- 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
- Our famous elective tailoring service
- Supervised clinical experience
- Extensive pre-departure preparation
- Support from in-country teams, 24/7
- Private, spacious, catered housing
- Free local language lessons
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
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