Medical, Nursing & Healthcare Placement Elective in Ghana
Our Medical, Nursing & Healthcare placement in Ghana provides students with the opportunity to gather practical work experience within a training hospital in the capital, Accra and a contrasting medical centre in a rural health clinic based in a coastal village. Our medical placement plays an important role by supplying additional medical staff to areas in the Ghanian health sector that’d be otherwise under-resourced. You will help deliver quality healthcare to the local communities. Our placement is split into two locations (the capital and rural Ghana), it demonstrates the contrast in the delivery of medicine in different settings within a developing country.
Whilst at the hospital you will be shadowing a doctor in Accra’s biggest teaching hospital. This means the hospital is already geared towards receiving volunteers and students. Depending upon your experience, interests and what you want to get out of your placement, you will be on a different ward each week that fits with you and your specialist focus. The doctor you will be shadowing will ensure that you are learning about every aspect of the hospital and West African medicine during your placement.
Once you leave the major cities, and enter more rural parts of this beautiful country the medical standards drop considerably and there is a real shortage of trained medical professionals to work in rural communities and provide basic healthcare services. It is important to note that the facilities and resources on this part of the project are extremely limited and provide a different working environment to what most medical students and nurses have experienced before. At the small rural clinic you’ll work closely with the local staff to support their daily inpatients and participate in community outreach clinics.
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In Ghana, it is important to note that living conditions are different to being at home. Despite being basic, this is part of the experience when volunteering in a new culture and developing country. With an open mind and patience, you will quickly get used to your new environment and you will eat some amazing local food and live and work alongside local people!
In Accra, the volunteer house is located in a very quiet and safe area, plus it’s next to the beach! The house itself has shared single sex rooms with bunk beds and a large communal area. 3x super yummy meals will be freshly prepared and cooked every day by the local in-house chef.
In Senya Beraku, volunteers stay in a volunteer house, located in the heart of the village. The house is basic but comfortable, and you will stay in a shared single sex room.
Outside of your placement, there are plenty of opportunities to travel and experience the beauty and diversity that Ghana has to offer. As we have an in-country volunteer coordinator, they will be able to help arrange trips to places such as idyllic beaches, national parks, historic landmarks and the best local spots to check out in order to get the real Ghanian experience. Watch this video to see everything Ghana has to offer
This is a self-funded experience and part of your fee will be sent directly to the project to support their sustainable development goals. Vocational Impact promotes ethical travel and a shared learning experience. You will pay an all-inclusive fee, which will include a donation. ** From £57 per day **.
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