Seize the opportunity to learn from experienced dentists by joining our Dentistry internship in Ghana. You’ll shadow dentists as they move around the hospital completing day-to-day tasks. This is a great way to learn about dentistry in a developing country and add practical work experience to your CV.
You’ll also assist dentists as they provide free basic dental checks to disadvantaged children. When you aren’t helping with dental checks, you’ll talk with the children about the importance of good dental health. You can demonstrate effective teeth brushing and run educational talks on gum disease.
You’ll work in the beautiful fishing town of Cape Coast, right by the sea. You can spend time exploring the many national parks, hiking in the countryside or visiting historical sites. You can always find a bit of peace and quiet at one of the many coastal beaches.
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 01903 708300 for more info.
When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
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
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included
Visa costs (where applicable)
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.
What will I do during my Dentistry internship in Ghana?
As an intern, you’ll shadow dentists and other medical staff at a local hospital. During your internship, you will:
- Shadow local dentists as they complete their day-to-day tasks in a local hospital
- Assist with patient and equipment preparation as well as providing the patients with support if needed
- Complete basic dental checks alongside a dentist during community outreaches
- Conduct oral hygiene presentations in the community and at schools
Your work will focus on these three areas:
Shadow and assist local dentists as they complete their day-to-day tasks in a local hospital
To give you a better idea of dental practices in a developing country, you’ll spend your time observing dentists at your dentistry placement in Ghana. You’ll assist with patient and equipment preparation, and provide patients with support if they feel they need it. Use this opportunity to ask the dentist questions about the conditions of different patients and how they are being treated.
Complete basic dental checks alongside a qualified dentist during community outreaches
Many locals living in rural areas cannot afford basic healthcare and are unable to travel to the hospitals and clinics. To improve their access to basic healthcare, you’ll assist dentists with free basic dental checks in the community. You’ll assist with examinations and the dentist will advise or refer patients after discussing their cases with you.
Conduct oral hygiene presentations in the community and at schools
Education is key to preventing dental issues. You’ll talk to the community and children at local schools about the importance of good oral hygiene. You’ll also create posters and informative materials to distribute in the community and run teeth brushing demonstrations for the children.
Where in Ghana will I be working?
Your Dentistry placement in Ghana will be based in the fishing town of Cape Coast.
Although quiet and peaceful, Cape Coast has a difficult history as one of the largest slave-trading centres in West Africa. You can see the colonial influence in this town, specifically with art and in the many buildings that dot the main streets and beaches.
You’ll work in one of the most modern hospitals in Ghana. Since it serves as a teaching hospital for medical students, the local medical and dental staff will be happy to assist you throughout your internship.
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.
The dentists at the hospital were keen to pass on their knowledge to us volunteers, teaching us about different cases, equipment, procedures and how to interpret x-rays.
Dentistry Internship in Ghana
I have since volunteered through other programmes, but Projects Abroad went above and beyond to provide both flexibility and structure so that I could make the most out of my volunteer experience.
Dentistry Internship in Ghana
Meet the team in Ghana
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