Waterloo to Tanzania - Nursing Internship

Serena A. Velji Start Date: Feb 26, 2018 - End Date: Jun 5, 2018
  • Arusha, Tanzania

My Travel Story

by: Serena A. Velji Start Date: Feb 26, 2018 - End Date: Jun 5, 2018
WATERLOO --> TANZANIA 
With limited staff, medical supplies, and lowly advanced technology this internship allows for growth in my nursing care skills and understanding global health issues.
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The organization I will be volunteering with is Tai Global Elective, I will be volunteering alongside a group for 4 weeks. I chose this organization as their vision is to allow volunteers to dip their toes in the day-to-day of their future careers and gain exposure to their future field of practice. As I am entering nursing school in the fall, the placement given to me is at the Levolosi Health Centre in Arusha, Tanzania. This centre is one of the primary healthcare facilities in Arusha, established primarily as a maternal and child health hospital.
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With the lack of accessible healthcare information, there are alarming rates of infant mortality, as well as post birth complications. Problems such as higher levels of anemia, high blood pressure, and more premature births have had long-term negative effects on the health and development of women, children, and their families. Adequate prenatal and postnatal care are extremely vital in areas of Africa where HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases are highly prevalent. Furthermore, there is an expanding gap between the supply and demand of healthcare assistance and that is where I come in. With the average of 30 births a day and over 80 pregnant women being admitted at the facility, I will be lending a helping hand.
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I will be shadowing, learning and getting hands on nursing experience with the added bonus of providing care to the locals of Arusha. I am eager for the opportunity to get an incomparable experience with some of the best medical practitioners and learning how to do so much with such limited resources at the facility. 
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It has been my dream for so long to volunteer abroad, I have always wanted to gain global experience and open my horizons to new cultures as well as surround myself with people that I can teach as well as learn from. In Tai Global Electives mission statement it mentions “we want to give our clients an enabling environment to learn and shape their careers through participatory action and contribute towards making the world a better place for humanity.”  Through immersing myself in this project, it allows exposure and education in terms of how nurses in developing countries deliver care and "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela
  • Arusha, Tanzania