by Joe Jamieson

Travel Experiences

Welcome to Ghana, a country brimming with adventure, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality. In this article, you’ll go on a captivating journey covering two example weekend travel itineraries.

At the end of each week of your hospital placement, it's time to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Ghanaian experiences.

Weekend One: Kakum National Park and Cape Coast

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As the sun sets over Takoradi on Friday, you and your housemates will hop in a minibus or taxi and head off to Kakum National Park — a treetop getaway that will take you back to nature. Picture yourself stepping into a lush forest, where a dense canopy stretches out overhead, teeming with life.

In the morning, climb into the treetops and walk along bridges suspended high in the forest canopy. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding greenery, while mischievous monkeys swing from branch to branch, taking an interest in these strange visitors.

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As the sun starts to dip below the horizon, settle down in your canopy treehouse to spend the night in nature. Listen to the forest come alive with a symphony of nocturnal animal calls.

Your weekend continues the following morning as you make the short journey to Cape Coast — a town that is, today, full of charm but one that also has a bleak history.


Cape Coast is home to the remnants of ageing slave forts, poignant reminders of Ghana's past. Walk around these sombre stone buildings and explore the halls that bore witness to the struggles endured by countless people during the transatlantic slave trade.

As you stand in these spaces, you'll get some understanding of the resilience and strength of the Ghanaian people.


Round your day off by heading out for some traditional Ghanaian food and a bottle of local beer down by the shore as the sun sets.

Weekend Two: Busua Beach Resort

After an exhilarating first weekend, you might spend the next unwinding in the tranquillity of Busua Beach Resort. Hop on a local bus and enjoy the scenic journey from Takoradi to this coastal paradise.

The stunning coast of Ghana

When you arrive you’ll find a mix of locals and travellers enjoying the beautiful beaches and warm, crystal-clear waters lapping against the shore.

As relaxing as Busua Beach is, as Ghana’s surfing capital it also offers plenty of excitement. Busua has a surf beach vibe, so if you want to grab a board and challenge the waves as they crest offshore, you’re in the right place.

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Surfing lessons are brilliant value for money in Ghana. So. whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a complete beginner, you’ll find an experienced instructor to help you make the most of the surf.

As the sun dips below the horizon, Busua Beach transforms into a hub of activity. You can browse the local craft shops and then grab a bite to eat in one of the laid-back beachside restaurants.

Later in the evening, you’ll hear the bars come alive with traditional music and dancing around the beach bonfires. Embrace the spirit of Ghanaian culture by losing yourself in the music and partying into the night.

Don’t miss the chance for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure

Breaking up your hospital placement with weekend travel offers a multitude of benefits. It gives you a chance to recharge after a week on the wards.

Exploring the diverse landscapes and cultural sites of Ghana will broaden your horizons, enhancing your understanding of the country's rich history and traditions.

Better still, by exploring your chosen destination, you'll make unforgettable memories, develop your confidence, and strengthen the friendships you’ve made with your housemates.

Make friends for life

Travelling with your Work the World housemates enriches your experience on many levels. Sharing the journey with other healthcare students creates a sense of camaraderie, as you embark on adventures and discover new places together.

Exploring Ghana as a group, more often than not, enriches your travel experiences too. And at the end of your trip, you’ll realise that you’ve created friendships bound to last a lifetime.

You’ll find that you and your housemates will support each other too, offering encouragement, and assistance over the course of your trip. You’ll feel more like family by the end. Together, you'll navigate unfamiliar terrain, celebrate achievements, and create bonds that extend well beyond your time in Ghana.

Your next steps:

Ghana is a captivating cultural tapestry that offers both adventure and relaxation. These two weekends are just a glimpse of the experiences that await you. When you consider our broad range of destinations, your opportunities for travel are near limitless.

Ready to embark on your Ghanaian journey? Don't let this opportunity pass you by — enquire now with Work the World and let us create an unforgettable placement in this captivating corner of West Africa.

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