Nursing Student Volunteer

Bomso Clinic - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-731 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Nursing Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Bonso Clinic in the suburbs of Kumasi would like medical staff, (doctors, med students, nurses, student nurses and lab technicians), to come and work in their hospital. They realize that exchanging medical technology with foreign volunteers would be beneficial to both parties and also provide them with extra assistance that they need.

Due to lack of adequate nursing staff, the nurses at the hospital are not able to provide all the care necessary for the patients, without doing many hours of overtime each week. Nursing student volunteers could do much to relieve this stressful situation.

The nursing student volunteers would be asked to help in several areas,(depending on their qualification and experience), such as: attending to patients various needs, giving prescribed medications to those whom require it, assisting at mealtimes, when necessary, talking to the patients about their current health problems and if they have anything they need to discuss about their present treatment or condition.

Nursing student volunteers may be asked to work in the antenatal/postnatal maternity section of the hospital or in the HIV/AIDS division. Student nurses would be expected to assist with administrative duties as well, be it updating patients files or recording of current medical data etc.

The scope of a nursing student's experience at this clinic is vast and he/she could not only enhance their medical knowledge but also provide assistance in a very worthwhile endeavour.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Counselling

A nursing student volunteer may be asked to assist staff in the counselling of patients in the antenatal/postnatal maternity section of the hospital or at the HIV/AIDS clinic.

Ward Duties

A nursing student volunteer would be expected to assist the nursing staff with their duties in the general wards of the hospital. Student nurses with previous delivery room experience may be asked to assist in the labour ward.

Administrative Duties

A nursing student volunteer would be expected to assist the staff in keeping patients files current and also contributing their help with other administrative tasks within the hospital such as updating medical information in their systems or the filing of data when necessary.

Education Seminars

A nursing student volunteer may be asked to assist in the development and implementation of educational seminars in the community or also be asked to assist in the development of outreach programs in aspects of health care such as: HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning or information regarding the national health insurance coverage.

Host Organization Details

Bomso Clinic

Bomso Clinic seeks to improve the health status of all people living in Ghana, thereby contributing to the Government's vision of transforming Ghana into a middle income country by 2015..

Bomso Clinic is a wholly Ghanaian owned Partnership that provides medical services, based at Bonso, a suburb of Kumasi, two kilometers from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)..

The Bomso Clinic is one of the pioneers in the concept of a "Group Medical Practice" in Ghana. Thanks to the efforts of three doctors who combined their specialized medical fields into one central location, the Bonso Clinic was established.

The MISSION is to provide good quality patient care and the inspiration came from medical centers such as the now world famous Lahey and Mayo Clinics in the United States of America.

The VISION was to create and sustain a "Group Medical Practice" that promotes research and training in a qualified specialized facility.

When They Were Founded

The Bomso Clinic was founded by three doctors, namely, Dr. K. E. Appiah, Paediatrician, Dr. A. Andan, Surgeon, and Dr. T. K. Agble, Gynecologist and Obstetrician, committed themselves in the 1970’s to the vision and mission to create and sustain a "Group Medical Practice" and to promote research and training in this qualified, specialized facility.

Who They Work With

The clinic is used by various people throughout the Kumasi area.

How Are They Funded

Bomso Clinic is completely funded by private donations. The reason that they rely on private donors is because the Ghanaian Government does not have enough money to support all medical facilities throughout Ghana. Medical Centers like Mab Medicare Center plays an important role in providing quality health care to many Ghanaian citizens who otherwise may go unattended.

Donation Requests

Any medical supplies and/or laboratory equipment,

Placement Location Information

Kumasi, Ghana

Bomso Clinic is located in the city of Kumasi - near Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Bomso is situated in a very nice location about 127km from the BaseCamp Center. About two kilometers from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The Bomso Clinic is in a very densely populated part of the city of Kumasi.

The clinic has a wall built around it with a big gate. There is a large parking lot where patients and/or staff members can park their cars. It has a small reception area where patients can sit and wait to be examined. There are also three wards for men and three for women where patients get admitted when their illness requires in-patient care. There is also a pharmacy and an administrative office.

This clinic provides help to many people in the community and beyond with 24 hour emergency support.

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 ride a bus to the city of Kumasi, usually taking between four to five hours. Once in Kumasi ask the driver to let you off at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Volunteers can then take a taxi to Bomso from the K.N.U.S.T junction to the Bomso Clinic.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 127
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 5:20

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through March and temperatures generally range from 29-34 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurs in April until August and is a bit cooler at temperatures of 19-20 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...

They calculate sunshine hours per day using their past forecast data. For August expect the sun to shine for an average of three hours per day. This represents the average number of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by clouds.

City/Village Description

Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana and the capital of the Ashanti Region. The city is buzzing 24 hours a day, and is home to the large Kejetia Market. Traditional Ashanti pride is much more prominent in this area, and volunteers are likely to see more cultural dress and practices during their stay.

Kumasi is a hub for travellers planning on going in any direction in Ghana, and has good transportation (bus or tro tro) to all major cities. Drivers in the city are aggressive and down town traffic can often be a challenge.

However, all the suburbs around Kumasi are fairly close and walking, (if you're up for a bit of a hike), is never out of the question. The down town core has a few major tourist spots, (Vic Baboo's restaurant and Chopsticks), where you can always find good Western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Komfo A. Teaching Hospital (KATH)
Komfo Anokye Road
Kumasi
TEL 1: 03220 22301
TEL 2: 03220 22301-3

Placement Address

Bomso Clinic
Accra Road Lane
Kumasi
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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