Volunteers working on a medical
volunteer campaign aid in treating and educating patients, providing basic
checkups and treatment to members of the community. Volunteers also help to
distribute vitamins and other medication, and deliver health education information
appropriate to both children and adults. A week-long Medical Volunteer Campaign
involves visiting and working with up to five communities throughout the week
and days typically include 4 hours volunteer work per day.
During the week-long campaign,
your group will work together with our local team to provide basic health
services to populations that may not otherwise have access to regular
OGVO Groups are incredibly
beneficial to these communities, as they enable both children and adults to
receive basic check-ups, important vitamins and medication and to increasing
their understanding of basic health topics.
Volunteers are required to
bring their own basic medical supplies, including a white coat, scrubs,
disposable rubber (or latex) gloves, antibacterial soap or sanitizer, a
stethoscope, and a blood pressure cuff. Advice on further supplies to bring can
be provided by the OGVO team once group applied.
OGVO Medical Volunteer
Campaigns are open to all volunteers with relevant training or experience in
healthcare. Group members can be in early stages of training (pre-med,
pre-nursing, pre-dental, pre-health, etc), or can already be in Medical/Nursing
school (any year of study). Fully qualified group members are also welcome to
participate, however volunteers will always be supervised by local staff
regardless of their level of qualification and experience.
The standard OGVO
Medical/Healthcare projects (listed under each of our OGVO Program Pages) take
place within urban/rural community hospitals/clinics, healthcare centers or
assisted-living facilities and can have only 3 to 5 volunteers assisting them
at any one time. Clinics and centers are often limited to providing healthcare
only to those who arrive at the clinic that day, and volunteers will have a
largely observational role within the clinic structure. Groups are still able
to participate on these projects (for example, if volunteering for more than 1
week), however groups will be split into smaller teams; volunteering across a
few different clinics/hospitals and centers in the local area.
OGVO Medical Volunteer
Campaigns, on the other hand, are available for groups of volunteers working
together alongside local medical staff. As the groups are closely supervised
and guided by local Medical staff, your group members are able to engage in a
greater range of hands-on medical work, reaching out to a much higher number of
patients per day, as the Campaigns actively travel to the patients’ communities
rather than relying on the patients to come to them at the clinics/hospitals.
Volunteers are accompanied by a
local medical specialist and/or a local doctor/nurse, all of whom are
bilingual. While medical training is not typically provided on OGVO programs,
OGVO Groups on the Medical Volunteer Campaign will usually receive an
introduction/overview of how to take vitals. This is dependent on the
experience and current level of training that group members have.
All OGVO volunteers receive a
thorough Program Orientation on the first day of the program, which covers many
details about the program overall, the local area, health and safety and the
In each of our program settings,
we also have a full team of staff who provide 24/7 assistance and support for
our volunteers; both during volunteer work, and during free time. Additionally,
OGVO Groups are assigned a staff member from our local team, in addition to
medical staff, to help with any questions or concerns during the program.
Can I use this program as part of a college or university placement?
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
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.