Medical Intern Volunteering in Ghana

If you are a current or aspiring medical student, medical intern volunteering in Ghana is an exceptional opportunity to gain practical experience in a hospital setting.  In addition, you’ll get a first-hand look at what medical care looks like in a developing country.  As a medical intern, you’ll shadow doctors in various departments within the hospital depending on your interests and experience.  Practicing physicians and clinicians are also highly encouraged to apply!

Medical intern volunteering in Ghana gives you the chance to shadow doctors in local hospitals across a variety of wards.  This is an exceptional opportunity to gain medical experience in your chosen field. You’ll also work alongside local student nurses to learn more about medicine as well as the medical struggles that occur in West Africa.  This is a highly rewarding opportunity where you will gain valuable experience and increase the attractiveness of your resume or CV.  The internship is based in one of Accra’s largest hospitals which possesses an outstanding reputation for teaching and medical care.

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Volunteer Testimonial

German volunteer profile photo“My Hosts were great! They made sure I had the best time as possible in Ghana.  The project itself was also a good experience and broadened my mind.  I could gain a good insight into the Health Care System of Ghana and the work of the stuff in the hospital.

There was nothing I would say I didn’t like.  It was a bit different from my expectations (e.g. working independently), but it was OK how it was and you have get used to the local circumstances. In the end, I gathered the best experience as possible.” – Anja (Germany, Jan-Feb 2019)

Read Anja’s full recap of her experience in Ghana on the GOAT Volunteers blog.


Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Ghana covers your room and full board in the NGO’s volunteer house.  Here, you’ll be living in a large, beautiful house located a short taxi ride from your placement.

  • Shared, single-sex dorm rooms with en-suite bathrooms and ceiling fans
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast: self-service | lunch & dinner: local chef prepared in-house)
  • Filtered drinking water
  • Hot water & limited WiFi is available
  • NGO staff lives in the house with volunteers for 24/7 support



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.  This project also includes an additional fee; please the Special Considerations section below for more information.

Ghana Projects

DurationProject Cost
1 week£300
2 weeks£500
4 weeks£1,000
Additional weeks (each)£250
Prices for projects in Ghana are in British Pound Sterling; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

There are additional fees for the medical internship (£100) and veterinary care (£200) projects.

Included: Airport arrival transport • Orientation on arrival • Shared accommodation in volunteer house • 3 meals per day and purified drinking water • 24/7 on-site staff support

NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

Additional weeks cost a flat rate of £250 each.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | Medical Intern Volunteering in Ghana


For special considerations regarding all projects in Ghana, please visit the Ghana page.

Medical Background

Medical Intern Volunteering in Ghana is limited to practicing medical professionals, current medical students, and high school graduates intending to pursue a degree in medicine.

Additional Fee

The Medical Internship project requires an additional £100 fee to be registered with the health board in Ghana.  This fee will be paid directly to the NGO.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.