Tanzania - Sanya Juu

Population facets: 

Partner Organization: Capuchin Franciscan Sisters and Capuchin Franciscan Friars

Location: Sanya Juu, Tanzania

Number of Students:  2

Dates:  Site determines dates with some flexibility. 

In person opportunities summer 2022: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2022: No

Additional Information:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, if we are unable to deploy students in person, students will not be obligated to complete the ISSLP and may withdraw without penalty. For students wishing to continue with the ISSLP in virtual mode, ISSLP staff will work with them to be placed with a virtual international service option.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement: Students will be expected to learn basic Kiswahili before arriving and take initiative to learn Kiswahili on site.  An openness and desire to learning Kiswahili goes a long way.  While English is the medium of instruction in higher education, a few Sisters know some English and some students may be able to communicate using basic English, but the vast majority of patients and local people do not speak any English.  Knowing some Kiswahili and key phrases is very important especially when working in the dispensary. 
  • Gender Requirement: Female
  • Required Experience:  Interest in medicine and public health is necessary. Experience in basic medical skills (i.e. EMT certified, blood pressures, vital signs, etc.) and general experience in healthcare settings is ideal and preferred.  For students working directly with doctors providing direct patient care, prior clinical experience is required. For students working in the laboratory, medical lab experience is not necessary but helpful. Interest in education and working with youth. 
  • Major Requirement: Open to ALPP or SCPP pre-med, nursing, science majors, or healthcare-related majors. Nursing and pre-medical majors, including chemistry and biology, depending on the individual’s career interests, would be most suitable for work in the dispensary.
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements: It is strongly recommended that participants have already taken or plan to take an African related course prior to summer.  Since students live with Capuchin-Franciscan sisters, students are expected to participate fully in the community and faith life of the Capuchin-Franciscan Sisters and Friars.
  • Other:  None

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment: 

(The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

Students are strongly encouraged to attend introductory Kiswahili lessons at the Center for the Study of Language and Culture during spring semester prior to summer placement. Students also need to attend introductory Kiswahili sessions with past participants and regular weekly meeting, days and times to be determined at the start of the spring semester coordinating schedules with accepted students and past participants.

  • Red Cross Certification
  • Laboratory  Safety Certification
  • Self-Defense Session

Site Description:  

http://www.karibu-tanzania.ch/  This website (in Swiss-German) is for the Capuchin Franciscan Sisters of Tanzania. It has pictures and updates about the different convents. The Capuchin Sisters of Maua are dedicated to a prayerful, simple life working as farmers, gardeners, teachers, doctors, nurses, and cooks. The sisters are dedicated to serving the community and work to offer training and educational opportunities. The sisters maintain four houses in Tanzania including the houses in Sanya Juu, Maua and Mivumoni. They operate dispensaries providing medical care to local people from the region including infant care and vaccinations.  They also operate both a vocational and secondary school and a working farm growing maize and fruits and vegetables and keep cows, chickens, pigs and sheep to provide for their own basic needs.         

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival/engagement.

This site will be in person for summer 2022.

This section reflects the most recent scope of work for students who deployed in the last few years to Sanya Juu, Tanzania. This scope of work may change based on the needs of the organization at the time of student arrival and/or due to COVID-19 restrictions.

ISSLP students can expect to assist in medical related work at the health center and/or laboratory.  Students may shadow and assist the resident doctors assessing patients and helping with patient interviews for diagnoses. There is only one doctor at a time at the health center. In the laboratory, under the direction and tutelage of a lab technician, students run tests for malaria, parasites, pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, full blood pictures, and other common diseases. General health center assistance includes help at the registration desk (Kiswahili required), making envelopes for medicine and assisting with infant weekly weigh-ins.

In the evenings, students help in the kitchen and receive cooking lessons from one of the sisters. While the Sisters work hard and enjoy providing hospitality, students can also assist with chores such as setting the table, washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen almost daily. Students should be persistent with their offers of assistance and be very willing to help wherever it is needed.

Students may travel and visit the mother house in Maua and convent/dispensary in Mivumoni.

Housing and Lodging:

Students will stay in the guesthouse at the Sisters’ convent in Sanya Juu.  Students have their own bedroom and bathroom connected by a common room.  Rooms include a mosquito net, desk, chair, a closet, shower, sink and western style toilet. The living area is connected to the dining room, chapel, candidate rooms and kitchen.  Living quarters are near to the church and central to the compound, allowing for close access to all necessary areas.

Three daily meals plus two tea breaks are provided by the sisters 7 days a week.

The sisters also love to celebrate, including for feast days and birthdays.

For More Information:

(Swiss-German) website of the Capuchin-Franciscan Sisters of Tanzania.

Former ISSLP Participants:

*Did not deploy due to COVID-19 pandemic
Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.
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