The Tshemba Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a vision of fair and equal healthcare for all people in South Africa’s rural northeast. This unique medical volunteering programme provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals to treat, teach and learn, while also finding refuge in the quiet and beauty of a private game reserve.
Tshemba’s aim is to attract South African and international healthcare professionals from a wide range of disciplines, to volunteer their time and expertise for short- or long-term stays. Our volunteers contribute to existing services, supporting and complementing the work of local staff.
The focus of our volunteer effort is Tintswalo Hospital, which is based at Acornhoek, about 38 km from the Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate. We also support a number of primary healthcare and NGO clinics in the area, as well as a growing community outreach programme.
As a Tshemba volunteer, you can enjoy tranquil and tasteful accommodation free of charge. This is the perfect escape from a hard day’s work. We offer a scenic hideaway and true bushveld refuge surrounded by an array of game, bird species and the great outdoors.
The Tshemba Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a vision of fair and equal healthcare for all people in South Africa’s rural northeast. Our mission is to benefit the region’s overall healthcare system and provide volunteers with a stimulating and challenging skills-sharing and networking environment.
Tshemba’s aim is to attract health professionals from a wide range of disciplines, to volunteer their time and expertise for short- or long-term stays.
We recruit both South African and international healthcare professionals. There are three areas where a volunteer can contribute. You are welcome to focus on any of these areas or make your contribution across as many areas in which you feel comfortable.
Teaching: Skills transfer or more theoretical instruction.
If you have a teaching inclination there is huge scope, from bedside one-on-ones to more formal ward rounds, from guidance on antibiotic use to interpretation of ultrasound results and more, and the offering of specific content short courses.
Service: Involving direct or indirect patient care.
Some volunteers will be hands-on clinicians, others will be “backroomers” such as pathologists and radiologists. Your service options range from OPD sessions, theatre time and clinic outreach, through to result and radiology reporting.
Management support: “Auditing” equipment needs and availability.
This support ranges from clinical guidance (for example, theatre protocols and equipment audits) to clinical criteria for referral, as well as managerial level advice.
In addition to the above service areas, Tshemba has also partnered with the Mpumalanga Department of Health and Tintswalo Hospital to create a modern, state of the art, eye clinic and cataract operating theatre to screen and remedy common, treatable eye diseases. To date, Tshemba’s volunteering ophthalmologists, accompanied and assisted by volunteering optometrists and eye theatre nurses, have helped hundreds of people living in rural Mpumalanga.
- Flights – Volunteer
- Accommodation – Project
- Food – Volunteer
- Transport-In-Country – Volunteer
- Visa – Volunteer
- Travel Insurance – Volunteer
- Medical Indemnity – Volunteer
Speech & language therapists
Must be fully licenced in volunteer’s home country
+27 (82) 825 3063 (South Africa)