Volunteer for Healthcare in Koforidua, Ghana

Koforidua, Ghana

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(48 Reviews)
  • From $1035 USD for 3 Weeks

  • 3 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older

Description

Overview

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.

Accommodations

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.

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.

Your Impact

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.

Location

Koforidua, Ghana
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Koforidua, Ghana

    Volunteers will work in a hospital and with public health programs in Ghana.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Koforidua, Ghana

    Volunteers will stay in a dormitory-style house.

  • Nearest Airport
    Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana

Cost

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.

3 Weeks
12 Weeks
3 Weeks

$1035 USD

What’s Included

  • Some meals

  • Training and support

  • Housing

What’s Not Included

  • Donation to local organization

  • Local language lessons

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Airport dropoff

  • Airport pickup

  • Travel insurance

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.

Organization

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.

Reviews (48)

anonymous

Jan 01, 2016

I arrived in Accra on January 13, 2012. My volunteer coordinators were waiting for me at the airport; they have been helpful and kind since then. My experience was wonderful because of their guidance and support.

Saturday's orientation provided useful cultural information and helped me to navigate through the ...
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Billy F Beltz

Jan 01, 2016

Disclaimer: As a Co-Founder of Volunteer Forever, I want to make it clear that we do not receive any revenue from uVolunteer and I'm not incentivized to leave a more positive review than what would be an accurate assessment of my experience.

This review is for the Teach PE ...
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Beth Carter

May 11, 2015

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 ...
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Rocio Dos Santos

Feb 21, 2015

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 ... +more

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