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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.