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Medical Volunteer Project in Ghana
Medical Volunteer Project in Ghana

Tamale, Ghana

Medical Volunteer Project in Ghana

Trip Highlights

  • Volunteers in the Medical Healthcare program in Ghana to work along with doctors, nurses and local staff in hospitals in Northern Ghana
  • Medical and Nursing students assist the local doctors and nursing staff in daily tasks 
  • Exact Volunteer tasks are determined depending on the volunteer’s qualifications, experience, and knowledge.
  • Volunteers work on weekdays and explore the city on weekends

Overview

Overview

Be a part of Medical Volunteering Program in Ghana to work along with doctors, nurses and local staff in hospitals and community clinics in Tamale, Ghana. Volunteer tasks are determined depending on the volunteer’s qualifications, experience, and knowledge. Qualified doctors and nurses can carry full day to day treatment of various diseases. Medical Professionals and Medical students can assist the doctors and nurses in their work and observe their work to gain knowledge and experience. Qualified medical volunteers work in the areas of maternal health, mental health, surgery, laboratories, counseling, and testing. 
 
This program is particularly suited for those volunteers who are interested in health issues and doing ‘hands-on’ clinical work. Volunteers work for around 6 hrs a day for 5 days a week. Volunteers schedule is flexible and can vary depending on the needs of the placement.


Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Medical volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report, CV, Passport Copy as well as other documents and credentials pertaining to their qualifications prior to joining the program. Only Medical and Nursing students and qualified medical professionals can take part in this program.

 


Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

Volunteers in the Medical Healthcare program in Ghana work along with doctors, nurses and local staff in hospitals and community clinics in Tamale, Ghana. Volunteer tasks are determined depending on the volunteer’s qualifications, experience and knowledge. 

  • Qualified doctors and nurses can carry full day to day treatment of various diseases. 
  • Medical professionals and students can assist the doctors and nurses in their work and observe their work to gain knowledge and experience. 
  • Qualified medical volunteers work in the areas of maternal health, mental health, surgery, laboratories, counseling and testing. Wound dressing under direct supervision of nursing staff. 
  • Blood pressure, pulse and temperature measurements (if competent).
  • Assist patients with activities such as getting them from one service point to another.
  • Weighing patients, holding babies/adults to be weighed.
  • General assistance to the medical staff wherever required, and wherever experience and expertise allow.
  • Pre Medical students assist the local doctors and staff in doing basic tasks such as checking weight and temperature of the patients, cleaning wounds and also doing administrative tasks in the placement. 

Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteering Solutions provide accommodation in Tamale with a local host family. The schedule for the volunteers remains as follows;

  • Saturday - Arrival at Accra 
  • Sunday - Transfer to Tamale + showing around the accommodation neighborhood 
  • Monday - Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Ghana.
  • Tuesday to Fri - Volunteer work 
  • Breakfast - 06:00 am onwards (provided at the accommodation)
  • Working hours at the placement - 07:00 am to 01:00 pm and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Lunch - 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm (volunteers need to manage lunch on their own)
  • Dinner - 06:30 pm to 07:30 pm (provided at the accommodation)

The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards 

Weekends - Explore the city and take short excursions trip to some of the best hotspots in and around Tamale, such as; Mole National Park, Monkey Sanctuary, Kintampo Falls. Learn about their elaborate festivals, the local cuisine comprising of Banku and Fufu - Ghana's most famous dishes, their colorful dresses, and the music and dances.

Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.


Living

Living

Volunteering Solutions strives to provide best of the living and other arrangements to its volunteers. Like we keep saying, just pack your bags and arrive at your placement destination. From your airport pickup, stay, meals, weekend tours and other nitty gritties, VolSol manages everything for you.

Airport Transfer

You will be met by your program coordinator at Tamale Airport from where you will be transferred to your project location.Participants can book your flight to arrive at Accra International Airport and then a short connecting flight to Tamale. You can also choose to stay overnight in Accra and take the flight to Tamale on the next day. We can offer an optional Accra pickup service at extra charges. The service will include pickup in Accra, one night stay in a hotel/guest house in Accra and transfer to the airport to continue your journey.

Accommodation

Volunteers will be staying at a standard Ghanaian volunteer homestay managed by the local program coordinator. In case space is not available in the volunteer home, you will be accommodated with a Ghanaian Host family. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteer. By staying with a family you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions. There are separate rooms for male and female volunteers with shared toilet facilities. Participants should note that living is of basic standard and you should not expect luxuries. Power cuts are common in Ghana and most rural houses do not have running water during times of drought. Bedding is provided, however, volunteers need to bring their own towels and mosquito nets (these can also be purchased in Ghana). Air conditioning is available in the volunteer house and the participants need to pay the extra charge to avail the facility in the country.

Orientation

An orientation and briefing session will be provided by your local coordinator. Areas like culture, safety, locations, transportation are covered in the Orientation. After your orientation is over, you will be introduced to your project and also given a tour of the local market and town of Tamale.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) at the host family house. Ghanaian cuisine consists primarily of starches, soups, beans, meat, and fish. The Starches consist mainly of rice and doughy balls made from mashed cassava, plantain or yams.  Famous Ghanaian dishes include Banku and Fufu.

During your Free Time

On the weekends you can head out to explore places such as Mole National Park and Monkey Sanctuary. Volunteers also visit Paga to visit Crocodile Park or further south to Cape Coast to enjoy the beaches. On weekdays, participants have free time in the evenings and spend time relaxing at their accommodation or socializing with other volunteers and the local people.


Dates

Dates

2024

January

06

20

February

03

17

March

02

16

April

06

20

May

04

18

June

01

15

July

06

20

August

03

17

September

07

21

October

05

19

November

02

16

December

07

21

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Costs

Costs

2 Weeks £544
3 Weeks £587
4 Weeks £621
5 Weeks £655
6 Weeks £697
7 Weeks £731
8 Weeks £782
Extra Week £119

Please Note: -An application fee of £179 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying for?

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Airport Pickup from Tamale Airport
  • Orientation 
  • Food - 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation 
  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost) 
  • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

What's NOT included?

  • International and Domestic Flight
  • Accra pickup package
  • Vaccinations 
  • Local Transportation
  • Ghana Visa
  • Personal Expenses

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