What is the Public Health Internship in Ghana all about?
The Public Health Internship Ghana covers basic health care services and awareness service in the local communities in and around Cape Coast. You will become an ambassador in promoting good health practices through a variety of public health outreach projects.
Ghana is an emerging country that is lagging behind with its health needs. For instance, the ratio of health professionals to citizens is very wide with about 1 physician for more than 5000 people. Also, most children are exposed to serious health hazards that are sometimes caused by irresponsible acts of the parents. This is mostly attributed to their ignorance or lack of education about some basic health elements. Malnutrition continues to be a major public health problem whether it is under-nutrition, or obesity due to the lack of a balanced diet.
A greater majority of the Ghanaian population have very limited knowledge about how to handle some simple health issues which eventually leads to other severe complications.
By contributing to the initiative already in place as a public health intern, you will be able to contribute reducing this problem within a local community.
Why choose this Health Internship in Ghana?
- Learn about the healthcare system in Ghana and the challenges local professionals face.
- Contribute to international public health by providing an extra set of hands on local projects.
- Experience the Ghanaian way while making local friends and exchanging cultural differences.
Role of the Public Health Intern
As a Public Health Intern Ghana, you will extend a healing hand to people who cannot afford proper healthcare. You will be have the opportunity to work and shadow professionals at local hospitals and other local health centres. You will be involved with community medicine and preventative care. The ultimate objective is to assist in creating awareness on health issues and increase the resources of the local health institutions as needed at the time of your placement.
What skills do I need to be a Public Health Intern in Ghana?
Medical, biology, nursing and public health students are able to apply to this Public Health Internship Ghana placement. You will be required to submit a CV as well as go through a phone interview for the vetting process before your placement is confirmed.
Any health professionals wishing to contribute to this Cape Coast community are also welcome to come on a volunteer basis (speak to a Kaya advisor for more information). A good level of spoken English is also essential for this placement.
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
This Public Health Internship Ghana is based in and around Cape Coast. It is located in the Central Region. Cape Coast is much more laid back than Accra, and very rich in history, especially given its historical role in the transatlantic slave trade. The city is fascinating as you get to watch endlessly the fishing boats, and fisherman casting nets. The beaches are beautiful, but not as touristy as you may think as the area has not been exploited by the tourism industry yet. The centre of town is an appealing place to wonder and take in the way Ghanaian lives.
During time as a Public Health Intern Ghana, you will be staying with a local host family and will have access to modern westernized amenities.
What to do in your spare time
Cape Coast offers many outings in and around especially if you are interested in the history of colonialism and its global impact. Even if history is not your thing, it is fascinating and heartbreaking to learn about the past of Ghanaian and admire the horizons from Elmina Castle or Cape Coast Castle. If adrenaline is more your thing, you will definitely enjoy a day out to Kakum National Park and its canopies over the Ghanaian jungle.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £1737 / $2711 for 4 weeks
£336 / $524 for each additional week.
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
- Working hours: 4 working days a week, 4-5 hrs a day
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Any day, except Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: Homestay
- Meals: Two meals Mondays through Fridays (Breakfast and Lunch)
- Airport: pick-up and drop-off from/to Kotoko International Airport, Accra
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Transport: to/from project included
What is not included
- Dinner during the workweek, and all meals on 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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