Biomedical Science Internship

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High­lights

Put your knowledge and skills to test in an unfamiliar, international setting.
Travel to Kumasi and visit the palace, which illustrates the history of the Ashantis
Visit Ghana's largest market in Kumasi, and buy some local goods
Enjoy countless cultural and natural attractions offered in Ghana
Go on weekend excursions or join social events together with other OGVO volunteers and interns
Get the chance to volunteer in a laboratory in Ghana, an area that needs your support. Volunteers will be based in a hospital that provides services in general medicine. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

There is one country that comes to mind when one wants to volunteer in the area of laboratory and diagnostic research in Africa, the best destination for such undertaking is Ghana. Ghana is located in West Africa with a relatively peaceful environment and evenly distributed health facilities (hospitals, clinics, maternity clinics, laboratories and diagnostics centres amongst others) across the country. Most of these health facilities have laboratories or diagnostic centres within them to aid in reliable health delivery. In choosing to become a volunteer or intern in a laboratory in a community in Ghana one intend to use accurate measurement and empirical observations to learn about some of common tropical diseases such as malaria, anaemia, typhoid amongst others and means to help curb them. One will equally get to know how illness such as HIV/AIDs can be tackled using stigma-free interventions to reduce its spread. The lab is small to medium size and community-based dedicated to meet the needs of the clinicians and patients to provide diagnosis and treatment. The lab runs tests for a local hospital that offers services in General Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, X-ray, Dermatology, Venereology, Ophthalmology, ECG, mother and child healthcare and ultrasound. For all these departments there is only one laboratory where all patients get sent to for tests, which means that there is an incredibly high workload.

The prevalence rate of some of these diseases especially malaria and anaemia is very high among the populace particularly pregnant women and children, hence the need for support. Malaria is a problem and there is a new case every day – testing in the laboratory focuses mainly on blood but also urine and faeces. When malaria is left undetected or untreated for a long time it can cause still birth in pregnant women and even death among the general populace. HIV testing is also common. The laboratory itself is a small space but it is always busy as it is much in demand, and the waiting area outside is often full of patients, young and old. Come and work in a laboratory or diagnostic centre in Ghana and gain an insight not only into local diseases and diagnosis but also to work alongside a dedicated as well as friendly local team.

Volunteering in a laboratory is not the most common project choice for those considering embarking upon a volunteering trip, however the experience is worthwhile since it gives one first-hand knowledge on the health related issues facing a particular sub region and how to help curb them. Considering the fact that volunteer work abroad in laboratories is relatively low, many laboratories go without volunteer support when it is, actually, an area that would benefit them greatly. For anyone with an interest in a laboratory placement, this project is a great place to start. The hospital values the addition of international volunteers to its team, as it strongly believes in cross-culture awareness and the building of global citizenship.

Your role on the Biomedical Science Internship in Ghana

Volunteers will assist wherever is needed in the laboratory under guided protocols. Your role will vary depending on your experience, but you will work under the supervision of a local clinician. Activities may involve talking to patients, recording information, data entry into the computer system, running rapid diagnostic tests and also analysing laboratory results. You may also be put to work by collecting blood samples from patients, general diagnosis, learning new manual diagnostic techniques and data handling. Whether you have experience or not, is not important, as there are many tasks that you can get involved in and the work you do will be greatly appreciated by local staff.

Little to no particular skills is required to volunteer in a laboratory in Ghana, although any experience will certainly be beneficial to you. You must have a high interest or passion to volunteering in a laboratory, be enthusiastic and willing to take on any task that is given to you. The laboratory is a small place, and therefore it is essential that you work well with others and as part of a team. If you demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and a good aptitude, you may be given the opportunity to help in other ways, but these decisions are always made by the local team.

Volunteers interested in tropical diseases, medical laboratory, microbiology, haematology and medical research will find this placement interestingly educative and anyone who is an expert or has proven skills in an area may be able to do extra tasks under supervision. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project.

Can I use this program as part of a college or university placement? 

It is certainly possible to use one of OGVO’s programs as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. OGVO regularly receives medical, biomedical sciences, psychology, midwifery, dentistry, veterinary and nursing placement students at our projects across Ghana.

If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of OGVO’s programs could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us directly so we can help organize a specific placement for you.

Typical day

Wake up each morning at your host family before eating breakfast, donning your white coat, and grabbing a tro-tro or shared taxi that will take you to the hospital. On your first day, our staff will accompany you to show you the way. 

A typical day starts at 8am, and ends at 2pm, Monday to Friday. At 12.30pm, you’ll have a chance to eat during your lunch break. You can either bring a lunch from your host family, or you can buy food at the hospital cafeteria.

At the end of the day, you can head home and enjoy a home cooked Ghanaian meal with your host family. This is the perfect time to get to know more about their culture. Over the weekends, you can spend time with other volunteers or interns, explore the many historical sites around Cape Coast, or just relax on the beach.

Free-time activities

During weekends Volunteers/Interns 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.

NOTE: We do provide tours, therefore you can add a tour before or after your volunteer program for an additional cost. We can perform quality tours and can offer discounts to volunteers.

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School / University /College etc. level
Required Documents
CV/Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No particular skills are required to volunteer in a Laboratory in Ghana, although any experience will certainly be helpful to you.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Our Generation Voluntary Organization
  • airport meeting and transfer to project site
  • comprehensive pre-departure information
  • introduction to host family and program orientation
  • accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • supervision and visa support letter
  • Application review and processing
  • support and guidance as well as 24 / 7 hour emergency back-up from staff
  • all information before and during your time with us in Ghana
  • regular culture activities (personal spending not included)

The price does not include visa, flight, vaccinations/immunizations, personal insurance (required), personal spending and in-country travel.

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
OGVO has representatives who will be at the airport (point of arrival) to welcome you at anytime of your arrival. Please do not be disturbed, if there should be a delay or if anything happen with your flight arrangement, our representative will still be there and would be ready to welcome you peacefully into the country.
Accommodation

Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local host family, and will gain the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. Ghanaian families are renowned for their kindness and hospitality and they love to learn about different cultures. Living with a local family truly is the best way to throw oneself into the local culture and to meet people who will often become lifelong friends!

All families have been fully vetted by our team and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Bedrooms are private but generally shared with volunteers of the same gender. Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom. Generally, your host brother, sister or mother assist you with your laundry but it is not an obligation, learn to wash your clothing’s with your hands in several buckets, enjoy the sun drying your clothes and odor the African fragrance in your clothes.

It is important to remember that the living conditions in Ghana are different from home. Most families have running water, but hot water is still uncommon in some areas. Although the accommodation is basic, this is part of the challenge and experience of volunteering in a developing country. With a little patience, and a flexible attitude, you will quickly get used to your new surroundings.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Three meals a day are provided by the home-stay families and consist mainly of traditional Ghanaian meals with some flexibility for home comforts when available.

Breakfast is usually ready by around 7am; however you can eat later if you prefer to get up late. Lunch is usually packed by your host family in a lunch box so that you can eat at your project if you wish. Dinner is usually served around 6pm.

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.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This program is available all year round, so volunteers or interns can arrive any day of the week or any month of the year with enough advanced notice!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$570
3 weeks
$673
4 weeks
$775
5 weeks
$878
9 weeks
$1,289
17 weeks
$2,111
50 weeks (max. stay)
$5,500
Average fees
$198 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Our Generation Voluntary Organization will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Our Generation Voluntary Organization during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Biomedical Science Internship

Get the chance to volunteer in a laboratory in Ghana, an area that needs your support. Volunteers will be based in a hospital that provides services in general medicine.

$198/week

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