The aim of the Medical, Nursing and Health Volunteer Programme is to help rural communities, which are deprived of access to basic healthcare and medicine. In major cities, medical care is fairly good and accessible. However, once you leave the major cities, the standard drops considerably and there is a real shortage of trained medical professionals to work in these communities and provide basic healthcare services.
The Medical, Nursing and Health project is well suited to medical volunteers with an interest experiencing medical work in settings much different to your traditional medical environment.
It is important to note that the facilities and resources on this project, especially in the more rural clinics, are extremely limited and provide a much different working environment to what most Medical volunteers have experienced before. Therefore, short term volunteers must understand that the clinic work will be be primarily observational, but the longer you spend on this project and the higher your qualification, the more likely it is you will be able to participate in a more hands on capacity. This will be determined by our local team and based on your level of education and previous experience.
This project is open to qualified medical or nursing professionals as well as volunteers who have completed at least two years of medical or nursing training. You will need to provide a copy of your qualifications, or a letter and transcript from your school to the local team on arrival. Midwives are also able to work within our rural clinics.
“They’re all so lovely at the clinic, they do all want to help you. And they want you to stay for as long as you can, because I think they like the extra pair of hands there. There’s not many places in the clinic, so we tried everything. We were comfortable enough to go and sort of do our own thing… We really loved it.”
Alex, Nursing Student, Ghana