Biomedical Science in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe

Key Information

Information

Application Deadline: 30/05/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

Ref: 10006869

Dates

Departure Date: 05/11/22

Return Date: 13/11/22

Costs

£1000: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any bursaries). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa ($55 on arrival)

Funding

DMU Global Bursary: £400

Booking

Accommodation: Students will stay in the on-campus hotel at Chinhoyi University in shared rooms

Travel: Booked by DMU (students travel as a group)

Contact

General Enquiries: dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

Trip Lead: Peter Chimkupete - pchimkupete@dmu.ac.uk

Eligibility

Current undergraduate first and second year (second and third years in 2022-23) Biomedical and Medical Science students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 20 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.

About

Trip description

Biomedical and Medical Science students have the opportunity to travel to Zimbabwe to conduct science workshops for secondary school students at Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) during the enhancement week of November 2022.

Working together with students from CUT, DMU students will conduct science workshops for local Zimbabwean students of age range 14 – 17 years. In these workshops they will coach and mentor middle and high school students in various Biomedical Science areas of interest namely Malaria microscopy, Sickle cell disease microscopy, Urinalysis, blood grouping and PCR. For the morning sessions, DMU students will prepare presentations to explain the principles and applications of the various tests to the Zimbabwean school students.

In the afternoon sessions they will demonstrate the laboratory procedures and coach the secondary school students. We aim to cater for 4-5 schools per day with each school sending five boys and five girls. At the end of each workshop DMU students team up with their mentee students and participate in a quiz with prize for the students in the winning team.


Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of employability skills and competencies that enhance your studies. Through participation in this Biomedical Science trip to Zimbabwe we expect that students will:

  • Develop and enhance teamworking skills by working in groups to prepare presentations on the various topics.
  • Develop coaching and mentoring skills as the demonstrate and supervise students in the labs,
  • Develop international collaborative skills as they work with students from Chinhoyi University
  • Experience and learn about a new culture, improving their intercultural awareness through engagements with local students and academics.

Students will have several pre-trip meetings where they will work in groups to prepare presentations on their specific topics. After the trip students will deliver presentations about international experiences to peers who did not go on the trip.


Cultural activities

Students will visit the popular Chinhoyi Caves – a limestone and dolomite cave system with interesting features. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Kore-kore village where you can get a glimpse into a local village homestead and the Lion and Cheetah Park where you can view local wildlife.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Zimbabwe is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel as per the guidance on the FCDO webpage for Zimbabwe.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.