Work in a hospital that that focuses its efforts in Ghanaian communities. They raise awareness about the prevention and management of Malaria, TB, HIV.
You will be involved in the day-to-day
activities of the Hospital, observing the doctors and nurses where you can help
out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and
understanding of medical practice. You will get to experience the many
different departments that the hospital has to offer.
Work content and description
The Hospital is very busy and consults many patients per day. You'll get an induction on your first day/s at the hospital. You'll be introduced to the local staff and departments and arrangements will be made for your timetable. You'll be involved in the day-to-day running of the centre, observing the doctors and nurses where you can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice.
You may be involved in general nursing duties, such as checking of temperature, blood pressure, general health care as well as laboratory duties, dispensing of drugs etc. You'll do each department per week, depending on the duration of your program and, if you're there long enough, you'll get to cover all departments.
If you plan on specialising in a particular field of medicine, we can try to arrange to place you in your relevant department, to ensure that you receive maximum experience in your chosen field.
Your work schedule may vary week by week depending on how busy the hospital is and where help is need the most at the time that you're there. You'll start work at about 8.00 a.m. or earlier, depending on the engagement with a doctor, and you'll usually finish at 4.00 p.m. Break time is at 12:30 for an hour.
About the hospital
The hospitals are committed to training them using international standards in patient care and infection prevention and control as well as teaching them using a patient-centred approach. Their goal is to be able to invest in health care equipment, such as kidney dialysis machines that will allow them to serve Ghanaians at home as opposed to having to send them abroad for treatment.
Facilities at the hospitals
At time of writing, medical services available at the hospital include:
Other departments at the hospital include
You will be involved in the day-to-day running of hospitals and clinics, observing or directly assisting doctors and nurses. You might find yourself, for example, watching a caesarean in the operating theatre, or working with a doctor on his rounds in a big city hospital. You can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practices.
Accra has developed a fairly western social scene in the recent years, mainly because of the large expatriate community in the city. On Friday night, singing karaoke in the champs sports bar at the Paloma Hotel, you would be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back into Europe. And this has its place-after a month living in the village, a cocktail and some fluent English conversation can be just what you need.
There are some great deal of bars in Accra with much more feel, and much more opportunity to interact with Ghanaians, one popular place with volunteers is ’By well’ at the southern end of Osu Oxford street, where the house band plays every Thursday evening. Cape coast also has good bars, ‘Oasis’ on the beach near the Castle is popular and sometimes has impressive live drumming and dancing shows.
Spot bars are usually relatively inexpensive, and the sorts of places local people to for their beer after work. Learning some Twi or Ewe and some Ga from the locals as the sun goes down and sip an ice-cold star or club beer can be a great and very cheap evening out. Labadi beach is also a place where volunteers go swimming and horse riding.
Ghana being a safari destination for tourists, our program has established links to various destinations for our volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to visit the famous Kakum canopy walk, Tafi Atome monkey sanctuary, Wli water falls, Cape Coast castle and the Mole national park.
You will be met by our representative at Kotoka International Airport in Accra from where you are transferred to your project location. Volunteers will stay overnight in Accra at VolunteerMatch Ghana homestay.
Volunteers will be staying with VolunteerMatch Ghana Homestay. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteers. By staying with a VMG Homestay you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions.
VolunteerMatch Ghana strives to provide best of the living and other arrangements to its volunteers. Like we keep saying, just pack your bags and arrive at your placement destination. From your airport pickup, stay, meals, weekend tours and other nitty gritties, VMG manages everything for you.