Medical Student Volunteer

Bobikuma Health Centre - Bobikuma, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-52 Location: Bobikuma, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Bobikuma Health Centre is a facility that provide medical service to the people of Bobikuma and the surrounding communities. It operates Monday to Friday.

The centre is usually very busy and with a total staff of only 11 medical personnel they are grateful for medical volunteer assistance.

A medical student volunteer's duties would depend on how far advanced the medical student was in his/her educational endeavours towards obtaining his/her doctor's degree and the amount of actual medical experience in the field.

This placement needs medical student volunteers to help in all divisions of care at the centre. This may be at their emergency department or their numerous out-patient services which include attending to the needs of pregnant women, nursing mothers and their babies.

They are looking for medical student volunteers who have a keen interest in health care. They must be flexible and willing to work wherever necessary. The volunteers must have completed at least two years of their medical academic training. Volunteers looking to increase their knowledge in the medical field would obtain a vast amount of experience towards their future endeavours at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Administrative Duties

Volunteers may be asked to assist staff to update patients health records and assist patients in maintaining accurate records for their National Health Insurance Plan.

Counselling

Medical student volunteers may be asked to assist staff in the counselling of ante-natal care or for patients with HIV/AIDS. The staff will select only volunteers with whom they are confident can be given this responsibility.

Educational Lectures

Medical student volunteers may be asked to help in the development and implementation of educational seminars in the community. Volunteers may also be asked to assist in the development of outreach programs in aspects of health care such as: HIV/AIDS, family planning, malaria and sexually transmitted diseases.

Neonatal care

Medical student volunteers may be asked to assist staff at the neonatal clinic, where medical check-ups of new born babies are done, as well as consultations with new mothers regarding breast feeding and the general care of their new born child.

Emergency Department

Medical student volunteers may be asked to assist staff in the emergency department. It is one of the busiest departments at the centre and volunteers can help with numerous tasks to help relieve some of the workload of staff.

Host Organization Details

Bobikuma Health Centre

Bobikuma Health Centre is a government facility that provide medical service to the people of Bobikuma and the surrounding communities.

The health centre is the only medical facility in the immediate area and if they can not provide the necessary medical care required the patient is transferred to the regional hospital.

The mission of the health centre is to provide quality health services responsive to the needs of all people living in Bobikuma and the surrounding area by implementing approved health sector policies and increased accessibility to priority health service. The centre prudently manages all resources available for provision of health care.

Bobikuma Health Centre has 11 staff and almost all speak English and the local dialect Twi or Fanti. The health facility provides 24 hour emergency service, antenatal service for pregnant women, delivery service, post natal service, family planning, a child welfare clinic and counselling service.

Bobikuma Health Centre has one delivery room, one consulting room, a OPD area, a pharmacy and one common room for staff. The Centre operates Monday to Friday.

When They Were Founded

Bobikuma Health Centre was founded in the year 1990 by the government of Ghana to help serve the medical needs of the people in Bobikuma and the surrounding communities. The staff consists of approximately two doctors and nine other medical personal. The Health centre is a day clinic but provides 24 hour emergency service when necessary.

Who They Work With

Upper Bobikuma Lower Bobikuma Ahasowode Kwamang 15 farming villages in surrounding area

How Are They Funded

The Health Center is funded through international funds and the government pays the staff. Some donations are obtained from private companies in Ghana, as well as from individual donors.

Donation Requests

Stesthoscope Sphignometre (for pressure) Thermometers Scales

Placement Location Information

Bobikuma, Ghana

Bobikuman Health Center is a five minute walk from the police station through main street.

The facility has six rooms which have been divided into various departments such as a delivery room, pharmacy department, staff common room, consulting room, one ward after delivery, and OPD hall which is being used for administration work.

Outside the building in the compound, the health center has one big poly tank for water, as well as private washrooms for the patients. The compound is very neat with level grass and a small grocery store at the entrance. The compound is without a gate and there is a new construction going on within.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) straight to the nearby main road – Ring Road Central. From there, volunteers can take a taxi or tro tro (public transit) to the Kaneshie Main Market. Once there, ask for another tro tro going to Swedru. In Swedru a coordinator will come pick you up and take you to Bobikuma which will take about 40 minutes.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 89.5 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:32

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September to March and temperatures generally range from 30-45 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurring April until August and is a bit cooler at temperatures of 20-35 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.The wettest months are May-June and September-October while the drier periods occur in December-February and a brief period in August.

City/Village Description

Bobikuma is an enchanting community; filled with an energy that captivates the soul. While staying in Bobikuma you will be taken in as part of the community due to the small town atmosphere. Most of the community members of Bobikuma are farmers; therefore there is the possibility for you to learn how farming is done in Ghana if you are interested.

Bobikuma is located between two district capitals; Swedru and Ajumako. It is approximately 15 km from Swedru and takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by tro tro. The population of this community is around 2000 people.

The district is made up of two Paramountcies - Agona Nyakrom Traditional Area and Agona Nsaba Traditional Area. The three main towns of The Nyakrom Traditional Area are Nyakrom, Asafo Duakwa and Kwanyako. Other villages like Agona Mankrong, Agona Mensakrom and Mankrong Junction owe allegiance to Agona Nyakrom Paramountcy. Agona Nsaba, the other Paramountcy has the following town and villages: Lower Bobikuma, Teacher Okai and Agona Ninta.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Bobikuma Community Clinic
Behind Bobikuma Police Station
Bobikuma
TEL 1: 0244530299

Placement Address

Bobikuma Health Centre
Behind Bobikuma Police Station
Bobikuma
Ghana

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
250
 
  1 Week
395
 
  2 Weeks
535
 
  3 Weeks
675
 
  4 Weeks
815
 
  5 Weeks
940
 
  6 Weeks
1,065
 
  7 Weeks
1,190
 
  8 Weeks
1,315
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
120
 
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.

Feb 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019 Apr 05, 2019
May 03, 2019 Jun 07, 2019 Jul 05, 2019
Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019 Oct 04, 2019
Nov 01, 2019 Dec 06, 2019 Jan 03, 2020
Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020 Jul 03, 2020
Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

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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