Volunteer in the Medical Program in Ghana
Are you interested in or have experience in healthcare and want to use those skills and passions to help those in need? Global Crossroad offers the most affordable and reputable volunteering in the medical program in Ghana opportunity.
- Most affordable volunteer work with the medical program in Ghana; starts at just $135 a week
- Safety is number one and you will have consistent in country support
- Volunteering in healthcare in Ghana will be a highly rewarding and satisfying experience
- Highly reputable and reviewed volunteer in healthcare project in Ghana since 2003
Like food, clothing and shelter, healthcare is also a basic need and right. 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 fall prey to various diseases that are controlled, stopped, and eradicated in the Western world. This is often the case in Ghana and why joining a volunteer opportunity with the medical program in Ghana is highly impactful.
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 volunteer in healthcare project in Ghana is focused on bridging the 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. This is a unique opportunity to explore the field of medicine, while also gaining valuable experience. You will work with likeminded volunteers and medical professional who will become like family. You have the power to make a grand difference in the lives of the Ugandan people.
Role of Volunteer
The Ghanaian government and various other organizations are working to reach 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.
The specific goals of the volunteer in healthcare project 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. Health education is also a top priority.
Volunteer in the medical program in Ghana work alongside doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals in various departments like gynecology, neurology, orthopedics, obstetrics, pediatrics and surgery. We have placements available in hospitals, as well as more rural clinics.
As a volunteer in the medical program in Ghana, your role can range from observational to direct patient assistance, depending on your level of knowledge. An important element of these volunteer in the medical program in Ghana 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 and Qualifications 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 volunteer in healthcare project in Ghana.
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 and cultural immersion program!
Dates and Prices
Dates: Volunteer in Ghana
All volunteer programs in Ghana start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.
Prices: Volunteer in Ghana
Most affordable prices are offered through Global Crossroad. Global Crossroad is also committed to providing the highest quality volunteer work in Ghana. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer abroad in Ghana application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
- Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day
- Language and Culture program fee $250
- Airport pick up $50
- Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include safari) $1899
Fees do cover:
- Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
- Food (local food 3 times a day)
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Fees do not cover:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
The volunteer trip in Ghana program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.
Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in the Medical Program in Ghana
- What does a typical day in the volunteering in the medical program in Ghana look like?
- What are the activities the healthcare volunteers in Ghana are expected to do?
- Weigh the patients
- Retrieve temperatures
- Retrieve bio-data
- Prep patients for the doctor visits
- Assist lab work: take blood samples
- Assist the doctor during consultations
- Help out in the delivery ward/delivery room
- Is the volunteer in the healthcare project in Ghana available all year long?
- Are there any specific details relevant for the volunteer opportunity with the medical program in Ghana that I should be aware of before applying?
Usual working hours for the volunteer in healthcare project in Ghana are daily from 8am-3pm.
Yes, the volunteer in the healthcare project in Ghana is available year around. You can start this program on any Monday. Global Crossroad is capable of being flexible with start dates due to possible travel constraints.
One must consider upon applying, that Ghana is not as highly developed as other countries. The nurses and doctors don't rely on the complex devices when saving lives. You must be therefore ready to adapt to the on site situation and be willing to learn. The experience you might receive, whilst saving lives hands-on in Ghana, will help you throughout your career.