Medical Elective in Ghana

4-12 weeks from £979

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Medical experience in Ghana

Experience Ghana's healthcare system

Experience Ghana's healthcare system

Medical elective internship in Accra, Ghana
Gain medical experience in Ghana
Midwifery experience in Ghana

Trip Highlights

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


Trip Summary

This medical work experience internship is ideal if you are considering studying medicine at university, or are currently training in the medical field as part of your elective. Students from around the world join our internship programme, which is designed specifically to give unparalleled experience working in some of Ghana’s top hospitals and clinics, and valuable insight into the medical services that exist in Africa and the issues they face.

We have a close partnership with several of the best hospitals and clinics in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. The programme gives motivated pre-med and medical students the chance to experience on the job training to help improve the quality and delivery of local healthcare services. These range from maternity clinics, where you can assist with pre and post natal care, to family planning clinics where you can work with local staff to give advice on sexual health issues.

Some clinics also run community outreach programmes that see teams of medical staff go into the local communities to visit patients and families from poorer areas. During your time on our placement, you will shadow and assist the medical staff in one, two or a mixture of hospital departments and clinics.


Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Our medical work experience programme welcomes pre- medical students and 1st year medical students to work, shadow and support medical professionals in hospitals and clinics around Accra. During the programme you will learn how staff manage, interact and treat patients and you will be invited to offer a hands-on role in the medical care being delivered.

Your time in the clinics can involve a variety of work, including time spent in maternity wards, operating theatres, and recovery wards. The local medical staff will at times invite you to offer practical assistance while sometimes it will be more appropriate for you to simply watch and learn. A number of students have had the experience of witnessing, and in some cases, assisting with the delivery of newborn babies, as well as essential post natal care.

As well as practical work, you can also make a lasting impact through the emotional support you offer to patients and their families. Due to extremely busy days, the local medical staff are often unable to regularly meet with relatives and patients in recovery. You can bring a great sense of reassurance by simply spending time chatting and providing basic updates for these patients and families.

Assisting medical staff and nurses on community visits is also an eye opening experience where you will witness firsthand the living conditions and struggles so many face in Ghana. These outreach teams visit local families in their homes, treating anything from malaria to checking on pregnancies and newborn babies.

It is important to note that while our medical placement will allow you to make a positive impact on healthcare in Ghana, and will also give you a valuable insight into the workings of African hospitals, you need to accept that days can often be quite challenging due to a lack of organization and support. Attitude is everything in Ghana and especially when working in medical care. The frustration you are bound to experience however, is the reality of medical care in Ghana, and is also the very reason why you can make such a positive difference to it.

While you are likely to assist with some of the more exciting aspects of medical care, it is often in the less glamorous parts of the profession where you can make the most difference. If you are willing to be proactive in your role as a medical volunteer and get 'stuck in' to the work around you, this medical placement will be a truly life changing experience, for both you and the patients you work with.

Although you need to be self-motivated and expect some disorganization, you will of course have continual support from our in-country staff, other interns, and of local medical professionals.

Here is a list of the areas in which you can request to specialize… Participants can choose to work in a range of different wards and areas, or focus on one throughout the duration of your programme.

• Accident and Emergency
• Orthopaedics
• Child Health (Paediatrics and NICU Unit)
• E&T( Ear, Nose and Throat)
• Ophthalmic
• Obstetrics & Gynaecology
• Theatres
• Medical & Surgical Emergency
• Fevers Unit- Name came about because of confidentiality and stigmatisation. AIDS patients ward
• Diabetic Unit
• Hypertension Unit
• Reproductive and Child Health(RCH) such as Adolescent health, Family Planning and MVA( Manual Vacuum Aspiration)
• Plastic and reconstructive unit
• Cardio thoracic Unit(CTU)
• Haemodialysis
• CHPS- Community- Based Health Planning and services
• Mental Health eg Acute ward- drug addicts, Child Mental ward etc

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, traveling trips can be arranged during your stay to give you a break from your volunteer work.

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 and volunteers together giving them an opportunity to get to know each other, share ideas, participate in sporting activities and enjoy night outs to bars/pubs in Accra. Volunteers 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 using the link below. 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 received 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 and any preferences in the departments you would like to gain experience in.

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 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 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 and volunteers 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.

Your Volunteer Placements

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.

More Trip Info

  • Medical Internship Placement
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • All accommodation and meals
  • Detailed orientation
  • Full support throughout your placement
  • Social activities

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance (we can help with this)
  • Transport to your workplace
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations

More Whats Included

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.

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Your flight to Ghana should arrive at Accra Kotoka International Airport (airport code ACC) on your programme start date. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date.

To book your flights, please contact the Real Flights team on 01892 277037 or [email protected] who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.

More Arrival Info

The minimum age for this programme is 18 years. 

A tourist visa is required for entry into Ghana. British passport holders can obtain their visa through the Ghana High Commission. For this programme you will be required to obtain a 3 month tourist visa, this can be applied for online and then submitted to the Ghana High Commission for processing. The application process takes 10-15 working days, so please allow plenty of time for your application. All other nationalities should consult their nearest Ghana High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.

Visitors to Ghana will be stamped in for 60 days on arrival, if you are staying for more than 60 days you will need to extend your entry permit for a small fee payable locally, permits can be extended by 1 month intervals. For stays of more than 90 days, you will be required to obtain a non-citizen ID card, this can be arranged locally for a fee of approximately US$120.

Please also note that a valid Yellow Fever Certificate is required for Ghana and this will be inspected on arrival into the country and also need to be submitted with your application for a visa for Ghana. 

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS check and will need to have a clean criminal record.

DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.

There is an additional cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in three stages:

1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.

2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS will need verification of your identity – to do this you will need to take three original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.

3. It can take up to two weeks for your DBS to be processed, which will be sent to you directly in the post.

Are These Electives Paid?

Our medical electives in Africa are unpaid due to immigration laws & local norms. Interns will receive academic credit if desired.

What Is A Medical Elective?

A medical elective is a period of study undertaken as part of your undergraduate medical degree where students get the opportunity to undertake a placement in a speciality and location of their choice. The majority of students decide to go abroad, and often incorporate a holiday at the end of their placement.

How Long Are Your Medical Electives?

Our medical electives are tailor made and can be adapted to your needs. Most electives are 6 weeks long, but extensions are available on request. As our electives are negotiated with leading institutions, there is often a minimum period of 4 weeks requested by individual hospitals and consultants.

What Types Of Accommodation Are Included In The Packages?

All our accommodation is vetted in person by our on site staff to ensure they meet high standards in quality and location. Your accommodation will be in a shared appartment with other Interns.

How Do I Know If The Placement Will Be Good?

We meet with all hospitals and consultants in person to design a medical elective that will offer a breadth of experience in your chosen field. We only partner with leading institutions with a proven track record that are able to provide maximum experience. All placements are continuously audited to ensure they meet our high standards.

Do I Need Insurance?

Yes. Before you can undertake your medical elective you need to have insurance against any medical claim of negligence (this is included in your free MPS or MDU membership) and full travel insurance. You will also require travel insurance which can be purchased before you leave.

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