Midwifery Internship

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founded in 2004
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High­lights

Join our Midwifery internship in Ghana and observe the work of qualified midwives. You will learn more about maternity healthcare and the challenges faced by expectant mothers.
Choose between having internship in busy city hospitals or smaller town hospitals.
You will gain essential midwifery work experience and this is a great addition to any CV and you will benefit your future career. You will learn medical skills, as well as how to treat pregnant women.
Develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.
Go on weekend excursions or join social events together with other OGVO volunteers and interns.
Travel to West Africa and observe the work of experienced midwives as they treat expectant mothers in a large hospital or clinic This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
Groups

About the Program

This internship is perfect for anyone interested in gaining work experience in midwifery. It will add value to your CV, and give you interesting points to talk about during interviews and in essays and applications. You can also use your midwifery work experience in Ghana to decide whether a career as a midwife is the best option for you.

You don’t need previous experience to join. You’ll have an observational role, and the midwives you shadow will answer your questions so you can learn.

Please note that if you don’t have experience, you’ll work at a clinics or small hospitals. The midwives here have more time to help you and answer your questions. For those who are already studying midwifery, you’ll be based at a large hospital in Kumasi.

All interns will be allowed in the maternity ward. However, hospital regulations only allow students in their third year of studies to be allowed into the delivery wards.

You can join our Midwifery internship for a minimum of two weeks, but we encourage you to stay as long as possible. This internship runs all year round so you can join whenever it suits your schedule.

While in Ghana, you’ll be learning from and assisting midwives at a hospital or clinic. You’ll be involved in the following activities:

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Observe the work of qualified midwives

You’ll learn through shadowing the midwives as they go about their day-to-day tasks. Follow them around during hospital rounds, watch them as they treat patients, and ask questions if there is anything you are unsure of. Your qualifications and experience determine how much responsibility you’ll be given.

Provide assistance to the midwives

Although your main focus will be to observe and shadow the midwives, you may be given the opportunity to take on more hands-on responsibilities. This will depend largely on the initiative you show and your level of experience. Under supervision, you may be allowed to carry out basic consultations and health checks on patients in the maternity ward.

Learn more about midwifery in a developing country

As you work in the maternity ward, you’ll learn more than just how to deliver babies. You’ll learn how to treat patients from the start of their pregnancy right until the end. You may even come across some conditions that you would not normally see back home. Pregnant women sometimes come into the hospital experiencing malaria symptoms or the early onset of diabetes. As you observe the midwives, you’ll also learn how to comfort and treat these patients.

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, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects across Ghana and we have ties with some of the leading universities.

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.

Location

Ghana is a peaceful and welcoming country; Ghana satisfies one's appetite for both modern and traditional life. Its wide valleys, low-lying coastal plains, and thick rainforests resound with the beat of traditional rituals, while her cities glow and vibrate with all the bustle of the modern world. The Ghanaians are the friendliest people in West Africa: warm, proud yet humble with a contagious and calming sense of funniness.

Ghana is hot. It is always hot. What’s more, it's always humid. Humidity usually lingers between 95 and 100 percent. The rainy season lasts from mid-June to mid-November - sometimes. The rain provides a little respite from the intense heat, but temperatures will still be in the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The south of the country experiences the heaviest rainfall during September.

Typical day

Your work day will usually start around 8am and finish at 2pm, Monday to Friday. The hospital works on shifts, so you can stay later if your supervisor approves it.

You can enjoy a well deserved lunch break around 12. At this time, you can break out your packed lunch or use the time to rest your feet and have a late lunch back at your host family.

You’ll spend the day observing qualified midwives as they consult with patients in the maternity ward. This will give you the chance to see the different conditions pregnant women in Ghana face. Depending on your qualifications, you may even be able to witness a birth in the delivery room.

When you get back to your host family, spend time getting to know them and their culture over a deliciously home cooked Ghanaian meal.

Ghana has many interesting sites to see and explore. In your spare time, you can take a hike through the countryside, get a tan on the beach, or enjoy a more urban feel when visiting the capital city of Kumasi or Accra.

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.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
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
Medicine, Math, Environment at High School / University /College etc. level
Required Documents
No
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No previous experience is required but Medical placement volunteers must have relevant medical training and certification (to be presented on arrival in Ghana).
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 pick-up and transportation from Accra to your project sites - Three times daily local dishes - Introduction to host family and program - Accommodation - Placement and supervision in program - 24/7 Hotline for support - Recommendation Letter / Certificate - In country introduction/orientation - Regular Culture/Recreational Activities (Personal spending not included)

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

You will be met upon arrival and you will be transfer to your project site, it's about 4 -5 hours drive from the airport, Accra.

Accommodation

All accommodation with a Ghana home-stay family is included. Rooms are private (you can share with other volunteers but the price will remain the same) and have all the basic furnishings you could expect, including running water, electricity & clean bathrooms. The home-stay families have been specially chosen by OGVO and have hosted many volunteers over the course of several years. Our home-stay families form some of the most memorable parts of Volunteer Programs and provide amazing insight…..

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Camping Guest Family Youth Hostel
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. 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 advance notice!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$600
3 weeks
$651
4 weeks
$732
5 weeks
$813
7 weeks
$975
9 weeks
$1,136
24 weeks (max. stay)
$2,350
Average fees
$199 /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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Midwifery Internship

Travel to West Africa and observe the work of experienced midwives as they treat expectant mothers in a large hospital or clinic

$199/week

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