Join our Public Health internship in Ghana and get involved in hands-on medical work that benefits the local community. It’s a learning experience that gives you a deeper insight into the healthcare challenges people face in developing countries.
Ghana faces a double burden of disease. These include infectious diseases such as malaria, as well as those resulting from lifestyle changes, like diabetes. Furthermore, many people living in rural, disadvantaged areas do not have regular access to medical services.
You’ll help us provide these communities with free health screenings and basic healthcare services. You’ll do this by joining medical outreaches, as well as visit schools to raise awareness around healthcare issues.
You’ll live and work in a more rural area of Ghana, and stay with a local host family. You’ll have an exciting and memorable time as you learn and explore the culture and cuisine.
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
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
Visa support and advice
Access to our alumni services and discounts
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
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
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 at my Public Health placement in Ghana?
You can look forward to taking part in a range of interesting activities on this internship. Some of the tasks you will get involved in include:
- Provide basic healthcare services on community outreaches
- Assist local staff at child welfare clinics
- Raise awareness around key healthcare issues
Your public health work in Ghana will be split up into the following main areas:
Provide medical treatment on community outreaches
Our outreaches provide vital medical treatment to people in rural communities who would otherwise not have access to healthcare. Working alongside local staff, you’ll treat wounds and ringworm to prevent infections. You will also test suspected cases of malaria or Hepatitis B, and refer patients on for further treatment when necessary.
Non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are on the rise in Ghana due to lifestyle and diet changes. It is important to screen for these illnesses by taking measurements and testing vital signs such as blood pressure levels in order to detect undiagnosed cases. The supervising nurse or doctor will then provide referrals if the patients need further intervention.
Assist local staff at child welfare clinics
At child welfare clinics, you’ll weigh and measure infants as part of their health screenings. Here you will work alongside the local public health department staff. You will also provide advice to parents in terms of maternal and child nutrition, to promote the healthy development of children in rural areas.
Raise awareness around key healthcare issues
Educating the local community about key healthcare issues is an important part of your internship. Promoting awareness is the best way to ensure the prevention of avoidable diseases. You will give presentations at local schools or community centres.
These talks will focus on the importance of healthier lifestyle choices such as exercise and an improved diet as a means of preventing non-communicable diseases. You’ll also demonstrate good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as cholera. Malaria is also a big problem in Ghana, so people need to be aware of prevention methods and the importance of early treatment.
Where in Ghana will I work?
Your public health placement in Ghana is based in the town of Dodowa, which is located on the outskirts of the capital Accra. Our public health outreaches take place in schools, churches, care centres, and community centres in the surrounding villages.
Dodowa is a quiet suburban area, which gives you the opportunity to relax and get to know the neighbours. It is located around 35 km from Accra, so it’s not too far to travel if you’d like to spend time in the capital, as long as you avoid rush hour. Here you can explore numerous museums, monuments, restaurants, and markets.
Dodowa is also within easy distance of the Akuapem Hills. This lush green area offers plenty of hiking opportunities, along with beautiful waterfalls. The Volta Region is also worth a visit, boasting extraordinary scenery, historical colonial forts, and some of the best beaches in the country.
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.
This project provided excellent insight into the importance of community health as we were able to view, firsthand, several health issues and the impact of these issues not only on an individual level, but also on a community level as well.
Public Health Internship in Ghana
Meet the team in Ghana
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