At a glance
- Shadow professional nurses and get valuable insight into a developing country’s medical practices.
- Placements available in Hospitals, clinics and HIV/AIDS centres.
- Get practical work experience doing basic health checks and giving talks to raise awareness around key health issues.
16 or over
Interns on all medical related projects in Togo need a good level of French.
Shadowing professional nurses in a hospital or clinic
You’ll work in either a hospital, clinic, or HIV/AIDS centre. Here you’ll be assigned a qualified supervisor who you’ll shadow each day. The goal is for you to get practical experience in a real clinical environment. The placements are well-equipped by local standards, and will give you a full experience of medical practice in a developing country.
These hospitals and clinics are a great environment for learning new skills and being exposed to different types of treatment. For example, many of the cases you’ll deal with will involve tropical diseases that you won’t find in a European hospital. You will find yourself coming into contact with conditions such as malaria and typhoid, on an almost daily basis.
During your time as a nurse in Togo, you’ll also be able to spend some time in different hospital departments. This will give you insight into various specialisations and could help you choose your own later in your studies.
Joining medical outreaches in underprivileged communities
Interns joining our nursing projects in Togo will also get to take part in our regular medical outreach visits. These involve travelling to local communities where the need is greatest. Many people in these more rural villages cannot afford regular access to healthcare.
For example, you could travel to a rural village and help with basic checkups. You may also get to help with outreach projects such as providing malaria medication for children in local schools and youth centres.
This is important work, that gives you the chance to help others while learning and using basic medical skills.
Taking part in health education campaigns
You’ll also be able to take part in regular educational awareness talks in local schools, children’s centres or community centres. These will cover topics like hygiene, dental care and HIV/AIDS.
Education is a huge part of empowering local communities and an important prevention method. Our goal is to improve standards of health in the community. We do this by creating awareness around various diseases and share knowledge about prevention and treatment. You will help with setting up and running these campaigns.
Types of Placements available
During your Nursing internship in Togo, you will be able to work in a number of different departments. These include:
There is also the option to work at HIV/AIDS centres, which give free treatment and consultations to patients.
Where will I work in Togo?
Our Nursing Internships in Togo are based in the capital city of Lomé. Here you can choose from placements in hospitals, clinics, and HIV/AIDS centres.
Lomé is a bustling city where you’ll never be bored. You’ll work alongside other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers, meeting new people and experiencing this incredible country.
A typical day as a nursing intern in Togo
Your weekdays will start early - up at the crack of dawn for breakfast in your host family. This is because hospitals and clinics in Togo are busiest in the mornings, so you’ll be on an early shift.
After you’ve had a filling breakfast alongside your fellow housemates, you’ll head to work. Here you’ll spend mornings with your assigned supervisor, working alongside them as they help care for patients.
Every day in a busy healthcare environment will be different. If you join the project for longer than 2 weeks, you’ll also be able to switch to a different department during your stay. This will give you the chance to experience different medical conditions and treatments.
After morning rounds, you’ll assist nurses with patient care. You can watch them administer medication and treatment, and help to update patient files.
Once a week, normally on Wednesdays, you’ll join one of our community outreaches to assist with doing health checks and educational campaigns.
During the hours you aren’t working, you’ll have free time to explore Togo’s unique culture alongside your fellow interns and volunteers.
You’ll finish each day with dinner at your host family. Your weekends are free, so you’ll be able to explore Lomé and the surrounding area with your fellow volunteers and interns.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this project is to help expand your medical knowledge and healthcare experience with guidance from experienced local doctors and nurses.
It also gives you insight into the healthcare system of a developing country. Many Togolese government hospitals receive limited funding, which means they often lack the resources that are standard in most western hospitals.
Togo also suffers from ongoing cases of malaria and other tropical diseases.
Through school and community outreaches, we help educate local people about malaria prevention and the importance of early treatment. Our interns also help conduct screenings and tests to prevent further complications. We also offer basic healthcare services, as people are not always able to afford treatment for infected wounds, ringworm, or malaria.
Here are our five main goals for our nursing programme in Togo:
- Promote the exchange of medical knowledge
- Improve access to basic healthcare
- Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases, like diabetes
- Improve the quality of healthcare
- Reduce the number of malaria cases
Gain work experience in healthcare on an international nursing internship in Togo, while helping us achieve these long-term goals.
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.
Food and accommodation
You’ll stay with a local host family in Lomé, Togo’s capital city. Togolese families are famous for their generous hospitality, and pride in their home country. You’ll be able to get to know your new host family, learning about their history and culture, as well as sharing your own.
Your host family will provide you with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Togo is famous for its delicious cuisine, so you’ll be able to sample lots of traditional dishes, as well as a few Western meals too! If you’re interested in food and cooking, you might even be able to help cook some dishes, learning some tips and tricks from your host family.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
You’ll work Monday to Friday and have your evenings and weekends free. You’ll be living with other volunteers and interns, so there will be plenty of people to socialise with in your free time!
There’s so much to do in Togo, from a shopping trip to one of Lomé’s traditional markets, to sunbathing on beautiful sandy beaches.
If you’re a keen foodie, you’re sure to enjoy sampling some of West Africa’s best cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants to try, but also a huge array of exciting street food vendors too.
If you’d like to travel even further afield, you could also arrange a trip to nearby Ghana or Benin. Many of our volunteers and interns plan some extra travel time at the end of their project, so that they can take longer to explore nearby countries.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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