What is the Physiotherapy Internship in Ghana all about?
Looking for a great experience to add to your future career as a professional physiotherapist? Then, join our local project in a Ghana Physiotherapy Internship. Through this internship, you will get first-hand experience with the local community in a community clinic as well as on a few sports team while being around dedicated athletes training with local sports institutions.
The community clinic is understaffed and underfunded and as a result will provide you with a real understanding on the hurdles Ghana physiotherapists and medical professionals faces every day. The local patients’ conditions reflect the problems in Ghana including strokes due to hypertension, car accidents, crush injuries to the hands and tendons from cutting and grinding machinery as well as facial palsy from otitis media. These types of injuries are challenging for the local community as they may not be able to afford the treatments available to them. This Ghana Physiotherapy Internship is ideal for anyone interested in gaining further experience and wanting to extend their professional experience in an unconventional environment.
Why choose this Physiotherapy Internship programme in Ghana?
- Broaden your experience within your field expertise and help a local community in Ghana while interning as a physiotherapist.
- Get an understanding of what it’s like to work in a developing country for those in your field.
- Provide hands-on assistance and care usually unavailable to injured locals as well as dedicated athletes.
Role of the Physiotherapy Intern
During the Ghana Physiotherapy Internship, you will provide hands-on assistance and care that is otherwise unavailable to many injured locals as well as local athletes. At the clinic, you will have access to equipments, including an hydrotherapy pool, however, the clinic is having difficulties coping with the demand of the local community due to the lack of local staff. Indeed, being physiotherapists are in high demand in Accra and your help will be highly valued. You will also have the opportunity to work together with other educated physiotherapists, as well as teaching Ghanaian physiotherapy students.
What skills do I need to be a Physiotherapy Intern in Ghana
Ghana Physiotherapy Internship requires you to be qualified or have had some experience in the area (at least to second year degree standard). You need to be self-motivated and prepared for some long and frustrating days, however, the experience you will gain is invaluable. As you will be traveling to Ghana, it is also a requirement that you must have a yellow fever vaccination and must obtain a certificate as proof. You will be asked to show this certificate upon entry and will be denied if you don’t have one.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Practice your field in a different context abroad
Learn of local challenges
Connect with locals within your field
Where will I work in Ghana?
About the Location
Your Ghana Physiotherapy Internship project is located in a Coastal Suburb of Accra. Accra being the capital and largest city in Ghana, with a population of over two million, is very busy with lots to do. Your accommodation on the Coastal Suburb is close enough to the madness of Accra to visit the main point of interest, but far enough to feel more of a “retreat” from city lifestyle.
Your accommodation is basic but comfortable in a gated community and within walking distance to cafés, ice cream parlor, and shops for essentials. Your room is dorm style and gender separated, and you will have access to western style facilities.
What to do in your spare time
During your free time, Accra City Centre is close enough for you to explore the famous Kwame Nkrumah National Park, the National Museum of Ghana, the craft markets, and many other points of interest Accra has to offer. For those wanted to venture further, Cape Coast, Elmina and the Volta region are all areas accessible by bus that are worth the trips.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £1354 / $2114 for 4 weeks
£240 / $374 for each additional week.
- Requirements: Age 18+ plus some qualifications
- Location: Coastal Town of Accra, Ghana
- Working hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 12:30 and 3:30 to 6:30pm
- Project availability: All year round, except 15th December - 5th January
- Arrival day: Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: same gender dorm room for up to 14 people in a volunteer house with large indoor and outdoor communal areas
- Meals: 3 meals a day Mondays through Fridays
- 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
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Certificate on completion of internship
What is not included
- Airport Drop off
- Transport to and from projects (costs range from £2 – £5 Euros per day)
- Meals on the weekends
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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