Physiotherapy Internship in Ghana
Experience/ Qualifications required: Must be already qualified in this field or at university studying medicine or similar.
Nationalities: This programme is open to all nationalities (subject to visa requirements.)
Typical Hours: Monday-Friday; 4-6 hours a day; Occasional work at weekends but usually free for personal time and travel.
Remuneration: Unpaid position
This Physiotherapy Internship is specifically designed to give our interns unparalleled work experience and training with some of Ghana's leading sports and clinical Physiotherapists.
As an intern your time will be split between working in community clinics and alongside sports physiotherapists for the Ghana Football Association. At the community clinics you have the opportunity to work under supervision and guidence of qualified professionals with a wide variety of injuries and treatments. With the Ghana Football Association, you will have the chance to work as a full-time physiotherapist in one of the leading Premier League football clubs and Lower divisions.
- Gain Experience in both clinical and sports Physiotherapy
- Shadow professional physiotherapists in a range of environments
- Work with Premier League football players
- Gain exposure to a wide range of treatments and injuries
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Our physiotherapy internship gives you unparalleled back door access to working with some of Ghana's top clinical and elite sports therapy professionals. During your placement you will have the opportunity to work in a combination of community clinics and sports physiotherapy, putting your training into practice with guidence and support of fully qualified professionals.
Your time will be split approximately 60% clinical work in a friendly local community close to the capital Accra and 40% elite sports physio with some of Ghana's top footballers, working in association with the Ghana Football Association.
This is a great experience for students and graduates starting a career as a professional physiotherapist, and a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the hurdles many physiotherapists and medical professionals have to overcome in developing countries.
Due to the nature of the internship you will need to be self-motivated, flexible and prepared for some long and sometimes frustrating days.
During your placement you are likely to encounter a wide variety of medical conditions and ailments. Many of the patients' conditions reflect the problems in Ghana; strokes due to hypertension, car accidents, and a high proportion of crush injuries to the hand and tendons from cutting and grinding machinery. A hand injury in Ghana usually means no compensation and no income, and only those that can afford the two pound fee per session have access to treatment. There is also a lot of facial palsy from otitis media, which is treated with electrical stimulation.
The clinic does have equipment, including a hydrotherapy pool, but it has a long way to go before the clinic can cope with the needs of the local community.
During your placement you may also have the opportunity to teach Ghanaian physiotherapy students and work with staff to share ideas and impart valuable knowledge from your 'western' training.
Ghana Football Association
During your placement you will work to treat some of the top players in the Ghanaian Premier League and lower divisions. This is a unique opportunity and one that will give you not only a wealth of experience of working with elite athletes, but will greatly boost your CV, and future job prospects. Depending on the time you are in Ghana you may even get the opportunity to go pitch side at football games to shadow and help full time Physiotherapists treat players, many of whom will go on to play club football in Europe. A truly once in a lifetime experience that will not be forgotten.
Whilst you will be working during the week, weekends are free to explore Ghana in more depth. If you are on a long-term placement, for three months or more, travelling trips can be arranged during your stay to give you a break from your placement.
Ghana has a vibrant and diverse culture with an exciting social scene to explore. Whilst we are aware that the placement is the foremost motivation for travelling to Ghana, we have also made provision for participants to relax and explore the fun and excitement Ghana has got to offer when it comes to enjoying their free time. In-country staff will organize regular social activities/events, these usually include weekends away to bring interns together giving them an opportunity to get to know each other, share ideas, participate in sporting activities and enjoy night outs to bars and pubs in Accra. Interns can also join in the weekly social events such as the ever popular beach party in Accra or salsa dancing sessions, now including the new addition of learning the AZONTO dance - a communication dance craze that is currently sweeping the nation!
Here are some of the places activities Interns typically do during their time in Ghana
The capital city Accra is one of West Africa's most desirable destinations. The friendliness of the citizens is unparalleled making this city a perfect introduction to Africa. There are two main market places, each with a different speciality. The Kaneshie market on the west of the city sells mainly foods and spices and is a fantastic place to sample the local cuisine. On the other hand the central Makola Market is the place to head for souvenirs particularly beads, carvings or batik.
Also worth seeing is the Arts Centre, which is the home of the best craft market in the country and is also packed with street performers and other entertainers. Accra is also famous for its nightlife, it hosts numerous bars and drinking spots but its real highlight is the dance clubs which fuse western dance music with traditional African dancing and music. Accra also has several good beaches within easy reach; the most convenient is Coco beach, which is only a few miles from the city.
Kumasi: Ashanti and Central Region
The other key destination in Ghana is Kumasi. This city was once the capital of the Ashanti kingdom and is a definite cultural centre. The main draw is the National Cultural Centre which is an enormous complex chronicling every aspect of Ashanti civilisation. As well as the exhibits there is a library and an exhibition hall, which offer visitors the opportunity to take workshops in traditional Ashanti dance or drumming. In the Ashanti region there is Lake Bosomtwe, many centres for traditional cloths and weaving, the Manhyia Palace and many other historical and cultural areas of interest
Northern, Upper and Eastern Regions
Mole National Park is the largest of Ghana’s National Parks and situated in the heart of the Guinea savannah woodland ecosystem, it is home to 100 mammalian species, reptiles and amphibians and an estimated 300 birds species. The mammals include elephants, roam antelopes, hartebeests, waterbucks, buffalo and some warthogs. Uncounted lions, leopards, hyenas and various primates can also be seen in Mole. A total of 600km of game protection and viewing roads have been developed within the park.
A basic 33-bed, no frills hotel facility, which overlooks an elephant bath, offers overnight accommodation and restaurant facilities. Additionally, composite facilities are available for visitors. A landing strip for small aircraft provides the option of air access to Mole. The main town/city in the North is Tamale, and from here you can visit the oldest Mosque in West Africa and the Paga Crocodile pond, where Crocodiles are free to roam free within the local village.
Lake Volta: Western Region
Lake Volta is the largest reservoir in the world (being larger than Lake Nasser), lying in Ghana and covering almost 8,502 km² (3,275 square miles). Its northernmost point is at the town of Yapei, and southernmost at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometres downstream.
The lake was formed in 1965 when the Akosombo Dam was built. The dam produces electricity for much of the nation. It is also important for transportation, plied by both ferries and by cargo boats. In this region, there are many things to see such as Mount Afadjato – the highest mountain in West Africa, the tallest Waterfalls in West Africa, and the beautiful scenery around the lake, which you can explore by foot or even better, by local boat from Akosombo.
Gold Coast: Southern Region
The long stretch of coast west from Accra is known as the Gold Coast, made famous by its historical importance, having once been the dominant region in Africa for the exportation of Slaves. Dotted along the coastline are many forts to bear witness to this past, and many charming fishing villages, which are well worth a visit. Cape Coast is the major tourist destination to visit, with its impressive castle, which once housed thousands of slaves at any one time, where many died before even making it onto the boats.
From Cape Coast, it is also possible to take a day trip to Kakum National Park, made famous by its 30m Canopy walkway, high above the rainforest, allowing you a bird’s eye view over this beautiful reserve, if not rather a scary experience, suspended so high up on a rope bridge!!!
Step 1: Application
To apply for this internship we ask you to either call us or apply online. When you apply we will request information on your emergency contact details, passport number and your health background and other important information. At this stage a deposit payment of £199 is requested, this deposit is non-refundable, unless your application is declined by our team in Ghana.
Once your application has been recieved we will request the following details from you.
• A current CV /resume detailing your work and study history
• A cover letter outlining your key objectives you plan to achieve during your Internship
Please note: If your internship is part of your university course, and requires accreditation we also request a letter from your tutor supporting your application for an internship.
Step 2: Acceptance of your placement
Once our team in Ghana have reviewed your application, and accepted you onto the programme for your preferred dates we will contact you to confirm your application has been successful. We recommend you purchase insurance as soon as you secure your placement.
Step 3: Online account details
Once your placement has been secured, we will set up and send you details of your online account login which will take you to your personal Real Gap Experience secure website. Here you can view details of your internship, along with info specific to your time in Ghana. This includes; what to expect during your time in Ghana, what to take with you, country and visa information and details such as insurance and where to get necessary vaccinations. Once you have your login details you can go ahead and book flights, to do this please contact your travel advisor who will give you a quote.
In the run up to your placement, our expert team will be here to answer any questions you may have and to fully prepare you for your time in Ghana.
When you first arrive into Ghana on a Saturday, our team will be there to welcome you at the airport, just watch out for a Real Gap Experience sign when you first arrive. Many international flights arrive into Ghana in the evening, this is no problem and our team are happy to meet you at anytime of the day or night.
From the airport you will drive across the capital city Accra to our accommodation at Teshie-Accra which is about half an hour drive from the airport. Here you will have a chance to settle in and meet other Interns living in the house. The house is great fun, lively and very sociable; it is not uncommon for interns to arrive in the evening, only to be whisked off for a night out by others in the house, with a few sore heads the next day!
Orientation and induction
On your first day our staff will take you for a welcome orientation and tour of the city to help get your bearings.
We are based in the capital of Ghana- Accra, possibly the safest Capital city in Africa. The compound is at Teshie- east of Accra which is an area well known for its arts, bars and cafes, great beaches and bizarre coffin shops!
The orientation starts the day after you arrive and the next couple of days are spent visiting some of the tourist highlights in central Accra to settle in and acclimatize to the Ghanaian climate. These places include but not limited to the following;
• A visit to some of Ghana's most popular markets to try your hand at African drumming with the locals.
• Visit some of the bizarre coffin (yes, coffin) shops around Teshie, an eye opening experience!
• Stop in at some Ghanaian bars/pubs to meet and chat with the locals.
• Visit to Ghanaian beaches to relax, sunbathe, swim in the sea or the swimming pool
After the tour we hold a full induction talk which outlines details about your placements, a chance to meet the team, Ghana do's and don'ts, safety measures, locals, travel itinerary and much more. You will receive an induction pack and a folder to keep valuables in our safe during your stay.
Ghana is in West Africa and renowned for having the warmest, friendliest people. It borders the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and the Atlantic Ocean. Ghana is considered one of the safest places in Africa, with some of the friendliest people on the continent.
Ghanaians are traditionally very welcoming people and they pride themselves on the peaceful state, with very low crime rate.
- Physiotherapy Internship Placement
- Airport transfer on arrival
- All accommodation and meals
- Detailed orientation
- Full support throughout your placement
- Social activities throughout the programme
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance (we can help with this)
- Transport to your workplace
Additional Information & FAQ's
Minimum Age & Eligibility
The minimum age for this programme is 18.
Accomodation & Meals
Throughout your placement in Ghana you will be accommodated in a shared house in Teshie, near the capital city of Accra. Centrally located, you are in easy reach of local shops, banks, bars and even the beach!
You’ll be sharing a room with other participants on the programme, normally there are between 4 and 8 people sharing a room. There are also shared bathroom facilities including toilets and showers.
The house is basic but comfortable and has some lovely communal areas where you can chill out during your free time and socialise with fellow participants.
Transport from your accommodation to your project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.
Three meals per day will be provided for you, the food will be basic but nutritious.
Are These Internships Paid?
Our internship opportunities in India are unpaid due to immigration laws & local norms. Interns will receive academic credit if desired.
Why Should I Do This Programme?
This program is an investment in your future and will give you a substantial advantage. International work experience will significantly aid you when searching for long term employment. You will have demonstrated the ability to think outside the box and handle another culture and language while working for a highly respected company. The above doesn?t even touch on your personal development and the fun you will have!
When Is The Deadline To Apply?
We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis throughout the whole year. New interns start every month. Internships with our partner organisations open and fill on an ad-hoc basis. You should book early to secure a place.
What Happens If I Don't Get The Internship I Want?
All students who are accepted into our program are provided guaranteed placement. This means we promise to place you in an internship, in the industry of your choice, with a company you approve of, by the start of the program or you will receive a full refund. Therefore, you have nothing to lose.
How Many Hours Will I Be Expected To Work?
Typically, participants work an average work week of no more than 40 hours. The clinic and club at which you are interning will set your work hours but the majority of internships will take place between 9 am and 5 pm across the clinic and club.
Will I Receive Academic Credit?
All participants will receive academic credit if desired
When Should I Apply?
You should apply at least four weeks before you wish to begin your internship in Ghana.
Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?
No, you won?t need to take a sleeping bag with you, however it might be a good idea to just take a sleeping bag liner or a thin sheet for night as it can be very hot.
Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?
All of the house windows and doors are netted and the rooms are frequently sprayed for mosquitoes. Even when you travel around, mosquito nets will always be provided if necessary, so there is no need to bring a mosquito net.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
There is a locked filing cabinet (in the lockable on site office) where you can keep your valuables, you will also have frequent access to your items when needed.
You will need a visa to enter Ghana and you must apply for this before you leave the UK or home country. Please refer to the website of the Ghana High Commission in London using the link below to the online application process.
You will need to complete the online application and print off a copy of the completed form to submit with your application for a visa through the Ghana High Commission.
Applying for a tourist visa:
- You will need a valid certificate of inoculation against Yellow Fever. This will be inspected at your point of entry.
- Your passport must be valid for at least six months from your date of departure from Ghana.
- You need to have at least three blank pages in your passport.
- When completing the online application, you will be asked to select visa category, please select ‘B-2: Temporary Tourist Visitor’ from the drop down list. Follow the instructions to complete your application online and print off a completed copy which will need to be submitted with your application.
- Two colour passport photographs; these need to be pasted or stapled to your completed application form in the specified spaces.
- The cost of the visa on a standard service is £60 for a single entry, or £100 for a multiple entry 6 month visa (advised if you plan on leaving Ghana whilst travelling during your free time). Payment can be made by Postal Order or Bankers Draft made payable to ‘Ghana High Commission’. Personal cheques and cash payments will not be accepted. Express services are also available, please refer to the Ghana High Commission website for further details on fees.
- You can submit your application by post or in person.
- Applicants should provide a self-addressed pre-paid envelope (special delivery service is highly recommended).
- The completed form with two passport photographs must be submitted with the applicants passport and valid yellow fever certificate.
- It takes a minimum of seven working days to process a standard service application. Faster express services are also available.
- Please do not post cash.
Your Ghana visa will become valid once it is entered into your passport. Therefore, you should not apply for your visa too early as it may expire before you enter the country. It recommended that you apply for your visa approximately 1 month prior to departure. Once in Ghana, you can then easily extend it during your orientation in Accra.
Visa courier service
If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.
To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.
Non Citizen ID Cards (For stays over 3 months):
The law in Ghana states that anyone staying in the country for over 90 days must apply for a non citizen ID Ghana card. Without this card you'll be unable to extend your visa if you are staying over 90 days. The cost of the Ghana card is $120 and lasts for a year and then $50 every year after that. Our in-country staff are able to help with this procedure.
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