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.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
While the COVID pandemic is still affecting travel, for this location, you are required to come vaccinated, and you will spend the first three nights in a hotel booked by our on-site team before joining your homestay.
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: £2125 / $3317 for 4 weeks
see drop-down menu for additional weekly pricing
- Requirements: Age 18+ and COVID-19 vaccination
- Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
- Working hours: Monday-Friday: 5 to 6 hours a day
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Hotel stay for the first 3-nights + Homestay
- Food: Two meals Mondays through Fridays (Breakfast and Dinner typically)
- Airport: Pick up and drop off from Kotoko International Airport, Accra
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including:
- Pre-departure information pack for Ghana
- Fundraising Guide
- How to Manage your Money Abroad Guide
- Learning Reflection Guide
- On the ground training:
- Cultural and safety orientation
- Project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers
- Excursion Planning assistance from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
What is not included
- Food: Lunch during the workweek, and all meals on weekends.
- Routine vaccinations
- Daily transfers to and from the 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.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
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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