Our volunteering opportunities in Zambia:
OCA has worked in Zambia since 2010 and the way we involve volunteers has evolved over that time. Our new focus is to provide sustainable solution through health system strengthening.
OCA works with skilled international volunteer doctors who add significant value to our work in Zambia. We want to harness volunteers’ knowledge to demonstrate impact and create sustainable change.
Volunteers will receive a full pre-departure training as well as an in-country induction.
Ongoing support is important to us. That is why we offer regular supervision meetings as well as planning meetings.
At the end of the placement, we also support volunteers with their resettlement back home and offer them to be part of the Alumni Network.
Over the next three years, we are focussing on quality improvement work, capacity building, health promotion and health system strengthening, with a small element of direct patient support. That is why we are looking for:
International Volunteer Doctors support the work of OCA in rural healthcare facilities through clinical work, capacity building and quality improvement activities. Doctors can get involved if they have completed FY2 and have an interest in gaining experience of working within a low-resource rural health system, and of co-producing quality improvement projects.
GPs, trainee GPs and FY2 doctors are the ideal fit for OCA, because the organisation takes a holistic approach to strengthening primary care facilities, and GPs and FY2 doctors are uniquely placed to bring relevant expertise.
Primary care placements in low resource health systems can enhance learning and create an environment for valuable reciprocal learning.
- For doctors:
A medical qualification (MBBCH, MBCHB, MBBS, BM or equivalent)
- A current medical license to practice from country of origin
- Completion of foundation year two (FY2) prior to departure
Costs and time commitment:
We ask volunteers to commit to ideally 3 to 4 months of volunteering.
We provide volunteers with logistical support, accommodation on-site and in the community as well as airport pick-up from Livingstone.
To cover our costs we ask for a contribution of:
£1,500 for 3 months
For more information, please check out our Expenses and Costing guide linked below.