Join our HIV/AIDS internship in Ghana and gain medical work experience while supporting people affected by the disease.
You’ll work with medical professionals and assist them as they treat patients at a hospital and during outreaches. This work will give you a deeper insight into the healthcare challenges people struggle with in developing countries like Ghana.
With the high number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths in Ghana, the disease has become a major public health concern. We need your help to reduce the number of infections through raising awareness about the disease. We’re also focused on reducing the stigma toward people affected by HIV/AIDS.
You’ll be based in the beautiful capital city of Accra, and live a local host family who will welcome you as their own. In your free time, you can enjoy the beaches, go sightseeing, or hike through one of the nature reserves.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on the HIV/AIDS internship in Ghana?
As an intern on the HIV/AIDS internship, you’ll shadow and assist medical staff at a teaching hospital. Here are a few of the tasks you’ll be expected to do during your placement:
- Sit in on counselling sessions as the medical staff consult with their patients
- Gain experience working in various departments within the hospital
- Run HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns at communities and schools
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Sit in on counselling sessions as the medical staff consult with their patients
As an intern, you’ll get the chance to observe medical professionals at a local hospital. You’ll observe as they provide counselling to patients before and after they have had their HIV/AIDS test. Through this, you’ll learn how medical staff prepare patients for news that could be devastating. You’ll also help make sure that patients understand the treatment and options available to them if their test results are positive. You’ll also assist with counselling for HIV positive patients in the privacy of their own homes.
Gain experience working in various departments within the hospital
There are many different departments that you’ll have the chance to work in during your internship. You can observe and assist medical staff as they consult with HIV/AIDS patients receiving treatment in the antiretroviral therapy clinic. You could work in the diagnosis and testing unit where you’ll watch as staff test for the presence of HIV/AIDS in patients. You’ll also work with expectant mothers who have HIV/AIDS. They will be following a programme to prevent their baby from being infected.
All of your work here is supervised by medical professionals.
Run HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns at communities and schools
Prevention is critical. You’ll help run awareness campaigns in local communities and at various schools. There, you’ll educate the public and school children about HIV/AIDS. Most of the time, the community will not know what the disease is, or how it’s contracted.
There is often a stigma attached to this disease. Many people feel the need to keep their HIV/AIDS status a secret in order to avoid discrimination. You’ll provide communities with information about what HIV/AIDS is, educate them on how to prevent contraction, and try to eliminate any negative thoughts surrounding the disease.
What type of HIV/AIDS placements are available in Ghana?
As an intern, you’ll do HIV/AIDS awareness work in Ghana at a teaching hospital in the capital city of Accra. During your internship, you’ll work in the following departments:
- Counselling unit
- Antiretroviral therapy clinic
- Prevention of mother to child transmission unit
- Diagnosis and testing unit
- Nutrition clinic
Where will I be completing my project in Ghana?
As an intern in Ghana, you’ll work at a teaching hospital and in disadvantaged communities around the city of Accra.
As the capital city of Ghana, Accra is a constant flurry of activity from locals and tourists going about their day. The city is teeming with history. It is central to many of the historical and touristic sites detailing the many aspects of the West African slave trade. Along many of the streets, you’ll find some of the best Ghanaian cuisine, colourful garments, and exquisite handcrafts.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
While volunteering in Ghana, I learned many skills that will help me with my future medical career. I was taught how to perform HIV and syphilis tests, CD4 counts, treat wounds, and to collect blood samples.
HIV/AIDS Internship in Ghana
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