Tanzania Dar es Salaam
AboutDar es Salaam
City Population: 2,698,652
Language: SWAHILI AND ENGLISH
Currency: TANZANIAN SHILLING
Attractions: ZANZIBAR, NATIONAL PARKS, DIVING & SNORKELLING
Dar es Salaam provides 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.
The highlights do not end there. Travel inland and you will find amazing safari options at Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve, or you can take advantage of the cheap flights and buses to visit the Northern Safari Circuit and Mt Kilimanjaro.
We are based in Oyster Bay, moments from a beautiful beach and on a peninsula full of great restaurants and bars. Students usually group together to spend afternoons sunbathing, snorkelling or fishing around some of the many islands, but if you are looking for something more cultural, Dar es Salaam hosts a mix of African, Arabic and Indian influence and has some beautiful buildings and fascinating bazaars to wander around.
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 Dar es Salaam is located in the north of the city, on the affluent Sea Cliff Peninsula. Big bedrooms accommodate up to 39 students, and there are some lovely communal areas on the porch or in the large garden around the swimming pool where you can relax or practise your Swahili – 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 and with our caterer previously working in a 5 star hotel in Zanzibar, you can expect something special!More about our team in Dar es Salaam
Village Healthcare Experience
Working in a small clinic in a rural environment will help you understand more about primary healthcare and the difficulties in delivering it. Every day presents new challenges and adventures, whether due to limited resources, the presentation of advanced symptoms or learning about traditional local healer’s views on healthcare!
Weekday mornings will be spent with a healthcare practitioner. Afternoons will be with a guide local to the region, and will involve local activities such as traditional drumming and dancing and volunteering in the local primary school.More about the Village Healthcare Experience
Working with Dar es Salaam's hospitals and community
We place enormous importance on recognition and reward, and make regular donations to the hospital, individual wards and supervisors on top of placement fees per student. We also like to sponsor English language lessons for staff where we can, and support local customs, like Women's Day, honouring the people working directly with our students.
Recently we facilitated a large donation from SWOT (Students Working Overseas Trust), helping them buy supplies that were then taken to the regional hospital. The gift was received gratefully by the team, who emphasised that the donations will save many lives.
In 2013, Work the World donated over $250,000 to our partner hospitals around the globe.
HOW WE TAILOR YOUR PLACEMENT IN Dar es Salaam
Approximately two or three months before departure, you will receive a call from the Operations Manager that is overseeing your entire placement. We will help you decide where to specialise, whether to split your placement between two departments and which hospital setting best suits your requirements.
Armed with all the information we liaise with our in-country teams. They then meet with the relevant clinical departments in Dar es Salaam's hospitals to discuss how to structure your placement based on your skill-set. Every student receives supervision, and when you arrive we will introduce you to your key clinical supervisor.More about our electives
Read more about dar es Salaam on the blog
On my first day I assisted with successful CPR of a young malnourished girl aged 22, who had TB. When the girl took a breath, I felt so overwhelmed with happiness! The doctor cheered and gave me a high-five! It was an experience that I will never forget.
Nicola Robertson, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy 2013Read More
This was a truly life changing experience and has inspired to me train as a midwife once finishing my nursing degree.
Holly Schwarzenberg, University of Manchester 2013Read More
Working in Africa was such a unique experience, and I feel has only helped in my training to become a nurse.
Laura Hoatson, University of Manchester 2013Read More