International Nursing Internships in Ghana
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Cape Coast & Dodowa
- ROLE: To work alongside local staff in a variety of different departments within the hospitals
- Requirements: None
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals and medical outreach work
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Projects Abroad’s Nursing interns in Ghana are able to learn about and experience various medical conditions not normally seen in North America. As a Nursing intern in Ghana you will develop your nursing skills in a hospital environment that is different from the one that you are probably used to. At times you will find the experience challenging but also hugely worthwhile.
Nursing interns in Ghana can choose to spend time in a variety of different departments within the hospitals, including accident and emergency, pediatrics, maternity, and surgery. When you first arrive at the hospital you will discuss your work schedule with your Projects Abroad coordinator and the placement supervisor, who is a member of the hospital staff.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ghana Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
Our Nursing programs in Ghana are based in Cape Coast and in Dodowa. Interns with no medical experience will be placed in Dodowa, as there is more supervision and instruction for volunteers who are there on an observational and learning bases. If you are a professional volunteer, you will be placed at a hospital in Cape Coast. Interns with medical experience, but who are not fully qualified, can be based at either location.
Medical Outreach and Public Health Work in Ghana
Nursing interns also take part in regular medical outreach work. This may be visiting an orphanage or treating children in small villages. Interns wanting to specialize in the outreach work can join a full-time Public Health project based in Dodowa, on the outskirts of Accra. Anyone interested in working with HIV and AIDS patients could join our HIV/AIDS control program based in a hospital in Accra. This also includes community outreach work.
Ghana is the most popular destination for Projects Abroad volunteers. The Projects Abroad volunteer community is large and there is much to see and do when you are not working at the hospital. During your stay you will live with a host family and experience the typical day-to-day life in Ghana.
Nursing internships in Ghana are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.
The placement enabled me to enhance communication, develop new nursing skills, gain a trans-cultural awareness, experience a managerial role and most of all it was very rewarding. I thoroughly recommend that anybody who can, participate in an international elective during his or her program. Not only has it enhanced my career prospects in finding employment as a nurse at home but also it was an eye opening, life-changing and life-affirming adventure! Read more...
If you have qualifications or experience in the field of Nursing then we can make use of your skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Ghana.