Nurse Electives in Africa, Expand Your Medical Career

Nurse Electives in Africa

We share some tips and advice on nurse electives from two student nurses from Leeds University. Helena and Ceci talk and share their feedback and reviews about their international nurse elective abroad in Ghana.

They talk about the cultural differences, especially around time-keeping, affectionately known as ‘Ghana-Time’. 

They were so happy to see their was food on their arrival at the volunteer accommodation after a long journey to the project location in a rural village in Ghana. 

Advice for Nurse Elective Volunteers

Helena and Ceci told us how three weeks wasn’t long enough, and advised future student nurses to stay as long as they can.

Tip 1: Learn a bit of the local TWI language. A little goes a long way

Tip 2: Try all the yummy food. It’s included. 3x a day and is locally prepared from local produce. 

Hospital Nurse Elective Experience


The student nurses from Leeds University spent time in intensive care and paediatric wards in the hospital on their nurse elective. 

The hospital has more resources than the rural clinics they volunteered with. Rural clinics are often run by nurses alone. 


Like to Volunteer with us or know more?

You can read more on our Student Medical Elective Programme placements in Ghana here and more about Vocational Impact here.

Questions? Would you like to participate? That’s great – feel free to email us or call/whatsapp us on: +44 (0) 7704 129 816

Alternatively, complete an application to begin the process of volunteering in Ghana, and we’ll be in touch with more details!

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