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experience in
Ghana

Assist in government hospitals and community clinics

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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £180
  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £180

Ghana medical volunteers

This is your chance to gain valuable first-hand experience into the healthcare system in Ghana. You will get a real insight into the difficulties faced and meet some of the amazing people trying to help make a difference to the lives of the local community.

During your time on the placement, you will get to shadow and assist the professional medical staff where you will get an unparalleled experience. You will be involved in the day-to-day activities of the hospital, observing the doctors and nurses where you can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice.

"Volunteering at Dixcove Hospital was a truly rewarding experience where I was able to get hands-on and assist the patients. Everyone in Busua was so welcoming and friendly - the village will forever hold a place in my heart."

You will have the opportunity to be placed in many different departments so that you can receive a broad view of the hospital. Your time in the clinics can be spent in a variety of ways including on maternity wards, operating theatres and recovery wards (a full list is below).

Over the course of your volunteering placement, you will witness a range of illnesses and cases that you may never come across back in the UK, such as Typhoid, Polio and TB. You will also get the chance to learn about several tropical diseases such as Malaria and Dengue.

Our medical work experience welcomes people of all backgrounds. So if you have just left school and looking for experience to boost your university application (pre-med) or are currently a nursing / medical student organising an elective placement overseas – this programme is perfect for you.

We are able to offer a more specific programme for medical, midwifery, dentistry and nursing students looking to take part in an overseas elective. We will be able to tailor your placement around your needs and design a schedule to meet all of your requirements to maximise your time in Ghana. Our UK and local teams are able to complete any paperwork required by your university or other scheme.

Although healthcare in Ghana has improved dramatically since 2003, hospitals are still poorly resourced and under-staffed and this eye-opening experience will show you first hand the challenges faced by the staff.

The large majority of patients that arrive each and everyday are due to illnesses related to poor drinking water and sanitation with many of the causes of death and serious illness being avoidable. You will get to see how cultural factors and a lack of education / health awareness cause an alarmingly high number of preventable cases admitted each day.

At the moment we support Dixcove Government Hospital that sees up to 100 patients arrive everyday. With a wide range of departments for you to be involved with and over 100 beds, you will get a huge experience with all the problems faced at a local hospital in Ghana.

Your varied role and the ever-changing scenarios of a hospital will mean everyday is different. You will generally be working Monday to Friday for approximately 6 hours per day. There are several shifts throughout the day and night that you will get to work on to ensure you see all of the procedures throughout a normal working day at the hospital. These are 8am – 2pm, 2pm – 8pm and 8pm – 8am.

You may be involved in general nursing duties, such as checking temperatures, blood pressure, general health care as well as laboratory duties like dispensing of drugs.

Depending on your duration of the programme and if you have anything specific to be involved in, you will get the opportunity to observe and help many departments and cases. Some of the departments you may cover include; general surgery, gynecology nursing, maternity and midwifery, obstetrics, paediatrics, pharmacology, laboratory, physiotherapy, radiology, dentistry and more.

Your presence and assistance will help with the burden on the stretched resources of the medical service as well as provide a more personal caring service to the patients.

Ghana is one of the most secure and friendly destinations and is often referred to as the “friendliest place in Africa”. You will be staying in the small town of Busua, where all amenities are within walking distance. Being so close to the beach (2-minute walk) means your free time can be spent seeing the sights, lazing on a sunny beach or partying with your newfound friends. You will also have the opportunity to learn to surf, watch the sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs or simply sit and watch the sun go down at one of the small beach bars. You can also head further afield and visit the famous Cape Coast, Elimina, Kakum National Park or Dixcove!

Please note, your level of involvement within the hospital is dictated by your medical experience, duration of the programme and your willingness to get involved. During your time in the hospital, it is solely down to the medical staff that oversee the programme as to whether or not you can get involved in any hands-on procedures.

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