||All year round, you choose
your start and finish dates.
From 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Minimum age 17.
You should be either planning to study medicine or a
medical-related subject, or currently studying medicine
or related subject, or working in a medical field
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
gaining overseas work experience or an internship for
university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad
and learn about the practice of Medicine overseas.
Please see "Requirements" above.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the
fascinating Ghanaian culture
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
placement has been rewarding work experience fro me and it has made me
determined to get a qualification so that next time I can truly work,
rather than observe. For anybody wanting a career in medicine this is an
excellent opportunity and I would recommend it."
Kate Malia, gap-year student, Ghana Medical Project
ABOUT THE HOSPITAL:
The hospital you'll most likely work in is fairly new,
having been established in 2011. It also operates an NGO that focuses its
efforts in 40 communities in the Okakoi Submetro of Accra. They
raise awareness about the prevention and management of Malaria,
TB, HIV and Non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and
In addition to providing health care services, the
hospital is training the next generation of nurses. They are
committed to training them using international standards in
patient care and infection prevention and control as well as
teaching them using a patient-centred approach. Their goal is to
be able to invest in health care equipment, such as kidney
dialysis machines that will allow them to serve Ghanaians at
home as opposed to having to send them abroad for treatment.
There are five health care clinics and hospitals under the Group
of Companies which you might get the chance to work at during
At time of writing, medical services available at the hospital include:
Antenatal: The hospital has several experienced and
compassionate midwives who get to know their patients well
enough to make them feel comfortable when they come in to give
birth. The hospital holds antenatal clinics every Wednesdays and
Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:30pm
Emergency Care: The Hospital is able to perform emergency care
with qualified doctors and nurses who will be able to take the
necessary steps to stabilize a patient and transfer them if
24 Hour Ambulance Services: The hospital operates two full
equipped ambulances for emergency calls and transfers.
There is a laboratory which can perform series of
pathological tests such as:
• Serological test
• Microbiological test
• Chemistry test
• Haematological test
Pharmacy: The pharmacy is open 24/7, dispensing drugs as well as
providing advice on how to take the medications and answering
any questions patients might have.
Reflexology and Physiotherapy: The hospital currently have one
reflexologist who has more than 10 years of experience.
Reflexology is an alternative medicine that involves providing
physical pressure to the feet or palm with specific thumb,
finger and hand techniques.
Theatre: There are currently has two fully equipped surgery
theatres. The hospital is able to perform general surgeries and
Other departments at the hospital include:
The Hospital is very busy and consults many
patients per day. You'll get an induction on
your first day/s at the hospital. You'll be introduced
to the local staff and departments and arrangements will be made
timetable. You'll be involved in the day-to-day running of the
center, 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.
You may be involved in general nursing duties, such as
checking of temperature, blood pressure,general health care as
well as laboratory duties, dispensing of drugs etc. You'll do each department per week, depending on the duration of
program and, if you're there long enough, you'll get to cover all departments.
If you plan on
specialising in a particular field of medicine, we can try to
arrange to place you in your relevant department, to ensure that
you receive maximum experience in your chosen field.
Your work schedule may vary week by week depending on how busy
the hospital is and where help is need the most at the time that
you're there. You'll start
work at about 8.00 a.m. or earlier, depending on the engagement with a
doctor, and you'll usually finish at 4.00 p.m. Break time is at 12:30 for an hour.
IMPORTANT: THIS PROJECT IS OBSERVATIONAL ONLY
This project is observation only – by law you cannot participate in
or assist with patient care and/or any other activity which
could put you and/or any other person at risk. However, if
you're qualified, you may be able to assist far more. In order
to do this, you would first need to be in possession of
the required qualifications, have the necessary experience to go
with your qualifications, be registered for practising in Ghana,
be registered at the medical center/hospital and be insured to
practise in Ghana. Without these legally required criteria, you
won't be able to
participate in any treatment of patients. You will of course be
able watch and comment on the proceedings.
REQUIRED OF YOU ... AND GHANAIAN TIME!
You don’t have to have a great knowledge of the game and the rules, but you must
be an enthusiastic person who enjoys playing the game.
and initiative are highly
appreciated and a sense of humour when the electricity fails, or buses don't
turn up, will help you to make the most of this
Like all our destination
countries, the culture in Ghana is different
to what you're used to. For example, the people are exceptionally
friendly and helpful, with big smiles and a relaxed attitude. On the other
living standard falls short of UK or Western standards. And Ghanaian time
is when someone says, "See you at 10.a.m.," - what he really means is, "I'll see
you sometime tomorrow" ... And then he may not turn
up at all.
The pace of life is slower and more relaxed, But
you'll quickly get involved in the daily life
of the local people and pretty soon you'll feel completely at home - Ghana has
that effect on you!
Nurses undergoing health training
Your accommodation will vary depending on
your work location, but will either be in a family run hostel or with a
host family. This means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and
generally live like a Ghanaian. This enables you to fully experience the
local culture from the inside.
Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long
after they leave Ghana and in some cases they return to the country
later especially to visit their family. Sometimes members of their
Ghanaian family have even gone to visit them in their home country.
family for the past 6 weeks, the Opuku family, have been very warming to
us staying there. They've cooked up some fabulous meals and have been
very helpful to us when we have needed some help finding our way around.
The children at the house are fantastic! They're very keen to explore
your room, and
sweets seems to be very high on the list!"
Food is included in this placement and
will be local cuisine - again this is to enable
you to fully experience living as local Ghanaians do. When we arrange
your placement, we will liaise extensively with you regarding both the
placement and your accommodation. As always, our Local Manager will look
after you well and will always be on hand to help and offer advice.
"My family -
Lizzie and Prince are lovely. The children are very sweet, and I
feel extremely lucky to have been placed with them. The house is
of a Western standard in most ways, and Lizzie's cooking is
excellent. I feel a part of their family already."
standing on the front verandah of their accommodation
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
While on your placements, you can also book some
Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Ghana, or
you could even do a second project in a different country in Africa (or
elsewhere) - thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
Ghana is a
wonderfully welcoming country and the people are overwhelmingly hospitable and
friendly. They love their music, dancing and socialising, and this, together
with lots of glorious open African country and sunshine, contribute to making
your travel adventure to Ghana very special.
Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is both big-city hectic and
There is something
else this African city has that makes up for lack of planning and fancy
buildings. It is a wonderful city to experience. It is
full of character, has a warm feel, is extremely friendly and feels very
safe. It also has some great beaches!
It is a city that is young, wild
and full of soul and here
you'll sample the true African spirit.
During the day, the streets are full of market stalls and
vendors where you can browse and buy mouthwatering foods, colourful
Kente cloth, beads,
or baskets. Don't forget to practice your haggling.
During the night
the city comes alive with the traditional Ghanaian ‘spot’ bars and the sound
of live drumming music in the warm night air. Village-specific festivals and events
occur throughout the year.
is fascinating, very different from home. Very noisy, dusty and hot, but
really colourful and vibrant. Particularly impressed by the palm trees,
amazing variety of little stalls and shops and the women balancing huge
bundles on their heads! We've felt very safe so far - very little hassle
from people, most of whom have been really welcoming.
Caroline Allen – Law Placement
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arrive in your new country, please
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