GHANA

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP IN ACCRA IN GHANA

Work in a private hospital that also operates an NGO that focuses its efforts in 40 communities. 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.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £1,565 (approx. US$1,945) for 4 weeks
£200 (US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: Minimum stay is 4 weeks, up to a maximum of 16 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round (except August and September) – you choose your start and finish dates.
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.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Accommodation
Food
Daily 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 (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from or after University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in gaining overseas work experience or an internship for university credit or requirement.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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A nurse working with a patient at the Hospital
A nurse working with a patient at the Hospital.
Exterior of the Hospital on the Medical Internship
The Hospital, seen from the outside front entrance.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

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 centre, 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 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 centre/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.

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
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A technician at work inside the on-site laboratory at the Hospital on the Medical Internship
A technician at work inside the on-site laboratory at the Hospital.
A waiting room at the Hospital on the Medical Internship
A waiting room at the Hospital.
Doctor checking a sonogram on the Medical Internship
A doctor checks a sonogram.
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ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation will vary depending on your work location, but will usually be in a family-run hostel (or possibly 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.

Wi-Fi / Internet: High speed internet is available in the Hostel and there is a wireless connectivity to your laptop anywhere on the premises. The internet is free if you have your own laptop.

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 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.

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Volunteers outside their host family home in Ghana
Caroline, Elizabeth and Suzanne on the front verandah of their host family home.
Volunteers in Ghana having a night out together
Aloysius (our Ghana Manager) and some of our volunteers enjoying a night out together.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU ... AND GHANAIAN TIME!
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!

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!

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 programme (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.

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A Kente stall in Accra. Kente cloth is world-famous. It's always brilliantly coloured and hand-woven by skilled weavers. Very few people leave Ghana without taking some Kente cloth or some sort of Kente product with them. The ultimate Ghanaian souvenir!!
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Learn to play the African Drums in Ghana

AFRICAN DRUMMING COURSES IN ACCRA:
Immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana by learning the art of African drumming! A chance to either learn from scratch or improve your technique with one of Accra’s most established traditional bands.
Prices:

  • OPTION 1: Taster Course: 1 week (5 hours over 5 days) - £35
  • OPTION 2: Standard Course: 2 weeks (10 hours over 2 weeks) - £70
  • OPTION 3: Advanced Course: 4 weeks (20 hours, over 4 weeks) - £140

You’ll learn about the instruments and diverse range of techniques, as well as the rhythms and dances associated with the various tribes of Ghana. This is a fun way to learn about the culture and history of Ghana and as most people progress quickly, it won’t be long before you’re performing with the band!

Whichever course you choose, you will be taught approximately 2 hours of theory and the remainder of the course will be practical. Those doing the Advanced Lessons will also be taught how the drums are made. Classes are taught in an open-air compound and there are normally 1-2 students per class, so you’ll receive valuable one-to-one tuition.

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Volunteers canoeing while on their gap year projects
Volunteers having a great time canoeing down the river.
Travellers' Fergus Kane walking the favour rop bridge
Fergus Kane (from Travellers UK) walking the famous rope bridge while on an inspection trip to see the Ghana Projects. EVERYONE walks across this bridge - it's like a rite of passage!

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LOCATION | 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:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

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A typical street vendor in Accra. It's estimated that 73% of the economic activity of the Metropolitan Area is made up of street vendors, who sell a range of items, from food to cloth, shoes, electronics, and more.
Lots of amazing African masks for sale at a souvenir stand!
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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

ALEX HORAN
American
Medical Internship in Accra

I am currently a pre-med student going into my senior year of undergraduate school, and I wanted to travel abroad to experience healthcare in a third world country.

The placement in Accra Ghana was a perfect choice.

By participating in the medical internship, I was able to help the hospital and its patients in many ways. The hospital is very understaffed, so by working there I was able to help the staff be more efficient, both in the nursing wards, and in the lab.

In addition to helping the hospital, I also was able to learn a great deal about healthcare, lab work, and the culture of Ghana in general. Not only, did I learn practical things, but I discovered I have a passion for gynecology, and neonatology. Discovering this made me so happy, it was definitely the highlight of my trip. I knew I had a passion for medicine, but having the opportunity to learn about women's health, and help so many women with their pregnancies made my trip unforgettable.

My Most Memorable Moment: Observing a hernia repair.

My Biggest Achievement: Learning how to preform pre-natal exams on pregnant women, and teaching them how to have a healthy pregnancy.

My Positive Impact on the Project: Assisting the midwives during the pregnancy clinics they held twice a week.