A teenager measures blood pressure during our medical internship in Ghana

Medical Internships in Ghana for Teenagers

Join other teenagers as you learn from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches

Join our medical internship  in Ghana for teenagers and gain work experience by shadowing doctors in a clinical setting. You’ll also get involved in doing health checks during outreaches. We’ll teach you about the diseases and conditions you’ll see, and how to diagnose and treat them. This is great experience to add to your CV, which could help your future career.


You’ll also gain plenty of practical experience in Ghana. During outreaches, you’ll treat minor wounds, and measure blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Doctors and nurses then use this information to diagnose patients and recommend further treatment if needed. You’ll also help raise awareness of disease and how to prevent it.


You’ll live and work in Cape Coast with a group your age, and stay with a local host family. When you’re not working, we’ve organised plenty of social and cultural activities to keep you busy, along with weekend trips. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side.

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.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school holidays

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Cape Coast (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

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

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • 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

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

What's not included
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is a Medicine internship in Ghana for teenagers right for me?

This internship is perfect if you’re a young student considering a future career in medicine. You’ll get medical work experience by shadowing doctors on their rounds, and participating in outreaches. This will give your CV an extra edge, and give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews.


Not only will this internship give you the opportunity to see if medicine is a good fit for you, but you’ll also be able to help those living in underprivileged communities. This will demonstrate your commitment to medicine.


You don’t need previous experience to join. We’ll teach you everything you need to know once you arrive. Your Projects Abroad supervisors will also be by your side every step of the way, and they’ll supervise your work.


This fixed-date trip runs for two, three, or four weeks over the summer. You’ll work and travel with other teenagers who are interested in the medical field. Together, you’ll learn, have fun, and explore the culture and country, along with Projects Abroad staff.

Interns and local staff in a group photo on our medical internship for teenagers in Ghana

What will I do on a Medicine Placement for high school students in Ghana?

As a teenage medical intern in Ghana, you’ll split your time between shadowing doctors and doing outreach work out in the community. Here are a few of the tasks you’ll be involved in:


  • Assist professional medical staff as they provide free health checks during community outreaches
  • Observe the work of qualified doctors as they treat patients in a local hospital or clinic
  • Learn more about Ghanaian culture while exploring the country and interacting with the locals
  • Spend time with other high school students who have similar interests and aspirations as you

Your work will be split into three areas:


Observe the work of qualified doctors as they treat patients in a local hospital or clinic


One day a week, you’ll do observation work in a hospital setting. You’ll shadow doctors and nurses as they go about their day-to-day activities. You’ll watch them consult and treat patients, and complete follow-up consultations with previous patients. This will give you a better idea of what it will be like as a practicing doctor.


We encourage you to ask questions and take notes, so you can learn as much as possible from observing.


Assist professional medical staff as they provide free health checks during community outreaches


Most of your time will be spent working at medical outreaches in communities, schools, and leprosy camps. You’ll be involved in more hands-on work during these outreaches. These include:


  • Dressing wounds
  • Carrying out health checks, like measuring blood sugar and blood pressure levels
  • Giving malaria tests
  • Making presentations on common health issues.


Explore Ghana with other high school students who have similar interests to you


You’ll spend everyday working and travelling alongside other teenagers from around the world. An interest in medicine is something you’ll all have in common.


When you’re not working, your supervisors will ensure there are plenty of social and cultural activities to keep you busy, along with weekend trips. You’ll soak up the sun at the beach, observe the wildlife at national parks, and learn about the country’s history a national museums. You’ll sample authentic Ghanaian food and haggle with traders at their local markets.

Where in Ghana will I be working?

Cape Coast

The town is a lively fishing port, and it was once the largest slave trade centre in West Africa back in the days. Being right on the coast, you’ll have plenty of views of the sea amid the bustling city roads.


You’ll spend most of your time assisting with outreach work in local communities, leprosy camps, and schools. You’ll also observe doctors and nurses on their rounds at a hospital or clinic, and attend medical workshops.

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.

What are the aims and impact of this Medicine internship in Ghana for teenagers?

The main aim of this project is to give you the opportunity to learn and gain practical medical work experience.


You’ll learn by observing doctors and nurses on their rounds. You’ll see firsthand what their day-to-day work involves, which may help you decide if a medical career is the right fit for you. 


You’ll get practical experience working on outreaches. In Ghana, basic healthcare services are often unavailable for people in rural, disadvantaged areas. They either can’t afford treatment or live too far away from hospitals and clinics. We go into these communities to provide free, basic medical care.


We’ll teach you basic medical skills, like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels. You’ll use these skills to help patients. This is a great way to give back, and demonstrate your commitment to medicine at the same time.    


Gain medical work experience in Ghana and help bring healthcare to disadvantaged communities, while building your medical knowledge. 

An intern gains medical work experience cleaning a wound on our project for teenagers in Ghana

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

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.


We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Accra, Akuapem Hills, or Cape Coast. 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 Togo and have a truly unique experience.


On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.


This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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