Medical Volunteer in Ghana

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  • Program: Volunteer in Ghana
  • Project: Medical Volunteer in Ghana
  • Start dates: 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month
  • Location: Kasoa, Accra, Kumasi, Hohoe
  • Departure and End Point: Accra, Ghana (Kotoka International Airport)
  • Language Need: none
  • Accommodation and meals: Home base and Ghanaian cuisine three times daily
  • Activities: support a developing healthcare system in an assistant capacity
  • Working hours: 25-35 hours per week

Overview of the Project

Like food, clothing and shelter, healthcare is also a basic need and right of a human being. However, due to deprivation and other hurdles, many people worldwide still have no or limited access to even the most basic healthcare. When education, awareness and quality facilities are lacking, people still fall prey to various diseases that are controlled, stopped and eradicated in the Western world. This is often the case in Ghana.

In Ghana, specific efforts are underway to improve specifically the health of women and children. High importance is placed on improving the quality of reproductive health services and on preventing and reducing the impact of widespread communicable diseases. Our projects are focused on bridging gaps that prevent efficient and effective delivery of health services and fostering partnerships that lead to improved health throughout Ghana. Government and non-governmental organizations facilitate a number of health facilities: hospitals, maternity clinics, children's hospitals, HIV/AIDS wards and alternative-medicine clinics in many cities and small rural villages.

The specific goals of the healthcare volunteer program in Ghana are to increase access to basic healthcare for rural people, decrease the prevalence of endemic diseases and improve overall village health by providing assistance in public health services in all aspects of clinical nursing, and to promote health education in the villages.

Role of Volunteer

The Ghanaian government and various other organizations are working to reach the needy and impoverished people to improve overall health in the country, but resources are absent, as are quality trained healthcare professionals. As a medically certified volunteer, you can make an immense difference in Ghana’s healthcare industry.

Volunteers in our medical volunteer program in Ghana work alongside doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in various departments like Gynecology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Surgery, depending on their background and training. We have placements available in hospitals as well as more rural clinics.

A volunteer's role can range from observational to direct patient assistance, depending on their level of knowledge. An important element of these volunteer placements is being exposed to healthcare practices in a different culture, which can be a tremendous learning experience, no matter what your background might be.

Medical volunteers will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observation. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.

Skills/Qualification Needed

To participate in our medical volunteer program in Ghana, interested volunteers must have certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Due to the health risks involved, volunteers who are not properly trained in healthcare cannot support this project. However, we do have internships available for medical and nursing students, as well as pre-med students. Interns will be placed on the same projects as volunteers, but their patient access will be much more limited and they will spend the majority of their time shadowing doctors and nurses, or possibly assisting with triage or other things the clinic or hospital might need help with.

Your understanding of Ghanaian culture and language can help improve the experience for both you and your patients. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program!

Volunteer in Ghana: Project Locations and Free Time Options

The majority of our volunteer projects in Ghana are located in and around a village called Kasoa, which is very near the capital city of Accra. Kasoa is a small village with warm people who are very welcoming to visitors, and Accra is just a short ride away, where you can find internet cafes, restaurants and anything else you might be looking for!

Volunteers have a colorful assortment of choices for how to spend their free time away from projects. Ghana offers one of four rainforest tree canopy walks in the world! Get a literal bird’s eye view and observe the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest below you. Explore Ghana’s beaches. White sand and sea turtle sightings combine with water sports or lounging in the slight breeze to make an amazing beach experience. Wildlife is abundant throughout the country and Ghana is home savannah elephants and many other mammals, including seven types of monkeys. The urban experiences deliver cathedrals, museums, theaters, restaurants and more. Volunteers will not be bored in Ghana!