Takoradi is perfect for a first visit to Africa. well as being one of the safest and most stable of the African nations, it is a microcosm of the continent and you can really take advantage of the stunning coastline, lush jungles, and lively Ghanaian culture. When you want home comforts, there are even beachside resorts to cool down on hot afternoons.

The Work The World House

Staying in the Work the World house is a huge part of your experience in Takoradi — it’s your home away from home. You’ll live with other healthcare students from around the world, and this gives the house an inclusive, social atmosphere.

The house in Takoradi is based in a residential area close to the city centre. After placement you can head out and explore this port town.

In the evenings, there are plenty of restaurants and bars the house staff can recommend, and there’s even a local hotel that offers private beach access.

Back in the Work the World house, the walled outdoor area has lush gardens so you can soak up the rays, relax in the shade with a book, challenge your housemates to a game of volleyball, or go for a dip in the private pool.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Before you start your placement, your team in-country take you on a tour of your placement hospital. They introduce you to department staff (including your supervisors) to help you settle in. You’ll often see the Work the World Takoradi team in the hospital. They’ll visit you throughout your placement to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Before you start your placement, we also assign your clinical supervisors. Build a rapport with them and they’ll give you insight into the local healthcare system through the eyes of a local practitioner.

We’ve got all bases covered and offer support throughout your clinical placement as and when you need it.

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Electives in Takoradi

Nursing Electives, Ghana (Takoradi)

Nursing Electives

On your placement in Ghana, you’ll see conditions like acute malaria, diabetic gangrene, and typhoid psychosis. You’ll see the difference in how local nurses deliver care in areas like A&E, general medicine, orthopaedics, and diabetes and hypertension clinics (of course, you can choose which departments you spend time in). The hospital also has a busy HIV clinic that you can spend time in. Female and male surgical wards are popular (female surgical doubles as a paediatric department), and you can even do some community outreach, depending on your field of interest. If you're looking for nursing electives in Africa, Ghana is an excellent option.

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Medical Electives, Ghana (Takoradi)

Medical Electives

On a medical elective in Ghana, you’ll see conditions like diabetic gangrene (and resulting amputations), acute malaria, and typhoid psychosis. Naturally, you’ll gain experience in familiar areas like A&E, general medicine, orthopaedics and surgery, but the approach to delivering care will differ massively from what you’re used to. The hospital’s HIV clinic draws around 300 patients each week — you can get heavily involved in this area should you choose. You can also get experience in the clinical laboratory that provides diagnoses, screened blood, and safe blood products. If you're looking for a medical placement in Africa, make sure you keep Ghana in mind.

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Midwifery Electives, Ghana (Takoradi)

Midwifery Electives

In our partner hospital, you’ll gain an understanding of a woman’s entire journey through pregnancy, from prenatal care through labour and then on to postnatal care. You can even spend time in the OBG theatre, where you’ll see that caesarean sections are far more common than they are in the UK. Complications in pregnancy are far more common too, like eclampsia, lower and upper abdominal pains, molar pregnancies, and breech babies. Then there are things that don’t exist in the UK at all — malaria in pregnancy and mother-to-child transmission of HIV are very real risks in Ghana.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Ghana (Takoradi)

Physiotherapy Placements

The physiotherapy department in the regional hospital we’re partnered with is busy. At its busiest, there can be up to 20 patients to one physio. The department functions primarily as an outpatient unit, and patients are mostly those who attend a few times each week. In terms of cases, you’ll see things you rarely see in the UK, like Bell’s and Erb’s palsy. You’ll also see paediatric cerebral palsy, strokes, and cases of post-op rehabilitation. The gym has limited equipment, so local staff will show you how they rehabilitatie patients with very little. Some equipment the gym does have includes parallel bars, a tilt table, infrared and ultraviolet machines, and exercise bikes.

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Paramedic Science Electives

On your paramedic science elective in Ghana, your focus is on assisting with emergency care.  You’ll see a lot: RTAs, cancerous growths, hernias, ectopias, hypo- and hyperglycemia, severe diarrhoea, convulsions, fractures… Social and cultural factors in Ghana affect how emergency care is delivered, and there’s much less of a sense of urgency in A&E than you’ll be used to. The hospital’s lack of resources means you’ll have to get creative with what little equipment you have access to.

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Radiography Electives, Ghana (Takoradi)

Radiography Electives

A placement in our partner hospital here is about learning how a low-resource radiography department gets by with severely limited equipment. The department offers ultrasound, urethrograms, fistulograms, IVU, and the A&E department has ECG machines. The department bought two digital X-ray machines as late as 2015, but that is the extent of the technology. There is no MRI, no CT, and no radiotherapeutic machines whatsoever. You also have the chance to see pathologies that are rare or don’t exist in the UK.

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Pharmacy Electives, Ghana (Takoradi)

Pharmacy Placements

On a pharmacy placement here, you can get experience in the antenatal dispensary, the main dispensary, the A&E dispensary, an HIV Clinic, and the diabetes and hypertension clinic. You can also spend some time out in a community pharmacy to get the full picture of how everything works in Ghana. If you’re interested in how drugs are made, you can visit the main laboratory and an herbal medicine clinic. You can shadow local staff on ward rounds too. You’ll learn about evaluating histories, strengthening treatment plans, and help counsel patients on possible side effects as you go.

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Dentistry Electives, Ghana (Takoradi)

Dentistry Electives

Spending time alongside dentists in Ghana, you’ll get to grips with how they approach everything from preventive health checks to restorative dentistry. Services the department provides include orthodontics, oral surgeries, paediatric dentistry, maxillofacial surgeries and fixed and removable prostheses. You get to see a range of cases too, like periodontitis, gingivitis and pulpitis. But, the severity of these cases will be worse than you’re used to in the UK. You have the chance to do some community dentistry too, visiting schools to conduct extraoral and intraoral exams. Electives in Africa don't get any better than this.

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In addition to your main placement in Ghana, spending a week in a bustling yet rural fishing village is a great way to get insight into Ghanaian culture at its most authentic. In the mornings, you’ll attend the village’s healthcare centre and conduct community outreach at local primary schools. In the afternoons you’ll get a culture lesson as you spend time with local fishermen, bringing in the day’s catch. You’ll also take trips across the nearby lagoon in a locally built canoe, visit a local gin distillery, walk through the shallow sea to explore a ruined castle on an offshore island, and walk coastal trails along stretches of unspoiled beach with not a tourist in sight.



"Many people only sought orthodox healthcare as a last resort."

Jake Melvin, University of East Anglia 2020

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"The thing I am most thankful for is the people I met through this experience."

Ana Morán, Complutense University Madrid 2020

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"There was another case which had both an unusual presentation and resourceful management."

Ugonna Onwuchekwa, University of Central Lancashire 2019

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"Some of the most interesting cases I observed were malaria and sickle cell disease."

Steph Ovenden , University of the West of England 2019

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"I spent a day in the theatres and saw an open laparotomy for bowel obstruction."

Berfin Karakoc, Kingston University 2019

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