Medical and Physiotherapy Care in Ghana

If what you like is the branch of health, you will like the Medical Assistance and Physiotherapy Assistance volunteer program in Ghana very much, you will collaborate in the local hospital, in schools and communities, both assisting in the centers such as giving prevention talks.

  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.
  • Know the needs of the community.
  • Contributes to primary care.
  • Know the techniques of the health system and contribute all your knowledge.
  • Live a unique experience knowing the culture and volunteers from all over the world.

What is this program about?

As a healthcare volunteer you experience the daily processes in hospitals and clinics in Ghana. Local medical staff are assisted in providing essential treatment to patients. The clinics where we have locations are run by community outreach programs, where teams of medical personnel can go to the poorest communities to visit patients and their families. 

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to observe and assist the medical staff at any of the clinics in these areas.

Much of your role will be in support, working alongside professional medical staff in Ghana. You will likely spend much of your time observing local staff in their daily work, learning how they handle and interact with patients. At other times, you will be invited to offer a more hands-on role in the healthcare being provided, provided you are capable of performing that role.

In the physiotherapy area we can see how the volunteer contributes in an important area of ​​community and sports development. The volunteer provides the hands-on assistance and care not usually available to many injured locals, as well as dedicated athletes. This will be a great experience for a future career as a professional physiotherapist or alternatively give you a better understanding of the obstacles that many physiotherapists and medical professionals have to overcome in developing countries.

The community clinic is understaffed and underfunded. Many of the patients’ conditions mirror the problems in Ghana: many strokes due to hypertension, car accidents, and a high proportion of crush injuries to the hand and tendons from cutting and grinding machinery. 

A hand injury in Ghana usually means there is no compensation or income, and only those who can afford the £2 per session fee receive treatment. There is also a lot of facial paralysis from otitis media, which is treated with electrical stimulation. The clinic has equipment, including a hydrotherapy pool, but has a long way to go before the clinic can cope with the needs of the local community.

You need to be motivated and prepared for some long and frustrating days. However, as a qualified physical therapist, you can really make a positive impact in an area of ​​healthcare that is often overlooked.

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

The day to day of the volunteer consists of a collaboration from Monday to Friday, approximately 4 or 5 hours, distributed during the morning or afternoon according to needs.

A typical volunteer day begins with breakfast at the accommodation with all the volunteers. At the end, the volunteers go to the project, where they meet with the local coordinator to organize the activities planned for the day.

Throughout the morning each volunteer contributes to the assigned tasks. A stop is made for lunch and, depending on the needs, they continue with the tasks or have free time.

The volunteer can visit nearby areas in his spare time. In the evening, the group has dinner and prepares for the next day.

The activities that you will carry out during your volunteering will vary according to your specialty, some may be:

  • Primary care in consultation.
  • Rehabilitation.
  • Physiotherapy activities in people with accidents.
  • Assistance to children and newborns.

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • You must present your cv and a certificate of training completed or in progress.
  • Fluent English.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The airport you need to arrive at is Kotoka International Airport, in Ghana. If you arrive on Saturdays or Sundays from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm. , you will be picked up at the airport, in case you arrive at another time, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there.

Once you arrive you will stay at the volunteer’s house, located in Accra. The accommodation is located within a gated community. The rooms are generally dormitory-style (bedding is provided for the volunteer) and are separated for men and women. The programs are located about 20 to 40 minutes from home and participants are responsible for their own round trip transportation costs (€6-8). Staff remain on site 7 days a week to assist participants.

Rooms are shared by volunteers of the same gender. The house has common areas that can be used by volunteers and also provides access to a laundry room. There is no hot water, nor is there Wi-Fi.

Dates and method of arrival

The program is open throughout the year. You will be picked up at the indicated airport if you arrive on Saturdays or Sundays from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you arrive at a different time, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 4 weeksup to 12 weeks.  

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of place.
  3. Make a 1st contribution to register for the program.
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival.
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and complete the rest of the contribution as indicated by your coordinator.

YOU COME?

What can I see during the weekend?

Ghana is a country with wonderful places. Soak up its culture and its most beautiful corners. Some of the places that you cannot miss are: 

  • Kakum Park Kakum

National Park is a tropical rainforest located in the central region of Ghana. It is one of only three natural sites in the country that offers its visitors a walkway over the trees known as the Kakum Canopy Walkway. Inside there is also a house built in the treetops about 20 meters above the ground that offers visitors the adventurous opportunity to spend the night. 

  • Accra

It is the capital of Ghana and has a lot to offer for lovers of art and history, as there are many museums, galleries, libraries and monuments to explore. It is usually recommended to visit the National Theatre, the National Museum, Christiansborg Castle, the Jubilee House or the Black Star Square.

The most popular beach in the city is that of Labadi. Next to the beach is also the Academy of African Music and Arts.

  • Cape Coast

City and port located in the central region that offers its visitors 32 different festivals throughout the year. Visitors can also visit Cape Coast Castle and the Cape Coast National Cultural Center.

  • Ada Foah

Small seaside town famous for its palm-lined beaches and neighboring islands. Many locals and tourists also take advantage of the water sports activities that the city offers.