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Medical Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is May 15, 2021

The healthcare system in Ghana is considered fairly good in relation to other African countries, however there is still considerable need for volunteer assistance. Once you leave the major cities, the standard of healthcare drops considerably and there is a real shortage of trained medical professionals to work in these communities and provide basic healthcare services.

When volunteering on the Medical project in Ghana, you can help in small clinics in under-resourced, rural areas for two days a week, and with mobile wound care outreach for the remaining three days. You should expect to be working with limited resources, and understand that the healthcare environment you’re volunteering in will be different to what you’re used to.

Medical volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ

Volunteer duties will depend on your experience and how much time you’re spending on your program. Longer term and qualified volunteers are more likely to have hands-on tasks, though this should not be expected. Initially at least, your tasks are likely to be mostly observational or administrative. Outreach clinics are more hands-on than clinic-based volunteering.

This project is open to qualified medical or nursing professionals as well as volunteers who have completed at least two years of medical or nursing training. You will need to provide a copy of your qualifications, or a letter and transcript from your school to the local team in Ghana on arrival.

A US$49 (approximately CA$63) per week surcharge applies to cover additional transportation and materials required.

For alternative healthcare volunteering opportunities in Ghana that are suitable for students as well as healthcare professionals, see our Healthcare Outreach and Education project in Ghana.

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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from CA$348 for 1 week
  • Work in rural clinics and mobile outreach wound care clinics

  • Shadow and observe local staff initially

  • Longer term and experienced volunteers more likely to have hands-on duties

  • Suitable for experienced professionals or medical students

  • Additional US$49 (approximately CA$63) per week surcharge for additional transport and materials

  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day

Destination Highlights
Ghana at a glance
  • Based in and around Ghana’s largest and capital city, Accra

  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, a daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation is in a volunteer house for most volunteers, though families can stay in a local homestay

  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in Ghana each month

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The IVHQ Ghana volunteer program has volunteer placements​ and accommodation​ located in rural villages and townships within the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Volunteers are required to fly into Kotoka International Airport, which is a 10 to 13 hour flight from most major airports in Canada. Volunteer programs begin on the 1st and 15th of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Accra on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Accra. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Ghana prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up at a prearranged location in Accra on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team in Accra and begins on the morning of your chosen start date. This covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program Ghana – Introduction to Ghana, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

First Day: On the first day of volunteering, volunteers will be escorted to their placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff they will be working with. A typical daily schedule would be as follows:

7.30AM Breakfast at the volunteer house.

8.00AM Volunteers can expect to leave home and walk to your placement, where you’ll join the placement staff. Volunteers will be given a duty roster and plan for your work. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break.

2.00PM - 5.00PM Work at the project usually ends. Volunteers are free from this point to go sightseeing or do some shopping.

6.30PM Dinner at the volunteer accommodation.

Please note, this schedule can vary depending on the project you’re participating on.

Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer house where they live with other volunteers​. In some locations, volunteers are accommodated at their placement or stay together in a volunteer house alongside a local family. There are separate rooms for male and female volunteers with shared common room and toilet facilities. Living is basic but the majority of volunteer houses have electricity, while only few have running water. Power cuts are common in Ghana and most rural houses do not have running water during times of drought. Bedding (pillows and sheets) is provided, however it is recommended that volunteers bring their own towels and mosquito nets (these can also be purchased in Ghana).

There is WiFi access available at local cafes and restaurants in a nearby village, which is a 15 to 20 minute walk from the volunteer accommodation. You can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone to keep connected.

Volunteers in Ghana are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast generally consists of tea and coffee, and a hot breakfast. A typical lunch and dinner can include meat and vegetables with rice or noodles​.​ If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you.

“Being in Ghana was the most incredible experience of my life. I learned so much about myself while learning lots about Ghana’s culture, people, geography, economy and more. I felt safe in my environment, surrounded by many wonderful volunteers and locals. I always had the help of our coordinator in case I had any questions or concerns. We were ALWAYS very well taken care of.” - Caitlin Bird (Childcare Volunteer in Ghana)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Ghana here

Ghana

Duration Program Fee
USD CAD
1 week $270 CA$348
2 weeks $410 CA$529
3 weeks $530 CA$684
4 weeks $650 CA$839
5 weeks $770 CA$994
6 weeks $920 CA$1,187
8 weeks $1,210 CA$1,562
10 weeks $1,500 CA$1,936
12 weeks $1,800 CA$2,324
16 weeks $2,420 CA$3,124
20 weeks $3,040 CA$3,925
24 weeks $3,660 CA$4,726
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee from US$299 (approximately CA$386) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
  • The Medical, Agriculture and Construction and Renovation projects have an extra cost of US$49 per week for additional supervision, materials and logistics involved. The Health Education and Outreach project has a one-off payment of US$520.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Ghana generally find US$30 to be sufficient for weekly expenses
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Expert support from a program specialist
  • Full MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive preparation tools
  • IVHQ alumni rewards
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town and Ghana. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield such as Cape Coast or other Western African countries.

See our Ghana Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Ghana!

Capital Accra
Population 25.37 million
Languages English
Currency Ghanaian Cedi (GHS)
Time zone UTC+00:00

Weather and climate: Ghana has a tropical climate and the average temperature falls between 21°C to 28°C (70°F to 82°F). In the north, there is a rainy season from April to June and September to November. The rainy season in the south lasts from April to mid-November. The weather is typically humid however, over the dry season, desert winds in the north can create cooler evenings and a drier atmosphere.

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.

All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteeer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Ghana. Additional requirements apply for Medical volunteers, please review the project description above.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

How to get started

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