- Swim in the waterfall oases of the Volta region
- Wander through the sprawling rubber plantations
- Soak up the sun on golden beaches
- Get back to nature on forest canopy walks
- Explore the coastal forts and the history surrounding them
Takoradi and Beyond
Ghana is the most exciting country on the entire west coast of Africa. Our base can be found in Takoradi, an energetic hub of activity where Ghanaian culture can be experienced in full swing. Lively markets, golden beaches lined with palm trees, restaurants and bars with live music, and cocktails at sunset as you watch the boats sail into port. Beyond the city you’ll canoe through the jungle canopy to a remote lakeside stilt village, magnificent waterfalls that flow into one another in the Volta region (you can swim in them too), vast rubber plantations, immense forts running along the coast, and much more.
Home away from home
Upon your arrival at the airport our staff will meet you and take you to our beautiful house, which happens to be a short walk away from the beach. It’s also very easy to catch a ‘tro-tro’ (public minibus) into town, and by all accounts the house is an oasis of calm. You’ll be pleased to learn that the accommodation is fully catered and is solely for the use of Work the World students. On the matter of staff, our ground teams will be on call to ensure your placement goes off without a hitch for the duration of your internship in Ghana. Your in-house chef cooks local specialties, favorites from home, and our famous weekly barbecues. What’s more, our private security guard watches over the property day and night making it the perfect base for our internships in Nepal.
African Village Healthcare Add-on
In addition to your main placement in Takoradi, spending a week in a bustling fishing village on Africa’s West Coast offers a once in a lifetime experience. Working with two local nurses, in the mornings you’ll attend the Village Health Care Centre, and conduct some community outreach work including a visit to the local primary school. This is the perfect complement for all Ghana internships. In the afternoons you’ll get a culture lesson as you spend time with local fishermen, take trips across a nearby lagoon in a locally built canoe, learn how the village alcohol is distilled, and walk coastal trails along stretches of unspoiled beach with not a tourist in sight.
Internships in Ghana - Takoradi
Dentistry in Ghana
Clinical experience for dentists in Ghana is an entirely unique experience. Averaging 25 patients a day, working alongside specialists in our partner hospitals will never be dull. You’ll get to grips with things like preventive health checks, and take part in an observational placement in the ENT department should you choose. It may also be possible, under certain circumstances, to head out into the community to conduct outreach work. Hit the green ‘INQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Medicine in Ghana
Ghana is an excellent choice for all medical students. For one, you’ll see the extent of adaptation required to deal with the surprising lack of resources. Not only this, but you’ll also have the choice of working across a range of departments including NICU, orthopedics, emergency, OBG and more. The HIV clinic draws around 400 patients per week. And you’ll be more than welcome to get heavily involved in this area. There are an exceptional variety of placement options for you here. Hit the ‘INQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Midwifery in Ghana
Midwives in Ghana can expect exceptional clinical experience. Within our partner hospitals and clinics students will attend the live births, and become involved in pre and postnatal care. Caesarean sections are more common in Ghana than they are in the UK, this is also the case for breech births and you’ll come to understand that many patients will not have received prenatal care at all. For cultural reasons it’s also common that many women will be expected to give birth in silence. This and many other things will utterly contradict what you learnt in the UK, but remember: you are here to observe and absorb new information and new skills – not to judge. This is one of the many reasons why a placement with Work the World is so unique. Hit the ‘INQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Nursing in Ghana
Nursing in Ghana will give you the choice of moving between a number of different departments. Areas like female and male surgical are popular, but there is also opportunity to do some community outreach depending on your field of interest. NICU is an exciting department, as is A&E where there are regularly many cases of major trauma. For anyone wanting toget involved in Learning Disability Nursing you can work in a low-resource school where children with a range of learning disabilities are taught both academic subjects and life skills. Hit the ‘INQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Pharmacy in Ghana
Pharmacy placements in Ghana Will live up to, if not surpass your expectations. Working closely with your supervisors you will experience a very clinically focused placement. You’ll also undertake ward rounds and acquire a number of new skills along the way. It will also be possible for students to work outside of the hospital in a community pharmacy, which will provide insight into a completely different side of pharmaceutical provision. What’s more you’ll observe the inner workings of a lab where medicines like unbranded aspirin are made. Hit the ‘INQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Physiotherapy in Ghana
The hospital with which we are partnered has its own physiotherapy department housed in its own block, functioning primarily as an outpatient unit. It is professionally staffed and extremely well equipped by West African standards. The outpatient unit handles up to 20 cases per day, the majority of which are regular patients who attend a few times each week. In this department you’ll encounter instances of strokes, post-operative rehabilitation, Bells' palsy, and Erb's palsy among others. Treatment here is focused on the use of gym equipment and instructing patients such that they can continue necessary exercises in the comfort of their own home. Hit the ‘INQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
RadioLOGy in Ghana
While it is the case that radiology departments in Ghana are not as well equipped as the departments you’ll be used to working in at home, there will be a number of opportunities to work with things such as x-ray, ultrasound, and more in our partner hospitals and clinics. It is common for patients to be referred from directly within hospital, or indeed from smaller clinics in the surrounding community. This means you will gain experience observing and analyzing a wide range of conditions. Procedures you can expect to observe and conduct include hysterosalpingograms, barium meals, ureothograms, fistusograms, IVU, fractures, tuberculosis, chest problems and more. Hit the ‘INQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
"I saw my first ever birth – which was then followed by six more – a definite highlight!"
Natalie Sampson, University of Southampton 2016Read more
"The time I spent in the hospital was incredibly valuable".
Danielle Allen, Queen's University, Belfast 2015Read more
"The Village Healthcare Experience was one of my favourite weeks of the trip."
Helen Lennon, Queen's University, Belfast 2015Read more
"I spent time with the nursing staff exchanging knowledge and ideas".
April Bradbeer, Bournemouth University 2015Read more
"I spent 7 incredible, emotional weeks in Ghana, where I nursed in Accident and Emergency, male surgical ward, HIV clinic, labour ward, general medicine and paediatrics".
Melissa Fox, University of Manchester 2015Read more
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