Medicine in Ghana for Teens
- Project Info
- What are High School Specials?
- Community Service Credit
- High School Specials Impact Report
- Placement location: Cape Coast
- Types of placements: Hospitals and Clinics
- Accommodation: Host Families
- Age Requirements: 15-18 years old
- Arrival Airport: Accra (ACC)
- Local Languages: English & Twi
Projects Abroad’s Medicine in Ghana program is a project geared toward those who have a passion for learning about the field of medicine and want to experience the vibrant West-African country of Ghana. You will get a taste of the medical world so you can ensure you are making the right choice before you embark on your studies and it will benefit any application to study medicine at university.
* This trip offers an escorted flight available on select dates from New York - JFK.
The project combines outreach work in local communities, camps, and schools with 1 day per week spent observing at a local hospital or clinic. Work in the hospital or clinic will be shadowing and observing doctors in various departments. During the outreach work and public health clinics you will be involved in more hands-on work, like dressing wounds, carrying out health checks, giving malaria tests, and making presentations on common health issues.
The project is based in the city of Cape Coast. While volunteering in Ghana you will live with one of our local host families. You will be able to immerse yourself in the real day-to-day lives of Ghanaians.
At the weekend we'll take you to visit either one of Ghana's stunning palm fringed beaches or the Kakum Rainforest Reserve near Cape Coast where you can hike through the jungle and experience the canopy walkway high in the trees. You will also have the opportunity to visit Cape Coast's old slave fort.
This project is also available as a 4-week program on select dates. If you join the Medicine in Ghana project for 4 weeks you will be able to spend more time experiencing life in Ghana and learning how medicine is practiced in this stable, developing West African country. Those joining us on the 4-week program will also get extra visits and activities arranged during the other weekends.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ghana Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
There are too many moments that I will never forget for me to list them all, but they include the cheering and waving Projects Abroad staff greeting me on arrival at the airport, walking on rope bridges in the jungle canopy, eating fresh coconut on the beach, watching a baby being delivered by C-section, the best fried rice that I have ever eaten, endless piggy-back rides and countless games of cards, among many others. Read more...