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Overview

Serving as a medical volunteer abroad is a great way to make a valuable contribution towards the global pursuit of quality healthcare. This particular volunteerism programme is also a great study abroad programme as it offers volunteers the opportunity to work in hospitals, clinics, and areas with a lack of resources and manpower.

As has already been said, one of the primary objectives of our Volunteer In Africa Programme is to mobilize volunteers from different parts of the world, to come and support our Community Transformation Programme

The the beautiful thing about this particular Medical Volunteerism Programme is that, both medical and non-medical students/practitioners can partake in it.

As a volunteer, you will gain skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, etc. Plus, you will also get to have some practicals (only for medical students). For non-medical students, you will gain a similar set of skills as well as contribute in administration and medical advocacy programmes.

Two (2) Tours: We make all our programmes fun. So as part of the programme package, you will be entitled to two tours around your host country, local food cooking lessons, local dance lessons and aerobics, as well as socialization and networking with other university students and professionals. How cool is that?

You are going to gain a lot and make a lot of impact. However, you should not just volunteer to enhance your CV or resume. Volunteering should always be done for the right reasons; that is, a genuine desire to help people and improve communities.

So those are the kind of people we are looking for to be part of our volunteerism programmes.

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Programme Highlights

  • Gain both clinical experience and healthcare outreach experience by taking part in health campaigns and healthcare outreach programmes in the rural communities.
  • Ideal for medical/nursing students as well as medical/nursing professionals looking for practical exposure in Africa’s healthcare system.
  • Volunteers help to test and treat local people for malaria and provide other important community health services and education.
  • Work is given in accordance with the experience and knowledge of the volunteer. Medical stundents/professionals gain experience in clinics and outreach programmes in rural towns where people often struggle to access basic healthcare. For Non-Medical students/professionals, no experience or qualifications are necessary, as duties will mainly be administrative and observational.
  • You will contribute to the SDG Goal #3: Good Health And Well-Being
  • You shall receive an International Volunteerism Certificate upon successfully completing your 30-day volunteerism exercise.
  • You will be entitled to two tours around Ghana.
  • Weekends are free for volunteers and you can take more weekend trips if you like. You will have free times during the weekdays as well.

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Programme Description

Are you a medical student who is ready to jump into your scrubs and be a Medical volunteer in an African country?

Or are you a non-medical student or professional who fancies doing something to help improve the health of the less privileged?

Then our Medical Assistance Volunteerism Programme is just right for you. Whether you are a medical student/professional or not, we can help you to have the experience of impacting the health of the disadvantaged and in the process, you will also gain some valuable insight and hone your skills if you are a health student or professional.

This is a great program to help volunteers to gain valuable experience and knowledge on how the medical systems in African countries work.

 
Medical Students/Professionals

For medical students/professionals, our Medical Assistance Volunteerism Programme enables volunteers to:

Gain experience in clinics and outreach programmes in rural towns where people often struggle to access basic healthcare.

Medical volunteers can help fill the gap left by a shortage of qualified professionals in those areas. Thus, relieving the pressure on healthcare initiatives and giving the local people the chance to have their health needs attended to.

 
Non-Medical Students/Professionals

For ordinary people who have no knowledge or skill about health treatments, but have an interest in healthcare and would like to help disadvantaged people in terms of their health:

You will mainly be involved in outreach programmes. At the clinic, your duties will mostly be administrative and observational.

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Placement Location

The Volunteer In Africa Programme is going to take place in Ghana. Specifically, in communities around Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

We periodically review our programmes. Hence, it is likely that new locations will be added in the course of time. If any change occurs in the placement location, volunteers shall be informed accordingly.

Ghana is a magical country. The people are friendly, energetic and welcoming. The country is culturally rich, full of diverse wildlife, amazing beaches, gorgeous hinterland and not forgetting, the affable locals. It is renowned for the friendliness and warmth of its people. It’s no wonder Ghana is known as the “Gateway to Africa”.

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Programme Requirements

Programme Eligibility Requirements

To partake in any of our volunteerism programmes, you need to meet the requirements below:

  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old.
    • In order to join any of our volunteerism programmes, you need to be at least 18 years old on the starting date of the volunteerism programme you are interested in.
    • As volunteers will be working with young children (especially, the education-related ones), and will have an important impact on their education and lives, the minimum age is a way to secure the emotional maturity and sense of duty that is necessary to fulfil the tasks properly.
  • Language Skills: 
    You need to speak English (intermediate level).
  • Police Reports:
    • Criminal Background Check.
    • Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Required Documents:
    • Resume/CV with relevant certifications.
    • A copy of your passport.
  • Time Commitment: 
    Your helping hand will be required five (5) days in a week (Monday to Friday). 

    • Saturday is for social activities, networking and volunteerism trainings at our Volunteers House.
    • Sundays are your free days.You can choose to travel the country during the weekends or even explore nearby attractions during the weekdays; exploring the rich history and culture of the country as well as the small rural towns and villages.
  • Nationality Restrictions: 
    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
  • Travel Insurance:
    Not compulsory, but recommended.

NB: All documents and reports are supposed to be presented to your Country Co-Ordinator before departure. When you register after the virtual Workshop Presentation, we will contact you and tell you when to submit them.

 

Physical, Medical And Mental Fitness

You should also be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online registration.

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Who Qualifies

  1. Health Students/Professionals (Pre-Medical, Nursing Students/Professionals, Medical Students/professionals).
  2. Non-Medical Students/Professionals (Ordinary People).

You also need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.

Above all, you should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.

Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report as well as a Vulnerability Sector Check report.

 
Medical Students/Professionals

Our Medical Assistance Volunteerism Programme is suitable for medical students with at least two years’ experience, as well as qualified healthcare professionals who have an interest in expanding their global medical perspective and gaining first-hand experience in new healthcare medical environments.

Nurses and other volunteers in medically-related professions who have completed at least two years of training, are also welcome to partake in this programme.

If you have less than two years of training, you can still partake. However, you may not be given  responsibilities that require technical knowledge.

As has been stated earlier, for medical students/professionals, you will have to provide copies of your qualifications, or a letter and transcript from your school to your Country Co-ordinator. Your documents will be forwarded to the clinic that you will be assigned to, so as to enable them confirm your skill level and what tasks to assign to you when you finally arrive in the country.

 
Non-Medical Students/Professionals

For ordinary people who have no knowledge or skill about health treatments, but have an interest in healthcare and would like to help disadvantaged people in terms of their health, your duties will mainly be administrative and observational.

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How you will be making impact

What Will You Be Doing?

Your Duties And Responsibities

Activities At The Clinic

As a medical volunteer, you will be helping in a small clinic that is under-resourced. Part of your days will be spent at the clinic and the rest of your days will be spent in outreach programmes in rural communities.

When you arrive, the schedule will be given to you at the clinic of your placement. You should expect to be working with limited resources, and understand that, the healthcare environment you will be volunteering in, will be different from what you’re used to.

Under this program, pre-medical, nursing and medical students would work 4-6 hours, 5 days a week, assisting local doctors and nurses. Work is given in accordance with the experience and knowledge of the volunteer. Qualified volunteers are more likely to have hands-on tasks, though this should not be expected. Initially at least, your tasks are likely to be mostly observational or administrative.

General tasks would include:

  • Shadowing the Doctors in conducting hospital rounds and general operations.
  • Shadowing the nurses.
  • Depending on skills, assist with procedures like suturing wounds, giving vaccinations, etc.
  • Being involved in the daily procedures and operations of the clinic.
  • Helping in administrative tasks at the clinic and maintaining files.
  • Taking routine basic patient check-up records like blood pressure, temperature, weight, etc.

Please note that, these are only examples of tasks. Your actual tasks would be decided after the Medical Superintendent has reviewed your qualifications and skill level.

 

Additional Supplies For The Medical Assistance Volunteerism Programme

Volunteers for our Medical Assistance Volunteerism Programme shall receive the following extra supplies and services:

  • Basic First Aid Supplies.
  • Malaria Testing Kits.
  • Malaria Medication.
  • Transport  and 
  • Supervision.

 

Aspire To Leave A Legacy

Work done in the deprived clinics is truly phenomenal and some previous volunteers have left behind an inspiring legacy; you should also aspire to do same. These include but not limited to, donating to fund activities at the school, food/clothing/stationery donation for the children ward or any other ward of choice, as well as running online campaigns for the same purposes.

Activities During The Outreach Programmes

Healthcare is not readily accessible in some of the rural communities. That is why it is necessary to go on medical outreach programmes to enable people living in the distant localities to also access some quality healthcare.

One outreach programme that you will be undertaking is the testing and treatment of malaria – a mosquito-borne disease which infects hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Through the outreach programme, rural folks get tested and treated. But before you set out, you will be given some basic medical training and guidance in administering malaria tests.

In addition to the malaria outreach, there are other outreach programmes that will be aimed at educating the people on sexual health, hygiene and nutrition. In all instances, you shall receive some training and coaching before you set out. 

You are likely to get more hands-on tasks during the outreach programmes than your time at the clinic. For instance, if you’re trained in a particular medical specialty, such as dentistry, it may be possible for you to do a tailored outreach. So please include this information in your online application and submit the right qualification documents as attachments.

General tasks for the medical outreach would include:

  • Going with the staff on different campaigns in the local communities.
  • Going with the community nurses to visit the houses in the poorest areas of the community to perform check-ups.

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Teach Music & Arts

Teach Music, Dance, Crafts And Sports

Aside the clinical and outreach activities, if you have any other skill or talent that you can teach the children, that will be great. Not every child responds well to the regular systematic scholastic training. Some are more receptive to the arts rather. So if you know any of the following arts, then it will be of great help if you can teach it to the children. Arts like:

Music, Dance, Crafts and Sports.

Aside the ones stated above, if you have any other arts skills and knowledge, you can notify us during your online registration so that arrangements can be made for you to teach it to the children when you finally arrive at your assigned school.

 

Fun Fridays

Fridays are usually for games in most of the schools. Hence, for the Edu-Mentor and  Chlidcare Volunteerism Programmes, we have Fun Friday sessions. Medical Assistance Volunteers are also allowed to also partake in it if they are interested.

On those days, volunteers and co-ordinators come together to organise social activities, plan games and perhaps even organise an afternoon trip outside of the school, for the children.

Volunteers usually contribute a small expense to facilitate this, but contributing and participating in Fun Fridays are by no means compulsory. However, it is a fun experience that increases the bonding and mentoring.

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Who You Will Be Working With

Your placement will be at a clinic that is under resourced. You will be working with the Medical Superintendent of the clinic as well as the other staff of the facility. Your work will be overseen by the District Director of Health for that district.

Furthermore, should you need any guidance or assistance from the Volunteers House, our local team would be a phone call away.

But interestingly enough, most volunteers strike up a strong bond with the clinic staff and patients, and end up getting treated as actual members of staff as if they have always been part of the institution. It is not uncommon to be invited by your fellow  health workers to come to their homes for dinner as a way of saying thank you.

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What Should You Bring Along?

For medical students and professionals, if you have scrubs or stethoscopes, or other medical accoutrements or portable gadgets or equipment, you can come along with them. Because, the clinic may not have some available.  

The medical outreach programme will mainly be about malaria. Hence, if you have some charts or educational materials on malaria, you can come with them too.

Furthermore, if you have a laptop computer, you can bring it along to work and also use it for demonstration and presentation purposes during your outreach or at the clinic.

You can go online and watch some videos on YouTube or other learning sites to pick up some new techniques, treatment methods as well as strategies, to make your medical lessons and interactions with the patients more fun and exciting. 

Your Regular Daily Schedule

How Much Time Will Be Spent?

You will be expected to work at your placement five days a week (Monday – Friday). Each day, you will generally finish your placement at the clinic around at about 2 pm. But if you are to go on an outreach, then you may close your day around 4 pm.

After your daily session, you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and the local team at the Volunteers House. On some days, we organise games and activities in the evenings.

A Typical Day

06:30 amBreakfast is ready.
07:00 am             Volunteers leave the Volunteer House to programme placements.

(Time depends on the distance to the placement and the traffic conditions on the way).

08:00 amWork starts at the clinic.
10:30 am – 11: 00 amBreak.

(You can use the break period to get something to eat or if you have a packaged lunch, then you can take some time off and eat).

2:00 pmWork Closes.

(If you are to go on an outreach that day, then your day my end around 4 pm).

2:30 pmReturn To The Volunteers House.

**Please note that, this is an example of a schedule. Your actual schedule will be drawn after the Medical Superintendent reviews your qualifications and skill level.

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How To Utilize Your Free Times

Weekday Free Time Activities (Mon – Fri)

After work, volunteers are free to utilize the rest of their day as they wish. You can easily head off into the town to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with friends before heading home. The ease of taxis and other means of transportation, offer a really flexible experience for volunteers. You may also choose to go shopping in the local markets to prepare your dinner, or you can go to a restaurant to eat out or visit the local swimming pools.

Some of the activities and pastimes you can enjoy during weekdays include:

Swimming, sightseeing (waterfalls and breath taking scenery), after school & homework clubs, sports facilities, live music, plenty of nightlife, restaurants & hotels providing western cuisine.

 

Weekend Free Time Activities (Sat – Sun)

Saturdays  are for social activities, networking and volunteerism trainings at our Volunteers House. Activities like aerobics, team building games, end of week project meetings, volunteerism training, local language lessons, traditional dance lessons, traditional food lessons etc., will take place. There will be other pastime activities like a Movie & Pop corn night. So there will be a lot to do on Saturdays in the house.

Sunday is free. You can use the whole day to do whatever you want.

Tour Package: As part of the programme package, you will be entitled to two tours in Ghana. However, if you so wish, on weekends, mostly on Sundays, you can travel around Ghana to see how amazing the country is. Some activities you can consider include:

Safari, hiking / trekking, museums, slave castles, canopy walk, waterfalls, malls and cinemas (showing latest films), beautiful beaches, surfing etc.

Our local co-ordinators will always be on hand to offer any advice that you may need. 

 

Weekend Travels

Inasmuch as you are allowed to travel and have fun, we expect volunteers to visit their placements from Monday to Friday. Exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc. But the essence of our volunteerism programme is to make  a lot of impact within your period of stay. Hence, we will advice that, such excuses and exemptions should be kept to a minimum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Change My Placement?

Before you arrive, we will have a lot of interactions and discussions with you, for you to be sure of your placement. Your online registration data will be used to make all the necessary arrangements for you.

So a lot of work gets done even before you arriveID Cards would be made, customized T-Shirts would be made, name tags, and all that. So it will not be a good idea to suddenly change your mind upon arriving at your volunteerism placement.

All arrangements are going to be confirmed with you even before you travel so you are sure to know exactly what you are going to meet.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Be A Qualified Medical Student/Professional To Partake?

This Medical Assistance Volunteerism Programme is most suitable for pre-medical, nursing and medical students/professionals. However, as has been stated above, even if you are not a medical student/professional, so long as you have the passion and willingness to volunteer, you can partake in this project (but your duties are mainly going to be observational and administrative).

So volunteers do not always have to be qualified professionals. You should mainly have the desire to help to make a difference in the lives of the less privileged.

On the other hand, if you are a skilled professional such as a dentist, or you are studying to become one, then you will have much to offer in this particular programme.

The greatest traits of a volunteer are enthusiasm, empathy and the ability to adjust to alternative cultures. You will get the most out of your trip by opening your mind to new experiences and beliefs, whilst also bringing your own to the table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Help Financially?

Like all institutions in deprived communities, funds are desperately needed to help the institutions progress and reach their full potential. Cash donations are welcome during your placement period, though they are not compulsory.

You can decide to donate something small at the end of your tenure and even plan a fundraising campaign together with our local team. As you have been made aware, we will teach you sixty (60) different fundraising strategies after you register. So you are going to be knowledgeable on how to effectively raise funds.

Some volunteers have even gone on to sponsor children, providing them with funding for education until they finished school. Thus, giving some of the children a fighting chance at their future.

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Children's Safety Comes First

Our Ethics Note

Especially Where Children Are Involved

Children are mostly vulnerable and at risk. Some too deserve special care and attention. Therefore, we run all our Volunteerism Programmes in an ethical and socially conscious environment. Anyone wanting to partake in our programmes, should have the same kind of mindset.

We have a number or safeguarding checks in place and before we accept or place any volunteer in any of our programmes, especially those involving vulnerable and at risk children, we check to make sure that each volunteer meets the required qualifications. Therefore, although we commend good intentions, we will always take safeguarding checks as a priority above all else.

We work with the government of the host country of each of our programmes, through various social protection agencies like the Department of Social Welfare. So we are very much conscious of child rights and child protection policies.

Our programmes are completely in support of locals and foreigners who want to support child development programmes for the needy and underprivileged communities. So we welcome all such people who have such good ambitions. But as has been said, we will always take safeguarding checks as a priority above all else.

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Programme Goals, Outcomes & Impact

Programme Contributes To The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Goals #1, 3, 10: Poverty, Good Health & Well-Being, Inequality
  • According to the UN, an additional 18 million health workers are needed, primarily in low and lower-middle income countries, to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.
  • A lot of progress has been made in terms of ensuring good health. But to achieve the expected goals of SDG 3 (Good Health & Well-Being), multisectoral, rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches are required to address inequalities and to build good health for all.
  • So your little volunteerism effort for even 1 month, will go a long way to help make an impact with respect to SDG #3.

Goals, Outcomes & Impact

  • According to the WHO, in 2017, only around one third to half of the global population was covered by essential health services. If current trends continue, only 39% to 63% of the global population will be covered by essential health services by 2030.
    • Our short term goal is that, for each volunteerism period, our medical volunteers will be able to reach a specific percentage of the communities of their placement, with primary healthcare.
    • Our long term goal is to be able to reach as many people as possible with primary healthcare and improve access to health in most deprived communities. By thus, we will improve their health and promote the well-being of the citizens.

Per our goals as stated above, our objective is to create a sustainable healthcare support system for the chosen deprived clinics and their communities. Hence, this Medical Assistance Volunteerism Programme, has a long-term objective and sustainable impact.

Your contribution in the form of volunteerism, though for a short duration, will add up to the contributions of previous volunteers and future volunteers. Even after you are done with your volunteerism work and you go back to your home country, you shall be constantly informed of the progress of the programme and the results that are being achieved.

In the end, you can be proud of the outcomes that will be realized as a result of your effort and the efforts of other volunteers who came to continue from where you left off.

Commitment And Dedication Are What Will Give Results

Our Expectations

What Do We Expect Of Volunteers?

We expect volunteers to visit their placements from Monday to Friday. Exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc. But the essence of this Medical Assistance Volunteerism Programme is to make  a lot of impact within your period of stay. Hence, we will advice that, such excuses and exemptions should be kept to a minimum.

Transportation Cost: Budget An Additional 10 – 40 Ghana Cedis Per Day

You will mainly be going to your assigned placement location either in an Uber, a taxi or minibus. You can choose to go to the local taxi rank and pick a shared taxi or minibus (they are very reasonably priced).

Alternatively, you can order an Uber with your mobile phone. If Uber is not operational in your placement location, then you will have to go by a taxi or minibus. 

You are likely to spend between GHC 5 and GHC 40 a day as transport fares. The average is about GHC 10.

Our team will be able to assist volunteers group together for transport and where to find taxis etc. As has been said, after school, volunteers are free to utilize the rest of their day as they wish. You can easily head off into the town to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with friends before heading home, and the ease of taxis offer a really flexible experience for the volunteers.

How Much You Have Pay To Partake

Programme Fee

Programme Fee Explanation

The money you will be paying as a Programme Fee is not meant for your volunteering activities. Rather, it is to take care of your accommodation, feeding, airport pickup, other operations & services etc.

Our volunteerism programme fees are periodically updated. So for the current rate for this particular programme, please check the figures here.

If you are already aware of the programme fee, then click on the button below to register.

Other Information
Check the detailed page of our Volunteer In Africa Programme for other information on:

  • What You Are Paying For.
  • What Is Not Included In Your Payment.
  • Meals.
  • Accommodation.
  • Orientations.
  • Tours/Activities.
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