Worldwide Health Internship

founded in 2004
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Coordinator | Frank
Coordinator | Frank
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Volunteer in Madina, a busy city with many amenities
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
Visit Ghana's largest market in Kumasi, and buy some local goods
Enjoy countless cultural and natural attractions offered in Ghana
Designed for high school volunteers aspiring to be doctors and healthcare practitioners. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This unique 4-week Internship program is designed for high school volunteers aspiring to be doctors and healthcare practitioners. Interns will work alongside experienced local health care professionals to mentor them in identifying public health challenges in the community and to build the systemic thinking capacity to better succeed in pre-health degrees. Very tangibly, Interns will focus on a specific health challenge to research in depth and provide a final presentation in the form of recommendation of how OGVO engages future volunteers and local staff to help resolve these challenges. The Internship also features site visits to local medical facilities, professional guest speakers, and college essay guidance before, during and after the program.


Internship Overview:

  • For graduating high school sophomores and juniors
  • By teacher/counselor recommendation only
  • 4-week sessions
  • Incorporates 2-3 days per week working alongside a local health care professional
  • 2-3 days per week volunteering at a youth organization with OGVO High School ‘Health’ Volunteers
  • Medical Professional site-visits and Guest Speakers
  • Home Stay- accommodations, cultural activities, and weekend excursions with other High School volunteers

4-week Sample Itinerary

Overview: During the four weeks the Interns will meet with their local mentor 2-3 days a week to participate in specialized programming, while joining other OGVO high school volunteers in health educational and small construction projects in local schools in addition to fun weekend excursion activities.

Week 1-Introduction to Health Challenges: Interns will spend the first week investigating a variety of public health care challenges in their assigned community. They will meet with the mentor for shadowing sessions, visits local medical facilities, and have meetings with local health care professionals in the community.

Week 2-Investigation of a Health Challenge: Interns will be presented with a more specific public health challenge in the community from their volunteer and shadowing experience and begin the process of researching possible "solutions" with the guidance of their mentor. The role of the mentor would be to meet with these students to discuss the challenge and proposed solutions; rebutting with any societal and economic challenges and encouraging deeper thinking surrounding complexities. Students research and gain a greater understanding of the systemic health issue they identify by combining various public health factors (economic, educational, familial, nutrition, medical resources, environmental, etc).

Week 3- Health Challenge Proposal Development: Interns continue with mentor shadowing, medical visits, and guest speakers, and develop a draft of their proposal for the identified health issue. Health challenge solutions will include specific project proposals that OGVO volunteers might realize in the future thus contributing real world problem solving. Mentors will continue to provide guidance and challenge them with greater complexities in community.

Week 4- Health Challenge Proposal Presentation: Prepare and present solution to issue through presentation involving all group members. Presentation will be given to Country Director, relevant group speakers, and mentors. Presentation is 20-30 minutes in total, and is accompanied by a written summary by the group.

Typical day

7 AM – Breakfast
8 AM – 12 PM — Work
12 PM – 1 PM — Lunch and rest
1 PM – 4 PM — Work
4 PM – 6 PM — Help prepare dinner, play soccer, participate in drum/dance workshops
6 PM – Dinner
8 PM – Group meeting and/or group activity

Weekends are a time to explore. Hike to a nearby waterfall, explore a local forest preserve, or visit a community market.

Free-time activities

On weekends and for excursions, we will take volunteers to a breathtaking beach or to the Cape Coast Kakum Rainforest Reserve. Relax on the beach or hike through the jungle and the canopy walkway. You will also be able to visit the famous slave fort in Cape Coast.



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
Education Requirements
It doesn't matter at High School / University /College etc. level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Our Generation Voluntary Organization
What is included in program fee?

Airport pick-up service, accommodation (home-stay), three (3) freshly cooked meals daily, 24hr In-country support, in-country orientation, 24/7 emergency contact, introduction to host family and program, transportation to and from project site, placement and supervision in program, recommendation letter/certification of completion, cultural activities and weekend excursions, Airport drop-off after project completion.

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

Kotoka International Airport (ACC), Accra.


All accommodation with a Ghana home-stay family is included. Rooms are shared with other volunteers with the same sex 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.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Camping Dorm Room 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.
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


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!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$625 /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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Worldwide Health Internship

Designed for high school volunteers aspiring to be doctors and healthcare practitioners.


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