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Psychology internships in Moshi

Internship and volunteering possible
In Moshi, we can place psychology students into several projects that provide the opportunity to get practical work experience and apply the theory you have learned at university and when preparing for your internship.
Our psychologist and internship supervisor Anne-Marie Nielsen (MSc Mental Health Studies, BA Psychology) will perform remote internship supervision via Skype: Before you start the internship, you will receive an extensive list of relevant literature about related topics as well as tasks that you will perform during the internship. Then, once a week for 2 hours, Anne-Marie will connect with you via Skype and will discuss and provide feedback about your observations and learning progress.

Project Details


Good Will Recovery Centre and Pasua Health Clinic

Suitable for student who wish to gain insight and improve theoretical and practical understanding of the interconnections between drug abuse, HIV, mental health and the role of culture and stigma. A comprehensive list of relevant literature and research articles will be provided by your psychology supervisor prior to starting the placement.
Good Will Recovery Centre: The drug addiction rehabilitation centre (sober house) was founded in 2017 and is the first and only sober house in Moshi. Masoud Abdalla Juma, the founder and manager of the centre, is a former addict himself and has recovered through staying in sober houses in Zanzibar. Other former addicts also volunteer at the centre as facilitators of group sessions, meetings, meditations and other recovery-oriented activities. The sober house follows the widely-used Narcotics Anonymous’ “12-step programme”, which has a strong religious focus. Professional counsellors and social workers sometimes visit the centre to facilitate group therapy, psycho-education and one-to-one counselling. Although most sessions will be communicated in Swahili, there are staff members present who will be able to translate into English.
Your tasks:
  • to get involved with preparing and running workshops or brief presentations for staff on possible comorbid mental health issues among people with HIV – e.g. symptoms of depression and anxiety and signs to look out for.
  • to develop guided self-help materials for patients and relatives such as: self-care information/tips, information on depression and anxiety symptoms and ways to cope, dealing with feelings of shame, guilt, loneliness and helplessness and ways to seek support.
  • under the guidance of your psychology supervisor and hospital staff interns you can help to develop screening questionnaires for co-occurring mental health issues among patients with HIV.
  • to provide psycho-education, guided self-help materials, and potentially refer to outpatient mental health clinic where symptoms can be further explored during a consultation.
Pasua Health Centre HIV Clinic and Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Pasua Health Centre is a public hospital located in the Pasua Area of Moshi Town. It typically serves Moshi residents of underpriviliged social class, many of whom live close to the poverty line. The hospital runs a permanent HIV Clinic and during the first week of every month an outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Interns will have the opportunity to sit in on consultations with patients. It is important to mention that the language spoken is Swahili. Staff may have time to translate some, but not necessarily all conversations.
Your tasks:
  • to sit in on consultations between clinicians and clients. Your Psychology supervisor can suggest observation-based tasks for students to work on during and after these sessions.
  • to develop psycho-education materials for clients and their relatives. These materials would include information on mental illness; causes, symptoms, symptom management, the role of medication, understanding potential side effects and the importance of medication adherence.
  • to develop guided self-help materials for clients.
  • to explore opportunities for psycho-social support groups and addressing stigma.


Fees for internship supervision and project contribution:
  • Only Good Will Sober House: 100 USD per week
  • Only Pasua Medical Centre: One time extra fee of 50 usd + 150 USD per week
  • Combination Good Will Sober House + Pasua Medical Centre: One time extra fee of 100 usd + 150 USD per week
  • These fees are on top of our service package and rent (details see here)

Special Needs Day Care Centre and Children's Home

For students who wish to gain practical experience in the field of neurodevelopmental and educational psychology with an additional focus on the role of stigma and poverty. A comprehensive list of relevant literature and research articles will be provided by your psychology supervisor prior to starting the placement.
Upendo Children's Home: The centre was founded in 1934 and is run by the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood. The children at the centre have either lost one or both their parents or have parents who are unable to sufficiently care for them due to for example drug addiction or illness. Therefore, many of the currently 42 babies, toddlers and young children have been neglected or abused early in life and are in need of a loving, safe and predictable environment. Interns will have the opportunity to work with vulnerable children from the ages 0-6; helping staff with the day to day running of the centre.
Your tasks:
  • Various psychological theories can be applied in this placement such as theories of child development, attachment theories and educational psychology. These can be applied through a combination of play and teaching opportunities as well as observational tasks provided by the psychology supervisor.
Building a Caring Community (BCC) Special Needs Day Care Centre: BCC is a local organisation that provides day care for children and adolescents with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Rett Syndrome and Down Syndrome and support their families.
These individuals need loving, specialised care in a mentally and physically stimulating environment in order to reach their maximum potential, which will naturally depend on their level of disability. By caring for these children and adolescents, the centres are also a source of relief and support to their families who struggle to keep up with their daily responsibilities.
Interns have an opportunity to gain practical experience in neurodevelopmental psychology through this placement by directly supporting individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, helping develop and implement individualised care plans, and carry out observational tasks provided by the psychology supervisor.
Your tasks:
  • to assist local staff in the day-to-day running of the centres, and assist with activities and therapies that improve educational, social and life skills adapted to the individual children’s needs. These range from fostering social and play skills, physical and basic education, promoting skills such as listening, paying attention and following directions to gross and fine motor skill development such as eating, washing, facilitating the use of hands
  • Staff also welcome new creative ideas and input from experienced participants, and are especially keen to learn different approaches to work with those children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Interns also have the opportunity to be involved with family support. This is an important aspect that is often overlooked in the field of special needs, especially in low resource settings. Relatives of people with disabilities in Tanzania unfortunately face an enormous burden – financially, practically, socially and emotionally due to the stigma and grief of having a child with a disability
  • You can help support these families by developing materials such education on various disabilities, tackling stigma, and dealing with difficult emotions such as shame and grief of having a child with a disability
  • In collaboration with the local staff and your psychology supervisor it may also be possible for interns to become involved with developing community awareness initiatives
Fees for internship supervision and project contribution:
  • Only Upendo: 100 USD per week
  • Only BCC: 100 USD per week
  • Combination Upendo + BCC: One time extra fee of 50 usd + 100 USD per week
  • These fees are on top of our service package and rent (details see here)
Professional with a Mental Health background can also volunteer at above organisations. A different fee structure applies in case of professional volunteers (see info box below).
Info Box
Location: Moshi, Tanzania
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili
Shared Accomodation, Host Family, Hotel
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Msc Mental Health, BA Psychology
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Student to psychology or related course
Further Contribution To Project: See text above for fees for internships super vision and project contribution
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Qualification in Mental Health
Further Contribution To Project: Only in case of Pasua Health Centre: 50 usd one-time contribution + 120,000 TSH/week
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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