Physiotherapy Internship in Ghana
4-8 weeks from £979
- Gain experience in both clinical and sports Physiotherapy
- Shadow professional physiotherapists in a range of environments
- Work with professional and amateur football players
- Gain exposure to a wide range of treatments and injuries
- Stay in a shared volunteer house and have three meals per day included
- Explore Ghana during your time off from the project!
Gain fantastic work experience alongside Ghana's leading sports and clinical physiotherapists on this amazing intern project. 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 will have the opportunity to work under supervision and guidance 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 the leading Premier League and lower divisions. Alongside your work experience, you’ll also enjoy plenty of free time to explore Ghana and soak up local culture!
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What to expect at the project
Our physiotherapy internship gives you unparalleled 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 guidance and support of fully qualified professionals.
Your time will be split approximately between clinical work in a friendly local community close to the capital Accra, and working as a sports physio with some of Ghana's top footballers from both the Ghana Premier League and lower divisions, working in association with the Ghana Football Association.
Day in the life
You will work an average of 4-6 hours per day from Monday – Friday. Your weekends are usually free to relax and explore. Your daily duties will depend on whether you are working in the clinic or the professional teams.
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 £2 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 highly talented 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!
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
This project has been established to connect western physiotherapists and medical volunteers with physiotherapy services in Ghana. Physiotherapy clinics in Ghana are under-staffed and under-funded, and rely on volunteers to help meet the demand from the local community. Volunteers also share skills and procedures from their western training that are useful for local physiotherapy students in Ghana.
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. This programme will give you the confidence and experience to carry forward into your career as a physiotherapist.
You will also get the satisfaction of having made a real difference in the local community. You will provide vital assistance to physiotherapy services in Ghana and offer genuine support to both physiotherapists and patients. There’s no greater feeling than giving something back while on your travels.
- Physiotherapy Internship Placement
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Accommodation at shared volunteer house
- 3 Meals per day at volunteer house
- Detailed orientation
- Full support throughout your placement
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- Travel insurance
- Transport to and from your placement
- Project T-Shirt
- Optional activities and excursions
Throughout your placement in Ghana you will be accommodated in a shared volunteer 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 dormitory style room with other volunteers of the same gender, each room accommodates between 2 and 12 volunteers. There are also shared bathroom facilities including toilets and showers (cold water). There are fans in each room and air conditioning is available at night time only for a fee which can be arranged locally.
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. Limited Wi-Fi is also available to use, but local sim cards with data packages can be also be bought very cheaply locally.
Three meals per day will be provided for you, the food will be basic but nutritious. Meals are a combination of western and local Ghanaian dishes, please ensure you inform us of specific dietary requirements prior to departure.
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.
To get a flight quote simply use the form below, or contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037.
Get Flights Quote
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.
The minimum age for this programme is 18 years.
In order to be considered for this placement, you must already have qualifications in physiotherapy or be studying medicine or similar at university. You will be required to provide a copy of your CV when applying for this programme.
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.
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.
Do I Need A Visa For Ghana?
Yes you do! You must obtain your Ghana visa prior to departure as it is not possible to obtain a visa on arrival. You are required to have a tourist visa for this programme. British passport holders can obtain a Ghana tourist visa from the Ghana High Commission in London. You will need to apply and pay for your visa online and send off your passport and valid yellow fever certificate for your visa to be issued. It takes 10-15 working days for Ghana visa applications to be processed, please allow plenty of time to apply for your visa.
What Vaccinations Do I Need?
As we are not medically trained, we are unable to give advice on which vaccinations you may need for your travels. However, please note that a valid Yellow Fever Certificate is required for entry into Ghana and will be inspected immediately on arrival. Malaria is also present in Ghana so please you ensure malarial prophylaxis options with your GP prior to travel
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. When you travel during your free time, mosquito nets are normally provided in guesthouses etc when required. It is possible to purchase a mosquito net locally if you would like to have one.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
Yes, this is available at the volunteer house. The local team will give you more details when you arrive.