HOSPITAL AND CLINIC SUPPORT
HOSPITAL AND CLINIC SUPPORT
This medical program supports the healthcare system in Limuru, a tea town in Kenya where the community struggles with inadequate infrastructure, overcrowding, and limited resources. Volunteers help staff at local facilities by offering medical support and assistance. This medical project is an enriching way to learn, give back, and explore the world. It is ideal for you if you’re: in the medical field, want to gain experience, or you’re exploring a career in healthcare.
Read more about What You Need to Know About Being a Medical Volunteer.
Limuru is a town located on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley about 35 kilometers, by road, northwest of Nairobi, the capital, and the largest city in Kenya. It is fairly small with a population of only about 5000 people. Limuru is widely known in Kenya as a tea-producing and -processing zone. The tea plantations established around Limuru from 1903 onwards were the foundation of Kenya’s largest export industry, which produces some of the world’s highest quality tea.
Venture out of town and you will find the Great Rift Valley, the Maasai Mara and some of Africa’s best beaches down at the East African coast. Over the weekends, you can explore these sublime landscapes, get up close to Africa’s iconic wildlife in their natural ecosystem, and meet the Maasai community.
Project Impact Areas
MEDICAL SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
Volunteers are placed at various public and private hospitals and clinics in Limuru depending on their qualifications, expertise, and the needs of the community.
You will provide medical support and assistance to nurses and doctors at overcrowded and under-resourced facilities. There often aren’t enough staff to treat all patients, so volunteer assistance can make a huge difference.
Volunteers work alongside local caregivers to provide medical outreach to rural communities within Limuru. This is a unique way to experience the traditional way of life in Kenya and treat people who can’t access healthcare.
You will help provide basic treatments, check-ins, advice, and if need be, referrals to hospitals or clinics. Along the way, you will build relationships, comfort, offer a listening ear, and share potentially life-saving knowledge.
HEALTH EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
Health education and awareness workshops are an important part of this medical project. Volunteers facilitate and set up workshops on topics highlighting relevant issues affecting that particular community. Sharing knowledge and spreading awareness helps people make more informed decisions or changes to their lifestyle that can drastically improve their lives.
“Living in Africa for a short period of time has changed my perspective in so many ways. I am so appreciative of the opportunities I have back home. Kenyans have also taught me that material things don’t make you happy, it’s the love and support of your community that makes you happy. Some highlights of the time I spent in Kenya was working with the children at the school and getting to assist in maternity at Tigoni hospital; I would recommend African Impact to anyone.”
“I can definitely say that my decision to volunteer with African Impact was the best thing I have ever decided to do. It was rewarding and I was constantly learning about the people and their lives here. I also met some amazing people, volunteers, coordinators, and staff of African Impact who I have loved spending time with and hope to keep in contact with in the future. I think this project has given me the perfect opportunity to see what life is really like in Kenya while still being able to see the sights on the weekends and enjoy the company of other volunteers.”
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Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
Project Fee Includes
- Accommodation throughout your stay
- 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Transport to and from project
- 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
- Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
- Project equipment and resources
Project Fee Excludes
- Travel insurance
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
- Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund