All your questions answered
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to give you a better idea of what to expect on your trip to the Tshemba Foundation.
What expenses are involved for volunteers?
In keeping with programmes globally, volunteers will only be liable for their travel arrangements to the Tshemba Volunteer Centre and their food during their stay.
Are non-medical partners welcome?
They are. There is an array of activities in the area as well as other volunteer programmes. Please speak to us, if you’d like more information about the surrounding area.
Can volunteers bring their children?
Yes, you may. However, rooms only allow for two people, and we do not offer babysitting services.
How long can a volunteer stay at the Tshemba Volunteer Centre?
Medical practitioners can choose the length of stay depending on their personal circumstances. We have hosted volunteers staying for a week up to a year.
Are international medical practitioners able to volunteer at the Tshemba Volunteer Centre?
Yes. Both local and international medical practitioners are welcome. However, they must have current HPCSA certification to practice within South Africa.
Can Tshemba Foundation assist foreign medical doctors with their HPCSA certifications?
Yes, we can assist international medical professionals with the application process required to obtain HPCSA certification prior to their arrival. However, there are protocols in place such as approval of status from the ECFMG (international licensing board) and the verification of universities.
What is the process for medical practitioners to volunteer at Tshemba?
It’s a quick application process. You complete an online form to submit your volunteer request. Based on your area of expertise and availability, we will contact you to iron out the details and brief you. Once here, you’ll be introduced to our ground-team, who’ll take you through the current systems and take things from there.
Is it safe?
Volunteering with Tshemba Foundation is very safe. Prior to your arrival to volunteer, we will provide a full briefing on Malaria and HIV protocols as well as any other health-related issues. Unfortunately, walking in the resort is not allowed as it’s situated on a guarded and secure private game reserve which is home to wild animals.