Gain international work experience
Develop a global understanding of healthcare/medicine
Gain insight into the South African healthcare system
Work with local professionals
Discover the South African culture and health-related challenges
Make a difference in the lives of the patients
Gain clinical hours and a letter of recommendation
Enhance your CV
The Western Cape, where the programs are based, is a very culturally diverse area of South Africa. There is a large integration of the poor with the wealthy. The main cultures that you will be working with are English or Afrikaans South Africans.
Day 1: Welcome to South Africa
You are collected from the airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation in Table View where you can check in and get comfortable before your welcome orientation and evening BBQ (braai). You will also receive your arrival package which includes a little bag, t-shirt, welcome book and SIM card.
Day 2: Orientation Tour of Cape Town
You will head into Cape Town with a member of staff who will take you on a walking tour of this great city together with the other new arrivals.
After the walking tour you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbour or walk around taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the sidewalks. Alternatively, you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era (at own expense; advance booking recommended).
In the evening take the local bus back to Table View. Sunday dinner is a DIY evening, allowing everyone to showcase their local meals or join in a 'bring and BBQ'. You will also have time to relax and get ready before your internship begins.
Interns work 5 days a week from Monday to Friday alongside medical doctors and nurses. Observing what they do in the consulting room is a great starting point for learning, but you will also be able to assist in the triage room to check vital signs of patients and send them to see the doctors according to the urgency of their illness or injury. In addition, interns can assist in the trauma room with tasks assigned by a senior doctor in charge. Other responsibilities include observing in the HIV & AIDS section and assisting with the administration of tests, and observing in the maternity obstetrics unit (birth, pre and post-natal care). Education is a very important part of the clinic's work so you can take part in educating the parents and patients on different diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, epilepsy, HIV & AIDS and TB. There is also a pharmacy where interns can help out.
With every new arrival we have a safety and orientation briefing where we discuss issues such as general safety in South Africa for example, what to do in the settlements, where not to go, what to do in case of an emergency, sea currents, HIV AIDS and crime. We offer all our volunteers 24/7 support and assistance.
Orientation & welcome BBQ
24-hour support and supervision
Donation to the project
Certificate of appreciation
Minimum age of 18
The position is a contract for minimum 8 weeks, but 3 months is preferable, if possible.
Letter of motivation
Police clearance certificate
Copy of identity document
2 written references
Reference letter from an educational institution
Intermediate level of competency in English
Copy of return flight itinerary
Acceptance subject to availability
The most important things to bring are a sense of humor, patience, an open mind and a positive attitude!
Internships and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.