At a glance
- Join our Speech Therapy internship in Ghana and gain practical experience in your field of study. Working in a special needs school, you’ll help boost the children’s confidence and quality of life.
- You’ll help design and implement treatment plans for children from marginalised communities all under the supervision of qualified staff.
16 or over
You should have completed at least two years of speech therapy related studies or training, and be able to take initiative
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Help children with speech and language impairments
Many children in Ghana suffer from speech and language impairments. Due to financial constraints, however, families are often unable to get the necessary care for their children. With your skills and training in the area of speech therapy, you will be able to offer much-needed assistance to these children. Through treatment, you’ll give them confidence.
Train staff and other interns if you have the relevant experience
Currently, there is no in-house speech therapist at our placement in Ghana. However, depending on the level of your experience, you may have the opportunity to offer some basic training. This will mostly be to local staff members and less experienced interns. This could include teaching them basic speech exercises they can do with children themselves.
Develop more efficient and effective systems in the workplace
Our speech therapy placement in Ghana has limited resources and staff may lack technical knowledge and training. As an intern with Speech Therapy experience, you are likely to have to manage many challenges. These will typically be very different from what you are used to in your home country.
You will need to have a sensitive and flexible approach towards the local staff. At the same time, you can help implement more efficient administration processes and help improve the placement for everyone.
Record, analyse, and report data
Recording, analysing, and reporting on your findings with your programme coordinators is an important part of your internship.
You will use our Global Impact Database to record all patient details, which can then be used to refer back to information collected at previous consultations. Follow-up and evaluation of intervention is completed after each visit. This helps us track and monitor long-term outcomes.
Where you will be working as a Speech Therapy intern in Ghana
You will be based in Accra, Ghana’s bustling capital. It’s one of East Africa’s thriving trading cities and serves as the country’s administrative, economic, and educational centre.
You’ll gain speech therapy work experience in Ghana at the New Horizons Special School placement. This non-profit facility offers education and training for children and adults with intellectual or physical disabilities. Students attending the school are encouraged to develop their capabilities as fully as possible.
Located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Akuapem Hills is characterised by vibrant green vegetation and rich red earth. As one of the quieter regions, children calling 'Obroni’ (foreigner) as they try to catch your attention will be unmistakable. The villages are welcoming and know how to entertain! When volunteering in Ghana, join in on the street festivities or try dried fish and yams at a food stall on the main street. The bustling city of Accra is within easy reach for a day trip.
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
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.
Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.
For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.
We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Ghana
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