Health and Hygiene Volunteer

Nsutaman Polyclinic - Nsuta, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-715 Location: Nsuta, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Public Health Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Nsutaman Polyclinic provides services to a very large Ashanti Region including Nsuta and 31 surrounding villages. It mainly serves as a day clinic and 24 hour emergency care for the community.

The clinic has a Public Health Unit which conducts seminars on nutrition, personal hygiene, pre and postnatal care, HIV/AIDS issues, as well as, infectious diseases. They provide these sessions not only to the general populations but at the schools in the community as well.

Healthcare provision in rural areas is very basic, with many having to travel long distances by foot to get to relevant care. This results in some mortalities, that with better provisions could have been prevented.

The Public Health Unit of the Nsutaman Polyclinic places skilled health professionals at their clinics to provide educational sessions related to a vast number of medical conditions and issues in Ghana such as: HIV/AIDS, sexuality in youth, family planning, maternity health, nutrition, palliative care for cancer patients, various eye conditions, blindness and aspects of prevention, malaria, as well as information regarding the importance of community health insurance, proper sanitation and safe water.

Community Health Centres and Regional Referral Hospitals send volunteers to help with these public health projects. Volunteers are needed at this placement to support the staff at the various clinics. They have specifically requested for HIV/AIDS awareness volunteers to help educate the people in Ghana about the causes, effects and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The volunteer does not need to have had previous experience related to this illness but they must have good communication skills and a sincere desire to help in the fight against AIDS. Volunteers must also be willing to travel with the nurses for any and all outreach programs.

Volunteers should have previously researched and educated themselves in respect to the different aspects of the illness including the up-to-date different types of anti retrovirus therapies that are prescribed to individuals infected with HIV, so that they can make a meaningful contribution during their volunteering commitment, at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Outreach Programs

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer would be going to community schools, as well as some of the private schools to conduct an awareness program related to HIV/AIDS. The volunteer would discuss his/her presentation with the staff before hand to ensure that all aspects of the illness were included.

HIV/AIDS Complications

An HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer may be asked to teach about the complications of the illness. What to watch out for and simple changes in the body that should be addressed when and if they occur to prevent further deterioration of the body.

Nutritional Information

HIV/AIDS awareness volunteers may be asked to share their knowledge in the field of nutrition for HIV infected people. Volunteers must keep in mind the availability of certain foods and the cost factor in their host country.

Administration Support

Volunteers would be expected to meet with the nurses and organize the itinerary and the list of workshops to be delivered at every outreach program location. Logistics of materials needed for every session is important for effective outreach program presentations.

Host Organization Details

Nsutaman Polyclinic

The Nsutaman Polyclinic is a government supported clinic. It was established to provide services to a very large Ashanti Region including Nsuta and 31 surrounding villages.

The clinic provides 24 hour emergency care to the community but functions mainly as a day clinic. The majority of the patients seen at the clinic have malaria or a gastrointestinal infection.

The Nsutaman Polyclinic has a large reception area where clients and there families wait to be seen in the individual units at the clinic. In the maternity unit they deal with prenatal and postnatal care for both the mothers and their babies. They have two units that deal with male issues and two units that handle female conditions. They also have a dispensary that supplies medications to the clients, when necessary.

The laboratory at the clinic does diagnostic testing for conditions such as: malaria, urinary tract infections, diabetes, worms and numerous gastrointestinal infections.

The clinic also has a Public Health Unit which conducts seminars on nutrition, personal hygiene, pre and postnatal care, HIV/AIDS issues, as well as, infectious diseases. They provide these sessions not only to the general populations but at the schools in the community as well.

If the clinic is confronted with clients requiring major medical attention they are transferred to the general hospital which is about a 10 minute drive from the township of Nsutaman.

When They Were Founded

Nsutamam Polyclinic was founded in the year 1969 by the government of Ghana to help serve the medical needs of the people in Nsuta and the surrounding community. The staff consists of approximately 5 doctors and 25 other medical personal. The clinic is a day clinic but provides 24 hour emergency service when necessary.

How Are They Funded

The Nsutamam Polyclinic receives funds from the government. They also obtain funds from the fees charged at the clinic. Some funds are provided by individual donors and/or private agencies.

Donation Requests

First-aid supplies and/or children's toys and clothing. Any donations that could be used at a hospital/medical setting would be appreciated.

Placement Location Information

Nsuta, Ghana

The Nsutaman Polyclinic is a very small health center located in the town of Nsuta in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. This clinic is publicly funded and not only serves the population of Nsuta but also people from a number of surrounding small villages in the district.

The clinic offers basic medical and maternity services and has a limited supply of drugs and vaccines. Due to the harsh climate in this area and frequent power shortages, it is difficult to store certain medications. The clinic has only a small staff of pharmacy technicians, nursing assistants and of course many volunteers.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) by taxi or tro tro (public transportation) to the VIP Bus Terminal, which depending on traffic will take between eight to ten minutes. From there volunteers will take a bus to the city of Kumasi, usually taking between four to five hours.

From there, you will take a 1 to 2 hour tro-tro ride to Nsuta.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 1 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 7:0

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through March and temperatures generally range from 30-40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurring April until August is a bit cooler at temperatures of 30-35 degrees Celsius. As the name of the season suggests, rainfall increases dramatically throughout these months. It is generally not constant rain, but when it does rain, it usually pours.

City/Village Description

Nsuta is located in the Ashanti Region, near Kumasi. The people in this area are known for their arts, crafts, and hospitality. The road to Nsuta is beautiful, as you travel through the mountains on a well paved road (one of the best in Ghana). The town itself has a great vibe, and there are lots of opportunities to hike in the surrounding mountains. There are less than 5,000 people in the town but it swells enormously on Thursdays for Market Day. Nsuta services hundreds of small villages located in the Ashanti Region and these people come to town every Thursday to trade goods and purchase items to take back to their villages.

The town has all the essentials, including a medical clinic, restaurants, food stands, churches, and schools. The people here are very friendly and welcome volunteers with open arms. You will definitely have ample opportunity to practice your newly polished Twi speaking skills.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Nsutaman Polyclinic
Effiduasi Ross
TEL 1: 0244947137

Placement Address

Nsutaman Polyclinic
P.O. Box 36 Nsuta-Ash

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Ghana and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Ghana to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

BaseCamp Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana
BaseCamp Ghana Address

C/O Pink Hostel
5th Crescent
Accra, Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana Contact Details

Tel: 233-243-745-771 (Hostel Number)
Mobile: 233-245-916-108

The BaseCamp Center in Accra is a hostel situated in the residential neighbourhood of Asylum Down. This is a relaxing and peaceful area, away from the continuous activity and hubbub of the tourist district, but central enough that we are within walking distance of many attractions in Accra including the National Museum, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Adabraka Market.

The centre itself is a three-story building with several dormitory rooms. There are also several quiet areas where volunteers can study and relax including a covered area outside. There is an internet cafe, allowing volunteers to stay in touch with friends and family abroad. In addition to this, free WIFI can be accessed throughout the building.

All volunteers spend their orientation in this centre when they first arrive in Ghana. The workshops and language training take place in this building as well although each day we incorporate outings to learn about the area and how to get around independently.

Living With a Host Family in Ghana

Living with a host family in Ghana is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ghana.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ghana

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020
Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021
Jul 02, 2021 Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021
Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021
Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022
Apr 01, 2022 May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022
Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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