At your Pharmacy placement in Ghana, your work will focus on the following areas:
Shadow qualified pharmacists
You will observe and help the local pharmacists as they assist patients during ward rounds on a daily basis. You’ll also observe the pharmaceutical team while they dispense medication, and see how they interact with patients as they walk them through the the proper use of the medication.
Assist at medical outreaches
Many small villages and outlying communities are unable to access or receive medical attention. This is why you will be taking part in regular outreach projects. You'll help provide the local community with the care that they wouldn’t normally have access to. Under supervision, you will be able to provide them with the medication they have been prescribed by local doctors.
Provide drug information services
Under the supervision of qualified pharmacists, you’ll be able to inform patients on the necessity of various medication. During dispensing, you’ll guide patients on the correct usage, talk to them about the side effects, and let them know if it is necessary for a refill.
Where will I be working in Ghana?
During your Pharmacy internship in Ghana, you’ll be based in the peaceful town of Cape Coast.
This town was once used as part of the largest slave-trading centre in West Africa. Known for its compelling and heartbreaking past, Cape Coast is a hotspot for tourists and history buffs looking to visit the many castles, museums, and colonial buildings in the area.
While you are there, you’ll work in one of the most modern teaching hospitals in Ghana.
These programs are ideal for medical or healthcare science students looking for a practicum experience abroad. As a practicum student, learning comes to life as you observe doctors and participate in healthcare outreaches. You’ll get a first-hand insight into medical practices in developing countries and actively learn from professionals in the field.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.
Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.
For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.
We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
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.
Meet the team in Ghana
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