Rewarding experiences for both qualified and unqualified volunteers
Are you qualified in Allied Health? Are you training as a Nurse? Or do you simply have in interest in healthcare in Africa? Choosing the right volunteer project to suit you can be tricky. At African Impact we focus on a holistic approach to supporting the needs of the communities we work with. We see healthcare provision around the world as a spectrum of specialised skills, and whilst access to resources may vary, the goal of providing safe, effective and ethical care is universal. We believe in the value of connecting people in healthcare, thereby creating a platform to share knowledge and experiences, whilst volunteers learn about healthcare services in Africa. Our vision for specialised healthcare volunteering is to facilitate opportunities for those with an interest in healthcare, as well as volunteers currently studying or qualified in healthcare provision - across a range of healthcare disciplines. Our current range of projects offers the ability to participate in health promotion activities such as education and nutritional support, whilst also gaining valuable observational experience alongside African clinicians. All volunteers joining our healthcare projects will undergo a comprehensive induction program with a strong focus on preparing unqualified volunteers for work in healthcare education. Here's a quick reference guide to help you!
We invite you to join us on this exciting journey into healthcare volunteering in Africa!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can I communicate with regarding my healthcare projects queries and any clinical questions? Our competent and dedicated Destination Managers are here to assist and are also able refer any queries or clinical questions to our Healthcare Projects Manager, who is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. Fill out any enquiry form on our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. What are the most important considerations when volunteering in healthcare? We strongly believe in the importance of volunteers supporting African healthcare services in providing safe, effective and ethical care; and our volunteer projects continue to be focused on: responding to the needs of the communities we work with, the requirements of relevant African healthcare authorities; and of course on the needs of our volunteers. Why have the titles and descriptions of the current healthcare projects changed? We have reviewed the way we describe our current healthcare projects in order to reflect our holistic view of health, beyond the concept of ‘medicine’, and so some of the terminology has changed. We are also continuously reviewing and evaluating our projects to ensure they safely, effectively, ethically and sustainably meet the needs of the communities we work with and of course, our volunteers. This means that our projects are always evolving. In addition, there have been some recent changes to the volunteer activities for several projects due to the implementation of new directives and changing requirements from African authorities in regards to healthcare services delivery. What are the volunteer activities on the current healthcare projects? Our current projects offer the opportunity for volunteers to share knowledge and build relationships; whilst gaining observational experience and learning about healthcare services in Africa. Volunteers can participate in health promotion activities, such as education using approved syllabuses and providing nutritional support, regardless of previous experience or qualifications. Can I currently use my healthcare skills/ qualifications to care for patients? Recent changes in requirements from African healthcare authorities mean that volunteers - understandably- are not permitted to provide care to patients, regardless of qualifications or experience, unless they are licensed to do so. We are currently working towards fulfilling these licensing processes and requirements. Can I currently book to do my student elective? Healthcare students are invited to join our projects to gain valuable observational experience, share knowledge and participate in health promotion activities. Although we do not currently offer formal student elective placements for healthcare students, we hope to be able to offer these opportunities in the future.
Minnesha Yasmine is African Impact's Healthcare Project Manager. She is originally from Melbourne, Australia and is a qualified nurse and midwife. Min first visited Africa in 2006 and joined our project at Antelope Park in Zimbabwe when she was on an overland tour. The experience touched her and 6 years later she returned to volunteer on the lion rehabilitation and release program. She ended up extending her stay to volunteer in local the community healthcare clinics. The opportunity to contribute in both conservation and in the community inspired Min to change her life and she decided to take on a full time role with us - we couldn't be happier!