Medicine Volunteer Projects in Ghana
- Placement location: Cape Coast, Dodowa
- Role: To work alongside local professionals observing different approaches to various conditions and treatments, and to assist with regular outreach work conducting basic heath checks and health presentations in local communities
- Type of placements: Hospitals and medical outreach work
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
Our voluntary Medicine programmes in Ghana are based in the Cape Coast, in the central region of Ghana, as well as in the town of Dodowa. In the Cape Coast, you will be based in a bustling city hospital, working with patients who have a wide range of illnesses.
The hospitals where we work provide an excellent backdrop for learning and improving your medicine and healthcare skills. You will experience different approaches to medicine and treatments. You will find yourself coming into contact with conditions that you wouldn't normally see in Europe and North America, such as malaria and typhoid, on an almost daily basis.
When you first arrive at the hospital you will discuss your work schedule with the Projects Abroad coordinator and the placement supervisor who will be a member of the hospital staff. Most volunteers choose to spend time in a variety of different departments within the hospital, including accident and emergency, paediatrics, maternity, pharmacy, physiotherapy and surgery.
Volunteers with no medical experience will be placed in Dodowa, as there is more supervision and instruction for those who are there on an observational and learning basis. Volunteers with medical experience, but who are not fully qualified may be based at either location.
Medical outreach work in Ghana
Volunteers in all regions also take part in regular medical outreach work which involves treating children with minor wounds or illnesses from small villages or paying a visit to a care centre for example. Volunteers wanting to specialise in the outreach work can join a full time Public Health project based in Dodowa, on the outskirts of Accra. Any volunteers interested in working with HIV and AIDS patients could join our HIV/AIDS control programme based in a hospital in Accra, which also includes community outreach work.
While volunteering in Ghana you will live with local host families. As one of our most popular destinations, there will always be a large Projects Abroad volunteer community present for you to spend time with.
You can join the Medicine project in Ghana for one, two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
"In certain departments I felt I benefited the hospital - the ward, laboratory, outpatients - by helping with the workload. In other areas - operating theatres - it was more of a work experience placement where I benefited from the experience I was gaining. Above all, it was great to be able to choose which departments I worked in and for how long."
Medicine Volunteer in Ghana
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Ghana.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ghana Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.