Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO)

Assist with Medical Campaigns

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This provides your group with a great opportunity to experience both types of health service; learning about healthcare in the clinics or hospitals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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 healthcare services.

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 volunteer work.

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.

Typical day

Medical Volunteer Campaigns/HealthCare Volunteers work at the hospitals/clinics from 8am to 4pm or 5pm, from Monday to Friday. The working hours are very flexible. In the morning after breakfast you will go to the hospital with the other volunteers. You can choose which department you want to work in. You can choose to work in a different department each week so that you can experience everything.

Details on Arrival

Our projects run year round so your dates are completely flexible. You will tell us the exact day you want to start and the length of time you would like to be abroad, Ghana. Our minimum volunteering period for this program is 1 week and the maximum of 24 weeks.  We generally recommend applying about 2-3 months before your start date. However, this is not a strict deadline. It takes about 7-10 days to process your application. This will give us enough time to send you all the necessary document and information you will need for your visa and guide you throughout the process.

Free-time activities

Volunteers get the weekends off to go on trips and explore Ghana included in the cost; Ghana has so much to offer volunteers with its rich culture, festivals, food, art & craft centers, castles & forts, long sandy beaches, national parks, waterfalls, rain forest and other interesting places to visit. Volunteers who come to Ghana experience these even more fully by getting an insider's understanding of the country. 

Every weekend we organize trips for our volunteers to travel throughout Ghana to experience the Ghanaian cultural and explore. We have a lot of projects all over Ghana so you can choose to volunteer in the second largest city, Kumasi or in the Ghanaian country side.

Our program is an excellent opportunity to combine adventurous foreign travel with a worthwhile job as a volunteer. You will improve your transferable skills such as team-working, presentation and communication. Above all, this is an unrivaled opportunity to gain an insight into a completely different culture and way of life. 

Our projects are not all about work, volunteers get opportunities to explore this beautiful part of West Africa. Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, Kakum National Park and Nzulezo Stilt Village are all within few hours from the community you will be staying in, Ghana offers an array of varying cultures and landscapes including national parks and stunning rain-forests.

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

Program 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 level
Required Documents
CV, Certificates and Proof of education
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No work experience is required
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO) (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO)

Program fees mainly help us cover the variable costs, such as:


  • 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
After you have book your flight let us know your arrival date, time, flight name and flight number so that we can meet you at the airport upon arrival.  There is only one international airport in Ghana call Kotoka international airport or Accra international airport so you will be flying into this airport.
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) Camping
Food & Beverages

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

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 300
2 weeks
$ 443
3 weeks
$ 587
4 weeks
$ 730
8 weeks
$ 1,304
16 weeks
$ 2,452
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,600
Average fees
$ 225 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kumasi/Ghana between 1 week and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ghana.
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 (OGVO) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Western Africa Ghana  Kumasi, Kumasi - Ejisu Road

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