We are looking for passionate and committed volunteers who are looking to step off the beaten path. Whether you’re still finding your feet in the field of medicine or you’re experienced and excited to impart your knowledge or renew your passion for your profession, the Tshemba Foundation offers medical professionals a life changing experience in rural north-eastern South Africa.
“I’ve learned through this experience that helping others can be just as rewarding for the individuals receiving the services as for those performing them.” Nomphelo Gantsho, South African Volunteer
The Tshemba Foundation is committed to improving access to quality healthcare for the rural populations of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Tshemba has developed a unique volunteer programme which enables medical professionals to diagnose and treat patients, and at the same time, to share their skills, expertise and knowledge with local medical professionals, leaving a lasting impact that benefits the region’s overall healthcare system.
“Although the staff is completely overwhelmed by the amount of work, they are hungry for knowledge and incredibly friendly. Even the patients are humble, friendly and unbelievably grateful. The whole experience left me in awe.”
Hennie Nortje, South African Volunteer
Tshemba volunteers are placed primarily at an under-resourced public rural district hospital that provides care to the local population of over 300 000. Apart from the hospital, volunteers may also be needed at one of the associated rural clinics, our eye clinic that provides comprehensive care and free cataract surgery, a non-profit women’s clinic or to conduct community outreach, screening and education.
“In the NHS we are always heavily supervised by many more senior doctors, often leading to competition over procedures and ticking boxes for training, so junior doctors often miss out. Here (in South Africa), the more hands on-deck the better! You get so much exposure to procedures and patients that you learn much quicker than you would in the UK. You are able to put into practice the theory you learned at medical school, rather than executing other people’s plans all day, and the patients really are yours to care for, so there is more motivation than ever to keep learning and developing as a doctor!”
Dr Rebecca Dru, UK Volunteer
What makes this life-changing work that much more rewarding is the fact that our volunteers are offered the opportunity to stay at the beautiful Tshemba volunteer centre free of charge, with their partners or spouses. Situated in Moditlo Private Game Reserve, the centre serves as a welcome off-duty refuge where like-minded healthcare providers relax after an intense day of work. Here they exchange ideas, create healthcare solutions for daily challenges faced and connect with peers from all over the world.
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