Have you always dreamed of gaining experience abroad during or after your studies? Let Josie‘s and Lara’s story inspire you, who traveled to the tropical island paradise Zanzibar for their medical internship and worked in a local hospital.
We traveled to Zanzibar and lived in a host family together were everyone treated us like a part of the family straight from the beginning.
We stayed in StoneTown for 5 weeks, the historic center of Zanzibar Town – the perfect base to go on excursions all over the island. World Unite! was very helpful and always assisted us with the arrangements of our trips and excursions. We can recommend the Safari Blue, the Spice Tour and a paddle tour. We also loved strolling along the beach and to explore the many narrow streets and small shops in Stone Town.
In the weekly meetings with our local coordinators we were able to discuss anything we needed assistance with and were always helped immediately. Also, the meetings allowed us to meet other World Unite! participants who worked in other projects in Zanzibar Town.
Our host family also helped us to get to know the culture, country, people and culinary delights. We were very grateful for that! A change for us was that in Zanzibar many things sometimes take a little longer than we are used to from home. Hustle and bustle does not seem to be common here. Always pole pole!
We worked at the local hospital „Mnazi Mmoja Hospital Zanzibar“. We were first in the oncology department and then in pediatrics. All doctors, nurses and other staff treated us in a very friendly and open manner. For us it was particularly exciting to make out the differences to the German health system. Often, less or very simple means are available than we know from home, e.g. there were no tourniquets available for blood sampeling. Instead, the doctors used the rubber band from their rubber gloves.
At the end of our internship, we donated our gloves, disinfectants and work clothes tot he hospital, which they were very happy about.
On of the best parts of our trip was a two day safari in Tanzania.
One can hardly put this journey into words and we highly recommend making this experience yourself!
Many thanks to the team of World Unite! It was an unforgettable time!
Josie and Lara
Read more about the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar on this link!