At a glance
- Shadow doctors on their rounds and gain valuable insights into a developing country’s medical practices.
- Placements are available in hospitals, clinics, and HIV/AIDS centres.
- Gain practical work experience doing basic health checks and giving talks to raise awareness around key health issues.
16 or over
Professional volunteers and medical electives for students
This project is also ideally suited to professionals interested in using their skills to help, as well as university medical and healthcare elective students.
As a professional, you can be sure we will match your training and expertise to the placement where you are needed most. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact on the local communities we work with.
If you are an elective student, we will organise an elective placement where you can learn as much as possible. We want you gain the knowledge and skills that will begin to shape your professional career.
Working in a hospital or clinic, observing local staff
Your primary placement will involve shadowing doctors and nurses in a hospital or clinic. The placements are well-equipped by local standards and will give you a full experience of medical practice in a developing country.
The hospitals and clinics where we work provide an excellent backdrop for learning and improving your medicine and healthcare skills. You will find yourself coming into contact with conditions that you would not normally see in Europe or North America, such as malaria and typhoid, on an almost daily basis.
During your time as a medical intern in Togo, you’ll also be able to spend some time in different hospital departments. This will give you insight into various specialisations and could help you choose your own later in your studies.
Taking part in medical outreaches in underprivileged communities
Interns joining our medical related projects in Togo will have the chance to attend regular medical outreach visits. These are designed to help local communities and provide you with practical medical experience.
You may travel to a local children’s centre, where children with minor wounds receive treatment. Alternatively, you could travel further afield to give free medical treatment to families in more rural villages.
This is important work, that gives you the chance to help others while learning and using basic medical skills.
Taking part in health education campaigns
You’ll also be able to take part in regular educational awareness talks in local schools, children’s centres or community centres. These will cover topics like hygiene, dental care, and HIV/AIDS.
Sexual education is critical, as this is still considered a taboo topic in many schools. You could also focus on healthy lifestyle choices to prevent illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.
Types of Placements available
During your medical internship in Togo, you will be able to work in a number of different departments. These include:
- Chemical Pathology
If you’re interested in a specific department, please feel free to contact us and we can help advise you.
A typical day
Your day will start with breakfast at your host family, where you’ll eat a hearty meal to prepare yourself for the day ahead. You’ll be living with at least one other intern or volunteer, so meals are a great time to learn about each other’s lives back home, or discuss plans for the weekend.
On any given day, you will work shifts alongside your supervisors. Hospitals and clinics in Togo tend to be busiest in the morning, so you’ll start early and pack in a lot of work before lunch each day!
Each shift starts with rounds as you follow the consulting doctor and learn about each patient's case and course of treatment. Use this opportunity to ask plenty of questions. After rounds, you’ll assist nurses with patient care. You can watch them administer medication and treatment, and help to update patient files.
Afternoons are a great opportunity to get to know the staff and patients better.
Once a week, normally on Wednesdays, you’ll join one of our community outreaches to assist with doing health checks and educational campaigns.
During the hours you aren’t working, you’ll have free time to explore Togo’s unique culture alongside your fellow interns and volunteers.
You’ll finish each day with dinner at your host family, before relaxing with a good book or venturing out with your fellow volunteers or interns to explore Lomé’s nightlife.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this project is to help expand your medical knowledge with guidance from experienced local doctors and nurses.
It also gives you insight into the healthcare system of a developing country. Many Togolese government hospitals receive limited funding, which means they often lack the resources that are standard in most western hospitals.
Togo also suffers from ongoing cases of malaria and other tropical diseases.
Through school and community outreaches, we help educate local people about malaria prevention and the importance of early treatment. Our interns also help conduct screenings and tests to prevent further complications. We also offer basic healthcare services, as people are not always able to afford treatment for infected wounds, ringworm, or malaria.
Here are our five main goals for our medical programme in Togo:
- Promote the exchange of medical knowledge
- Improve access to basic healthcare
- Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases, like diabetes
- Improve the quality of healthcare
- Reduce the number of malaria cases
Gain work experience in healthcare on an international medical internship in Togo, while helping us achieve these long-term goals.
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 local host family in Lomé, Togo’s capital city. Togolese families are famous for their generous hospitality, and pride in their home country. You’ll be able to get to know your new host family, learning about their history and culture, as well as sharing your own.
Your host family will provide you with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Togo is famous for its delicious cuisine, so you’ll be able to sample lots of traditional dishes, as well as a few Western meals too! If you’re interested in food and cooking, you might even be able to help cook some dishes, learning some tips and tricks from your host family.
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.
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 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.
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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