Volunteering Healthcare in Ghana
Volunteer at a busy hospital in Ghana, where you will have the opportunity to learn about medical care in a low-income country. This is a great opportunity to experience healthcare in an African setting.
As a medical and healthcare volunteer in Ghana, you will gain hands-on experience working in a variety of hospital departments, including general practice, nursing, laboratory, A&E, physical therapy, maternity and surgical wards. You will shadow professionally trained doctors and nurses and assist with general clinical tasks.
Working at a general hospital in Koforidua, Ghana, volunteers will also have the opportunity to observe diagnoses and treatment of conditions not common in Europe and North America, like leprosy, typhoid and malaria.
No medical training or professional qualifications are necessary to volunteer in the healthcare project in Ghana. This project is suitable for medical and pre-med students, as well anyone with a particular interest in healthcare.
Qualified professionals can register for a temporary certificate to practice in Ghana for an additional US $100.
Download our program information brochure to find out more about volunteering in our healthcare project in Ghana.
- Program: Volunteer Ghana
- Location: Koforidua
- Minimum Duration: 3 Weeks
- Language Requirement: Int. English
- Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
- Travel Insurance: Not included
- Suitable for Groups: No
- Region: Eastern Region
- Project Site: General Hospital
- Minimum Age: 18
- Accommodation: Volunteer House
- Meals: 2 Meals Daily
- Start Dates: Every Other Friday
- Suitable for Families: No
Your role as a volunteer
Healthcare and medical volunteers in Ghana provide hands-on support at a busy hospital in Koforidua. You will learn how to diagnose different conditions, assist with basic tasks like drawing blood and setting up IV lines, assess pediatric patients, and support staff and patients in the prenatal, labor and postnatal wards.
Volunteers may work in a variety of departments, including nursing and dentistry, accident and emergency, pharmacy, orthopedics, maternity or midwifery, physical therapy, general practice wards and surgical departments.
Tasks may include:
- General health checks (e.g. blood sugar levels, body mass index, blood pressure)
- Eye screening
- Screening for worms
- Malaria testing and treatment
- Education on hygiene and first aid
Medical and healthcare volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. Working hours are typically from 8am – 3pm, although your schedule may change depending on what hospital department you are placed in.
Journey to work
The hospital where you will be working is a 20-minute bus ride and a short walk from the volunteer dormitory.
The project is closed during the fourth week of December and on Easter Sunday and Monday.