Medical shadowing in Ghana is a unique opportunity to get some experience working in a hospital or clinic specially for those who are thinking of going into the medical profession. You can shadow: doctors, nurses, midwives, physios and dentists.
Most of the doctors have been trained either in the UK or in the USA and English is the main language spoken, although many of the patients will also speak their own tribal language – of which there are many!
Generally, the hours are 8.30am till 2pm, Monday to Friday which leaves the weekends free to travel around Ghana and see Cape Coast and its haunting castle where the slaves were kept, Mole National Park, Busua with its hippy vibe or the Volta area.
If you still have some energy when you finish your shift, you could combine this placement with sports coaching in the late afternoon, or helping at the after school homework club.
You will stay at the Volunteer House in shared rooms with bunk beds and ensuite modern bathrooms. Meals are taken there and many come back for a late lunch. Others opt to buy something out – chicken and rice usually costs £1/£2.
Our partners will show you how to get to the hospital or clinic to begin with and once you are confident that you know your way, you can take the local tro-tro buses (maybe £1 return) or if there are a few of you going to the same place you could share a taxi (£5 return).
Read Issi’s blog on her first week medical shadowing:
If you would like to have a chat about these placements, please give us a ring on 07833 208 158 or drop us an email with your questions to:
|Number of weeks||Price (excludes extra £100 registration fee for hospital)||What's included|
|2 weeks||£995||Pre-departure support|
|3 weeks||£1,195||Airport pick up|
|4 weeks||£1,395||Orientation on arrival|
|5 weeks||£1,595||Accommodation at volunteer house|
|6 weeks||£1,795||3 meals a day|
|7 weeks||£1,995||Placement at project|
|8 weeks||£2,195||24-hour support|
|11 weeks||£2,495||*extra £100 hospital registration fee charged|