Medical Internship

Salvation Army - Accra, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-595 Location: Accra, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Salvation Army's Urban Aid Clinic in Accra is seeking pre-med student volunteers to help with several general tasks at the clinic. This is a high-volume clinic that sees a lot of patients and is often short-staffed to manage administrative and patient care requirements. As such, they are seeking volunteers even with no medical background to help out at the clinic.

A pre-med student volunteer may be asked to assist in many different avenues of approach to medical care. Be it: patient intake, neonatal care, counselling, educational services, administrative duties etc.

They are looking for pre-med student volunteers with a keen interest in health care, who are willing to take on various tasks as required. While a background in medicine is not required, a keen attitude and a willingness to be flexible in how their time is used is a requirement for any volunteers at this placement. Any pre-med student 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

Patient Intake

A pre-med student volunteer may be asked to assist with the intake information of patients -- working to provide a preliminary account for the visit which may include: medical update -- past and current medical data, such as the weight, height and temperature of patients as well as perhaps their emotional status if necessary.

Neonatal Care

A pre-med student volunteer 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.

Educational Services

Pre-med student volunteers would help in the development and implementation of educational seminars in the community. Assist in the development of outreach programs in aspects of health care such as: HIV/AIDS, family planning, malaria and the importance of national health insurance coverage.


Some pre-med 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.

Administrative Duties

Pre-med student volunteers would work with staff to update patient health records and assist patients in maintaining accurate records for their National Health Insurance Plan.

Host Organization Details

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an international non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing services to people who are in need. The services provided by the Salvation Army focus on delivering programs that help ensure that everyone has access to food, shelter and water while promoting an inclusive environment free from discrimination or judgement.

The Salvation Army has implemented programs throughout Ghana in a number of areas. A primary focus for the Salvation Army Ghana Branch is to increase access to health care services and to provide programming that helps promote healthy living focusing on ways to prevent some types of illnesses. In addition the Salvation Army works with over 120 schools throughout Ghana helping with financial aid, student supplies, teaching materials and even pays for some teachers salaries. Their aim is to increase the quality of education by increasing the number of facilitators thus reducing the class sizes.

Another endeavour by the Salvation Army in Ghana is working at an Urban Aid clinic which is a clinic for: expectant mothers who are seeking prenatal care, new mothers seeking antenatal/postnatal care, and newborn babies. The clinic provides services to Accra and the surrounding communities.

The organization also offers outreach programs to markets and street people who may benefit from their services.

In Ghana the Salvation Army is also focused on providing training and education to individuals who would like to participate in community service in their districts. They train community leaders or counsellors who are interested in learning; how they can become involved in their community in the various social issues of their region. The training seminars are focused on: developing leadership skills, providing information about gender issues, family budgeting, public health issues like HIV/AIDS and workshops on the importance of saving money. Each person who receives the training from the Salvation Army is then encouraged to share the information with others in their community and to help promote social change within their own district.

The Salvation Army in Ghana is actively involved in promoting social change by promoting local volunteers and reinforcing in them the importance of giving to others in need. This organization has successfully implemented and organized projects throughout Ghana for 50 years and continues to provide help and fellowship to those in need.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

The Salvation Army is a non-denominational Christian organization. The members feel that they are part of a global movement where the members are dedicated to devoting their time to helping others and creating a sense of community.

When They Were Founded

The Salvation Army's was created on July 2 1865 in London England by a Methodist minister named William Booth. William Booth started by telling people about the Christian message and realized that he needed to create programs that illustrated the message that he was trying to teach. He started by opening a school that offered classes in basic mathematics, reading and writing to those who were unable to afford to go to school. In addition, he created penny banks, soup kitchens and a relief aid center for those who were in need of additional financial, nutritional or medical support. The programs were embraced throughout London, England and as a result Mr. Booth decided to expand the concept of the Salvation Army to other parts of England and Europe.

By 1950, the Salvation Army had expanded their services around the globe and decided that they would open a center in Ghana. Captain Agnes Cage was hired to go to Ghana and create and implement the Salvation Army programs for different regions throughout Ghana. The first program that was started by Captain Agnes Cage was to provide food, water and medicine to individuals who were unable to leave their homes.

How Are They Funded

The Salvation Army funds their own projects. All staff, supplies and operational costs are supported by money collected by the Salvation Army, They also receive donation from individuals.

Donation Requests

The Salvation Army is seeking donations for the various programs that they run. A volunteer who is coming to work with the members of Urban Aid could really help make a difference by donating any of the following:

Sterile equipment such as pads, syringes, gloves, plus masks, hair nets, bedding, pillows, thermometers, and condoms would be appreciated. They would also benefit from educational materials on prenatal care, office supplies (paper, pens, pencils, staplers, markers, paper clips, tape, scissors), and general medical supplies such as band-aids, compresses, tensor bandages, medical tape or any other medical supplies.

Baby clothing, blankets, toys, or cloth diapers are all things that are needed as they could be given to new mothers.

Placement Location Information

Accra, Ghana

Urban Aid is one of the clinics that is funded and staffed by the Salvation Army. The clinic is in a two level open air building and painted in a cream colour. They have: an assessment room, a weighing and administration area, a family planning room, delivery room, post delivery room, emergency room, recovery room, consultation room and a pharmacy. They also have a children's ward that is used for medical check-ups for kids up to five years old.

The clinic is well funded and supplied but can always use volunteers to help out the staff. Volunteers with training in medicine or a medical background are particularly useful.

The clinic is located in Maamobi a neighborhood in the city of Accra.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will walk from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) for ten minutes to Kaneshie Station and will then take a tro tro (public transit) heading to Mamobi Nima. It takes approximately one hour each morning when there is traffic, without traffic it will take about twenty minutes. The tro tro goes into the main station before it stops, therefore, you must walk back and take the main road. At the first branch that leads to the right hand side, there is a sign that shows the direction to the Salvation Army Clinic (about one kilometre).

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 6 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:0

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September to March and temperatures generally range from 25-40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season begins in April and lasts until August and the temperature is a bit cooler at 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.

Often the weather can change throughout the day. At one moment it is very hot and the next moment it is pouring rain. Volunteers are advised to bring a good waterproof jacket while in this area.

City/Village Description

Accra is a vibrant city that is steeped in history. There is a historical lighthouse in the district of Jamestown; built in 1871, by the British. Climb to the top and enjoy the fantastic view of the Gold Coast. Note the traditional fishing boats and Fort Ussher. Observe the hustle and bustle of Jamestown.

Accra is home to the National Arts Market which provides an opportunity for volunteers to practice their bartering skills for paintings, carvings, bead work, fabric, and many other unique West African Arts.

There are many places to see in Accra. Why not visit one of the many museums? Accra also has an eclectic music scene, with a good beat to be found on almost every corner.

Activities in and around Accra include biking, swimming, catching a soccer game, drumming, dancing lessons, art lessons, and much more.

Nearest Medical Clinic

37 Military Hospital
Liberation Road
TEL 1: 0302-235110
TEL 2: 030 2767691

Placement Address

Salvation Army
Maamobi Street

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ghana you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

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.

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 Oct 07, 2022
Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023
Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023
May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023


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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