2018 MEDICALS & HEALTHCARE / NURSING & MIDWIFERY INTERNSHIP IN GHANA
- Internship posted by VOLUNTEERMATCH GHANA
Hours per week
P.O. Box TNE 615, Teshie Nungua Estates
Volunteering / Interning on a medical project in a developing country is an invaluable preparation for a career in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Midwifery and Dentistry. We have placements to suit people of all levels of qualification and experience.
Medicine & Health Care
Our Medicine internships in Ghana are based Accra the capital of Ghana. You will be based in a hospital working with patients who have a wide range of ailments.
When you first arrive at the hospital you will discuss your work schedule with your VolunteerMatch Ghana coordinator and the internship supervisor. Most interns choose to spend time in a variety of departments such as accident and emergency, pediatrics, maternity, pharmacy, physical therapy, and surgery.
Interning in Medicine in Ghana with VolunteerMatch Ghana
Interns with no medical experience will be placed in Teshie, as there is more supervision and instruction for intern who are there on an observational and learning bases. If you are a professional in, you will be placed at a hospital in Labadi. Interns with medical experience, but who are not fully qualified, can be based at either location.
The hospitals provide an excellent backdrop for learning about medical practices in another country. On a daily basis you will experience different approaches to medicine and treatments and see conditions that are unusual in Europe and North America, such as malaria and typhoid.
Nursing Internship with VolunteerMatch Ghana
VolunteerMatch Ghana’s Nursing interns in Ghana are able to learn about and experience various medical conditions not normally seen in North America. As a Nursing intern in Ghana you will develop your nursing skills in a hospital environment that is different from the one that you are probably used to. At times you will find the experience challenging but also hugely worthwhile.
Nursing interns in Ghana can choose to spend time in a variety of different departments within the hospitals, including accident and emergency, pediatrics, maternity, and surgery. When you first arrive at the hospital you will discuss your work schedule with your VolunteerMatch Ghana coordinator and the placement supervisor, who is a member of the hospital staff.
Our Nursing programs in Ghana are based in Accra. Interns with no medical experience will be placed in Teshie, as there is more supervision and instruction for volunteers who are there on an observational and learning bases. If you are a professional volunteer, you will be placed at a hospital in Labadi. Interns with medical experience, but who are not fully qualified, can be based at either location.
If you choose to intern as a midwife in Ghana with VolunteerMatch Ghana, you will learn from experienced midwives in Ghana and are likely see midwifery techniques different from what you are used to. You will also find yourself coming into contact with pregnant women experiencing complications not as common in North America. These include malaria and typhoid. This experience will be challenging, but also rewarding.
Interning as a Midwife in Ghana with VolunteerMatch Ghana
VolunteerMatch Ghana Midwifery interns with no medical experience will be placed in Teshie, as there is more supervision and instruction for interns who are there on an observational and learning bases. If you are a professional intern, you will be placed at a hospital in Cape Coast. Interns with medical experience, but who are not fully qualified, can be based at either location.
If you work in Teshie you will be placed at the main community hospital. It is one of the more modern hospitals in Ghana, with a wide range of departments and a large amount of new equipment.
When you first arrive at the hospital you will discuss your work schedule with the VolunteerMatch Ghana co-coordinator and your placement supervisor, a member of the hospital staff.
You will take on the role of an intern shadowing and learning from hospital midwives. Your qualifications and experience will determine how much responsibility you can take on in the hospital.
While a Midwifery intern in Ghana you will live with a local host family or in the VolunteerMatch Ghana home stay.
Midwifery internships in Ghana are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.
he Hospital is very busy and consults many patients per day. You'll get an induction on your first day/s at the hospital. You'll be introduced to the local staff and departments and arrangements will be made for your timetable. You'll be involved in the day-to-day running of the centre, observing the doctors and nurses where you can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice.
You may be involved in general nursing duties, such as checking of temperature, blood pressure,general health care as well as laboratory duties, dispensing of drugs etc. You'll do each department per week, depending on the duration of your program and, if you're there long enough, you'll get to cover all departments.
If you plan on specialising in a particular field of medicine, we can try to arrange to place you in your relevant department, to ensure that you receive maximum experience in your chosen field.
Your work schedule may vary week by week depending on how busy the hospital is and where help is need the most at the time that you're there. You'll start work at about 8.00 a.m. or earlier, depending on the engagement with a doctor, and you'll usually finish at 4.00 p.m. Break time is at 12:30 for an hour.
- IMPORTANT: This project is observation only – by law you cannot participate in or assist with patient care and/or any other activity which could put you and/or any other person at risk. However, if you're qualified, you may be able to assist far more. In order to do this, you would first need to be in possession of the required qualifications, have the necessary experience to go with your qualifications, be registered for practising in Ghana, be registered at the medical centre/hospital and be insured to practise in Ghana. Without these legally required criteria, you won't be able to participate in any treatment of patients. You will of course be able watch and comment on the proceedings.