Takoradi is perfect for a first visit to Africa as 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 and graduates 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, 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.

Medical electives in Ghana

Electives in Takoradi

Nursing electives in Ghana

Nursing Electives

On your placement you’ll see conditions like acute malaria, diabetic gangrene, and typhoid psychosis. You will also see how cultural and economic issues affect nursing in Ghana. 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 in Ghana

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 student elective in Africa, make sure you keep Ghana in mind.

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Midwifery electives in Ghana

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 in Ghana

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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Biomedical Science Electives

During your biomedical science elective in Ghana, you can garner experience in the clinical laboratory, learning the local approach to diagnoses, screening blood, and ensuring the production of safe blood products. In terms of cases, you could encounter conditions like diabetic gangrene (often leading to amputations), acute malaria, and even typhoid psychosis. More broadly, you can spend time in departments like A&E, general medicine, orthopaedics, and surgery. Regardless of where you choose to spend time, you’ll see that practises in Takoradi diverge significantly from what you’re used to seeing. The hospital's HIV clinic, attended by approximately 300 patients each week, offers you the chance to gain substantial insight if you opt for it.

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Paramedic Science electives in Ghana

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 in Ghana

Radiography Electives

Radiography in Ghana is very different to what you’ll see at home. 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 in Ghana

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. 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 in Ghana

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, with a Work the World guide, you’ll attend the village’s healthcare centre and conduct community outreach at local primary schools.

You’ll get a culture lesson in the afternoons as you spend time with local fishermen, bringing in the day’s catch. You’re also free to 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.


Medical electives in Ghana
Medical electives in Ghana
Medical electives in Ghana

Community Outreach

  • Unique to Takoradi, spend time outside of a hospital setting to deepen your clinical experience 
  • See how clinical staff overcome the challenges of delivering primary healthcare in a disadvantaged community
  • Screen patients from a social demographic not typically present in our regional hospital
  • Get directly involved with tasks like checking blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and dressing wounds
  • A senior member of clinical staff from our regional partner hospital will supervise your experience

Please note that you need to organise this with our in-country team. There is no additional cost. A maximum of four students can attend at a time.

"The teams’ medical knowledge was amazing. It was the lack of resources, access to healthcare and cost which made the healthcare system in Ghana so different".

Olivia Gemmill, University of Leicester 2024

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"The confidence I have gained has completely changed me as a student and even as person. If you are thinking about doing something like this, my advice would be 100% JUST DO IT!"

Katie Hudson, University of Lincoln 2022

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"As the weeks went by, we saw some emergencies but no one seemed to be in much of a rush. The idea of urgency wasn’t the same as it is in the Netherlands."

Mariëlle van Eenennaam, HZ University of Applied Sciences 2022

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"They didn’t give oxygen as quickly as we would, so the first five minutes after birth always felt more like half an hour."

Andrea Huber, University of Graz 2022

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"The staff in general were relaxed in their approach to most things. Even if there was an emergency, you would see staff walking over in no particular rush."

Leah Goodspeed, University of Southampton 2022

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What healthcare disciplines do Work the World cater for?

Work the World organise supervised healthcare electives for the following disciplines: - 1. Nursing (all branches) 2. Medical 3. Midwifery 4. Physiotherapy 5. Radiography 6. Pharmacy 7. Dentistry 8. Occupational Therapy 9. Paramedic Science 10. Biomedical Science

What is the Work the World house like in Ghana?

The house in Takoradi is based in a residential area close to the city centre. 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.

What travelling opportunities are there for me whilst I’m in Ghana?

Takoradi is perfect for a first visit to Africa as 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.