Electives in Takoradi
- Trek through the forest canopy in Kakum National Park and sleep up in a treehouse
- Soak up the sun on the picturesque Axim beach
- Explore the decaying slave forts found along the Cape Coast
- Go on safari to see Africa’s famous wildlife in Mole National Park
- Swim in the clear waterfall oases of the Volta region
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.
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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*Prices above are in addition to a £300 registration fee.
VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK
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.
"I learnt a lot from the main dentist at the hospital. He was very patient and guided me along the way. I actually formed strong bonds with all of the staff there."
Yewande Oduwole, University of Plymouth 2019Read more
"Some of the most interesting cases I observed were malaria and sickle cell disease."
Steph Ovenden , University of the West of England 2019Read more
"I spent a day in the theatres and saw an open laparotomy for bowel obstruction."
Berfin Karakoc, Kingston University 2019Read more
"My elective in Ghana allowed me to experience opportunities I would never have had the chance to back in the UK"
Helena Samila, University of Nottingham 2019Read more
"most of the time I was just amazed by how inventive everybody was in solving problems and handling limited resources"
Sophie Stupperich, University of Southampton 2019Read more