Projects Abroad Internship students can gain valuable pharmacy work experience in Ghana whilst learning about prevalent medical conditions.

Pharmacy Internship in Ghana

Learn from experienced pharmacists as you work alongside them at a teaching hospital and during outreaches

Join our Pharmacy internship in Ghana and learn from experienced pharmacists as they dispense medication and work with patients. This kind of work experience will give you a deeper understanding of the healthcare system in a developing country. This is an exciting way to add value to your CV, and kick-start your career as a pharmacist.   

When you aren’t at the hospital, you’ll lend a hand at medical outreaches in disadvantaged communities. Under supervision, you’ll dispense medication to patients according to a doctor’s prescription. You’ll advise them on the best way to take it, as well as the correct quantities. You’ll also learn about how diseases and conditions are treated.


You’ll be based in Cape Coast, a small fishing town a few hours away from the capital city of Accra, and stay with a local host family. This way, you can experience Ghanaian culture first hand.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01 571 5080 for more info.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Cape Coast (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

A local doctor is pictured organising medical prescriptions whilst a placement student with projects abroad whilst on her pharmacy internship in Ghana watches over.

Is a Pharmacy internship in Ghana right for me?

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacist, then our internship in Ghana is perfect for you. You’ll gain practical work experience by shadowing and working alongside professionals.


You’ll learn more about pharmacy, but you’ll also learn how to be adaptable and work with people with a different cultural background. You’ll find that the experience will give a new level of depth to your studies, and it will add relevant work experience to your CV.


No experience? No problem! You’ll be with qualified pharmacists every step of the way. They are there to teach you and answer any questions you may have.


You can join the internship at any time of the year from two weeks onward. However, the longer you stay, the more you’ll get out of your pharmacy work experience in Ghana.

Medical Electives for Students

This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.


Read more about how we organise healthcare electives.  

What will I do at my Pharmacy placement in Ghana?

As an intern, you’ll observe the work of qualified pharmacists at a local teaching hospital. Here are a few of the tasks you’ll be involved in:


  • Shadow qualified pharmacists as they complete their rounds at a local hospital
  • Assist with the dispensing of medication under supervision at medical outreaches
  • Provide information to patients about the drugs prescribed, under the supervision of a pharmacist

At your Pharmacy placement in Ghana, your work will focus on the following areas:


Shadow qualified pharmacists


You will observe and help the local pharmacists as they assist patients during ward rounds on a daily basis. You’ll also observe the pharmaceutical team while they dispense medication, and see how they interact with patients as they walk them through the the proper use of the medication.


Assist at medical outreaches


Many small villages and outlying communities are unable to access or receive medical attention. This is why you will be taking part in regular outreach projects. You'll help provide the local community with the care that they wouldn’t normally have access to. Under supervision, you will be able to provide them with the medication they have been prescribed by local doctors.


Provide drug information services


Under the supervision of qualified pharmacists, you’ll be able to inform patients on the necessity of various medication. During dispensing, you’ll guide patients on the correct usage, talk to them about the side effects, and let them know if it is necessary for a refill.

Where will I be working in Ghana?

Cape Coast

During your Pharmacy internship in Ghana, you’ll be based in the peaceful town of Cape Coast.


This town was once used as part of the largest slave-trading centre in West Africa. Known for its compelling and heartbreaking past, Cape Coast is a hotspot for tourists and history buffs looking to visit the many castles, museums, and colonial buildings in the area.


While you are there, you’ll work in one of the most modern teaching hospitals in Ghana.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Ghana Arrival Procedures page.

A few interns pose with local doctors and nurses at the end of their pharmacy internship in Ghana with Projects Abroad.

A typical day on the Pharmacy internship in Ghana

Wake up each morning at your host family before eating breakfast, donning your white coat, and grabbing a tro tro or shared taxi that will take you to the hospital. On your first day, our staff will accompany you to show you the way. 


A typical day starts at 8am, and ends at 4pm, Monday to Friday. Since the pharmacy is open day and night, you can also organise a night shift with your supervisor. At 12.30pm, you’ll have a chance to eat during your lunch break. You can either bring a lunch from your host family, or you can buy food at the hospital cafeteria.


At the beginning of each day, you’ll check in with the local pharmacist who is to be your supervisor for the duration of your internship. You’ll start each day by shadowing the doctors during ward rounds. They will go around and visit each patient who stayed the night, seeing how they are doing and recommending any necessary change in their medication. You’ll assist the pharmacist with the dispensing of this medication.


A few times a week, you’ll go with the medical staff and assist with the dispensing of medication at community outreaches. You’ll fill doctors’ prescriptions and ensure patients are aware of how to take the medication and how often. All of this work is supervised by an experienced pharmacist.


At the end of the day, you can head home and enjoy a home cooked Ghanaian meal with your host family. This is the perfect time to get to know more about their culture. Over the weekends, you can spend time with other interns, explore the many historical sites around Cape Coast, take a hike in the beautiful Akuapem Hills, or just relax on the beach.

Medicine interns with Projects Abroad take a picture at the hospital during their pharmacy internship in Ghana.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

Our aim for this internship is to provide you with practical pharmacy skills and get you involved in our ongoing efforts help disadvantaged communities.


You’ll get to learn by shadowing qualified pharmacists, and exchange medical knowledge if you have medical training and experience. You’ll also get a deeper insight into the healthcare challenges people face in developing countries everyday.


Ghana has a growing number of healthcare issues. Diseases such as malaria and cholera are the leading causes of death. Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are also on the rise due to poor diets and ageing populations. You’ll provide much-needed assistance to medical professionals as they treat patients at schools and a leprosy camp.


We have identified five key goals in our Medicine Management Plan, which we are working towards with your help:


  • Encourage an understanding of medical practices and promoting an exchange of medical knowledge
  • Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups through outreach work in leprosy camps and schools
  • Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases
  • Improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients
  • Reduce the number of cases of malaria

Join our Pharmacy Internship in Ghana and learn more about the pharmaceutical field while helping communities in need.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Accra, Akuapem Hills, Cape Coast, or Dodowa. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.

Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.

For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.

We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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