- 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 discover elephant safaris in Mole Game Park, 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.
ADD-ON: Village Healthcare Experience
To complement your clinical placement in the city, we’re presenting you with the chance to broaden your experience by living with a host family in a small village on Ghana’s beautiful west coast. 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.
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
Working in these hospitals made me simultaneously angry & passionate. Angry at the lack of resources & passionate about wanting to make a difference
Jessica Murray, University of New South Wales 2015Read more
As a qualified nurse I have gained so much from the experience and would encourage anyone to go
Susannah Williams, Bournemouth University 2015Read more
Exposure to Ghanaian healthcare gave me the chance to see how some tropical diseases are managed
Clare Rea, Queen's University Belfast 2014Read more
The doctor in charge was happy with our contribution and treated us as part of her team
Claire McGinn, Queens University Belfast 2014Read more
Electives 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, extractions and even take part in an observational placement in the ENT department. It may also be possible for certain students to head out into the community to conduct outreach work. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE 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 ‘ENQUIRE 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 ‘ENQUIRE 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. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE 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 ‘ENQUIRE 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 ‘ENQUIRE 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 ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
From our blog
We explore the struggles faced by traditional medicine and its practitioners in Ghana, looking at what the future holds in a country whose official medical system is science-based.Read more
There’s no getting around it, travelling on your own is a daunting prospect. This is especially true if you’re headed into an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people practicing an unfamiliar culture. And, if you’re travelling to undertake an elective placement, you’ll be working in unfamiliar surroundings too. You’ll be relieved to know that all of the above are precisely the reasons you should travel solo. Here’s why.Read more