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VolunteerMatch Ghana

Medical Nursing Assistant

Accra, Ghana

Interns/volunteers in our nursing program in Ghana work alongside doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in various departments.

When you first arrive at the hospital you will discuss your work schedule with your VolunteerMatch Ghana coordinator and the internship supervisor. Most interns choose to spend time in a variety of departments such as accident and emergency, pediatrics, maternity, pharmacy, physical therapy, and surgery.

The hospitals provide an excellent backdrop for learning about medical practices in another country. On a daily basis you will experience different approaches to medicine and treatments and see conditions that are unusual in Europe and North America, such as malaria and typhoid.

The vast majority of medical facilities in Ghana are crying out for support from qualified international volunteers. VolunteerMatch Ghana welcome qualified healthcare professionals looking to make a difference with their time abroad.

As a volunteer, you will work alongside the local staffs that are ultimately responsible for you during your time on the placement. Please note that, as you are not registered to practice in Ghana, you will not be permitted to practice independently or undertake any complicated procedures.

If you are studying medically related degree, then you should have more opportunity to undertake some more basic hands-on involvement. Though, please note we can never guarantee hands-on experience, as the decision ultimately lies with the medical staff. Your level of hands-on involvement is dependent on your experience, duration of program and willingness to get involved. Those with little or no medical experience will assume a largely observational role. The doctors will assess your capabilities and assign responsibilities accordingly.

Highlights

  • Earn international volunteering experience by assisting doctors and nurses in treating patients in Ghana.
  • Get the opportunity to explore different medical specializations, from pediatrics and maternity to mental health and surgery.
  • Learn skills and techniques from seasoned doctors and nurses.
  • Spend a few weeks in Ghana and immerse in its rich culture and history.
  • Add to your CV or resume with this great experience

Typical day

As a volunteer nurse you can use your knowledge and training to help local staff. You can work on tasks such as:

  • Helping existing staff to treat patients, including:
    • Dressing wounds, monitoring pulse, blood pressure, and temperature etc.
    • Checking and administering drugs and injections.
    • Setting up drips and blood transfusions.
  • Coordinating medical outreach programs within nearby towns and villages. As a qualified nurse you may be asked to lead some of the outreach work and supervise less qualified medical volunteers.
  • Observing and assessing the work of local student and junior nurses and teaching them new skills where appropriate.

Hospitals in Ghana are normally busiest in the mornings so this is when you will perform most of your work. However, you may be able to work some afternoons or night shifts if you are interested. You may also have the chance to spend some time in rural clinics.

Your work will take place from Monday to Friday and an exact schedule will be organized by your project supervisor when you arrive.

This project runs all year round so you can join at any time. You decide how much time you can spare and we will help you get the most out of it.

What will I gain from this project?

This voluntary work abroad will give you the chance to experience diseases and illnesses that are uncommon in your home country. You will be able to learn from local staff and discuss new ideas. Trainee nurses will also be eager to learn from your experience and you can really make a difference in this area.

During your volunteer placement you will be able to learn about Ghana’s traditions, culture, and way of life. Staff at the hospital and members of your host family will also want to hear about your life back home and your family and friends. We call this "cultural exchange" and we think it helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.


Details on Arrival

We pride ourselves for our flexibility. Volunteers or interns can arrive any day of the year with advanced notice. You can volunteer or intern for periods of 1 week to 6 months. Extension can be arranged with advanced notice as well.

 

Free-time activities

During weekends Volunteers/Interns have the opportunity to visit all that Ghana has to offer. Weekend trips available include visits to Mole National Park in the Northern Region of Ghana. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest Elephant Sanctuaries in Africa with the chance to spot Lions, Leopards & Antelopes in their natural habitat.

Volunteers can also take a trip to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana to relax in the beautiful beaches and see the famous Cape Coast castle, the Kakum Canopy walkway and Elmina castle, where slave trade begun.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
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
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at At University level level
Required Documents
CV, Certificates and Photo
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
VolunteerMatch Ghana requires all volunteers/interns participating in the Medical Internship Program to provide proof of qualifications or relevant experience in the medical and healthcare industry. Current medical and nursing students must provide a letter from their school advisor confirming enrollment status.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 07:30 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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 in Accra at VolunteerMatch Ghana home-stay.

Accommodation

Volunteers will be staying with VolunteerMatch Ghana homes-stay. Rooms are private and have all the basic furnishings you could expect, including running water, electricity & clean bathrooms. Our home-stay families form some of the most memorable parts of Volunteer/Intern Programs and provide amazing insight into traditional Ghana life, as well as creating friendships that last a lifetime.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Three meals a day are provided by the VolunteerMatch Ghana home-stay  and consist mainly of traditional Ghanaian meals with some flexibility for home comforts when available. 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)
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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