Volunteer with us

Tshemba recruits both South African and international doctors and healthcare professionals to provide lifesaving medical care to the local community and training to local healthcare providers. A key component of our volunteer experience is to ensure skill transfer to local medical providers.

 Tshemba needs doctors, both general practitioners and specialists, as well as professionals with healthcare experience and expertise, including but not limited to, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and epidemiologists.  Priority will be given to volunteers who can commit for 2 to 12 months.

 All medical volunteers must be fully licensed to practise in South Africa. For those who are not currently licensed in South Africa, we will do our best to obtain all necessary permits and licences on your behalf.

Tshemba will place you where you are most needed, whether at the Tintswalo Hospital, 20 minute drive away, or in one of the many clinics spread throughout the community. Tintswalo, a 423-bedded acute hospital, provides maternity, psychiatric, orthopedic, surgical and general medical care to the community of Acornhoek. The hospital is also responsible for providing medical staff to several community clinics in the area.

Tshemba has funded a pioneering healthcare infrastructure project, the Hlokomela Women’s Centre, which offers breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment to local farm workers and their families and is the first of its kind in the region.

 In order to maintain the appropriate level of care once your volunteer experience is over, it is imperative that skills and expertise are transferred to the local healthcare providers.

  • Be prepared to teach and to train;
  • Create tools and processes that encourage training, mentoring, and shadowing;
  • Motivate local professionals to actively continue their skill acquisitions;
  • Wherever possible, stay in touch with the doctors or nurses left behind after your departure.

Tshemba is an equal opportunity organization and actively strives for diverse team members. Qualified applicants are considered for volunteer status without regard to age, race, colour, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

For more information on the volunteering opportunities offered, please contact us.