MEDICAL PROGRAM 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, every week, participation fee 210€ per week. Culture week mandatory: 210€ to start the programme
- Code : G/KEN/MP2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
Our Medical Program is aimed to benefit both the participants (by getting work experience) as well as the local villagers they will care for (by helping them get access to good and accessible health care). It is not secret that Kenya still remains a developing country and therefore, the health sector remains a big concern. Communities, especially those in rural and less developed areas, are usually in bigger need of affordable healthcare. In many small communities, there are government-owned health care and hospitals. Unfortunately, they are often understaffed and remain limited in facilities and equipment. You will be working alongside local nurses, doctors and staff in either a small healthcare center or a district hospital (depending on the needs at the time). Depending on your level of experience, different tasks will be handed out to you. Keep in mind that to take part this program, you must have medical background. The airms are to help local people get a good, affordable and accessible health care, to help and work closely with local nurses and doctors as well as learn and exchange practices in real working experiences and environments, to support the healthcare center and hospital with medical assistance
You will be accommodated in our center. The accommodation is basic and you will be sharing a room with 4 to 8 people. Toilets and showers are shared. There is free wifi available at the accommodation. There are limited laundry facilities so from time to time, you might have to wash your clothes by hand. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will also be expected to clean up after yourself and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. Food served will mainly be Kenyan food, which consists of meats, vegetables, potato, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapatti”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocadoes. We provide three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on weekdays and two meals (brunch and dinner) during weekends.
Gatanga Village will be your new home and will give you the chance to see authentic rural Kenya. Close by is Thika, an industrial town where you will be able to find anything you need. Nairobi is not too far either, and you can head there during the weekend for nights out or sightseeing. Likewise, there are many natural areas in close proximity to Gatanga, a simple example are Fourteen Falls, a set of waterfalls that will leave you awestruck. Thika town is located a thirty minute drive away from our center and is filled with supermarkets, shops, ATMs, local markets and good restaurants. There is local transport available such as bicycle and motorbike taxis, van taxis and buses. Vehicles come up to our project sites every hour and drop you off in Thika town. Moreover, the bus station in Thika is your launching spot into other parts of Kenya. There are many places for you to visit during your free time. For example, you can visit Fourteen Falls in Thika, go hiking in Kenya Mountain, visit Mombasa and enjoy the beach or head for a weekend of sightseeing in Nakuru or Nairobi, which are filled with national parks. Nairobi is also the nightlife hub of Kenya.
Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Saturdays or Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 210€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Culture week mandatory: 210€ to start the programme. Reception at the airport at the arrival. A medical background is required. This can be having working experience as doctor, nurse, etc. Nursing and medical students are also welcome to join. Additional equipment: You must cover your shoulders and legs (beneath your knees) while working, so keep this in mind when packing! A sweater might be a good idea for the evenings as it can get chilly. Pictures from your country, family and friends or other small cultural or country specific objects from your country of origin to promote intercultural exchange with the villagers. Please bring with you; medical gloves, scrubs and masks for yourself. Feel free to bring along more medical material/supplies that could be useful for your placement.