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Health Care Assistants

Program Duration

9-12 Week, 3-6 Month, 5-8 Week, 2-4 Week, 7-12 Month


All year round


Healthcare professionals who have had some post-training experience, mature medical or nursing students and retired doctors or nurses interested in rural community healthcare are most welcome. Also, healthcare professionals with an interest in public health issues are invited to apply. We are not able to consider medical or nursing students doing their electives as there are no sufficiently qualified staff at the health centre to supervise them. Work or travel experience in less developed countries is useful but not necessary. However, unlike the education part of our volunteering programme where we can find projects for a number of volunteers, the healthcare part of our programme requires much fewer volunteers. Please be aware that the health centre has very few facilities, and some healthcare professionals may find working there limiting and frustrating. One doctor and/or two nurses is the maximum number of healthcare volunteers needed at any one time. However, a community health clinic has been built at Mwaya and should be open soon (hopefully, in October 2010), so we may be able to increase this number. In addition to working at the health centre, recent healthcare volunteers have also spent one day or more a week at the regional hospital in Chintheche (25km north of Mwaya Beach).

Minimum Education



  • English

Cost in US$:

$75 per week

Cost Includes:

  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support

Program Fees Include:

The cost of the programme is dependent on the length of stay. It costs US$75 per week (ÂŁ50), payable upon acceptance as a volunteer, which pays for accommodation and services at the charity's base. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from Africa, together with living expenses (food and drink approximately US$ 45/week), immunisations and health insurance. Additionally, volunteers are expected to raise funds for RIPPLE Africa's projects in Malawi.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Aids
  • Counseling
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Public Health

Typical Volunteer

RIPPLE Africa volunteers are typically enthusiastic, hard-working, self-motivated and proactive people who are able to work under their own initiative and as part of a team. They do not replace or take jobs away from local Malawians - they assist them with the various projects running in the area around Mwaya. RIPPLE Africa volunteers are also realists - they know they won't change Africa, but they hope they will make a difference to the lives of a few of the local people.

Age Range

A minimum age of 23 with at least one year's work experience

This Program is open to

American, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of up to 10

Application Process Involves

  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 weeks