At a glance
- Learn directly from qualified physiotherapists in a local hospital and add value to your CV.
- Shadow physiotherapists as they assess and treat patients, and observe how they manage the effects of different conditions and diseases.
- You’ll live with a local host family in Cape Coast and be welcomed with a traditional Ghanaian meal. Explore the surrounding area with other Projects Abroad Interns and Volunteers.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Your work will be split in three main areas:
Observe physiotherapists and medical staff as they work with children and adults
You will gain physiotherapy work experience in Ghana by observing local staff as they work to help disadvantaged people, or those with special needs. Ask questions, take notes, and make comparisons between physiotherapy practices in your home country and in Ghana.
You’ll see patients affected with conditions and illnesses that include:
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Neurological conditions
- Post-medical complications
- Post-surgery management
- Orthopedic related conditions
- Pediatric conditions
- Pain management
- Club foot management
Exchange knowledge with local staff and students
Share what you do know about physiotherapy with local staff, not only fill the gaps in your knowledge, but to also give physiotherapists an insight into the practices of your home country. This will help give you a deeper insight into Ghana’s healthcare system and procedures.
Help staff teach parents how to care for, and help children with special needs
Some of our Physiotherapy placements in Ghana are focused on equipping parents of special needs children with the knowledge to care for their children. You will assist staff as they teach parents exercises, stretches, or games. They can then use these methods at home to keep their children active, improve their posture, and help with their balance. This will help families play a bigger role in the lives of their children.
Where will I work in Ghana?
This project is based in Cape Coast. Today, Cape Coast is an easygoing fishing town fanned by fresh sea breezes.
You will be placed at the main regional hospital. It is one of the most modern hospitals in Ghana, with a wide range of departments and a large amount of new equipment. There is also the option of working at a centre for children with special needs. They have a very basic physiotherapy room where the children do their exercises every day.
Professional volunteers and medical electives for students
This project is also ideally suited to professionals interested in using their skills to help, as well as university medical and healthcare elective students.
As a professional, you can be sure we will match your training and expertise to the placement where you are needed most. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact on the local communities we work with.
If you are an elective student, we will organise an elective placement where you can learn as much as possible. We want you gain the knowledge and skills that will begin to shape your professional career.
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.
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.
Meet the team in Ghana
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