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Internship in Ghana

Want to join internship abroad program to gain practical experience and make a difference in the world? Have you ever thought about exploring opportunities in Ghana?

When you join an internship in Ghana, you will discover a vibrant country with unique history and cultural values. Spending time in Ghana will offer a variety of exhilarating challenges that may require you to step out of your normal comfort zone. This will foster personal and professional skill development as well as improve your adaptability, critical thinking skills, and language proficiency. Affordable internship opportunities through IFRE will give you so much more than just an abroad experience; you will learn invaluable lessons that will stick with you for the rest of your life.

Ghana offers one of the greatest and most affordable travel experiences possible within Africa! IFRE facilitates a variety of programs and projects that will connect you to local non-profit and/or community centered organizations who are making a real impact on individuals’ lives. Popular programs include working in orphanages, teaching opportunities, healthcare/medical projects, and HIV/AIDs support. No matter what kind of internship experience you want to take part in, we can create a program that will suit your needs.

When you intern in Ghana, you will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful country while serving the rural communities and underprivileged populations. IFRE invites you to join us in Ghana and embark on this life-changing adventure!

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Internship opportunities in Ghana

Ghanaian cultures and customs are colorful and diversified. Join IFRE to explore this amazing country. Read about some of our most popular internship programs below or contact us via email if you have any questions.

Extreme poverty, the growing challenges of HIV/AIDS and other different social problems leave many orphans in Ghana. These lovely children are in urgent need of adult help and support. In Ghana, IFRE partners launched an orphanage and street children program to shelter these orphans.

This internship opportunity in Ghana works to offer orphans room/food, education, encouragement and support. Unfortunately, many Ghana orphanage projects are without strong financial support, under staffed and face additional hurdles with trying to effectively run their programs.

Help is needed with every task: cooking and serving food to the children, assisting with their basic education and physical fitness (sports) and there is an immense need for English lessons, but the most important thing you offer these poor children is love and attention that they so desperately crave.

Resources for orphans are spread thin. Orphanage workers in Ghana do their best, but personnel are low and it is the face to face contact that these children desperately need. Love and support that comes from interns doing social work in Ghana are priceless! Many interns joining orphanage Ghana program as life changing and rewarding. This is the perfect project if you want to serve humanity or share your love, passion and time with children deprived of their parents love and care.

Skills/Qualification Needed

While there are no specific qualifications required to needed to join the orphanage internship in Ghana, you must be loving, caring and compassionate to provide much-needed assistance. Being flexible and patient as well will make you a perfect intern.

An Intern's Responsibilities

Interns working in Ghanaian orphanages generally show support by teaching English to children either in the orphanage or possibly in a local school. Interns are also welcome to teach other subjects like math, science etc. The orphanage requires extra pairs of hands to help with the day-to-day running of the project, so you will be expected to assist with cleaning, cooking and serving food to the children.

As a Ghana intern, you also help with organizing Physical Education/Sports lessons. You may also be required to assist the staff with counseling the children. The job responsibilities of orphanage interns in Ghana depend on the need of the orphanage as well as the skills and interests of the interns.

In the orphanages where the children attend a school, daytime activities for interns may include administrative work and helping with cleaning, cooking, gardening and physical maintenance. Evenings are fun times as you organize games, art activities, singing, dancing and other creative education and extra-curricular activities. You will be there to help with homework and encourage their academic progress.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding orphanage volunteer program in Ghana.

The demand of English education in Ghana is growing among teenagers and the younger generations. Unfortunately, opportunities for quality English education are not provided to public school students. IFRE interns help in government (public) schools. Through this project, students and English teachers in Ghana can participate in an exchange of ideas that often leads to a valuable dialogue regarding different cultures and teaching methods.

Our interns in Ghana who work with local teachers provide new and innovative ways to teach the English language from a “native speaker” perspective. This native speaker perspective is highly prized in the realm of Teaching English and can often vastly improve teaching methods. This fact alone creates a long-lasting, positive impact which can eventually benefit the entire community. Teaching English in Ghana is a very demanding but a highly rewarding internship position.

Note: Ghana has 3 academic trimesters a year: January-March, May-July and September-December. During the School holidays, we help to organize holiday classes for the School children. Your sight-seeing itinerary and work schedule may vary a bit during school holiday times.


Start Date: 10th January to 12th April Mid-January to Mid-April

School Holiday: 13th April to 1st May


Start Date: 2nd May to 4th August

School Holiday: 5th August to 12th September


Start Date: 13th September to 15th December

School Holiday: 16th December to January

The school holidays are subject to change.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

In the Ghana English teaching internship, you may teach more subjects than just English. Math, science and sports classes may need assistance. NO specific skills or teaching qualifications are required. However, some kind of teaching certification or education degree is appreciated. A major in science, math or computer oriented classes is also preferred if you have no teaching education/credentials. Interns must have passion and interest to help children and improve their education.

An Intern's Responsibilities

Internship teachers in Ghana focus mainly on teaching English to local children in primary, middle or high schools. If you are skilled, you can teach math, science, or other subjects in Ghana. If you are a qualified teacher or have teaching experience, you can lead a class but mostly interns will be working as an assistant teacher. Most classrooms are crowded and the number of students ranges from 20-60 in each class.

All schools of Ghana follow a set English curriculum, so interns will teach straight from the textbook. The school headmaster provides teaching resources. You may come prepared with storybooks or any other teaching materials you think you might need.

School children in Ghana are very enthusiastic and eager learners of English. Although most of people speak English in Ghana, there are many issues with correct grammar and challenges with pronunciation, so your native speaker background will help many children change for the better.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding teaching volunteer program in Ghana .

This eye-opening medical internship opportunity in Ghana is perfect if you are a medical student. You will assist the local nurses at the District Hospital with all aspects of clinical nursing and act as a primary health worker with the community nurses. Your duties may include working in the consultation rooms, medicine dispensary or operating theatre (operating room).

Other tasks may consist of helping with physical therapy, treatment of minor injuries, maternal assistance and childcare. Other occasional tasks may be assisting midwives on home-visits, verifying or recording patient's personal/medical information.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

Ghana medical interns who are interested in joining our internship health program must possess health care certification, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nurse or physician's credentials.

We do not permit interns without medical credentials to work in this program due to the potential risk. The hospitals require a copy of your resume, clearly documenting credentials and education, before your arrival to the project. Projects will also require an official copy of your credentials.

An Intern's Responsibilities

An intern's role can range from observational to basic assistance, dependent on education, skills, experience and qualifications and on the community’s current needs. Interns are not permitted to perform major exams or surgeries. You will work with a doctor or nurse, spending time in various departments of a busy hospital.

Departments you might support include Gynecology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Surgery. Interns may change bandages, take blood pressure and contribute to education efforts regarding about basic disease prevention. An important element to these internship placements in Ghana is learning about and being comfortable with a different culture’s healthcare practices.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer life changing Medical volunteer program in Ghana .

HIV/AIDS remains a serious health threat in many African countries including Ghana. Every year hundreds of adults and children are infected with and die of this killer virus. IFRE's partners work to advance adolescent reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention. Using the "Steppingstone" approach, they focuses on promoting behavioral change through facilitating discussions of HIV prevention and sexual health with community groups.

Community groups include youth groups in/out-of-school, clients at antenatal clinics and general community meetings. Interns are mainly involved with counseling and education. This project is open to any interns who are willing to share their love, time and compassion with the HIV patients and who are committed to supporting efforts to stop the spread of this disease.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications required for this internship opportunity in Ghana. However, interns must demonstrate love and willingness to share time and compassion with people. A high level of patience and flexibility is mandatory.

An Intern's Responsibilities

As an intern working in Ghana, you may directly provide support and care to HIV/AIDS infected patients, including children, or engage the public with educational training and activities meant to increase awareness and stop the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in Ghana. Several local NGOs work on HIV/AIDS programs which are focused on two areas.

First focus area includes: treatment, psychological counseling and support to whose people infected with HIV/AIDS. Interns within the scope of the first focus area generally visit with HIV/AIDS patients (along with a local worker) and distribute food, clothes, medicine and give mental counseling and support. You may provide basic but valuable tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation and you may be involved in keeping patient records.

The second focus area includes: HIV/AIDS treatment/awareness programs to increase the community’s understanding of HIV/AIDS, ways to prevent the spread of the disease and how to protect themselves from contracting the disease.

Ghana interns supporting awareness/outreach normally contribute to counseling and education in major hospitals and communities to raise personal risk perception among young men and women. Programs actively involve youth in participatory HIV/AIDS preventive education within the district. Interns may focused on outreach and awareness programs often visit many schools, villages, churches and present information and media, posters, distribute pamphlets and condoms, etc.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer satisfying HIV volunteer program in Ghana.

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Fees & Dates:

An internship in Ghana starts on Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Since 2003, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer and intern 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 intern 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 program 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.

The program fee for internship and volunteering is basically same in Ghana. However, unlike volunteers, interns often work closely with guided supervision from a local project director, and a small weekly supervision fee ($25-50/ week) may be incurred in addition to volunteer program fees.

Learn more about our highly affordable volunteer program fees in Ghana .

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Internships vs. Volunteers Programs

In general, volunteer programs focus on humanitarian outreach and project support. Volunteering is popular amongst people who want to share their love and passion for underprivileged children, impoverished communities, or conservation efforts in need of resources.

Internship programs in Ghana focus on creating a real-world learning environment for interns and students so that they practice professional development and obtain new skills. Similar to volunteers, interns may work on a variety of projects (many times alongside volunteers) that benefits local communities, children, wildlife and similar projects. Teaching programs, medical outreach, and children’s support are the most popular internship projects.

However, unlike volunteers, interns often work closely with guided supervision from a local project director, and a small weekly supervision fee ($25-50 / week) may be incurred in addition to in program fees.

Room & Food

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IFRE manages living accommodations , provides meals and supervision for interns for the entirety of their stay in Ghana. Interns will stay with our carefully selected host families in Ghana. We try to create a “home away from home” for internship In Ghana program.

Our host families are carefully screened, socially respected and experienced with hosting international interns. Wherever you stay, your accommodation with IFRE is safe, clean and comfortable. In most cases, you will share a room with interns (of same gender).

We offer 3 meals a day of local cuisine. Typically, interns eat breakfast and dinner at the host family and have lunch at their project. We offer fresh, nutritious and safe local foods to our interns to eat. We also work extremely hard to maintain our facilities in a positive condition.

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Field Support and Supervision

Once the internship program in Ghana starts, our local staff stays in touch with interns. We visit our interns every 2-4 weeks (if possible) and you are always welcome at the office. Your project will have local staff as well, though not our own. The local doctors, nurses and administrators on your project will be there for you throughout. If your project is very far, then our local staff maintains communication by e-mail and phone to make sure you are safe and healthy .

Academic Credit

You can earn academic credit for most internship programs in Ghana. The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university. It is up to YOU to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to IFRE . Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.

Free Time

Internship in Ghana program participants have free time for the duration of their project, weekends and the Language and Culture program. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Ghana. It’s the time for self discovery and learning. It’s time to explore this foreign culture and exotic land. Our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and helps to book your travel.

Walk the above the tree canopy in the rainforests or lounge at the beach. You can fill your free time with many incredible experiences in Ghana! Ghana has gorgeous botanical gardens to explore and pristine beaches. Assorted wildlife can be found throughout the country and Ghana is home savannah elephants and many other mammals, including seven types of monkeys.

The adventure doesn’t stop with natural beauty as Ghana’s cities offer up cathedrals, museums, theaters, restaurants and more in the thriving urban areas. In your free time, you can explore all the amazing attributes this diverse and abundant country has to offer! Please discuss your options with our local project staff to find the best way for you to spend your free time in Ghana.

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FAQs: Internship in Ghana

Arrival and Departure

Upon acceptance into an international internship program, you should make travel plans to arrive in Kotoka International Airport. Once you have booked your flight, please make sure to send us your correct flight information.

Before departure from your home country, consult our country coordinator before leaving. We will arrange for an IFRE representative to pick you up at the airport, so it is important that you communicate with us as soon as possible if there are any flight delays or if you miss your flight all together.

When you depart, you will need to make your own departure arrangements. We do not offer drop-off service.


To prepare for your internship opportunity in Ghana, you should secure a tourist visa. Depending on your nationality, a ‘visa on arrival’ may be available. You may extend your visa by visiting the department of immigration Ghana if you decide to stay in Ghana longer.


For travel to Ghana, the CDC recommends vaccinations against: Rabies, Cholera, Hepatitis A-B, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Meningitis, Typhoid

How can I apply?

Ghana internship applications are straightforward: go online, fill out the program application, and submit it to us. We will follow up with you within 24-hours of your application submittal.

Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

IFRE Volunteers is a non-profit organization changing the world one individual at a time. Established in 2006 and trusted by 22,000 people, IFRE is well experienced in providing the highest quality internships (safe, fun, comfortable) at the most affordable price. In fact, our tax-deductible fees are the most affordable prices in the world.

IFRE also connects you with an amazing team of field support while your participating in Ghana internship and volunteerism. Heart-warming community members will treat you as if you are family and make you feel like your host country will forever be your home away from home.

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