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Health Care Hospital Assistant

Accra, Ghana

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:

  • Antenatal: The hospital has several experienced and compassionate midwives who get to know their patients well enough to make them feel comfortable when they come in to give birth. The hospital holds antenatal clinics every Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:30pm
  • Emergency Care: The Hospital is able to perform emergency care with qualified doctors and nurses who will be able to take the necessary steps to stabilize a patient and transfer them if necessary.
  • 24 Hour Ambulance Services: The hospital operates two full equipped ambulances for emergency calls and transfers.
  • Laboratory: There is a laboratory which can perform series of pathological tests such as:
    • Serological test

    • Microbiological test
    • Chemistry test
    • Haematological test
  • Pharmacy: The pharmacy is open 24/7, dispensing drugs as well as providing advice on how to take the medications and answering any questions patients might have.
  • Reflexology and Physiotherapy: The hospital currently have one reflexologist who has more than 10 years of experience. Reflexology is an alternative medicine that involves providing physical pressure to the feet or palm with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques.
  • Theatre: There are currently has two fully equipped surgery theatres. The hospital is able to perform general surgeries and orthopaedic surgeon.

Other departments at the hospital include

  • OPD
  • USG Scan
  • Surgeries
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Billing and Coding

Typical day

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. 

Details on Arrival

Our volunteer and internship placements are available all year round and open to anyone irrespective of gender or age; A life-changing experience you don't want to miss!. You decide when you intend to be part of the project and how long you want to stay.

 

 

Free-time activities

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.

Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
at University level
Required Documents
CV, Certificates and Photo
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No previous experience is required but program participants must be in the healthcare field in order to qualify for this internship placement.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at VolunteerMatch Ghana are happy to help you.

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What's included?

Arranging your Program
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Accommodation and Food
Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
Orientation
WIFI internet access/ stand-by generator during power cuts.
Local in-country team support and backup
Certificate of Completion

 

What's Not included?

 International/Domestic Airfare

Visa fees 

Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)

Local transportation to and fro program location

Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at additional cost)

Vaccinations

Any personal expenses, TIPS, extra meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned (approximate personal expenses for food and traveling per week would be USD 40 to USD 50 per week)

 

 

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.

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

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.

Accommodation

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.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

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.

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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$600.00
5 weeks
$750.00
7 weeks
$1,050.00
9 weeks
$1,350.00
20 weeks (max. stay)
$3,000.00
Average fees
$150.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 20 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. VolunteerMatch Ghana 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 VolunteerMatch Ghana during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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