Volunteer Program

Volunteerism is central to FAME’s Mission. The Volunteer Program at FAME is a rich learning experience for both our Tanzanian Medical Team and our Volunteers. Western trained Doctors, Nurses, and Laboratory Specialists from overseas medical communities work side by side with our Tanzanian medical professionals, sharing knowledge and expertise on behalf of patients. However, working in medicine in rural Tanzania isn’t for everyone. While education, experience, and expertise are very important in this environment, equally invaluable are certain attitudes and characteristics. Our most successful volunteers have been those who bring with them a very open and curious mind, a flexible attitude, a learner’s spirit, patience, an ability to say, “I don’t know,” a willingness to rely on clinical skills and instincts when a definitive test isn’t available, and a genuine desire to cultivate relationships with our doctors, nurses and support staff.  We have a wonderful group of people working at FAME Medical. They have a great deal of knowledge and experience to share with anyone who has not yet faced the unique challenges of working in a developing country. While we welcome doctors from all specialties, we need physicians who are willing and able to do primary care. We also ask our volunteers, doctors and nurses, to come prepared to do some teaching, in their areas of expertise. While we welcome short-term volunteers (i.e. 3 weeks), those who can stay 1 month or more are ideal. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept medical students at this time. We give priority to medical volunteers but occasionally need non-medical volunteers for special projects and needs that arise. For more information about our Volunteer Program, email our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@fameafrica.org and request our Volunteer Packet.

Specialties We Currently Need:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • General Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Hospital Management (experience in small facilities and developing countries a plus)

Non-Medical Volunteer Needs:

  • We are not currently seeking non-medical volunteers, but if you have a specific idea for how your skills could support our mission feel free to get in touch with our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@fameafrica.org.

Consult for us from home:

  • If you are not in a position to volunteer your time in Tanzania, you can volunteer your time from right where you are.  We currently have a number of medical specialists who consult with Dr. Frank and our medical team, using telemedicine via email.  With very few medical specialists in the country, our overseas medical consultants have been absolutely invaluable.  Our consultants, together with our physicians on the ground, have saved lives and helped hundreds of people get well.  For more information on how you can help in this way, email info@fameafrica.org.

This is how medicine should be— individuals bringing their knowledge and talents together to create something better then anyone could have done on their own…. It’s sometimes easy to forget at FAME that we were lacking in some resources, as the hearts of the people made up for it.
— Dr. Courtney Nall

It’s hard to come up with a single word to describe the experience. It covered a range of emotions from inspiring, beautiful, and amazing to sad, upsetting, and desperate. I feel this reflects Tanzania, and the contrasts its tribal and western cultures hold.
— Dr. Katie Williams

To tell you that I’ve thought about the clinic, Karatu, red clay and dust, the smell, the sun, every single person there, those whose names I knew and those who I never really did, every day, if not every hour, since my return would be the truth, but it would still not express the full extent of the impact my visit had on me.
— Dr. Michael Rubenstein