City Population: 335,000
Language: ENGLISH, REGIONAL DIALECTS OF TWI & FANTE
Currency: GHANAIAN CEDI
Attractions: KAKUM NATIONAL PARK, BEACHES, TREKKING
Vibrant and diverse Ghana was our first ever destination, and it proved the perfect place to start. It is one of the safest and most politically stable African countries to travel in and the lush green rainforests and stunning coastline, coupled with the friendliness of the English-speaking locals whose fascinating culture and traditions span across everything they do, make it an ideal destination for a first-timer to Africa.
Placements in the city of Takoradi offer the chance to experience traditional Ghanaian life. It is far enough away from the tourist trail to give you a sense of what it is like to live in a real African city, but offers the services you need. It is perfect for those looking to combine exciting travel with exceptional internship placements in a range of clinical settings.
Our helpful on-site Ghanaian staff will be there to guide and support you, from the moment you arrive. As well as providing transportation to and from the airport, they will give you a tour of the local area, accompany you on your first day of placement, and introduce you to your new work colleagues.
Our caterer, the ever-smiling Ophelia, serves many international dishes, but enjoys encouraging students to try a few Ghanaian delicacies. Housekeeper Alhassan takes care of cleaning and maintenance—and gets the dancing started after our weekly barbecues.
Program Representative Ezekial handles airport pick-ups and local tours, while the ever-popular Mr. Arthur runs the free weekly language classes.
Last ut by no means least, our Program Manager Joseph is the glue that holds this happy family together. Before joining Work the World, he worked for years in the tourist industry, including time spent working with students in the U.S. He and all the staff are happy to answer any questions you might have throughout your stay.Read more about Our Staff
Accommodation & free time
Our base in Ghana is the market town of Takoradi and the Work the World house is in a suburb called Pipeano, a short tro-tro (taxi) ride from all placements. Spacious and secure, it accommodates up to 28, with bedrooms shared by two or four. There are comfortable living areas to relax in or to take up the free language classes we offer. Nearby, the beach resorts are happy to let you cool off in their swimming pools.
Ghana offers amazing sights, from the massive Lake Volta to the national parks to the forested remains of the Ashanti Kingdom. Or just relax at one of the local “spot bars” for drinks, remarkably tasty goat kebabs and music. Many students also enjoy helping out at the Egyam Orphanage in their free time.
On weekends, more adventures await: secluded, palm-tree-lined beaches, the backpacker-friendly Cape Coast, Mole National Park (to see the elephants), or Kakum Rainforest National Park, where after rigging up some mosquito netting, you can fall sleep to the sounds of the jungle.what else is included?
Village Healthcare Experience
Our Village Healthcare Experience is a unique opportunity – truly not to be missed if you are going to be joining us on an internship placement in Ghana. It places you right in the heart of a Ghanaian tribal community - living with a host family, working in a small healthcare center, and learning all about the traditions of the local people from your very own Work the World guide. It all makes for a fantastic week, as you are actively integrated into community life, by both your role as a healthcare practitioner and the warm hospitality of the villagers. African cultural experiences do not come any more authentic than this!Read more about the Village Healthcare Experience
My experience was eye opening, enlightening and empowering. I changed in myself and I couldn't be more thankful for the experience of a lifetime.
Kirstie Newbrook, University of Brighton 2013Read More
My advice to anyone thinking about doing something like this is – do it! If I can do it, you definitely can!
Amy Greenhalgh, University of the West of England 2013Read More
I made some amazing friends and memories that I will never forget. Going an abroad elective placement is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Nadine Martin, Glasgow Caledonian University 2013Read More