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Volunteer Medical / Healthcare Program in Ghana

The Healthcare facilities in Ghana are not very widespread and due to extreme poverty many people are still unable to avail of the basic medical facilities.
 
Volunteers in the Healthcare Program work along with doctors, nurses and local staff in hospitals and community clinics in different locations across 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 students and Pre med 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 in a day for 5 days in a week. Volunteers schedule is flexible and can vary depending on the needs of the placement.

Medical Healthcare Program Description

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program. Medical and Nursing students and Professionals are welcome to join the program. All volunteers need to provide a copy of their certifications.
 

Project Location

Volunteer projects are offered in different parts of Ghana. Projects are available in  Kumasi and Tamale regions. Information of all the locations is given below:
 
Tamale is the main town in Northern Ghana and one of the fastest growing towns in Ghana. It is full of life and vitality. As English is the common language in Ghana and most people can speak a little, you should be able to participate in everyday life fairly easily. However, the people of Tamale appreciate you learning a little of their language, Dagbani.When volunteers arrive in Tamale they are given a tour of the town to make sure they know about the area very well.
 
Kumasi is located in southern central Ghana's Ashanti region. It is located near the Lake Bosomtwe, in the Rain Forest Region about 250 km (by road) northwest of Accra. Kumasi is approximately 300 miles north of the Equator and 100 miles north of the Gulf of Guinea. It is popularly known as "The Garden City" or "heart beat" of Ghana because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants.

What we provide

Airport Receive/ Transfer: You will be met by our representative at Kotoka International Airport in Accra from where you are transferred to your project location. Volunteers will stay overnight in Accra at hotel accommodation provided by Volunteering Solutions and travel to the respective locations the next day.
 
Orientation: A half day orientation 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.
 
Lodging: Volunteers will be staying with a standard 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.
 
Food: Volunteers are provided with 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) at the host family house. Ghanaian cuisine consists primarily of starches, soups, beans, and meat and fish. The Starches consist mainly of rice and doughy balls made from mashed cassava, plantain or yams.
 
Insurance: Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here
 
Pre-departure information: After we receive full and final payment all participants are provided by a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will have all vital information about your program. The Pre Departure Information Booklet provides the complete details of the country, project locations, Visas, immunizations, Things to Pack list, Accommodations, Contact Information etc.
 
In-country support: 24 hours support provided by our local staff. You will be provided with the contact details of the local coordinator and staff who will be contactable 24 hrs once you are in country.

Start Date

Volunteers can begin their project placement from any Monday of the month. Volunteers need to arrive one day prior to their program start date.
 

Program Costs

Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference.

Program Costs

1 Week2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks7 Weeks8 WeeksExtra Weeks
$395$495$595$650$750$840$930$1020$90
Please Note: -An application fee of $200 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
1 Week2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks7 Weeks8 WeeksExtra Weeks
£277£347£417£455£525£588£651£714£63
Please Note: -An application fee of £140 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
1 Week2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks7 Weeks8 WeeksExtra Weeks
€328€411€494€540€623€698€772€847€75
Please Note: -An application fee of €170 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 Accra
    • First night hotel stay in Accra,if required
    • Transportation from Accra to Project city by Bus
    • Orientation 
    • Food - 2 meals a day
    • Accommodation 
    • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost) 

What's NOT Included ?

    • Airfare
    • Vaccinations 
    • Local Transportation
    • Visa
    • Return Airport Drop(Can be arranged at an extra cost)

  • Judith Ramel (USA)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews - Volunteer Healthcare Program in Ghana
    The Pre Departure Booklet was very informative and the staff was prompt and helpful. The staff members at the clinic were very happy to teach us different things...... read more
  • Li Quing Chen (USA)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews - Volunteer Healthcare Program in Ghana
    I absolutely loved my placement. People were so friendly and willing to teach you about anything you wanted to know. Our home stay was good. People were nice, taking time to teach us how to cook and teaching us about traditions etc. The food was great...... read more
  • Jillian Tobin (USA)

    Volunteer in Orphanage and in Hospital
    I loved being immersed in the culture and ended up falling in love with the culture. I learnt so much. You guys are great and I always glad to spread the word or advise those who are still deciding...... read more
  • Meghan Redwine (USA)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews Volunteer Healthcare Program in Ghana
    I Love the program placement at hospital. I also liked being able to help out in other areas like school, the village and the orphanage. The highlight of my trip was seeing a little 2 week old baby at the hospital open his eyes and move around, after being unconscious the day before..... read more
What are the Program locations in Ghana?

Volunteer projects are available in Tamale, capital of Northern Region.

Does Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?

Receiving a tourist visa for tourism purpose is the volunteer's responsibility. Volunteering Solutions strongly recommends all volunteers to apply and get a tourist visa before departing for Ghana. If needed, Volunteering Solutions do provide with written document which would help volunteers in getting the Visa.

When should I apply for the volunteer programs in Ghana?

We are able to offer placements on the first and third Monday of each month year round. Because of the increasing volume of applications, participants are requested to apply in advance to secure their spots.

How long does it take to process my application?

Once you have applied, we will send you details of your placement usually within 7-10 working days.

When do I need to arrive in Ghana for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Ghana?

All volunteers need to arrive one day before their program start date. Volunteers are picked up from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Ghana will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand.

How do I get to the program location?

Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.

I want to know more about accommodation arrangements?

Volunteers will be staying with a standard 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. All accommodations have running water and electricity available.

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Ghana-based volunteer programs?

The only qualifications are: -
 
-- Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the beginning of the program
-- Volunteers need to 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.
-- Be in good health.

What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. The following are recommended vaccinations: - 

  1. Yellow Fever
  2. Hepatitis A and B
  3. Typhoid

Are there more expenses once I arrive in Ghana?

Your program fee covers you for food, accommodation, airport pick up, Orientation, Pre departure information and in country staff support. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $50 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.

Is there phone and internet available on projects?

Yes there is usually a phone at every placement we provide. However you will have to use Internet café’s to use Internet. It is strongly recommended that you carry a mobile phone while travelling to Ghana. You can get international roaming or can simply buy a local sim-card from the airport when you arrive.

What hours will I volunteer every day?

Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However some organizations will need you to work on some Saturdays as well.

Where can I change my money in Ghana? Are there ATM’s in Ghana?

You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. There are ATM's located all around the Tamale city. However, most of the ATM’s accepts only Visa cards.

Can couples or families join the volunteer program?

Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs; we will be able to provide them with program placements and accommodations together.

What will be the food arrangement?

The host family provides two or three meals per day. Depending on your host family you will be provided with two or three meals a day. Lunch and dinner will be rice, a bowl of soup, fried meat (chicken, beef. pork or fish) and a lot of vegetables. Ghanaian food is light and healthy and is not very spicy and hot.

Do I need to buy health insurance?

Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here

What sorts of clothes are required for Ghana?

Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended. A pair of walking shoes and sleepers is highly recommended as well.

Do you recommend any cheap airlines flying into Ghana?

Cheap airline flying into Ghana is: -
 
KLM, Delta Airlines connects through major Asian airports or Australia or United Kingdom. People coming from USA or Canada can visit, http://www.kayak.com, http://www.orbitz.com