A Medicne andHealth Care Apprentice

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founded in 2001
Samba Africa Voluntary Organization
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Coordinator | Daniel
Coordinator | Daniel

High­lights

Work in professional medical environments like hospitals and clinics
Being exposed to healthcare practices in a different culture, which can be a tremendous learning experience.
Exact Volunteer tasks are determined depending on the volunteer’s qualifications, experience and knowledge.
Medical and Nursing students assist the local doctors and nursing staff in daily tasks
Volunteers work on weekdays and explore the city on weekends
Health is also one of the fundamental needs of a human. come and lets us make changes in Ghanas health sector.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs
Are you a healthcare professional or student seeking to contribute to the world the best way possible? Volunteer in the Healthcare Project in Ghana!
Samba Africa collaborates with government and non-governmental organizations that facilitate a number of health facilities: hospitals, maternity clinics, children's hospitals, HIV/AIDS wards and alternative-medicine clinics in many cities and small rural villages.

This Healthcare project aims to increase the accessibility to basic healthcare for those in the rural areas, decrease the prevalence of treatable diseases and improve the overall health of the public by providing public health projects and promoting health education in the villages. Volunteer in Ghana, and improve the healthcare of the country while basking in the hospitality of the friendly people and colorful culture!

As a volunteer working in the healthcare project in Ghana, your responsibilities will depend on your level of training, certifications and licensing. Volunteers with specialties will be able to help in their specific fields. The clinics may also provide basic trainings for volunteers with less experience.

Every human being has the right to basic healthcare. However, deprivation and poverty often get in the way of people having access to even the most basic of healthcare facilities. Due to the limited access, many people still fall prey to diseases that are very easily curable in the Western world. There are efforts underway that aim to improve the health of the people, the women and children especially.

Priority is placed on improving the quality of reproductive health services and on preventing and reducing the impact of widespread communicable diseases. By volunteering in Ghana, your efforts will help to bridge the gaps that are preventing the delivery of health services and fostering partnerships that will eventually lead to the health of rural communities throughout Ghana. This is also a fantastic opportunity for you to gain practical and invaluable medical experience in an African country.

Applicants interested to join this program must possess healthcare certification, such as: ID as a medical student, EMT, paramedic certification, nursing, physical therapy, midwifery or physician’s credentials. We do not permit volunteers without medical credentials to participate in this program due to the potential risk. This project also requires a copy of the volunteer’s resume which clearly documents the education and/or professional credentials, prior to arrival. The projects will also require an official copy of the credentials. Depending on your specific placement and host institution, additional application materials may be required.

PLACEMENT: Kumasi







Typical day

On any given day, you will work shifts alongside your supervisors. These shifts typically take the following form:

  • Morning: 8am - 2pm
  • Afternoon: 2pm - 8pm
  • Night: 8pm - 8am

Each shift starts with rounds as you follow the consulting doctor and learn about each patient's case and course of treatment. Use this opportunity to ask plenty of questions. After rounds, you’ll assist nurses with patient care. You can watch them administer medication and treatment, and help to update patient files. Nurses always appreciate help in general patient care as well such as feeding, bathing, and bed changing.

Please note that hospitals in Ghana are often busiest in the mornings. Don’t be late for the morning shift if you'd like to witness the bulk of the day's work!

Afternoons are a great opportunity to get to know the staff and patients better.

Depending on your skills, experience and interests, and also the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Participating and/or organizing educational workshops aimed at reporting on topics of general relevance such as hygiene, healthy eating habits, vaccination, etc.
  • Educating about disease prevention, harmful addictions, eating disorders, etc.
  • Promoting health maintenance within families, communities and populations
  • Educating on improving the environment of the community
  • Promoting clean living, optimizations of resources, implementation of different strategies, changing habits
  • Participating in trainings
  • Helping with administrative tasks
  • Help with physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Provide basic care
  • Observe the work of nurses or doctors
  • Carry out daily administrative tasks
  • Take patient details
  • Measure vital signs such as blood pressure, height, weight
  • Distribute medicines
  • Perform basic first aid
  • Help with medical procedures
  • Provide assistance in the in-day emergency room
  • Partner with local doctors, nurses and therapists

As a medical and Healthcare volunteer, you will also have the opportunity to observe diagnoses and treatment of conditions not common in Europe and North America , like leprosy, typhoid and malaria.



Free-time activities

Weekends are free days to volunteers.

Volunteer may choose to travel out of town to see the many interesting sights and sounds in other parts of Ghana or hang out with your fellow volunteer(s) and/or locals in the neighborhood.

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.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Museum/
Opera
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Health at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
medically certified volunteer,health professionals are needed most. volunteers who have knowledge and experience about health issues.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Samba Africa Voluntary Organization

The program fee covers:
2. Airport pickup ,Hotel and meals in Accra upon arrival, before transfer to project site.
3. Transportation to project site first week.
6. Accommodation
7. Utilities
8. Three times meals daily.                     


Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

On the day (or night) of your arrival, SAMBA AFRICA VOLUNTEERING (SAVO) staffs will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to a hotel with air-conditioned rooms and restaurant only in the night of your arrival, Orientation and transportation to your assigned placement will be done the next morning following your arrival day but arrival in day time you will be transported to your destination (KUMASI).

Accommodation

The accommodation type we arrange for volunteers is the family stay type. This means that volunteers stay with a family as their host. Staying with a host family is very ideal and cost saving for both the volunteer and SAVO-Ghana. The volunteer gets to experience the culture closely and better whilst SAVO- Ghana also comfortably manages the security and safety of the volunteer and properties. In a room, each volunteer has to his/her own, a bed, pillow and bedspread.

Food & Beverages

Host families will provide volunteers with breakfast, lunch and dinner during the working week.

Breakfast is usually ready by around 7am; however volunteer 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 inform us. 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

STARTS DATE: Flexible


Airport pickup info:

On the day (or night) of your arrival, Samba Africa Voluntary (SAVO) Staffs will be at the Accra Kotoka International airport to welcome you And transfer you to a hotel with Fan  or air-conditioned rooms and restaurant only in the night of your arrival, Orientation and transportation to your Assigned placement will be done the next morning following your arrival day but arrival in day time you will be transported to our office in Kumasi.


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)
$ 400
3 weeks
$ 471
4 weeks
$ 628
5 weeks
$ 785
9 weeks
$ 1,413
17 weeks
$ 2,512
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,000
Average fees
$ 150 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Samba Africa 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 Samba Africa 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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A Medicne andHealth Care Apprentice

Health is also one of the fundamental needs of a human. come and lets us make changes in Ghanas health sector.

$150/week

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