Ghana | Medical Internship

4 Week Volunteer Adventure | From $1495 USD

Overview

Observe local professionals and perform routine tasks in various departments as you work directly with doctors & nurses to heal patients in Kumasi, Ghana.

 

MyGapYear Medical Internships offer motivated nursing, pre-med and medical students the chance to experience on the job training and gain valuable insight into daily operations of healthcare services in a developing country.

 

Interns joining the Medical internship program get the opportunity to work at local government & private Ghanaian Hospitals and medical clinics. Interns receive hands-on clinical experience as well as the opportunity to observe & experience the healthcare system in Ghana. 

 

Medical internships in Ghana are perfect for medical students and undergraduates interested in gaining valuable medical experience. Internships are available in a selection of medical fields including A&E, pediatrics, maternity, mental health and surgery, and a variety of other fields.

 

If you have the motivation & desire to learn more about healthcare in a developing country, gain more experience, or just hope to help those less fortunate, then a MyGapYear Medical Internship is for you!

The Project

Our medical & nursing programs are based in the bustling city of Kumasi with Volunteers working in one of six busy city hospitals catering to over 1.5 million people. Volunteer nurses also have the option to take part in regular medical outreach work. This can include visiting a local orphanage or treating children in remote villages where medical assistance is in dire need.

 

Often hospitals are poorly resourced, lack experienced staff and do not have the funds to pay for otherwise routine medical treatments; leaving many patients with serious illnesses usually preventable with proper healthcare. The hospitals and clinics that our Nepal partners work with are striving to fulfill these needs and are always searching of an extra pair of hands to assist in daily operations.

 

Interns will assist doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff to provide healthcare in one of Kumasi’s busiest hospitals or clinics. Whilst qualified nurses and doctors can assist in the provision of the day-to-day treatments of illness, medical & nursing students have the opportunity to work in several departments including A&E, pediatrics, maternity, mental health and surgery.

 

This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in selected fields where medical practices can differ considerably to those in Australia. Many Volunteers find this experience very challenging at times, but also hugely rewarding.

 

Role of the Volunteer

Medical interns will be paired with local doctors and nurses. Depending on your knowledge and skills, you will be asked to assist with various procedures such as suturing wounds, giving vaccinations, being involved in the daily procedures of the hospital – observing or directly providing various sorts of assistance to existing doctors and nurses. 


 
Interns may also be expected to assist in administrative tasks such as; conducting hospital rounds with the doctors, maintaining files, routine patient check-ups, measure blood pressure, body temperature, record patient’s height, weight, and more.

 

Your role at the hospital/clinic will depend on your level of education and any prior experience you have. In most cases interns will begin by shadowing the local hospital staff before being transferred to one of the departments in the facility. These departments include, but are not limited to;

  • Pediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Dental
  • Ambulance/Emergency

 

Typical Day

  • 7.30 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast with the host family
  • 8.00 AM – 9:00AM: Volunteer leaves home and travels to the project
  • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM: The volunteer joins with the local staff. You will be given a duty roster and a plan for your work. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break. Work and hours is dependent on the project and location that the volunteer is participating in.
  • 2.00 PM – 5.00 PM Work at the project usually ends. The volunteer at this point is has free time to explore Kumasi, catch up with friends and/or do any necessary shopping.
  • 7.30 PM: Dinner with the host family.

Need to Know

Age & Required Experience

  • At least 18 years of age
  • MyGapYear requires all Volunteers participating in the Medical Internship Program be either current medical/nursing students or be able to provide proof of Qualifications or relevant experience in the medical & healthcare industry. Current medical & nursing students must provide a letter from their school advisor confirming enrolment status.

 

Minimum Length

Due to the nature of this project a minimum commitment of 4 weeks is required. However, we can tailor all our programs to suit your ideal adventure. If you wish to volunteer for longer than 4 weeks please contact us & we will put together a package to suit your desired length of stay.

 

Accommodation

All accommodation with a Ghana homestay family is included. Rooms are private and have all the basic furnishings you could expect, including running water, electricity & clean bathrooms. Our homestay families have been specially chosen by our Project Ghana Partners & have hosted many volunteers over the course of several years. Our homestay families form some of the most memorable parts of Volunteer Adventures & provide amazing insight into traditional Ghana life, as well as creating friendships that last a lifetime.

 

Meals

Three meals a day are provided by the home-stay families & consist mainly of traditional Ghanaian meals with some flexibility for home comforts when available. If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.

 

Free Time

During weekends Volunteers have the opportunity to visit all that Ghana has to offer. Weekend trips available include visits to Mole National Park in the Northern Region of Ghana. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest Elephant Sanctuaries in Africa with the chance to spot Lions, Leopards & Antelopes in their natural habitat. 
Volunteers can also take a trip to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana to relax in the beautiful beaches and see the famous Cape Coast castle, the Kakum Canopy walkway and Elmina castle, where slave trade begun.

 

Orientation & Support

MyGapYear offers unlimited support prior to departure. Upon receipt of your deposit you will receive your MGY Handbook, which includes comprehensive information on Ghanaian customs, culture, what to wear, traditional Ghanaian meals and important words in the Nepali language.

 

You will have 24/7 in country support on the ground in Ghana. An orientation session will be conducted on arrival, in addition to a meeting with representatives from the hospital or clinic to determine how to best utilise your skills and experience during the internship. There will always be an English-speaking staff member available at the hospital or clinic to direct and assist you with anything you may need and help you get settled into your role.

 

Child Protection

MyGapYear follows the principles and guidelines of ‘ChildSafe International’ in protecting children from all forms of abuse and preventing child exploitation and trafficking.  As part of our mission to empower and protect youth; we require all volunteers who are 18 years of age or over and who plan to work with children; provide a Criminal History printout.  This printout is available from your local Police Station and may take up to 4 weeks.

 

MyGapYear has partnerships with other like-minded organisations across the globe. This particular Adventure is operated in partnership with OGVO. We guarantee that all of our partners offer the best value, exciting & safe Adventures you have come to expect from MyGapYear. For more information on who our partners are and how we handle your trip please contact us at info@mygapyear.com.au.

About Kumasi

The ancient capital of the Ashanti kingdom, Kumasi is still the heart of Ashanti country and the site of West Africa’s largest cultural center, the palace of the Ashanti king. To add to the appeal, it’s surrounded by rolling green hills and has a vast central market as vibrant as any in Africa.

 

The citys major attraction is the National Cultural Center, a 10 minute walk west of the market. The sprawling complex encompasses a fascinating museum of Ashanti history, a popular library, an excellent crafts shop and an exhibition hall. Classes in traditional dance and drumming are available. One of the centre’s more interesting exhibits is the fake golden stool used to trick the British, who’d heard that the real Golden Stool held the strength of the Ashanti empire and demanded it be brought to them. It was decades before they discovered the ruse. The real stool is kept at Manhyia Palace and is brought out only on special occasions. It’s so sacred that not even the king is allowed to sit on it, and it’s never allowed to touch the ground. There’s a photo of it in the museum.

Highlights

ADVENTURE into Ghana by tro-tro – brightly coloured local vans – and exotic sites off the beaten path.

ASSIST doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in one of Kathmandu’s busiest hospitals or clinics.

HANDS-ON experience in selected fields where medical practices can differ considerably to those in Australia.

LEARN about the development challenges that face the impoverished regions of Ghana.

Adventure Details

LENGTH: 4+ Weeks

START DATES: Select dates apply

PRICE: $1495 USD

MEALS: Some included

FLIGHTS: Not included

Included

All accommodation (home stay & hotel)

3 meals a day at home stay

Induction tour & transfer to placement

Airport meet & greet

24/7 in-country support

Unlimited pre-departure support

Pre-departure pack

MyGapYear placement t-shirt

Legitimate, sustainable & safe Medical Internship placement in Kumasi, Ghana

Not Included

Airfares

Visa requirements

Vaccinations

Travel insurance

Spending money

Meals unless otherwise indicated

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