Medical Volunteer Program

Like food, clothing and shelter, Medical care is a basic human right, and making it accessible for all is essential. The organizations that we work with are striving to fulfill that need, and can always benefit from an extra pair of hands from an international volunteer. Our healthcare placements offer an exceptional learning opportunity, in addition to a gratifying volunteer experience.

SPF volunteers get to work side-by-side with local people in healthcare. With small health clinics and understaffed hospitals serving low-income communities, volunteers support the over-worked staff, adding to their efficiency and allowing more people in need to be served.

The specific goals of the healthcare volunteer program in Ghana are to increase access to basic healthcare for rural people, decrease the prevalence of endemic diseases and improve overall village health by providing assistance in public health services in all aspects of clinical nursing, and to promote health education in the villages.

Role of Volunteer

Depending on your background and training we have placements available in hospitals as well as more rural clinics. A volunteer's role can range from observational to direct patient assistance, depending on their level of knowledge. An important element of these volunteer placements is being exposed to healthcare practices in a different culture, which can be a tremendous learning experience, no matter what your background might be.

Medical volunteers will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observation. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.


Program: Volunteer in Ghana
Project: Medical Volunteer in Ghana

Location: Accra, Volta Region

Departure and End Point: Accra, Ghana (Kotoka International Airport)

Language Need: none

Accommodation and meals: Home base and Ghanaian cuisine three times daily

Activities: support a developing healthcare system in an assistant capacity.

Start Dates: Flexible

Skill/Qualification Needed

To participate in our medical volunteer program in Ghana, interested volunteers must have certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Due to the health risks involved, volunteers who are not properly trained in healthcare cannot support this project. However, we do have internships available for medical and nursing students, as well as pre-med students. Interns will be placed on the same projects as volunteers, but their patient access will be much more limited and they will spend the majority of their time shadowing doctors and nurses, or possibly assisting with triage or other things the clinic or hospital might need help with.