As part of her group Public Health work in Ghana, an intern helps a woman during an outreach.

Public Health Internship in Ghana for Groups

Team up with people from around the world and do health checks at schools, villages, and community centres

Team up with people from around the world and do public health work in Ghana with a group. Together, you’ll gain medical experience by doing health checks and raising awareness about disease. You’ll learn directly from healthcare professionals. Best of all, you’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to improve wellbeing in rural, disadvantaged communities.


We’ll teach your team everything you need to know to do health checks and educational talks. Then, you’ll help by treating minor wounds and skin ailments, doing malaria tests, and more. You’ll also talk about the importance of practicing good hygiene and eating healthy. Your work is crucial, because not everyone in Ghana has access to healthcare.


You’ll live and work with a group your age in Dodowa, and stay with a local host family. When you’re not working, we’ve organised cultural and social events for you to enjoy, along with an exciting weekend trip. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be there to guide and support you.

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

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates throughout the year

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Dodowa (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 18 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

  • 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)

Interns take a break from their Public health work in Ghana for groups, to play with young children at their placement.

Is a Public Health internship in Ghana for groups right for me?

This project is the perfect fit for you if you want to team up with other people to provide healthcare services in disadvantaged communities in Africa. It’s one of our Team Trips, where we run a project on fixed dates so individuals from around the world can come together to form a group. 


You’ll work in areas where access to basic medical care is limited, and people often go without much-needed treatment. Together, you and your group will become part of our ongoing efforts to improve well-being in Ghana. 


You don’t have to worry about organising anything in Ghana, as you’ll follow an itinerary. We’ve planned everything, from the moment you arrive at the airport in Accra. You and your group will have a full schedule of volunteer work, cultural and social activities, and a weekend trip.


You don’t need previous experience to join, as we’ll teach you everything you need to know. You’ll work under supervision during medical outreaches, and Projects Abroad staff are also there if you need help or guidance.


This is a great way to actively make a difference, and gain experience for your CV at the same time. You’ll be helping people through medicine, and this experience will demonstrate your commitment to healthcare. It’s especially useful if you’re interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. It will also help you stand out in applications, and give you interesting points to talk about in interviews and essays.


Our Public Health Team Trip in Ghana runs over fixed dates at different times of the year. You can choose the dates that best fit your schedule.

What will I be doing during this project?

You’ll spend your time doing health checks and educational talks in local communities with your team, all under the supervision of healthcare professionals. Here are a few of the tasks you can expect to do:


  • Do basic health checks and tests under supervision during medical outreaches
  • Give educational healthcare talks in local communities
  • Explore and experience Ghana with a group of interns

Your work will focus on three main areas:


Assist with medical outreaches


Before you start working at medical outreaches in schools, villages, and community centres, we’ll teach you basic medical skills. You’ll learn how to measure blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and how to disinfect and bandage minor wounds. Nurses and doctors will use the information you gather to diagnose and treat patients or refer them elsewhere for care.


Malaria is the main cause of death in Ghana, accounting for over 60% of hospital admissions for children under five. You will spend a lot of time testing for and treating this deadly disease.


Your group will have a big impact at these outreaches. The more interns we have on boards, the more patients we can see and help at each outreach!


Healthcare education


Educating the community is another aspect of this project that you will be involved with. You’ll focus on sharing knowledge about:


  • Basic hygiene practices that can reduce the risk of infection and the spread of disease
  • First aid
  • Good nutrition, and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle (especially for families with young children)


Experience Ghana


When you aren’t working, we’ll have plenty for your group to see and do, and you’ll have constant support from Projects Abroad staff. You’ll have events in the evenings, and a sightseeing trip on the weekend. You’ll also get a deeper insight into Ghanaian culture and traditions by living with a local host family. This is sure to be a trip you’ll never forget!

Where in Ghana will I be working?

Dodowa

Our Public Health placements in Ghana for groups are based in Dodowa, a small town in Ghana located near the capital city, Accra. This quiet area is home to museums, markets, monuments, and restaurants.


Your team’s healthcare work will take place at schools, villages, and community centres in the area. You will work in underprivileged areas where access to regular healthcare services are limited.

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.

As part of their group Public Health work in Ghana, interns pose for a photo during their break.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The main aim of this project is to bring like-minded people together to provide basic healthcare services in disadvantaged communities.


Ghana is affected by numerous healthcare issues. Malaria remains a leading cause of death, and non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension are on the rise. We are focusing on preventing these diseases by raising awareness of the causes and the importance of treatment. Furthermore, many of those who live in Dodowa cannot afford medical services.


You’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to improve basic medical care in Dodowa. You’ll do this through health checks and raising awareness about diseases, and how to prevent them. By being part of a team, you’ll be able to help us reach an even greater number of people in the short time you’re in Ghana.  


Join our Public Health Team Trip in Ghana, and help us improve the access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities.

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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