Volunteering for Nurses in Ghana
- POSITION: Nurse
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Accra, the Akuapem Hills, or Cape Coast
- REQUIREMENTS: Full qualifications as a nurse & relevant licence to practice
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
This volunteer nursing project for professionals uses the skills of qualified nurses in hospitals and clinics in one or more of our regions in Ghana. Volunteer nurses may be based in Accra, the Akuapem Hills, or Cape Coast.
The hospitals and clinics in which we work vary in size and facilities, but will generally be less well equipped than in your home country. They appreciate the help of qualified nurses to ease the work load and provide training.
This project is ideal for anyone qualified looking for voluntary work abroad or nurses on a career break.
Here you will find answers to the following questions:
How can volunteer nurses help in Ghana?
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.
- Working at local orphanages to help with dressing cuts and wounds, teaching about basic hygiene, and prevention of diseases.
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.
What will Projects Abroad provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Ghana is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with a Ghanaian family close to your project.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- A member of staff to meet you at the airport when you arrive.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
You need to be fully qualified as a nurse and have a relevant license to practice in your country of residence. Ideally you will also have at least a year’s experience of working as a nurse.
Please contact us if you think your knowledge may be useful on this project but do not have the required qualifications.
Additional Registration Fees for certified Nurses
To participate in the project, you will be required to register with the local medical council before your arrival. Please note that this requires an extra licensing fee, currently US$100, which is not included in the Projects Abroad program fee.