Join our medical internship in Ghana for teenagers and gain work experience by shadowing doctors in a clinical setting. You’ll also get involved in doing health checks during outreaches. We’ll teach you about the diseases and conditions you’ll see, and how to diagnose and treat them. This is great experience to add to your CV, which could help your future career.
You’ll also gain plenty of practical experience in Ghana. During outreaches, you’ll treat minor wounds, and measure blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Doctors and nurses then use this information to diagnose patients and recommend further treatment if needed. You’ll also help raise awareness of disease and how to prevent it.
You’ll live and work in Cape Coast with a group your age, and stay with a local host family. When you’re not working, we’ve organised plenty of social and cultural activities to keep you busy, along with weekend trips. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side.
Outbound and inbound escorted flights from/transferring through New York (JFK) are offered on the following project dates:
- 07 July 2019 - 21 July 2019
Escorted flights from/transferring through New York (JFK) are offered on outbound flights on the following project dates:
- 07 July 2019 - 14 July 2019
- 07 July 2019 - 28 July 2019
Fixed dates during school break
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Access to our local office with internet connection
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organized weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on a Medicine Placement for high school students in Ghana?
As a teenage medical intern in Ghana, you’ll split your time between shadowing doctors and doing outreach work out in the community. Here are a few of the tasks you’ll be involved in:
- Assist professional medical staff as they provide free health checks during community outreaches
- Observe the work of qualified doctors as they treat patients in a local hospital or clinic
- Learn more about Ghanaian culture while exploring the country and interacting with the locals
- Spend time with other high school students who have similar interests and aspirations as you
Your work will be split into three areas:
Observe the work of qualified doctors as they treat patients in a local hospital or clinic
One day a week, you’ll do observation work in a hospital setting. You’ll shadow doctors and nurses as they go about their day-to-day activities. You’ll watch them consult and treat patients, and complete follow-up consultations with previous patients. This will give you a better idea of what it will be like as a practicing doctor.
We encourage you to ask questions and take notes, so you can learn as much as possible from observing.
Assist professional medical staff as they provide free health checks during community outreaches
Most of your time will be spent working at medical outreaches in communities, schools, and leprosy camps. You’ll be involved in more hands-on work during these outreaches. These include:
- Dressing wounds
- Carrying out health checks, like measuring blood sugar and blood pressure levels
- Giving malaria tests
- Making presentations on common health issues.
Explore Ghana with other high school students who have similar interests to you
You’ll spend everyday working and travelling alongside other teenagers from around the world. An interest in medicine is something you’ll all have in common.
When you’re not working, your supervisors will ensure there are plenty of social and cultural activities to keep you busy, along with weekend trips. You’ll soak up the sun at the beach, observe the wildlife at national parks, and learn about the country’s history a national museums. You’ll sample authentic Ghanaian food and haggle with traders at their local markets.
Where in Ghana will I be working?
The town is a lively fishing port, and it was once the largest slave trade centre in West Africa back in the days. Being right on the coast, you’ll have plenty of views of the sea amid the bustling city roads.
You’ll spend most of your time assisting with outreach work in local communities, leprosy camps, and schools. You’ll also observe doctors and nurses on their rounds at a hospital or clinic, and attend medical workshops.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
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