- Swim in the waterfall oases of the Volta region
- Soak up the sun on the picturesque Axim beach
- Explore the forest canopy in Kakum Park and sleep in a tree house
- Explore the ageing slave forts found along the coast
Canoe through the jungle canopy to a remote lakeside stilt village
Takoradi and Beyond
Ghana is the most exciting country on the entire west coast of Africa. Our base can be found in Takoradi, an energetic hub of activity where Ghanaian culture can be experienced in full swing. Lively markets, golden beaches lined with palm trees, restaurants and bars with live music, and cocktails at sunset as you watch the boats sail into the port. Beyond the city you can canoe through the jungle canopy to a remote lakeside stilt village, venture to magnificent waterfalls that flow into one another in the Volta region (you can swim in them too), vast rubber plantations, crumbling colonial forts running along the coast and much more.
Home away from home
Upon your arrival at the airport our staff will meet you and take you to our beautiful house, which happens to be a short walk away from the beach. It’s also very easy to catch a ‘tro-tro’ (public minibus) into town, and by all accounts the house is an oasis of calm. You’ll be pleased to learn that the accommodation is fully catered and is solely for the use of Work the World students. On the matter of staff, our long-standing Programme Manager and their Assistant on the ground are on call to ensure your placement goes off without a hitch for the duration of your elective in Ghana. Your in-house chef cooks local specialities, favourites from home, and our famous weekly barbecues. What’s more, our private security guard watches over the property day and night making it the perfect base for our electives in Ghana.
African Village Healthcare Add-on
In addition to your main placement in Takoradi, spending a week in a bustling fishing village on Africa’s West Coast offers a once in a lifetime experience. Working with local nurses, in the mornings you’ll attend the village’s Healthcare Centre, and conduct some community outreach work including a visit to the local primary school. This is the perfect complement for all Ghana electives. In the afternoons you’ll get a culture lesson as you spend time with local fishermen as they bring in the day’s catch, take trips across a nearby lagoon in a locally built canoe, visit the local gin distillery, walk through the shallow sea to an offshore island to explore the ruined castle, and walk coastal trails along stretches of unspoiled beach with not a tourist in sight.
Electives in Ghana - Takoradi
Dentistry in Ghana
Clinical experience for dentists in Ghana is an entirely unique experience. Working alongside specialists in our partner hospitals is never dull — you’ll get to grips with things like preventive health checks, and take part in an observational placement in the ENT department should you choose. In certain circumstances it may also be possible to head into the community to conduct outreach work. Hit the green ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Medicine in Ghana
Ghana is an excellent choice for all medical students. For one, you’ll see the extent of adaptation required to deal with a lack of resources. Not only this, but in our main partner hospital you’ll also have the choice of working across a range of departments including NICU, orthopaedics, emergency, OBG and more. The HIV clinic also draws around 400 patients per week and you’ll be more than welcome to get heavily involved in this area. There’s an exceptional variety of placement options for you here. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Midwifery in Ghana
Midwives in Ghana can expect an exceptional clinical experience. Within our partner hospitals and clinics students will attend the live births, and become involved in pre and postnatal care. Caesarean sections are more common in Ghana than they are in the UK, this is also the case for breech births and you’ll come to understand that many patients will not have received prenatal care at all. For cultural reasons it’s also common that many women will be expected to give birth in silence. This and many other things may completely contradict what you have learnt in your training, but remember: you are here to observe and absorb new information and new skills. This is one of the many reasons why a placement with Work the World is so unique. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Nursing in Ghana
We have been established Ghana for over 10 years. As a result our partner hospitals are extremely friendly and welcoming to our students, making for fantastic placements and supervision across all areas. Areas like female and male surgical are popular (female surgical doubles up as paediatrics), but there is also opportunity to do some community outreach depending on your field of interest. You will also be able to work in reproductive health clinics, or out in the community weighing babies. NICU is an exciting department, as is A&E where there are regularly many cases of major trauma. If you're interested in Learning Disability Nursing, you can be placed in a low-resource school where you’ll assist children who have a wide range of disabilities. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Pharmacy in Ghana
Pharmacy placements in Ghana will live up to, if not surpass your expectations. Working closely with your supervisors you will experience a very clinically focused placement. You’ll also undertake ward rounds and require a number of new skills along the way. It will also be possible for students to work outside of the hospital in a community pharmacy, which will provide insight into a completely different side of pharmaceutical provision. What’s more you’ll observe the inner workings of a lab where medicines like unbranded aspirin are made. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Physiotherapy in Ghana
The regional hospital with which we are partnered has a busy physiotherapy department, functioning primarily as an outpatient unit. It is professionally staffed and extremely well equipped by West African standards. The outpatient unit handles up to 20 cases per day, the majority of which are regular patients who attend a few times each week. In this department you’ll encounter instances of strokes, post-operative rehabilitation, Bell's palsy, Erb's palsy among others. Treatment here is focused on the use of gym equipment and creating plans for patients so that they can continue the necessary exercises in the comfort of their own home. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Radiography in Ghana
It is the case that radiography departments in Ghana are not as well equipped as the departments you’ll be used to working at home. There are however a number of opportunities to work with x-ray and ultrasound in the large regional hospital, as well as MRI in a smaller private clinic. It is common for patients to be referred to these hospitals in from smaller clinics in the surrounding community. This means you will gain experience observing and analysing a wide range of conditions from patients from an equally diverse range of backgrounds. Procedures you can expect to observe and conduct include hysterosalpingograms, barium meals, ureothograms, fistusograms, IVU, fractures, tuberculosis, chest problems and more. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
"I saw my first ever birth – which was then followed by six more – a definite highlight!"
Natalie Sampson, University of Southampton 2016Read more
"The time I spent in the hospital was incredibly valuable".
Danielle Allen, Queen's University, Belfast 2015Read more
"The Village Healthcare Experience was one of my favourite weeks of the trip."
Helen Lennon, Queen's University, Belfast 2015Read more
"I spent time with the nursing staff exchanging knowledge and ideas".
April Bradbeer, Bournemouth University 2015Read more
"I spent 7 incredible, emotional weeks in Ghana, where I nursed in Accident and Emergency, male surgical ward, HIV clinic, labour ward, general medicine and paediatrics".
Melissa Fox, University of Manchester 2015Read more
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