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Senegal Medical Internship

Senegal Medical Internship

A supercharged trip of adventure activities in Senegal whilst assisting at a local healthcare centre. Perfect for medical work experience and an introduction to the healthcare profession!

Prices from $1,045

Senegal is a multifaceted and vibrant country famous for its art heritage and a rich tapestry of interwoven musical roots. Despite its diminutive size, Senegal has its own unique amalgamation of exotic music, tempting cuisine and ancient customs, making it a veritable melting pot of cultural discovery. Visit a pristine ivory coast line laced with the dramatic expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, where you will find beaches scattered with rose-tinged shells, palm trees fringing the sandy shores and coral reefs and cays replete with a myriad of species of tiny fish and other tropical creatures unique to these waters.

Enjoy dark humid nights in the thriving port of Dakar, where you will find a blend of cultural influences ranging from French to Arabicexpressed in a multitude of cafés, bars and restaurants as well as galleries and museums. Make a valued and long term contribution to the future of the people you encounter.

This is a fantastic opportunity for pre-med volunteers and individuals who are interested in forging a career in the healthcare field to learn about the day to day running of a local healthcare clinic or hospital in Senegal. 

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Resume required
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age
  • An intermediate level of French is essential

FAST FACTS

Location Senegal
Activities

Shadowing doctors, nurses or other healthcare professionals

Cultural induction and project orientation

Transport Airport pick-up
Car to project offices & project site
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Major health problems in Senegal include measles and meningitis along with such water-related diseases as malaria, trypanosomiasis, onchocerciasis, and schistosomiasis.  Malnutrition is common in many children below the age of five, as is goitre. Infant and maternal mortality rates are both high, with infant mortality at almost 60 per 1,000 live births. Life expectancy for the Senegalese population is currently only 57 years.

With 54% of people living below the poverty line this project provides an essential healthcare service to those who would otherwise be unable to receive treatment for even the most minor complaints.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

During your first two days we will give you local orientation showing you how to find internet cafes, cash machines and use the local transport before starting your placement. 

The project is best suited to medical students and healthcare practitioners, as the work will involve carrying out medical duties within the hospital or clinic where you are based. Your internship will give you invaluable preparation for a career in medicine. The placement will allow you to observe medical practices and give you the opportunity to take part in the day to day delivery of medical services within a hospital or clinic. Those with determination, enthusiasm, aptitude and the right inclination may be able to assist the doctors and nurses in their duties and gain hands on experience of administering healthcare to the Senegalese people. 

Your work may consist of basic healthcare activities such as making beds, observing procedures, shadowing medical staff, taking histories, administering prescriptions, diagnosing ailments and assisting medical staff. However, please note that your level of involvement will depend upon your own previous experience and qualifications as well as the needs of the hospital/clinic at the time of your visit. It is therefore important to remain flexible. Volunteers with little experience could be given the opportunity to get involved with various community outreach programmes such as medical camps, health education, community visits and other relevant activities or shadowing the in-house nurse at a local orphanage. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met by one of our friendly Frontier representatives at Dakar Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport on the Monday and taken to your accommodation. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Depending upon the time of your arrival, you will either be taken to a local hotel (if you arrive late at night) or directly to your welcoming homestay family in Dakar. You will be given your own private room that may be shared with one other volunteer, and your accommodation will be based within walking distance of your work placement. The accommodation will of course be clean and comfortable with all the basic amenities, and your host family will be more than happy to help you with your French and  Wolof and provide you with any local information which you may need to settle in.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

During your stay you will enjoy three meals a day, which you will normally share with your host family. Dishes that you may encounter include avocado stuffed with prawn, barbecued chicken in a rich onion and lemon sauce and, if you are vegetarian, look out for the popular chopped egg salad amongst other tasty treats. Those with a sweet tooth may like to try peanut ice cream! Generally the emphasis will be on simple home-cooked dishes made with fresh local produce.

In Senegal, the traditional way to eat is from a huge bowl placed in the centre of the floor. The whole family sits and eats together using only the right hand. This is an integral part of Senegalese culture, however if you prefer, your host family will happily provide you with your own plate.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The city of Dakar is one of Africa's most vibrant, with a thriving music scene and buzzing street markets contrasting with beautiful, peaceful beaches, museums and galleries. There are many cultural workshops which you can attend and which you can book through local providers, further supporting the local economy. These include such varied activities as African drumming (djembe), African textile dying and traditional Senegalese cooking. Joining in activities with local people is a must and other activities such as football, volleyball and dancing are very popular. 

There is plenty to explore around Senegal. The Casamance, for example, has sandy beaches, lush vegetation and a very welcoming population and St Louis in the North is an old colonial city where traces of the French colonial times can still be found.

COSTS

2 weeks $1,045

Extra week $345

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Dakar (DKR)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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