City Population: 1,288,088
Language: SWAHILI AND ENGLISH
Currency: TANZANIAN SHILLING
Attractions: KILIMANJARO, MAASAI, SAFARI
The city of Arusha is one of Northern Tanzania's most popular destinations and a hub for travellers. Known as the gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit, Arusha is also a great jumping-off point for Mount Kilimanjaro. Travellers often stop to enjoy the Maasai markets and traveller hangouts before embarking on the tough, but immensely rewarding trek to Africa’s highest point.
Another major draw is undoubtedly the nearby Ngorongoro crater. This immense volcanic caldera formed around 3 million years ago is home to a huge concentration of wildlife and is the perfect place to spot the elusive big 5.
Arusha has plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you entertained, whether you want a taste of Tanzanian food and music or just pizza and a beer. Students tend to group together to travel at weekends, heading out to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater or Lake Manyara, or flying to Zanzibar – it’s just a short journey to the paradise island.
Food, accommodation and staff
In each of our destinations we have a large, secure Work the World house - your home for the duration of your placement. Our base in Arusha looks out onto Mount Meru, smaller than Kilimanjaro but no less impressive. It is home to up to 32 students during the busiest periods and has a large lounge, gazebo and a garden where you can relax or brush up on your Swahili – free lessons are included.
Each house has its own team of staff employed from the local community, available 24/7. Meals are included and we try to combine local specialities with home favourites to keep everyone happy and well fed. Specific dietary requests are catered for and the kitchen is always open for snacks and fresh drinking water. Once a week we run our legendary Work the World barbecues, which our fun-loving Arusha staff enjoy just as much as our students!More about our team in Arusha
Village Healthcare Experience
The Maasai’s distinctive clothing, customs and lifestyle have long enchanted the world, and you will see many red and purple robes in Arusha as the tribesmen come in to the city to trade or take advantage of the services.
To truly understand what life is like for this most famous of tribes, we have developed a unique Village Healthcare Experience, offering you the chance to spend a week living within a semi-nomadic community. Working alongside a dispensary clinical officer will introduce you to a side of the Maasai few have experienced and it is fascinating to find out how modern healthcare is used alongside more traditional methods and how healthcare staff must balance treatment with the culture and traditions of the tribe.More about the Village Experience
Working with Arusha's hospitals and community
It is important to us that the people working with our students benefit from the placement fees that we pay each hospital. We make regular donations to departments at both hospitals and sponsor English language lessons for staff.
We also support local customs, giving personal gifts to individual supervisors to show our appreciation for the mentorship they provide. Recently we made a large donation to several departments at the government hospital; including sterile gloves, thermometers, feeding tubes, a BP machine, scissors, thermometers, speculums, giving bags, gauze, aprons, scalpels, glucose test strips, syringes and needles and cannulae in different sizes.
We also work closely with an orphanage in Arusha and run outreach clinics for the kids.
In 2013, Work the World donated over $250,000 to our partner hospitals around the globe.More about what's included
HOW WE TAILOR YOUR PLACEMENT IN ARUSHA
About two or three months before you are due to set off, the Operations Manager overseeing your entire placement will contact you to help you make the decision about whether to split your placement between two hospitals and which healthcare setting best suits your needs.
We then liaise with our in-country teams, who meet with the relevant clinical departments to discuss your requirements. Once in the hospital you will be assigned a key clinical supervisor who will act as your main point of contact, and your elective will be structured according to your skills, experience and abilities.More about our electives
So what advice can I impart on budding prospective students looking to undertake an elective in Africa? Just one thing. Just go for it. You won’t regret it. It will likely be one of the greatest experiences of your life.
Vinh Pham, University of Sydney 2014Read More
Do not hesitate in going with Work the World! Get in touch, get everything booked and start the adventure.
Nina Hammond, King's College London 2013Read More
The village experience was one of the most enlightening experiences I have ever had, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Emily Tibbits, Wright State University (USA) 2013Read More