Experience the influence of fascinating cultures on healthcare
As the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, it has never been more important to understand human health and healthcare as truly global subjects.
This global health experience program is ideal for both pre-med/pre-health and current nursing students at any stage of college. There are also special sessions for high school students aged 16-18, with age-appropriate supervision. You will learn from specialist health professionals about the public health challenges of the country and how they impact the medical cases you will observe in the community.
Medical doctors will serve as your mentors and guide you through different aspects of local healthcare so that you can gain an understanding of the ways healthcare is approached and how culture impacts that care.
The types of cases and the different providers you see will give you a diverse experience with medicine that few pre-med or pre-health students will have access to.
The more insight you have into some of the diverse influences culture and the environment have on health, the stronger you will be as a professional – whether working in America, the UK or elsewhere in the world.
Explore the roots of medicine in traditional villages of the Maasai and Hehe tribes
You will be visiting both the Maasai and Hehe tribes in the Iringa region, so that you can observe healers from two different cultures.
In rural areas, tribal healers are frequent points of care for patients seeking treatment. Through an interpreter, you will be able to ask questions and learn about the challenges and treatment methods of healers in each tribe.
In addition to learning from the traditional healers, you will have a full day with each tribe to learn about their way of life. The vibrant cultures of these respective groups will shine through the activities of their day, which could include beating corn with the Hehe or herding cows with the Maasai.
As part of your global health experience as a future healthcare professional, it’s important to understand where and how your patients sought care before coming to you. Tanzanian healthcare often begins in these villages.
Shadow health workers in community clinics
An important part of the global health experience is the time you’ll spend in community health centers, which are a primary level of care for patients in rural Tanzania.
These smaller healthcare facilities provide basic accident and emergency services as well as handling things like vaccinations, maternal care and malaria diagnosis and treatment.
You will experience several days at the health center observing the doctor-in-charge on ward rounds, as well as other healthcare professionals in settings such as HIV, reproductive child health and general outpatient clinics.
The health care center handles a wide range of cases, from diabetic complications, births, accidents, heart conditions, and much more. All the while, they are trying to improve their treatment capabilities at the facility. This is your opportunity to see how these primary healthcare facilities operate in challenging conditions with limited resources.
As with all shadowing on our programs, this is about experiencing the clinical front line in a safe and ethical way. There is no physical contact between students and patients and you will be under continuous supervision from a medical doctor or qualified nurse.
Interactive teaching from global health specialist Isaac Mlay M.D.
Dr. Isaac Mlay, pediatrician and global health expert, will give you insight into Tanzanian healthcare.
Dr. Mlay works in a regional referral hospital as a pediatrician and specializes in global health. You will spend a day with him, learning about the types of cases that are common to Tanzania as well as the specific challenges of the healthcare system.
He has a wealth of knowledge on public health issues facing both rural and urban communities. He will lead you through several interactive activities and community visits to help you understand the impact of culture and the environment on the health and treatment of patients within the country.
The adventure of a lifetime in East Africa’s most spectacular wilderness
Included in your program fee is a trip to the famous Ruaha National Park, home to the largest population of elephants in East Africa.
You will spend three days and two nights at a beautiful lodge on the edge of the park so that you can experience the most majestic wildlife Tanzania has to offer. From the hilltop lodge you will enjoy your amazing breakfast and coffee, while observing the sea of trees below for a sneak peek of an elephant or giraffe.
We have planned the trip to fit seamlessly into your schedule of observations so you don’t have to worry. We do not want you to leave the continent without seeing these magnificent creatures.
Share the experience of African culture at our incredible student house
Our student guesthouse is your home away from home. We run the house ourselves and employ our own support staff and security team to keep you safe and comfortable.
We will keep the house clean and sanitized, transport you to and from each day’s activities. Our in-house chef will prepare delicious meals everyday from locally sourced ingredients.
We have designed the guesthouse for a comfortable and relaxed feel amongst the trees and beautiful landscape. You will share single-sex rooms with your peers, each with attached bathrooms and showers.
Enjoy the sunset view from the terrace or take a dip in the pool during your time off. The guesthouse is where you can enjoy the social aspects of the program, along with the learning experience.
Your participation directly benefits local communities
It is one of our core values that all our programs benefit everyone involved. The tribal communities, traditional healers, clinics, community health workers and doctors who contribute to your global health experience are all paid directly from your program fee.
Giving back in this way makes your program more sustainable and also enhances the learning experience by incentivising those you will learn from.
The part of your fee that goes to our partner clinics has a very real effect on increasing access to healthcare for local people, many of whom are unable to pay for services themselves.
You will also have the opportunity to volunteer with a local partner, as a way of learning and connecting more with the community.
This investment in your career is also a way to give back to the communities.
Our direct control keeps you safe and delivers the best learning experience
Our level of support is what makes our program different from other global health programs.
We have hand picked our staff, mentoring doctors, clinics, and hospitals to create this amazing learning experience.
Each person that is selected for our Global Pre-Meds team is trained by us to provide the same level of service and support. We have high standards when it comes to hospitality.
We are available to answer your questions as soon as you start the application process, to the moment you step off the plane, all the way through your program. Every aspect of the program is curated by us, which is why we can deliver such an amazing experience.
The program has separate dedicated sessions for:
When does this program start?
There are program start dates available throughout the summer between May and September, and at selected other times of year.
Please see Dates, fees & apply for details.
This program is two weeks long.
What is included in the program fee?
This is a fully residential two-week program in Tanzania. The program fee includes personal mentorship throughout from a Medical Doctor, four days clinical shadowing in a community health centre, two full-day tribal village experiences with traditional healers, full-day private field-based teaching from a global health specialist (MD), comprehensive orientation day including seminar on the healthcare system in Tanzania, a one-day voluntary service project, your scrubs and full PPE, accommodation at our own exclusive student guest house, all your food cooked in-house by our chef, 24-hour support from our international staff team, all your local transport in Tanzania, unlimited personal assistance with your preparations before the program and a Global Health Experience Certificate.
You’ll also be contributing to local communities and improving access to healthcare as all of the people, hospitals and communities that contribute to your experience are paid directly from your program fee.
The program fee does not include your flights to Tanzania, your personal travel insurance or your personal spending money.
How much does this program cost?
Registration is $450, which covers the admission process and reserves your space on the program. This is refundable if your application is not successful (Terms & Conditions apply).
The program fee is $4,800, which covers the entire residential program package (see what’s included above). This is payable 120 days before your program start date or can be paid in installments.
Is there financial aid available?
We are a specialist placement provider, and unfortunately cannot offer any financial aid ourselves.
We do offer a payment plan which allows your program fee to be paid in installments over four months, at no extra cost.
Past students have successfully crowdfunded for their program.
What about COVID-19?
Our programs have been adapted to run safely with a host of COVID protection measures during the pandemic. We are also allowing unlimited free changes so that you can apply now with confidence that you won’t lose your place on the program if your travel plans are disrupted.
For more information, please see our COVID-19 information page.
How do I get involved?
Head to the dates, fees and apply page to explore the programs and start dates available to you based on your age group.
If you’re ready to apply, you can go ahead and make your application online right from that page. If you’re tempted, but not quite ready to apply, you can request a callback from one of our expert Program Advisors or join our network to be the first to know about updates, new programs and other ways to get involved.