The Mighty Roar

Medical Assistant in Local Hospital

Busua, Ghana show on map

This is your chance to gain valuable first-hand experience into the healthcare system in Ghana.

During your time on the placement, you will get to shadow and assist the professional medical staff where you will get an unparalleled experience. 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 have the opportunity to be placed in many different departments so that you can receive a broad view of the hospital. Your time in the clinics can be spent in a variety of ways including on maternity wards, operating theatres and recovery wards (a full list is below).

Over the course of your volunteering placement, you will witness a range of illnesses and cases that you may never come across back in the UK, such as Typhoid, Polio and TB. You will also get the chance to learn about several tropical diseases such as Malaria and Dengue.

Our medical work experience welcomes people of all backgrounds. So if you have just left school and looking for experience to boost your university application (pre-med) or are currently a nursing / medical student organising an elective placement overseas – this programme is perfect for you.

We are able to offer a more specific programme for medical, midwifery, dentistry and nursing students looking to take part in an overseas elective. We will be able to tailor your placement around your needs and design a schedule to meet all of your requirements to maximise your time in Ghana. Our UK and local teams are able to complete any paperwork required by your university or other scheme.

Although healthcare in Ghana has improved dramatically since 2003, hospitals are still poorly resourced and under-staffed and this eye-opening experience will show you first hand the challenges faced by the staff.

Typical day

Your varied role and the ever-changing scenarios of a hospital will mean everyday is different. You will generally be working Monday to Friday for approximately 6 hours per day. There are several shifts throughout the day and night that you will get to work on to ensure you see all of the procedures throughout a normal working day at the hospital. These are 8am – 2pm, 2pm – 8pm and 8pm – 8am.

Depending on your duration of the programme and if you have anything specific to be involved in, you will get the opportunity to observe and help many departments and cases. Some of the departments you may cover include:

  • Dentistry
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)
  • General Surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Laboratory
  • Nursing
  • Maternity & Midwifery
  • Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Prenatal
  • Psychology
  • Radiology
  • Ultrasound

Please note, your level of involvement within the hospital is dictated by your medical experience, duration of the programme and your willingness to get involved. During your time in the hospital, it is solely down to the medical staff that oversee the programme as to whether or not you can get involved in any hands-on procedures.

Details on Arrival

You should arrive at Kotoka International Airport in Accra (ACC) on your selected start date, being the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to the nearby accommodation for you to settle in.

Free-time activities

You can spend your free time relaxing on the beach, learning to surf, watching the sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs or watching the sun go down at one of the small beach bars. You can also head further afield and visit the famous Cape Coast, Elimina, Kakum National Park or Dixcove!
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Hiking

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by The Mighty Roar.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
The Mighty Roar (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 The Mighty Roar

Fees include the registration fee of $180, accommodation, airport pick up and meals

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

You should arrive at Kotoka International Airport in Accra (ACC) on your selected start date, being the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to the nearby accommodation for you to settle in.

The programme ends on a Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. Our local team will be happy to help organise any onward journeys or book transport back to the airport.

Accommodation
You will be sleeping with up to 1 other person within your spacious bedroom with nice comfy beds, a basic en-suite bathroom, mosquito nets and a ceiling fan. Volunteers can come together in one of the communal areas and play some card games, although everyone chooses to spend their time on the beach – and why wouldn’t you!
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All meals are provided at the volunteer house or in the local restaurant and are included within the programme fee. Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week and you can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Oats, sandwiches, tea, coffee
Lunch – Rice, fish, vegetables, fruits
Dinner – Rice, banku, fufu

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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)
$450.00
2 weeks
$543.00
3 weeks
$637.00
4 weeks
$730.00
8 weeks
$1,104.00
16 weeks
$1,852.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$2,600.00
Average fees
$279.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Busua/Ghana between 1 week and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Western Africa Ghana  Busua, House Number BU79/01P

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