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Teaching English in Ghana
Work at babies homes
Working at local hospitals or clinics
HIV or AIDS program



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Working at local hospitals or clinics
 

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Project Overview

In Ghana, almost every healthcare sector needs volunteer help to carry out additional work. This program is specially designed for those who want to explore medical carriers and gain work experience in medical field. While volunteering in this project you have the opportunity to work closely with doctors and nurses in local clinics/hospitals in the areas of Hohoe, Kasoa, Accra and various other rural and urban parts of Ghana. Ghana is the country where many modern facilities exist but are not evenly distributed, so majority of the people are deprived of even basic healthcare facilities. Doctor to patient ratio in Ghana is very low i.e. 15 doctors per 100,000 patients. Due to the absence of proper education, awareness, and good health clinics, most of the poor people especially those living in rural areas fell ill, and without proper treatment at right time, they often succumb to death. The common diseases in Ghana include cholera, typhoid, TB, anthrax, tetanus, chicken pox, yellow fever, measles, malaria etc. Most of the modern services in Ghana are provided by private hospitals or organizations working for profit, which are so expensive and not affordable by poor people, so they depend on government hospitals that provide treatment at low cost. But unfortunately these hospitals have poor infrastructure, lack of funds, medicines and shortage of professional doctors. Therefore these hospitals really need help from international organizations. We give helping hand to local hospitals and health clinics and mobilize our volunteers with health back grounds to promote health education in the poor areas of Ghana.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

While volunteering in this project you have the opportunity to work in hospitals, health post, and other health institutions, either run by government or local community in both rural and urban areas of Ghana. You may also get the chance to visit different departments which include Gynecology, Neurology, physiotherapy, X-Ray, ICU, burns unit, surgery etc. As a volunteer, your roles and responsibilities vary with your educational skills, abilities and capabilities. However, your major tasks will include measuring of blood pressure (BP), temperature, height, weight, pulse, distribution of medicines, and treatment for minor injuries. If you are not a qualified doctor, then you are not allowed to perform surgical operations. You just need to assist doctors and nurses in taking care of patients. You also have to consult with citizen about health care in order to create awareness among them about health, sanitation and hygiene. You can also participate in fund raising activities, if you have experience in such area. You can also maintain records of treated patients. If you like, you can also bring some light medical stuff with you such as thermometer, bandages, disposable gloves, syringes or torch etc. As this project is a critical one, so you should be conscious about your each responsibility. Thus working in this project will give you the opportunity to improve health status of poor people as well as to discover practical and healthcare practice.

PLEASE NOTE: While volunteering in this project, you will be working with a quite flexible schedule. You are required to work for 3 - 4 hours per day from Monday to Friday. If you are willing to do more work, then you need to consult doctors or other medical staff who will in close contact with you throughout the project. You can get the work schedule from them. In addition, you are expected to make certain disruption in the work schedule due to cultural, traditional festival, your exams or other similar situations. During these times, you can go for short holiday.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and medical students can volunteer in this program. Interested volunteers needed to be at least 18 years of age or above. Volunteers should have an open mind, flexible attitude, willing heart, patience, and eagerness to work with patients. They are also expected to be independent, imaginative, hardworking and resourceful. They should know medium level of English. Volunteers without having medical experience are not allowed to work in this project. Therefore interested volunteers need to submit proof of certification of medical student, nurse, doctor, or other medical-related experience because of the potential risk associated with it.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Ghana
Project Type: Teaching in Primary and Secondary School
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only
Volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Philippine). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.
Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost
2 weeks volunteering     US$ 180 2 weeks Internship       US$ 215
3 weeks volunteering     US$ 255 3 weeks Internship       US$ 290
4 weeks volunteering     US$ 330 4 weeks Internship       US$ 365
5 weeks volunteering     US$ 445 5 weeks Internship       US$ 440
6 weeks volunteering     US$ 405 6 weeks Internship       US$ 515
7 weeks volunteering     US$ 555 7 weeks Internship       US$ 590
8 weeks volunteering     US$ 630 8 weeks Internship       US$ 665
9 weeks volunteering     US$ 705 9 weeks Internship       US$ 740
10 weeks volunteering     US$ 780 10 weeks Internship       US$ 815
11 weeks volunteering     US$ 855 11 weeks Internship       US$ 890
12 weeks volunteering     US$ 930 12 weeks Internship       US$ 1005
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95 ( Mandatory)

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) FOR GHANA
 
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL GENERAL QUESTIONS
General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Ghana volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Ghana program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Ghana?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Ghana?
03. Where is the Ghana programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Ghana?
05. How long does the Ghana volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Ghana?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Ghana?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Ghana is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Ghana?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Ghana?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Ghana?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Ghana?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Ghana?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Ghana?
02. What should I know about Ghana's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Ghana's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Ghana

 

GLOBAL VOLUNTEER SOLUTIONS (GVS) FAQ FOR GHANA Weekly

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.