mombasa is no visit to Kenya. The city is awash with activities ranging from swimming and snorkelling to basking on the brilliant white beaches. Mombasa is surrounded by a number of wildlife parks including Tsavo National Park just three hours away and the Shimba hills game reserve where some of the biggest elephants in the world can be found just a couple of kilometres away. Mombasa has a good selection of bars, cafés and clubs for you to enjoy on your free evenings.

There is a diverse and beautiful array of wildlife and breathtaking scenery to marvel at. The lagoons of the southern coast provide an ideal location for snorkelling or try bird watching or crocodile spotting whilst canoeing in the mangrove swamps. You may even wish to book a day's safari with local providers in the world famous Masai Mara National Park where you may see, amongst other animals, lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopards.

COSTS

2 weeks £ 599

Extra week £ 199

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

Your time on the project can be from 2 weeks to 1 year

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Apt (NBO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.