Takoradi and Beyond

  • Takoradi is… “A colourful city in historic west-coast Ghana, with bustling markets, lively locals and street carnivals.”
  • Take a trip to the Volta region and swim by waterfalls, or head to Kakum National Park and follow treetop walkways
  • Paddle a canoe through the jungle, spotting wildlife on the way and discover remote lakeside villages built on stilts
  • Soak up the sun on Axim’s and Cape Coast’s beaches
  • Get a taste of authentic Ghanaian culture when you eat, shop, and socialise at colourful local markets
  • Village Healthcare Week: Gain firsthand experience of rural healthcare and culture by spending an additional week in a remote Ghanaian village
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This traditional Ghanaian house has a modern feeling interior. Large living areas — lounge, dining room, bedrooms and balconies — mean plenty of room to socialise with new friends. The walled outdoor area has lush gardens so you can soak up the rays, relax in the shade with a book or challenge your housemates to a game of volleyball.

Your Programme Manager and their assistant run the house and will provide 24/7 support. You’ll also have a housekeeper, a chef who’ll cook you two incredible meals every day (weekly BBQ nights are a lot of fun), and a language teacher who hosts lessons twice a week.

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In addition to your main placement in Ghana, spending a week in a bustling yet rural fishing village is a unique way to glean insight into Ghanaian culture at it's most authentic.

In the mornings you’ll attend the village’s healthcare centre, and conduct some community outreach at local primary schools. 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

Being on placement in a different country made me appreciate the NHS more than ever.

Charlotte Cox, Anglia Ruskin University 2018

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"Life in the Work the World house was a unique experience"

Thomas Ayre, Northumbria University 2018

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"Now, a year later, I still often think back on my time in Ghana and I know for certain I will go back."

Saskia Veldkamp, 2018

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"Ghana does have many of the same treatments available as we do at home, but many people cannot afford it."

Tess Everatt, University of Sheffield 2018

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"I saw a twin cesarean section at 29 weeks and a baby born in the sac."

Erin and Caroline Bonett, University of Newcastle 2018

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