Are you looking to go into health care or further your experience in the field? This project gives you the opportunity to work in clinics as well as hospitals – furthering your scope of knowledge and broadening your horizons. Not only will this project benefit you but also the health system in Ghana, by assisting with the shortage of health care workers.
Volunteer with health care
Project fee from EUR 870
Your Role as a Volunteer
As a volunteer at a health centre in Ghana your tasks will vary depending on your education. If you have had no experience working in healthcare, you will primarily be involved with assisting administration. However, if you have had experience, you will be more hands on with the activities at the clinic.
Some tasks you might be involved with:
• Assist staff in examination rooms
• Work with physiotherapists and their patients
• Treat wounds • Working with the Maternal and Child Health departments
• Assist midwives when they visit the pregnant women who live in remote locations
• Tell people about the possibilities for family planning
• Check and record the temperature, body weight and height of patients coming in.
• Help to develop educational materials on health.
The Project’s Mission
This health Project primarily provides an exchange between those who volunteer and those who are already working in the clinic. You get a chance to see the work in a health centre or hospital as well as getting to go in a different part of the world, where resources are very limited. You will possibly even have the opportunity to share some of your knowledge with them.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
You will be picked up at the airport in Accra. The program begins with an introduction for 3 days in Accra. Day 1 and 2 you will learn about Ghanaian culture and also receive some introductory language lessons. You will discuss what it is like to live with a Ghanaian family and the various cultural classes that can occur. Furthermore, questions will be answered regarding visas, health, money, food, and how to get around using local transport. You and the other volunteers will also go on a guided tour of Accra, learn the basics of Ghanaian cooking and then you get to participate in a short drum and dance class. Day 3 you will go to your project.
Accommodation and Food
Our partner introduces you to your host family where you will be staying while working at the project. The host families are selected from the Ghanaian middle class but the standards may vary. Some of their houses do not have running water or electricity, however the majority of them do. If you would like to stay with another volunteer, sharing a room this can be arranged however, you will never be asked to share a room with a family member. During the week, breakfast and dinner will be eaten by yourself or with your host family, including lunch on the weekends unless you are traveling. You will need to get your own drinking water, which can be purchased locally.
Note: On some projects you will live in a volunteer house.
Ghana can be described with many positive words. It is a beautiful and welcoming country, offering a perfect mixture between modern and traditional life styles. Its nature shifts from deep valleys and dense rain forests too low coastal plains. Your Ghanaian encounter will however also depend on your own effort; the more you open yourself the closer you will get to the Ghanaian people.
English is the official language but the majority speaks one of the Gur- and Kwa- languages. At the introduction you will have a chance to learn a few phrases in Twi, one of the Kwa- languages that are spoken by the most in Accra.
You should book your plane ticket so that you arrive at Accra the day before the project starts, that is on Sunday. Your last work day will be Friday after the amount of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer. If you are going home right after the end of the project you should book your return ticket on the following day that is on Saturday or alternatively Sunday. Make sure to check that the arrival and departure dates are correct.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is one of the prerequisites to enter the country and you will be asked to provide it upon your arrival. You should also contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations. They will advise you what other vaccinations are recommended when travelling to Ghana, Furthermore it is recommended to take malaria prophylaxis when traveling to Ghana. Circumstances can change quickly, but it is always you, who makes the final decision about which vaccinations to get. Vaccinating against Hepatitis A and B is recommended always when travelling abroad.