Volunteer for Healthcare in Koforidua, Ghana

Koforidua, Ghana Children & Youth Development

Program

Description

Put your healthcare skills to good use at a busy hospital in Koforidua, Ghana, gain experience in public health in Africa, and help improve the lives of people of a developing country. This project in suitable for medical students, pre-med students, nurses, paramedics, and anyone with an interest in learning about healthcare. You’ll gain hands-on experience in various hospital departments, including general practice, physical therapy, maternity and surgical wards. If you are medically qualified, you can apply for a temporary certificate to work in Ghana.

Impact

Boost your medical experience working directly with the department head or staff member at a hospital in Koforidua, where healthcare is a priority. You’ll be able to assist with medical treatments that result from lack of sanitation, and insect-borne diseases, such as malaria. Support staff and patients in the prenatal, labor, and postnatal wards. Learn how to assess pediatric patients, and diagnose conditions. You’ll also assist with rehabilitation in the outpatient department.

Field conditions

You’ll work in Koforidua hospital, a 20-minute bus ride and a short walk from the volunteer dormitory. While there, you'll observe diagnoses and treatment of tropical, and unique illnesses like leprosy, typhoid, and malaria, and perform general tasks like setting up IV lines for patients, taking blood, and making patients comfortable. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. One week of local language class is included.

Arrival and orientation

Fly in to Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and be transferred to Koforidua. Volunteers are assigned a dedicated coordinator based in-country, who leads pre-arrival, orientation, and is personally available to you daily for the duration of your program to assist you, answer any questions, provide information, and support.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

You’ll stay in a safe, comfortable volunteer house with dormitory-style, same-gender bedrooms. There is a modern kitchen and bathroom, and Wifi, a landline telephone, and security system are included. You’ll be served breakfast and dinner each day, with dietary restrictions accommodated. Lunch can be prepared at the dorm, or use this opportunity to dine out. The volunteer house is close to Koforidua’s center, and has close, public transportation, shopping, and more. Staff are based at the house and provide support 24/7.

Location

Volunteers will stay in a dormitory-style house.

Cost

from $420 USDper week

from $420 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Some meals

  • Training and support

  • Housing

  • Air tickets

What’s not included

  • Donation to local organization

  • Local language lessons

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Project supplies

  • Airport dropoff

  • Airport pickup

  • Travel insurance

Start dates

This project accepts volunteers year round. Start dates are every other Friday. Additional projects can be combined during your trip, subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

uVolunteer is a small, yet fast-growing, international volunteer organization that specializes in volunteer placements in Ghana, Thailand, and Costa Rica, where they are experts in culture and customs. Founded in 2007, uVolunteer has sent more than 10,000 volunteers abroad on meaningful projects to explore new destinations and gain real world experiences. Its service-learning projects include teaching, care and community, construction, environment, and animal conservation. Additional benefits are cultural insight, adventure, and a safe environment for independent, female, and student travelers. Its purpose is to provide maximum benefit to volunteers and the communities they support, with minimal costs to participants.

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