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Medical Work Experience Internship in Accra in Ghana

GHANA

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP IN ACCRA IN GHANA

Work in a private hospital established in 2011 that 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 diabetes.

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. You will get to experience the many different departments that the hospital has to offer.

“I had my first day at my project today and it was amazing. Everyone was very helpful and willing to show me things!"  Meghan Hallett

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round, you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
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
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food

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 Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project 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 development.

  • 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!

"This 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

Medical Work Experience Internship in Accra in Ghana

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 diabetes.

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 your placement.

Facilities
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 necessary.

24 Hour Ambulance Services: The hospital operates two full equipped ambulances for emergency calls and transfers.
Laboratory:

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 orthopaedic surgeon.

Other departments at the hospital include:

  • OPD

  •  USG Scan

  • Surgeries

  • Internal Medicine

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • Billing and Coding

WORK CONTENT:
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 for your 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 your 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.

WHAT IS 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. Self-reliance, independence 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 wonderful opportunity! 

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 hand, the 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!

Medical Work Experience Internship in Accra in Ghana

Nurses training in Ghana
Nurses undergoing health training

Medical Work Experience Internship in Accra in Ghana

Medical Work Experience Internship in Accra in Ghana

ACCOMMODATION:
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.

"The 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!"
Jonathan Childs

FOOD:

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."

 

Caroline, left, Susannah, right, standing on the front verandah of their accommodation with Caroline’s host, Lizzie

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

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 wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who 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.

  

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Drumming Courses
 

This 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.

ABOUT ACCRA:
Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is both big-city hectic and African laid-back. 
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.

Accra itself 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

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.




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