The birth of a child is one of the most miraculous events in a person’s life. On the midwifery project, you’ll work with experienced midwives and expecting mothers to bring newborns into the world. Volunteers will also assist with antenatal care for up to four weeks after birth, giving them an incredible opportunity to make a significant impact for a new family. Being a volunteer midwife in Ghana is a great way to experience care given to mothers in a developing country.
Volunteer Midwife in Ghana
The hospital our NGO partner supports is seriously understaffed with roughly 150 births each month, but only a handful of midwives and student nurses to staff the labor ward. The lifetime risk or maternal death is 1 in 18 women in Ghana compared to significantly higher rates in more developed countries. Care for women in labor is something that is improving but women often still do not receive any antenatal care, often don’t receive any pain killers during their labor, and power cuts in hospitals often interfere with caring for the women.
As a volunteer midwife in Ghana you will be working in local hospitals shadowing local midwives and working closely with nursing students. While we cannot guarantee any hands on experience during your time in Ghana; pro-active and hard working volunteers may be rewarded with the opportunity to get involved with routine procedures at the discretion of supervising doctors. You will gain valuable experience in a cross cultural environment to add to your resume/CV, medical school and university applications, or to simply expand your work experience. During your time in the hospital your timetable will be coordinated by the local doctors who you will be working with to give you the best experience possible.
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.
|Additional weeks (each)||£250|
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 | Volunteer Midwife in Ghana
For special considerations regarding all projects in Ghana, please visit the Ghana page.
Health Care Background
An educational background or experience in health care is required to volunteer on the Midwifery project. New high school graduates intending to pursue a degree in health-related fields are welcome as well.
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.