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Original Volunteers have been organising placements in the Atibie hospital in the Kwahu region of Ghana near Lake Volta for over 10 years. Opportunities exist for both students on courses and qualified professionals of medicine, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy for placements between 1 and 4 weeks throughout the year (subject to availability, please contact us) although longer stays are welcomed.

Learning Opportunities

The Atibie hospital is a busy under resourced government hospital with 140 beds divided across trauma, general adults, maternity and children. There are ample opportunities exist to put into practice existing skills to work alongside qualified local staff to help relieve the workload in departments you feel comfortable working in. Healthcare students may choose to work shadow or participate according to their level of confidence and expertise, always working alongside and under supervision of local qualified staff. References can be provided at the completion of visit. There are also opportunities to carry out first aid (wound care) and health checks and referrals at the poorest schools in remote areas where our non-health volunteers are working.

Elective Details

Number of Students Accepted


Duration of Elective

1-4 weeks


Comfortable accommodation is provided in a large modern house shared by all volunteers. It is gated and a member of staff is on site at all times. Modern kitchen and western bathroom. Meals are self-catering. Most volunteers eat out on their way to and from the hospital although the kitchen can be used to prepare own meals. Allow $7 - $13 a day/£5 - £10 for meals and transport.


US $524 / UK £420 for a 2 week hospital placement in Ghana including accommodation, airport pick up and fees to Original Volunteers and local hospital for supervision. Not included: Flights, personal travel insurance, daily spending. Flights to Ghana from UK/Europe start at £360 return. Extra weeks US $62 / UK £50 per week including accommodation.

Applicant Requirements

Either qualified in a relevant field or currently studying a relevant course which has already included periods in public-facing busy health settings.


Rachel Lewis

Rouen House
Rouen Road
Norwich, NR11RB
United Kingdom

Phone: 01603280702

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

URL: http://www.originalvolunteers.co.uk

Mar 26, 2017