Electives in Dar es Salaam

Nursing Electives, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Nursing Electives

The clinical facilities in Dar es Salaam are among the best in Tanzania. This means that nurses will be able to draw from a well of knowledge that can’t be accessed anywhere else. You can focus in on specific areas like paediatric HIV, or — if you wish to get an interdepartmental understanding of nursing in Tanzania — you have the option to do so. With a broad range of clinical specialities available, the choice is entirely yours. Please note that we cater to all branches of nursing.


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Medical Electives, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Medical Electives

In Dar es Salaam, HIV and related cases are considerable issues. As such, you can attend an HIV clinic to get insight into how the condition is treated in a low-resource environment. Of course, you can also see how Tanzanian medicine is practised in areas like paediatrics, surgical wards like neurosurgery, and the infectious diseases unit. Speaking of infectious diseases, both communicable and non-communicable diseases are treated in A&E, with little attention paid to infection control. We also have fantastic opportunities on the psychiatric ward and in anaesthesiology.

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Midwifery Electives, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Midwifery Electives

We have excellent relationships with national and regional hospitals in Dar es Salaam, one of which is the largest tertiary referral hospital in the country. The maternity ward here is busy, and offers students the chance to get experience with conventional deliveries and in OBG. However the placement is not limited to these areas. There is also every opportunity to get involved in areas like neonatal intensive care.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Physiotherapy Electives

In Dar es Salaam, the biggest causes of critical injury are road traffic accidents. The standards of road safety and traffic etiquette are somewhat different from what you’re used to. As a result, many more traffic accidents occur. That said, the range of injuries you see will be diverse. In our main partner hospital — a dedicated orthopaedic institute — you’ll see patients who have been admitted as a result of mining accidents, spinal injuries, serious strokes and more.


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Paramedic Science Electives

Tanzania is seriously lacking in financial resources, and is rarely able to develop its healthcare system. The A&E department in your placement hospital here was only established in 2010. As this is the only A&E of its kind in all of Tanzania, some emergency cases are referred from many hours’ drive away. For some patients, a few hours will be too late. The department is busy, day in, day out. What’s more, doctors and nurses work shifts here, so you’ll get face time with lots of different staff, giving you a breadth of experience.

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Radiography Electives, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Radiography Electives

Radiography students most quickly notice the lack of resource in Dar es Salaam, with particular reference to equipment when faced with analysing cancers. Radiotherapy is rarely offered in hospitals, meaning patients have to travel far and wide to seek care in specialist centres like our partner institutions. This placement is one of great diversity. You’ll see an extraordinary range of cancers, fractures, trauma, road traffic accidents, tuberculosis and HIV related cases, and more. You’ll also witness a stark contrast in the procedural aspects of your field. For example patients are often treated without immobilisation.

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Dentistry Electives, Tanzania (Arusha)

Dentistry Electives

We are partnered with one of Dar es Salaam’s most highly-regarded tertiary referral hospitals. Here, we work closely with their busy dental department. You could focus in on areas like oral surgery, oral pathology and oral medicine, in addition to preventative and community dentistry, prosthodontics, periodontology and cariology. You’ll also have the chance to observe cases that are typical in Tanzania. For example, many people suffer from dental fluorosis as a result of water contamination and poor diet.


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Occupational Therapy Electives, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

Occupational Therapy Electives

Trained professionals, hailing from a number of disciplines, staff the rehabilitative medicine department in our main partner hospital. The department receives both inpatients and outpatients, and (on average) sees around 20 patients per day. You can also head out with the team to help conduct home visits. The team also have a presence in the ICU. Typical cases that the rehabilitative medicine department receive include strokes, cerebral palsy, back pain, neuropathies, nerve injuries, contractures, arthritis, post eclampsia to name but a few.

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The Work The World House

Life in our house in Dar es Salaam makes up a huge part of your trip — it’s your home away from home. You'll stay with other healthcare students from countries around the world and that gives the house a social community feel to it.

The house is located in the north of the city, only a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean. The building itself is spacious, decorated with traditional African carvings, has private and communal spaces, and an outdoor pool on the grounds.

In the evenings, you’re only a couple of minutes walk from seafront shops and restaurants.

In the broader area, you can visit traditional craft markets, local bars, and catch boats going on whale-watching and snorkelling trips.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Our team in Dar es Salaam will take you on an informal visit to the hospital before you start your placement. The team will take you around the hospital itself, introducing you to department staff and your supervisors to give you a feel for what to expect. You’ll often see members of our Dar es Salaam team in the hospital. They’ll come to visit you during your placement, making sure the experience aligns with your expectations.

Before the start of your placement, we’ll assign your clinical supervisors. If you put effort into building a relationship with them, they will offer insight into practices and conditions in a way that only a local practitioner can.

Crucially, we offer support throughout your clinical placement as and when you need it. We’ve got all bases covered.

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What's included?

  • Supervised hospital placement
  • Private catered accommodation 
  • Dedicated placement coordinator
  • 24/7 in-country team
  • Language lessons
  • Airport pickup

*Prices below are in addition to a £300 registration fee.

Destinations 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Extra Week

Tanzania Dar es Salaam

£1790 £1940 £2090 £2240 £2390 £350


In addition to your main placement in Dar es Salaam, for one week you’ll have the opportunity to become part of an African village community based in a remote location on the western side of the Uluguru Mountains. In the mornings, you’ll get experience in a busy primary healthcare clinic seeing how care is provided in a rural setting, making it the perfect complement to your time in the city. In your free time you’ll take part in many local activities. This includes cycling to the sugar cane plantations, visiting nearby waterfalls, visiting local primary schools, and learning traditional drumming and dancing.


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"I am entirely grateful for being able to witness this firsthand as it is not something you can explain to others."

Ruby Sullivan, King's College London 2019

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"I was able to share my knowledge,  which helped me gain confidence in my own abilities."

Elle Franco , Kingston University 2019

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"I can only describe my experience in Dar as unique and unforgettable in every aspect"

Sara Ali, Umm Al Qura University 2019

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"Grab this opportunity with both hands and go for it, I promise you’ll regret it if you don’t"

Laura Evans, Birmingham City University 2019

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"There were more than a few drunk drivers. This caused a number of serious accidents."

Kira Mitchell, Chester University 2019

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