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Physical Therapy Internships in Ghana

Project Overview
  • Placement locations: Cape Coast
  • Role: To develop your skills and knowledge by working alongside skilled physical therapists
  • Requirements: None
  • Types of placement: Hospitals
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Physical Therapy intern assists a man with a leg problem at a clinic in Ghana

Projects Abroad offers you the opportunity to gain experience in the field of physical therapy by interning in a hospital environment in Ghana. As an intern you will be exposed to a wide variety of conditions, and treatments may differ greatly from what you are used to at home.

In Ghana, you will be shadowing physical therapy staff and learning how care is offered in these facilities. How much hands-on work you can do will depend on your qualifications and experience and how much you involve yourself when working.

When you first arrive at the hospital where you are working you will discuss your work schedule with the Projects Abroad co-coordinator and a member of the hospital staff who will be your placement supervisor.

Interning as a Physical Therapist in Ghana with Projects Abroad

A number of hospitals in Ghana welcome the help of Physical Therapy interns and we will work with you after you apply to make the best arrangements for you.

Physical Therapy interns are based in Cape Coast at the main regional hospital. It is one of the more modern hospitals in Ghana, with a wide range of departments and a large amount of new equipment. There is also the option of working in a center for children with special needs. They have a basic physical therapy room where the children do their exercises every day. There is a wide range of needs due to the varying disabilities, so they are grateful for all the assistance they can get in this area. Working at the special needs center could also be combined with a Care project.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ghana Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

During your stay as a Physical Therapy intern in Ghana you will live with a local host family. There is plenty to do in Ghana, and as our most popular destination, you can spend your free time with the large Projects Abroad volunteer community.

Physical Therapy 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.

Volunteer Profile Volunteer Jai Balwantrai Mistry shares his story from the Physical Therapy project in Ghana
Jai Balwantrai Mistry
The work at the hospital was a fascinating experience. I did, however, find the first month difficult as I found it too quiet at the hospital as there weren’t many patients to treat. In my final two months I was given the responsibility of treating a large number of patients everyday which was pretty amazing. Read more...
Ghana Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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