Arusha, Tanzania

Get to Arusha, Tanzania

Beautifully tucked below Mt. Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, stands Arusha. A rich agricultural town surrounded by large vegetable and flower farms, Arusha enjoys a pleasant climate all year round. Take a tour of the city’s central point in Africa at Clock Tower, or enjoy the coffee farms and a day excursion to beautiful Meru waterfall. Arusha is an important regional and government headquarters and hosts the East African Community Secretariat and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. It is served by Kilimanjaro International Airport making it the gateway to the Northern Tanzania tourism circuit: the Mt. Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Mt Meru Regional Hospital

Mt Meru Regional Hospital has a 450-bed capacity and is the main referral & teaching hospital in Northern Tanzania. The hospital receives 500 patients in different departments per day, providing plenty of scope for learning about different specialties and healthcare professional roles. Those eligible for placement to this facility are Medical students on their 3rd Year of Medical training and above and nursing students only. 


Levolosi Health Centre

The Levolosi Health Centre is a primary healthcare facility that provides a large range of services, with a particular emphasis on maternal and reproductive health care. Levolosi Health Centre also has an Eye unit and Dental unit for students interested in Ophthalmology and Dentistry.

Pre-med interns will have the opportunity to shadow doctors and nurses in the delivery of primary healthcare. Through the shadowing and guided learning the students have an opportunity to interact with patients and learn how culture effects the delivery of healthcare services. Premed interns will work in one of the following areas:

  • Maternal and Child health unit - experience in pre-natal care, deliveries and post natal care. Also has a theatre for cs operations. 
  • Minor Theatre unit - where students learn from the minor surgeries
  • Outpatient unit - mainly dealing with communicable diseases and basic emmegency

Programs available in the location

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New Doctor and Resident Electives

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Surgery Electives Abroad

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Pre-Nursing and Pre-Midwifery Internships

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Midwifery Electives Abroad

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Book your Placement

Book your spot today by paying a reservation deposit of $350. This is a one-off fee that allows us to plan for your mentorship, prepare for accommodation, and create your MyElective account and facilitating pre-departure support.


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In the words of our participants
The Arusha Medical Experience

The Elective Africa program in Arusha is a unique and wonderful opportunity for Medical Students.The hospital and Staff are great and provide instruction for students of all years .Additionally, the city of Arusha is a great area to live in and embrace the culture of Tanzania.

Chad Schuety
The University of Iowa
An Incredible Learning Experience

My four weeks at Mt.Meru Regional Hospital OBS&GYN Department have been an incredible learning experience.The doctors and staff have been welcoming and willing to teach.The department is extremely busy and there lots of opportunities for hands on including deliveries. Where Elective Africa really shines is with their program Coordinators. Our Coordinator in Arusha has been outstanding. He has gone above and beyond to make our experience here unforgettable. I would recommend EA to any Senior Medical Student looking to do an elective abroad.

Elyssa Metas
University of Arizona
Fun and Adventure in Arusha

I was also able to go on Safari and climb Kilimanjaro which Elective Africa organized...The medical experience is fantastic, you won't struggle to find activities to do, the people are very friendly and welcoming and everything runs smoothly thanks to Elective Africa. I would recommend this program to you!

Rebecca Brown
University of Manchester
An Experience; Differenciated and Holistic

I was stationed at Levolosi Health Center…The clinical experience was something else, much different than the world of medicine I was used to before this. Elective Africa offered great accommodations that topped all of the other programs around the area... The excursions were also something that Elective Africa made easy. I climbed Kilimanjaro while I was here, and I went on the 3-day Safari.

Dylan Bergeon
Michigan State University

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