Letter of completion
Daily local staff supervision
Three-day in-country orientation and debriefing
Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
Volunteer house or homestay
Pre-arrival information and support
Volunteer for Healthcare in Koforidua, Ghana
75 People are researching this program
From $1035 for 3 Weeks
3 - 12 Weeks
Select Start Dates
18 And Older
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boost your medical experience working directly with the department head or staff member at a hospital in Koforidua, where healthcare is 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.
Where you will be volunteeringKoforidua, Ghana
Volunteers will work in a hospital and with public health programs in Ghana.
Where you'll be stayingKoforidua, Ghana
Volunteers will stay in a dormitory-style house.
Nearest AirportKotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana
This program costs $35 per day, or $245 per week, with a minimum stay of three weeks. In addition to the application fee, this healthcare program in Ghana has an additional $100 program fee for supervision, materials, and logistics. Airport pickup is available for $75.
What’s Not Included
Airport pickup (available for $75)
Project 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.
- June 2018
- 29 Friday
- July 2018
- 13 Friday
- 27 Friday
- August 2018
- 10 Friday
- 24 Friday
- September 2018
- 07 Friday
- 21 Friday
- October 2018
- 05 Friday
- 19 Friday
- November 2018
- 02 Friday
- 16 Friday
- 30 Friday
- December 2018
- 14 Friday
- 28 Friday
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.
My name is Beth Carter, I am a 21 year old film student from Brisbane, Australia. I have always loved traveling and only recently discovered volunteer tourism.
I decided to take part in the turtle conservation project through uVolunteer as I not only wanted to visit Costa Rica but also ... My name is Beth Carter, I am a 21 year old film student from Brisbane, Australia. I have always loved traveling and only recently discovered volunteer tourism.
I decided to take part in the turtle conservation project through uVolunteer as I not only wanted to visit Costa Rica but also wanted to take part in a worthy cause. I have had friends and family volunteer with different animal conservation projects and it inspired me to work with the turtles.
I chose this organization as not only was it affordable but it also suited my limited time range over Christmas and New Year. From the initial stages of applying through to the very end of my project I have always had so much help and guidance from the staff of the organization. I felt comfortable sending through e-mails and asking numerous questions, this was because I was always responded to with prompt and polite feedback. Particularly when I was having difficulties within my first week of volunteering. I was helped immediately and made to feel very comfortable. After that I was able to enjoy my remaining few weeks of volunteering, all the while knowing the organization had my best interest at heart.
From the moment I arrived in Costa Rica I was greeted by a lovely staff member
When I arrived at my location I was greeted by another friendly member who drove me to the project, it was another example of the friendly and helpful uVolunteer team. After the long bus trek back from Samara I was taken back to the dorm and made to feel comfortable once more.
I will definitely recommend this project to friends and family back home.
Rocio Dos Santos
I couldn't help but to feel nervous and excited whilst waiting for my passport to be stamped at San Jose airport. I soon saw Gabi once I walked out with a huge smile and an also huge sign that said avic, my portal to an amazing experience I had ...
I couldn't help but to feel nervous and excited whilst waiting for my passport to be stamped at San Jose airport. I soon saw Gabi once I walked out with a huge smile and an also huge sign that said avic, my portal to an amazing experience I had yet to experience.
The small town of San Ramon has an amazing beauty to it, small houses, beautiful church, warm people and big hearts. I soon managed my way around it after a brief introduction with Gabi and could not wait for my first day at the project.
I was escorted by Eric to my project through a bus ride and a small half hour hike up hill to a village up in the mountains of San Miguel area. I soon met Felipe, the dad and Maria Auxiliadora, the mom when I was hypnotized by the energy and beauty of Abril their soon to be 6 year old daughter.
I would have never hoped to find a better family. We rapidly connected and got comfortable with each other as the days went by. I was eager to help and for some reason enjoy digging trenches hahaha so I was in my own little world. After two weeks with them I learned about their situation, the reason behind they applied for this government funded house, the story behind their young lives, organized a birthday party for Abril, stayed for dinner couple days, helped taking their goats out to the field and fed their chickens...
I have again grounded my feet and broken a little piece of my heart to be forever kept here in Costa Rica with them. I have felt like a family member, laughed and cried with them. Have suffered through sun, wind and rain in the construction site and learned how simple it is to be happy.
Aside from the project I really enjoyed the weekends In the country, I visited many sites and met the most beautiful and charming people, I had loads of fun along the way and made a very good friend for life whom I met in the dorm when I arrived, Carmen. +more
ecesitaba saber que es eso tan mÃ¡gico y esa sinceridad incondicional que los niÃ±os te ofrecen, y por supuesto trabajar con los mÃ¡s necesitados
AhÃ es donde entra la labor del equipo de Nat, Director de una organizaciÃ³n sin Ã¡nimo de lucro donde su pasiÃ³n es ... ecesitaba saber que es eso tan mÃ¡gico y esa sinceridad incondicional que los niÃ±os te ofrecen, y por supuesto trabajar con los mÃ¡s necesitados
AhÃ es donde entra la labor del equipo de Nat, Director de una organizaciÃ³n sin Ã¡nimo de lucro donde su pasiÃ³n es ayudar allÃ donde se necesite, es muy satisfactorio formar parte de sus proyectos tan bonitos.
El hogar de los voluntarios se respira un ambiente muy agradable, Erik y Gabi, organizadores muestran y te orientan para lo que necesites,
La gente genial, y en la casa muy bien equipada que ofrece muchas posibilidades, como internet, televisiÃ³n digital, nevera, agua caliente, y muchas cosas mÃ¡s que te invitan a sentirte como en casa
Mi destino para ejercer de voluntario serÃ¡ el cecude un kÃnder (guarderÃa pÃºblica para niÃ±os marginales) donde cuidÃ¡ndolos y jugando con ellos te ensenan mÃ¡s a ti, que tÃº a ellos le puedas ofrecer, y eso que ningÃºn niÃ±o supera los 6 aÃ±os
De todo lo vivido hasta ahora puedo decir que lo gratificante es que 22 niÃ±os te canten junto a la cocinera la conserje, directora y la dos educadoras el cumpleaÃ±os feliz a lo guarderÃa Costa Riquense, sin querer me salieron dos lagrimas porque ese recibimiento no tiene palabras, otro dÃa mÃ¡s con ellos y ya me estaban llamando profe Sergi!!
Recomiendo a todo el mundo que realice algo parecido, es muy gratificante, estÃ¡ claro para ayudar no hace falta recorrerse medio mundo, pero sÃ que creo que si recorres medio mundo es mejor que antes de viajar tipo turista , hacer algo que compartas y ayudes a los demÃ¡s.
No sÃ© el tiempo que me he pasado aquÃ porque 15 dias es como haber vivido toda una vida, nunca olvidare a San Ramon, el kÃnder y por supuesto al maravilloso equipo de Avic ,
Puedo decir que me voy con la baterÃa cargada 100%para reflexionar y valorar lo aquÃ vivido y no dudo de volver a realizar otro proyecto de la mano de Nat.
Un abrazo fuerte y espero poder haber compartido este viaje contigo a travÃ©s de este relato
This summer, my friends and I wanted to do something different and at the same time, something that would give back.
Upon arriving in San Jose, we were all a little bit nervous. The three of us has flown in together from Atlanta and it was our first time travelling ... This summer, my friends and I wanted to do something different and at the same time, something that would give back.
Upon arriving in San Jose, we were all a little bit nervous. The three of us has flown in together from Atlanta and it was our first time travelling alone, without school or family. Once we had landed and got our bags, we tried to exchange some money into colones. A couple of people from uVolunteer picked us up and we finally got to San Ramon after a few hours, where we stayed one night.
Early the next morning (around 5), we woke up and got ready to go to Samara, where our project was taking place. We had to take a bus, which got us to Samara in 5 hours. The drive was surprisingly pleasant as we saw a lot of Costa Rica's beautiful mountains on the way. When we got there, we were picked up by a taxi that drove us up a dirt path and to a river. At the river, we were told we had to cross, taking our suitcases with us. We waited at the river for a while, where we were met by Roy, the project manager. When we got to the camp, the people were awesome; very friendly and welcoming. The beach in front of the camp was beautiful; the ocean was so blue and the scenery was just amazing. We were introduced to our room downstairs (as the upstairs dorm was full) and we settled in. The room itself was small and dark, but within a few days it felt homely. We were shown around the camp; the hatchery, the kitchen, the eating area, the bathroom, the shower, the compost pit, the campfire area, the clothes line, the bookshelf and the other dorm.
Working with the turtles was amazing as we learnt so many new things about the different types and what to do in different situations. I hope our working there helped the organization with their goal in the conservation of turtles. Overall, it was a great experience working with the turtles and meeting all the different people. I wish we stayed there longer, but who knows - we might go back one day!