During your placement, you will be placed in a maternity ward or children’s hospital. Depending on your interest and background, you will be able to observe the medical staff as they perform routine checks, prenatal checks, births and postnatal related care to the mothers and infants. If you are placed in the children’s hospital, you will be shadowing the local medical staff while they deal with emergencies related to children. The children’s hospital performs examinations, x-rays, surgeries depending on the nature of the issue. The project aims at providing essential maternity and children’s care with the help of volunteer labour in busy under-resourced Moroccan hospitals. Indeed, Moroccan healthcare lacks funding making it hard for people to have equality of access to health care. The placement will provide you with an invaluable experience, local insights on the medical field and an opportunity for many inter-cultural exchanges with the local medical staff. This is also a great placement for those specializing in Midwifery.
Why choose this project?
This internship is suitable for anyone studying or recently graduated in the fields of medicine, midwifery and nursing. It is a great opportunity to experience the medical field in a limited resource country in the MENA region. You will meet local medical professional, observe their work and practices, learn about the medical Moroccan system and understand the way they practice medical care in an Arab country.
This project also gives you the opportunity to add on Arabic or French classes at an additional cost to improve your language skills. Please speak to your advisor if interested so this can be arranged in advance of your placement.
Role of the Intern
You will have the opportunity to shadow local medical personnel and observe their work. Internships are available within local hospitals and relate to children’s and women’s health. Your internship will be arranged based on your skills and experience. You will be supervised by the hospital staff at all times and will provide assistance and support as needed. Although this is not a hands-on position, you will learn a great deal from the experience of working in a limited resources country. Depending on your experience and the relationship you build with the local staff, you may be asked to be more hands-on as long as you are ready and competent. This placement would be perfect for students or recent graduates in the areas of midwifery, nursing or paediatrics.
Students with a background in medicine, midwifery and nursing are eligible for this internship. Commitment to the placement is essential to build a close relationship with the local staff. Some knowledge of French can be helpful but not necessary as most of the medical staff speak English. Obviously, if you speak some Arabic and/or French, you will get the most out of your placement, but neither are a requirement.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Experience the healthcare system in a developing country
Learn about Moroccan culture and traditions
Expand your professional network in your field
About the Location
Your placement will be located in or around Rabat. Rabat is the administrative capital of Morocco. It blends modern and traditional architectures in a very amortised way. You will have the chance to discover Moroccan’s finest leathers, spices, street foods and architecture with its Arabo-Muslim influences.
Your accommodation will be in the middle of the Medina, which will become your second home as you learn to navigate through the maze-like streets You will be living in a traditional Riad amongst others interns and volunteers. The courtyard will be the place where you will share your meals and stories while listening to music. The riad has recently been renovated and will provide you with a comfortable basic accommodation up to Western standards. Meals are prepared by a local cook for breakfast and dinner.
What to do in your spare time
Rabat has many treasures for you to explore during your downtime including the medina, and the street of the Consul, the Kasbah des Oudaias palace and Hassan Tower. During your weekends, you may want to explore other Moroccan destination at low cost including the Sahara Desert, Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 weeks minimum
- Cost: £1321 / $2312 for 4 weeks
£225 or $394 for additional weeks
- Requirements: Be enrolled in medicine, midwifery or nursing studies
- Location: Rabat, Morocco
- Project activities: Shadow local staff to gain knowledge in healthcare Moroccan-style
- Working hours: 10am-6pm
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturdays
What is included
- Accommodation: Volunteer house or homestay family
- Food: 2 meals per day except weekends
- Scheduled airport pick up and drop off from Rabat-Salé airport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, learning reflection guide, on-site orientation, cultural tour and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
What is not included
- Daily transfers to and from the project – walkable or taxi (~ 5 Moroccan dirhams each way)
- 1 meal a day (lunch) and weekend meals
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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