This programme focuses on the health-related challenges the people of Zimbabwe are facing as well as the social and economic repercussions of those challenges. Participants can gain first-hand insight into solutions being created by international, regional, and national organisations, as well as government, civil society, community and the private sector. Particular attention is paid to chronic, non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases, as well as their prevention and treatment. This educational tour includes introductions to a variety of healthcare environments as well as community-based research.
Travelling to Zimbabwe for the health and community development tour is unlike other tourist trips. Participants come to be immersed within local communities – living through the public health issues as the locals do. Pre-medical school and public health students will find this programme ideal so that they can learn about communicable and non-communicable illnesses, some of which are endemic to Africa.
DAY 1 TO 3
- Day 1: Arrive in Zimbabwe
- Day 2: In-country orientation and welcome dinner
- Day 3: City Tour and service-learning project introduction
Days 4 TO 7: Service-learning projects
- Survival language course
- Evening cooking class
- Introduction to infectious diseases and their treatment
- Poverty-related illnesses
Day 8 TO 11: Activities at the Mutare service-learning project
- Public health policy
- Community healthcare
- Health survey
Day 12 TO 15: Activities at the Karoi service-learning project
- Maternal and child health
- Rural healthcare system
- Alternative medicine
Day 16: Departure
- Departure from Zimbabwe
The above is a provisional 2-week itinerary, which our team will customise to match your collective interests. We are flexible in how we put together educational tours, and we will work with you to come up with a bespoke itinerary. The itinerary above is only meant to highlight the diversity of our programmes and not an exhaustive list.
The capital city, and commercial hub of Zimbabwe is among the world’s brightest and sunniest cities. You will arrive at Robert G. Mugabe International Airport, where our friendly staff will be waving a big “Tiritose” sign welcoming you to the adventure of a lifetime! We will take you through a comprehensive orientation programme, whilst providing background information about Zimbabwe, which will help put the upcoming tour in perspective. You will be able to appreciate the many contrasts that exist in present-day Zimbabwe.
Accommodation: Tiritose Bed & Breakfast in the leafy suburb of Mt Pleasant. Shared rooms with single & twin beds.
Known as ‘Zimbabwe’s Gateway to the Sea’ due to its proximity to the Mozambican border, Mutare is nestled between the Imbeza Valley and Bvumba mountains, with a humid subtropical climate. Similar to other Zimbabwean cities, Mutare classifies residential neighbourhoods according to population density. Sakubva is one of the high-density neighbourhoods inhabited by half of the over 200,000 people, despite an area of less than four square miles. The large outdoor food and general goods market is the backbone of the economy in this neighbourhood. Farming and mining are the mainstays within the surrounding areas, and this too has implications on public health issues.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn: shared rooms, twin beds and ensuite bathrooms
A rural district along the Zimbabwe-Zambia main road, it is also home to one of the best referral hospitals in the country, recognised for becoming the first to complete two full years of 100% HIV-free newborns in Zimbabwe. People travel from far and wide to visit the hospital, which also made headlines by accepting payments from patients in peanuts and goats, as a form of barter trade.
Accommodation: shared house on the hospital grounds.
Who can join this tour?
Our educational tours are open to both high school and university students, who may either be led by a teacher or faculty member, or on their own. The tour is an immersive programme for those interested in acquainting themselves with African public and private healthcare systems, in rural and urban cities. Faculty and students who enjoy unconventional and hands-on learning are well suited for this medical adventure tour.
How will you benefit?
- Work with medical professionals addressing epidemiological challenges in a rural and developing-country setting.
- Assess the unique challenges and inequities in public health policy, and examine social and economic disparities in healthcare management.
- Sharpen your research and presentation skills when conducting and presenting your own independent study project.
- Work side by side with healthcare professionals in an environment very different from your own.
- Explore the interface between public health and sustainable development.
How is transportation organised?
Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up and will take you to your first night accommodation, sort out refreshments and meals. After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done at a pace that suits your needs and we will make sure to show the group some amazing places at the same time. Once the in-country orientation is complete, we will provide a shuttle service that will take you between your accommodation and activity centre for each of the days.
Contact Tiritose for further information about the health and community development tour. If you have organised your own educational tour or already have a preferred itinerary in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about! We are your travel buddies!
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