Volunteers Prepare for Tanzanian Mission

Medical students to spend summer volunteering in rural health clinics.

UCC Tanzania Vols-Dan, Gordian and Fergal.jpgUCC Tanzania Vols-John, Finian and Luke.jpg   Pictured at the Orientation Day are UCC Medical Students (from left): Dan, Gordian, Fergal, John, Finian and Luke.

Nine volunteers are making final preparations for their upcoming summer placements in the Shinyanga Region of northern Tanzania. The volunteers, who are all medical students, will spend their time between OLA run health clinics in the rural areas of Bugisi and Mwamapalala.

This Saturday, May 28th, will see the first students depart for Tanzania with three NUI Galway (NUIG) students making the 4,500 mile journey.

Early next month, six medical students from University College Cork (UCC) will depart for their volunteer placement in the east African state.

The UCC volunteers are fourth year medical students from the Surgeon Noonan Society. The society was set-up in 1977 to enable fourth year medical students to travel to Africa for their summer electives.

In advance of the trip, the group gathered at Ardfoyle last month for an orientation day, led by Sr. Eileen Cummins, OLA. All nine volunteers have raised a very generous amount of money which will be used to improve the health clinics.


Keep an eye on www.olaireland.ie in the coming months for updates on their experiences. 

If you are interested in volunteering next year, please email volunteering@olaireland.ie.