This internship is an opportunity to gain experience and possibly some credits within a dental department of a hospital in Accra. Ghanaians have access to a dental treatment in most major hospitals. The setup and the working conditions are very different from what you are accustomed to in your home country. The dental department deals with emergencies as well as routine dental appointments.
Why choose this project?
You will be exposed to the challenges dentists as well as patients in need of dental care encounter in developing countries. The lack of knowledge on preventative dental hygiene might expose you to advanced dental conditions. This is a great experience abroad to help you launch your medical dental career.
Role of the volunteer
Depending on your experience and training, your role will differ and you might be given more or fewer responsibilities. Initially, your role will be mainly observational. Regardless, the volunteers will assist local practitioners and observe how dental treatments are performed in a developing country. Volunteers will also help by maintaining patients’ records, setup the instruments and assist with basic tasks while the dentists treat patients.
Individuals applying must either be a professional in the field or a student currently studying courses related. If you are planning to study dentistry, you can also apply for this internship, although you must demonstrate a strong commitment to the field.
You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project, as well as certifications, transcripts and other documentation are required to enable us to establish your experience. Your contribution and performance will also be taken into consideration throughout your placement.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To learn new skills
To boost your career and resume
To discover a new country
About the Location
The internship takes place around Accra, a bustling city of Ghana. Accra was built around a port and it stretches along the Atlantic Coast. You will see a mixture of architecture from modern buildings and skyscrapers to large 19th-century colonial building to constructions from the 70s. The city is surrounded by over 25 shanty towns, where you’ll see goats and chicken roaming muddy streets filled with market stalls manned by locals. These communities represent the less fortunate of Ghana, but they display a rich insight into the country’s reality and create situations where you will be able to lend a hand.
You will be staying in a volunteer house where you will be able to meet other interns and volunteers.The house has a shared living room and balcony, where you will be able to relax and catch up with other volunteers or interns. You will also have access to a shared bathroom with running water. The volunteer house is located west of Accra in a suburb called Pokuase. The area is mostly residential, but you will have access to local shops.
What to do in your spare time
There are so many things to do in Accra, you won’t know where to start! During your free time explore Jamestown’s fishing port, the Makola Market, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Independence Square, the National Theater or the Centre for National Cultural. We’d also suggest taking a trip to La Pleasure or Kokrobite beach to relax and enjoy beautiful coastlines on your free weekends.
Explore further by heading to Ghana’s capital of Kumasi. There, you can visit the biggest market in Accra and learn about the history of the Ashanti, an important ethnic group from the region. Go for a more laid back adventure by visiting the Eastern Volta Region or the Cape Coast. Additionally, Ghana is home to some magnificent wildlife. With 16 national parks to choose from, you’ll have plenty of options for booking a safari to observe beautiful, wild animals in their natural habitat!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 12 weeks (we strongly recommend a minimum of 4 weeks)
- Cost: £1097/$1920 for 2 weeks
£130 / $228 for each additional week
Please note that a deposit of £280 / $490 is required
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Accra, Ghana
- Project activities: shadowing of standing dentist and assisting with basic tasks
- Working hours: there are 3 shifts that you can work 7am-3pm; 3pm-10pm; 10pm-5am; you will be working 5 days a week
- Project availability: all year round, except 15th December – 5th January
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: dorm room for 2 – 4 people in a volunteer house with large shared kitchen, volunteer planning room and veranda
- Food: communal evening dinner during weekdays
- Airport pick up from Kotoko International Airport, Accra
- Training: Healthcare ethics & culture doc, pre-departure info pack, learning reflection manual, on-site orientation and project induction
- Certificate on completion of internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
What is not included
- Airport drop off
- Transport to and from project
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check
- Breakfast and lunches during the workweek, and all meals on weekends
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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