Namibia Medical volunteer
This challenging programme offers you a unique opportunity to work at a small, rural Bushman clinic in Africa and make a difference to the lives of those in most need.
N/a’an ku sê is a unique and special place in the heart of Namibia which is committed to conserving wildlife and improving the lives of the Bushman community. Live your African dream and help make a difference by volunteering at our Lifeline Clinic.
About N/a’an ku sê’s Lifeline Clinic
• Bushman are treated as third class citizens and live in extreme poverty
• Adult onset diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are sharply increasing in Bushmen and alcoholism has become prevalent
• Many Bushman children suffer from malnutrition, disease, discrimination and abuse
The N/a’an ku sê Lifeline Clinic was set up in 2003 to address the needs of the rural indigenous communities in Epukiro, a remote part of Namibia. The demand for a basic but comprehensive health service became apparent to medical professionals working in the area when they witnessed the tragic and unnecessary death of a young child due to the failure of ambulance service and hospital staff, largely due to the fact that the child was a Bushman. This vital service relies upon the time and dedication of volunteers and donations from supporters to continue to run and serve the communities in need.
About the role
• Improving Health: The clinic is dedicated to the health and welfare of the Bushman community.
• Making a real difference: The clinic has treated nearly 3000 patients over the past year.
• Free treatments: Over 2200 (72%) of the patients were Bushman who were treated for free.
The clinic aims to help marginalized local people and provide accessible affordable primary healthcare to those living in the area. By joining this project you will experience the harsh realities faced by Africa’s Bushmen communities and have the chance to make a difference to their lives. You will be immersed in the health and development programme while providing care to patients living in extreme poverty.
During your time at the Lifeline Clinic you will work with Sister Anna and assistant Natalia seeing and treating patients from the local Bushman and Herero community. Your daily schedule will be varied and you will carry out duties such as making and recording medical observations, keeping medical records, monitoring the progress of pregnant women, helping with wound dressings and working in the pharmacy. You will also visit an outer community or farm to do general health check ups and any treatments as required.
As part of your time at the clinic you will undertake an assignment such as looking into drivers of disease such as alcoholism to find out more about the health needs of this marginalized society.
You will also assist with community projects such as planting and cultivating vegetable gardens to help encourage good nutrition. You will spend time with the local Bushman community to understand how they live as well as going on a walk with them to look for bush food or medical plants.
You can also choose to experience the rare and exciting opportunity to work and care for the animals of Africa, assisting in their rehabilitation as part of our wildlife volunteering program.
Take part now! To take part in this project or find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ecotourism-namibia.com.
Make a donation –We rely on voluntary donations and the time and support of volunteers such as you to continue to help the Bushman people in need. If you are interested in supporting the clinic and the patients who need our help please email email@example.com to find out how you can help. We urgently need funding to continue to run this service, buy medicines and pay for our one full time Nurse who runs the clinic.
Experience your African dream at N/a’an ku sê
N/a’an ku sê is a unique and special place in the heart of Namibia which is committed to conserving wildlife and improving the lives of the Bushman community. Live your African dream and help make a difference by taking part on one of our exciting and rewarding volunteer programmes:
Volunteer at our Lifeline Clinic – located in a remote part of Namibia, this vital clinic is dedicated to the health & welfare of the Bushman community. By volunteering at the clinic, you will be immersed in the health and development programme while providing care to patients living in extreme poverty.
Volunteer with wildlife – you can choose to combine your time at the clinic with the rare and exciting opportunity to work and care for the animals of Africa, assisting in their rehabilitation as part of our wildlife volunteering program.
Experience our Lodge – start or finish your trip to Namibia with a stay at our beautiful lodge in the heart of Namibia’s bush land. Here, you can enjoy sumptuous meals, take a dip in our beautiful pool, experience unforgettable carnivore feeding tours and enjoy magnificent African sunsets.
Make a donation – sadly N/a’an ku sê does not receive any government funding and we rely solely on voluntary donations and the time of our volunteers to keep our vital projects running. By adopting an animal, sponsoring a child or treating a patient you can ensure we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the people and animals who need it most.
Making a difference
By visiting our unique lodge, volunteering at one of our projects or making a donation you can make a real difference to the animals and people we strive to help. All profits from our Lodge and volunteering activities go directly to benefit our work with wildlife conservation, our Lifeline Clinic for Bushman in Epukiro and the people from the Bushman community we employ.
Take part now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ecotourism-nambia.com to find out more about the work of N/a’an ku sê.