Tanzania Summer Institute



The Summer Institute in Tanzania trains and places up to 25 program participants to assist 12 hospitals with critical medical device repairs and other services. Participants begin with a month in Usa River, near Arusha, taking tailored courses in both Swahili and biomedical equipment. Our partner, MS-Training Center for Development Cooperation, arranges homestays and provides Swahili courses. Our partners at the Duke University Developing Health Care technology Lab provide instruction on common medical devices and methods for making repairs in Tanzania. After the first month of training, students begin working in groups of two or three at an EWH partner hospital in the Arusha and Moshi areas. Participants typically stay in housing associated with the hospitals and designated for aid groups.

The Tanzania program offers participants an immersive cultural and clinical experience. English has some presence in urban areas and in hospitals, but proficiency in Swahili is extremely useful for getting around and building important relationships at the hospital and in the community. Few of the EWH partner hospitals in Tanzania have some form of biomedical technical assistance. Participants work closely with Tanzanian medical staff and, if they exist at that hospital, technicians, to make equipment repairs, execute training, install equipment, or perform other engineering duties for the hospitals.

To view past participants' photos, videos and blogs, click here.


Schedule and Cost for 2017

COST: $7250*

*More than half of SI participants typically receive EWH financial aid.

EWH need-based financial aid and other funding sources are available; click here for details.

Cost Includes:

- All tuition fees  - Emergency evacuation insurance 
- Language training  - Housing for two months
 - Cultural training  - Meals for first month
 - Pre-departure information and guidance  - Hospital briefings
 - Text book, lab book and all lab supplies  - Tools and hands-on instruction
 - Biomedical Equipment course and lab  - Organized group excursion
 - Tool kits and basic repair supplies  - Full-time in-country staff available 24/7
 - In-country mobile phones  - 24 hour safety hotline

 Cost does not include flights or medical care insurance.

2017 Tanzania Schedule (June 11 - August 13)

EWH Summer Institute begins (June 11)
All participants meet at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) in Tanzania, no later than 10 p.m.; meet host family.

Usa River, Tanzania (June 11 - July 10) 
June 12: Orientation to Tanzania and EWH; classes begin

Schedule for Monday-Thursday:

8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Swahili lessons
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch break
1:30-2:30 p.m. Lecture: Introduction to Medical Instruments and Measurements
2:30-5:30 p.m. Laboratory: Working in Developing World Hospitals





Schedule for Fridays:
8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.: Field work in local hospital

June 17: Social excursion

Host Hospital (July 12- August 11)

July 11: Travel to Host hospital

Work in host hospital: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., or as determined by the hospital supervisor

End of Program Conference (August 12)
August 11 and 11: All students return to Usa River, Tanzania
August 12, 11am: Final conference -- group presentations and discussion

EWH Summer Institute ends (August 13)
Shuttles to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) in Tanzania


Download application packet here for more details

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