Medical programs in Ghana welcome volunteers with a wide range of levels of experience, including qualified medical personnel, medical students and pre-med students. Attendance on a medical volunteer project is itself a helpful preparation for a medical career, and for this reason, provided they are enthusiastic and truly eager to help in the health sector, even individuals without medical experience can be accepted.
Medical volunteers get to undertake duties according to their own interests and areas of expertise. Medical students shadow local doctors and nurses, assisting them and learning by observing their work at clinics and hospitals.
Due to very basic resources volunteers are encouraged to bring scrubs, theatre shoes, dressings, etc with them and need to be prepared to work in a different way than they may be used to.
Our medical placement is more of internship than volunteering though volunteers go to orphanages and rehabilitation centres to support the health workers there.