What is this Public Health Internship in Zambia all about?
Quality healthcare in Zambia often depends on locations, educations, gender and income. The disparities to quality healthcare are often anchored from generation to generation as the norm. Zambia is classified as a lower middle-income country with its gender inequality index ranking very low. Zambia’s health sector is facing many challenges such as a shortage of trained staff and an increased workload with the HIV epidemic. Family planning services, education for girls and women unemployment are amongst the reasons of Zambia’s high fertility rate. The internship was designed to assist in the different steps being taken to improve public health locally. This includes promoting healthy lifestyles, implementing educational programs, conducting research on healthcare disparities, promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility, building information package, breaking boundaries with mental health, looking at gender and age issues, amongst others.
Why choose this Public Health Internship programme in Zambia?
This internship will allow you to explore public health issues in an African context. You will be exposed to various professionals that work in various clinics and NGOs in the local villages. You will have the opportunity to advance your leadership skills and interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment.
Role of the Healthcare Intern
The internship is clearly divided up in 4 weeks of learning where you will:
Week 1 – be provided with the foundation needed to hit the ground running, by learning about the context, partaking in knowledge-sharing and be introduced to the local clinic, and receiving training in data-capture and analysis.
Week 2 – be taught how to run workshops effectively while gaining an understanding of the community and its challenges. You will be supported by the team on real practical service work and be given some time to reflect on your progress.
Week 3 – be growing your knowledge and confidence, as well as get exposure to various influential people in the field locally.
Week 4 – be given the opportunity to fly “solo” by doing research, ensuring the delivery of workshops, sit on a variety of talks within the community and work in the home-based care system.
What skills do I need to be a Public Health Intern in Zambia?
Working knowledge of computers is essential including some experience with word and excel. Fluent level of English is also necessary as you will be working in the public health field. You do not need to be native, but have a good command of the language with the ability to read, speak, write and understand it easily. If you are studying public health or looking to get in the field, this is a perfect placement for you. Positivity, flexibility and passion are a must as you will be working in a challenging environment.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain an insight into the demands of community healthcare in a resource poor setting
To assit with community education about contracting and living with HIV/AIDS
Develop your understanding of global health issues as a healthcare professional
Where will I work in Zambia?
About the location
Livingstone is a rural town which will let you experience “the real Africa”. Livingstone offers a great selection of restaurants and has the convenience of offering a walkable living style as the local convenience shop, cafes, and Curio market are all within 5 minutes walk of your accommodation.
You will be staying in a private volunteer house sharing your room with 2-4 other volunteers with access to a swimming pool and many shared common space to catch up with others while relaxing.
What to do in your spare time
So close to the Victoria Falls, one the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, you will have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, sports and wildlife by seeing the Falls from the Zambian and Zimbabwe border as well as go on safaris around the area or cross over into Botswana famous Chobe National Park.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 weeks
- Cost: £1745 / $2723 for 4 weeks
- Requirements: Age 17+
- Location: Livingstone, Zambia
- Working hours: Monday – Friday, with a 2-hour break for lunch, 07:00 – 17:00
- Project availability: Projects start every month and run year round except for the month of December
- Arrival day: Depends on the month. Speak to you Kaya advisor
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house, common lounge, recreational area, on-site pool
- Meals: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up: Airport pickup and dropoff Livingstone International Airport.
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site Orientation and project induction and training provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator plus personal development coach
- Activities: Staff help organise weekend activities. (Activity price may be extra) such as Bungee Jumping, White Water Rafting on the Zambezi, and Helicopter Flights over Victoria Falls, Zambezi River Cruises or safaris in nearby national parks
- Internship Certificate upon Completion
What is not included
- Meals at weekends
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates 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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