Volunteer in Zambia
Volunteer Doctors: Required from April 2018
If you are a qualified doctor and able to volunteer next year for 2 or 3 months, or longer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you some more information.
“As a doctor for On Call Africa, I felt like our partnership with the community health care workers was essential in allowing us to engage with patients in rural communities. Over the teaching and training period, we built relationships with the community health care workers and shared a mutual respect. We worked in areas where there were sometimes cultural barriers surrounding medical treatment and decisions. They were able to understand both patient and doctor perspectives and helped us to make joint decisions. The partnership between On Call Africa and Community Health Workers is invaluable.“
Dr Helen Richardson, Volunteer, 2016
What to expect
You’ll be working on mobile medical clinics, bringing medical care to communities who have no access to healthcare facilities in rural Zambia. Clinics provide doctors with a good opportunity to experience a mix of infectious diseases, chronic illness and acute medicine. The mobile medical service includes health education workshops and our community health worker training programme is something in which you will be very much involved; training and assessing local community health volunteers both in their villages and during residential training weeks in Livingstone.
We need more volunteers from April 2018 and are looking for anyone who would like to experience medicine in a challenging, under-resourced environment.
Volunteering in Zambia is a truly life changing experience. You’ll spend most of the working week in the African bush, driving to remote villages in an off-road vehicle, camping in village schools and working with Zambian volunteers and health workers to improve healthcare in their communities.
We try to accommodate volunteers at all level of medical expertise, although we ask that you will have completed FY2 by the time you will travel to Zambia. We are particularly keen to hear from interested doctors and people with experience of delivering training and health education (we are not currently seeking volunteers who have not yet completed initial medical training).
How to Apply to Volunteer