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Medical Volunteer in Ghana

Do you love taking part in humanitarian projects to make a real difference in people’s lives? Do you dream of traveling the world and leaving a positive impact in the places you visit? Medical volunteers in Ghana achieve all these dreams by helping people who really need it.

Ghana is an African country with a rich culture and vibrant natural history. Ghana’s natural environment features lush forests, open savannahs and stunning sandy beaches. People who are interested in human history will

find ancient relics from African Kings in the museums and have the opportunity to learn about the unfortunate history of slave trading. As a volunteer you will get the chance to explore and learn about this fascinating country.

Unfortunately, the people of Ghana face the daily threat of many potentially life-threatening medical issues including contracting HIV, malaria, measles, cholera, typhoid, yellow fever and tuberculosis. Ghana is host to many more diseases that without proper medical care can prove deadly such as chickenpox, pneumonia, dysentery and tetanus. The basic medical care that we often take for granted at home is often lacking in rural communities and much needed.

As a Medical volunteer in Ghana, you support the local hospitals which aim to increase access to basic healthcare for rural people, decrease the prevalence of endemic disease and improve overall village health. Your work will contribute greatly to the wellbeing of people in need, as well as give you invaluable medical experience that will greatly benefit you as well.

Whatever your task as an IFRE medical volunteer in Ghana your actions will have a positive impact in people’s lives. Contact IFRE today to find out more about Ghana medical volunteering opportunities.

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Volunteers’ Responsibilities & Impact

A medical volunteer's role is diverse and ranges from observational to basic medical assistance depending on your education, skills, experienceand the community’s current needs. Medical volunteers are not allowed to perform major exams or surgeries andas a volunteer you will shadow and work directly with a doctor or nurse. Your time will be spent supporting them at the hospital in departments such as Gynecology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Surgery.

Another crucial role for volunteers working in medical program in Ghana is contributing to the educational efforts regarding disease prevention and helping people better understand basic healthcare practices.

During your time as a medical volunteer, you will learn about and getcomfortable with a different culture’s healthcare practices and gain once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your role as a medical volunteer in Ghana will directly help deserving people in need and make a life-changing impact into people’s lives.

Skills and Qualifications:

Volunteers interested in joining our volunteer healthcare program in Ghana need previous healthcare work experience or education. Regardless of experience, all applicants must have the passion and drive to want to help people with their medical problems and want to make a positive change in their lives.

Our programs are designed to accommodate volunteers of a variety of backgrounds. Whether you are a medical student, professional, or retiree, you will have opportunity within our program.

Each day you volunteer in this medical project Ghana you will gain valuable experience and be faced with fun and exciting challenges and experiences in an unfamiliar environment. You will have the time of your life as you discover this beautiful country and culture while providing real positive change for the people there most in need.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be taken to your placement by your local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with. There you will be given an orientation about what is required of you, training that may be required, your schedule and any safety tips or advice you may need.

Weekdays:: Every day will offer a new experience, but this typical volunteer day will give you an idea of what to expect:

  • 6.00 to 7.30 AM: : Enjoy a delicious breakfast at home with your host family.
  • 7.45 AM:: Leave home and travel to your volunteer placement. Your start time will vary depending on the project you are working on. Spend the morning working with a nurse or doctor and assist them with their daily tasks.
  • 12.00 PM:: Take a break to eat your packed lunch provided to you by your host family. Spend time getting to know fellow volunteers, doctors and nurses. After lunch continue supporting your assigned doctor or nurse for the afternoon.
  • 3.00 PM:: Your placement will typically end around this time. You are then free to travel home or spend the afternoon shopping and exploring all Ghana has to offer.
  • 6.45 PM:: Dine on a delicious traditional home-cooked meal and share stories with your host family.

Medical Volunteer in Ghana: Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fee (US$)

Duration Projects
    1 Week $200
    2 Weeks $320
    3 Weeks $440
    4 Weeks $560
    5 Weeks $680
    6 Weeks $800
    7 Weeks $920
    8 Weeks $1,040
    9 Weeks $1,160
    10 Weeks $1,280
    11 Weeks $1,400
    12 Weeks $1,520

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

Airport pick up & transfer $50

Medical/HIV/AIDS volunteer will pay 25 dollars/week suppliment

Language and Culture Program fee $250

Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include travel) $1869

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

Your accommodation will be situated near your project site with a friendly host family. Your secure, comfortable room will be shared with like-minded volunteers and ourhost families have been carefullyselected and have a lot of experience hosting international volunteers and know how to help you get the most out of your time in Ghana. You will enjoy three home-cooked meals prepared by your host family everyday and be given plenty of cultural immersion.

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Free Time and Weekends Exploration

You will have plenty of time in the evenings and weekends to discover and explore Ghana. The rich history and culture as well as the spectacular scenery and wildlife means that there is plenty to do and see while you’re here, making this volunteer experience a lifechanging adventure for you as well as those you help.

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Safety and In Country Support

IFRE has been delivering safe, affordable and life-changing volunteer experiences to over 22,000 people in over 20 countries since 2006. You can rest assured knowing your local country coordinator will meet you at the airport and be in contact throughout your volunteering time. He/she will check in on you regularly and will beavailable anytime to answer your questions, queries or offer any advice you may need.

In addition, your in-country support person will be there to help you meet your host family, introduce you to the project staff, teach you relevant safety tips, and inform you on the local culture and customs. They will be there to make sure your time is valued and memorable.

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Medical Volunteer in Ghana: FAQs

Arrival and departure

You need to fly into Kotoka International Airport a day prior to your start date. One of our local representatives be there to pick you up.Your local representative will transfer you to your host family accommodation. Please ensure you provide us with your flight information and notify us of any changes or delays.

You will arrange your own airport drop-off.


It is compulsory for you to obtain a tourist visa for yourtime with a Ghana medical volunteer project. For that, you have to visit the local Embassy of Ghana in your home country or you can get a 14 to 30-day visa upon your arrival in Kotoka International Airport.

You can extend your tourist visa for an additional 30 days by visiting the Department of Immigration in Acca, Ghana. Please visit this link for more detailed information.

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Visa And Passport


Vaccination is important for anyone planning to do volunteer work. The recommended vaccines for travel to Ghana by the CDC are Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, Polio vaccine, Yellow fever, Hepatitis A, Malaria, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, and Rabies.

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Volunteer Health and Safety
Safety Tips for Your Volunteer Abroad Trip

Any Other Important Information You Want to Share About This Project?

Ghana still uses primitive methods of medicine; many of the complex machines and modern devices available in Western culture are not available in Ghana. Volunteers must readily adapt to the methods available and be willing to learn from the nurses how they can save lives without these machines.

Why volunteer in medical project in Ghana?

Volunteering in this medical project in Ghana will provide you with the chance to gain amazing hands-on experience in the medical field while also providing a huge positive impact in the local community. You will also greatly change your own life through an eye-opening adventure.

You will make a tangible difference in the lives of the underprivileged population

Volunteering in a medical program in Ghana is an unbeatable opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the world. Your timely approach and help will make a tangible difference providing Ghanaian people with an invaluable boost to health services.

You will get a sense of accomplishment

Volunteering for charity work abroad, and especially in health volunteer opportunities will give you a sense of accomplishment —unlike many unfulfilling jobs that so many people work day-in and day-out. By providing medical assistance to children and adults in need you canrest assured knowing that your time is being spent helping change people’s health for the better. Volunteering abroad sometimes becomes a new fulfilling hobby that provides a real feeling of accomplishment.

You will get an in-depth understanding of the healthcare system of Ghana

Another important benefit of volunteering abroad in Ghana in medical project is the chance to learn about a new and different health care system. This in itself will be an eye-opening experience and help you boost your healthcare knowledge. Your volunteering will allow you to become familiar with the current health system of Ghana. Getting to understand, observe and deal with patients makes it easy for you to conduct various healthcare practices with greater accuracy and confidence.

You will gain valuable work experience withinternational health issues

By taking part in the medical volunteer program you will not only give the needy a better chance of survival but also gain valuable international health care related experience. The experience gained from providing treatment in a foreign country such as Ghana is unspeakably rewarding. The time you devote here to help with their health will give you valuable career experience. This experience will help improve your medical career prospects and make you stand out from the crowd.

You will learn teamwork through health volunteering

Another important and key skill you’ll develop amongst the numerous volunteer benefits is the art of teamwork. Volunteering in medical volunteer opportunities in Ghana helps you acknowledge and understand the importance of teamwork for a project’s success. You will get the chance to work closely with a diverse range of people, both locals and other volunteers from around the world. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and learn with people whom you might never get the chance to interact with otherwise.

You will help boost the overall health of people in the rural areas of Ghana

A major chunk of the population in Ghana find themselves in the difficult situation of struggling to get adequate treatment for simple diseases and illness. By participating in this healthcare project, you’ll be helping to solve this problem by providing easy medical access to underprivileged populations. This in turn will help to boost the overall quality of the existing medical health system in the rural Ghanaian communities, whilst making a huge impact in improving their health for better means of survival.

Other volunteer opportunities in Ghana

If you’d like to volunteer in Ghana but lack the required qualifications for this healthcare project, IFRE has other projects that you might be well suited for. You can work in an orphanage,teach English, or raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, and much more.

IFRE Medical Volunteer Opportunities In Other Countries

There are people in need of life-saving medical assistance in countries other than Ghana. See IFRE medical volunteer opportunities in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina and Peru. With IFRE medical volunteer programs you can make a meaningful change in the lives of people in need around the world. See the list below for some of our best medical volunteer programs:


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