Join us for a medical internship in Ghana and learn from doctors by shadowing them on their rounds. You’ll work at a large regional hospital, and learn about diagnosing and treating different diseases and conditions. You’ll get valuable insight into a developing country’s medical practices, which could help your future career.
You’ll also get practical work experience doing basic health checks in rural communities. We’ll teach you what to do, and you’ll work under supervision. Your work will also include giving talks to raise awareness around key healthcare issues.
You’ll work in one of three locations in Ghana and live with a local host family. Seize the opportunity to explore a West African country, meet new people, and eat tons of Ghana’s famous jollof rice!
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)
Professional Volunteers and Medical Electives for Students
This project is also ideally suited to professionals interested in using their skills to help, as well as university medical and healthcare elective students.
As a professional, you can be sure we will match your training and expertise to the placement where you are needed most. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact on the local communities we work with.
If you are an elective student, we will organise an elective placement where you can learn as much as possible. We want you gain the knowledge and skills that will begin to shape your professional career.
What will I do on this project?
Working under the supervision of medical professionals, you will:
- Join doctors and nurses on their daily rounds at the hospital
- Do practical health checks during community outreaches
- Take part in health education campaigns and focus on disease prevention
Your work will be split in three main areas:
Join doctors and nurses on their daily patient rounds
You will shadow doctors and nurses on their daily rounds. They’ll teach you about Ghana’s prevalent diseases, their diagnoses, management, and treatment. You should be prepared to to encounter patients who suffer from diseases and conditions that you don’t see at home, such as Malaria and Typhoid.
During your time as a medical intern in Ghana, you’ll also spend some time in different departments of a large regional hospital. This will give you insight into various specialisations and could help you choose your own later in your studies.
Do health checks during community outreaches
In Ghana, many rural and disadvantaged areas lack access to healthcare services. Most people cannot afford to travel to clinics or pay to see a doctor. This is also the case in marginalised communities, like leprosy camps. We organise regular outreaches, where you get involved with tasks like:
- Treat and dress chronic wounds at a leprosy camp
- Treat wounds and ringworm infections at schools
- Do health checks in rural communities, focusing on measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and run free malaria tests
This is important work, that gives you the chance to help others while learning and using basic medical skills.
Take part in health education campaigns
You will help us raise awareness about key healthcare issues around the country. We do this by holding talks in schools, care centres, or local communities. Typical topics will include:
- Good hygiene practices
- Malaria prevention
- Sexual education
Sexual education is critical, as this is still considered a taboo topic in many schools. You could also focus on healthy lifestyle choices to prevent illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.
Where you will be working in Ghana
You will be based in one of three locations: Cape Coast, Dodowa, or Accra.
Most of our interns are placed in Cape Coast, but there are also placements available in Accra and Dodowa.
With a population of 2.7 million people, Accra is the largest city in Ghana and also the country’s capital. If you would like to experience this burgeoning West African city, you can request a placement here too.
Our placement in Accra is at a hospital, where you will have access to most departments.
This is where most of our interns are placed. Here, you will work in a teaching hospital with patients who have a wide range of illnesses. You will also get the opportunity to interact with local medical students and gain insight into their curriculum.
Cape Coast is a vibrant fishing port with a fascinating history, which you will love exploring in your downtime.
If you have no previous medical experience, you will be placed in Dodowa. Here you will have more professional supervision and guidance. You’ll work in a regional hospital.
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.
I was working in the accident and emergency department seeing injuries and illnesses that you would never have suspected to see at home. . . We were also given opportunities to help clean and bandage wounds, help with pharmacy runs, take patients for X-rays, take blood samples to the lab and accompany the doctors and nurses on hospital rounds.
Medical Internships in Ghana
On the way to my placement, I met three members of the Projects Abroad staff. I, like many other volunteers, was extremely nervous, but these three people made me feel welcome and answered all my questions. I was given general information about Ghana and a daylong tour around the city in which I would live and work for my entire placement.
Medical Internships in Ghana
Meet the team in Ghana
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