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Volunteer in Medicine in Ghana

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    7

Medical Volunteering in Ghana

My experience volunteering abroad in Ghana was, overall, a wonderful experience. From program placement, to weekend excursions, it was organized and well thought out. One of the program managers, Evans, helped the volunteers adjust to everything very quickly and easily. If Evans would not have made weekly visits to each program placement to check in on us, I feel we would have had more trouble setting up the things to do for the next week to come. Evans helped with organization and transportation of every medical outreach we did, as well as our weekend plans. I feel as though my volunteering would have been drastically different, had Evans not been there to help!

One thing I do recommend for any medical volunteer seeking placement in Ghana, is to fundraise for the medical outreaches before you arrive in Ghana. It was not stressed enough in the program guide that medical volunteers will be solely watching and viewing the work being done at the clinics that you are placed at. Personally, after attending the clinic for a week and a half, I felt as though I wasn't doing enough to help the community, so I chose to fundraise enough money to have a medical outreach to schools in the area to provide malaria testing and wound care. My only advice to you is to fundraise as much as you can, before you arrive to Ghana, then you will be all set to dive straight into the outreaches where you can dramatically help the kids and community.

Overall, my experience was wonderful, I would recommend it 10/10 if you're even slightly considering volunteering abroad! Ghana was beautiful, and I was surrounded by the kindest, happiest people I've ever met.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Best thing I've ever done

Honey, Listen... IVHQ Ghana is the best thing that I've ever done. I volunteered at the Kekele Polyclinic in Accra, Ghana. It was an amazing experience. I worked in administration as well as the lab. I was also able to watch a childbirth, take vitals, and shadow a doctor. The housing accommodations were extremely comfortable. Food was delicious. But the best thing everything was my amazing tour guide, Evans. He went above and beyond to make sure that we were safe, taken care of, and happy. He even rode with us when we met up with a family friend to ensure that we were safe (he was off the clock). He set up an amazing weekend trip to cape coast that was a perfect combination of life changing and super fun! He was super hard working and dedicated to keeping us on track. In his words, "let's rock and roll".

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review March 02, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Hi Imanni - Thank you for sharing your experience in Ghana, it's so awesome to hear the wide range of aspects you got to experience on your placement! I'm thrilled you felt supported by our local team - they're great, aren't they? Thanks for your awesome efforts and I wish you all the best! ^Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Medical, childcare and teaching experience at Potter's village and in Frankadua

My experience as a medical outreach volunteer and as a childcare volunteer was nothing short of amazing. Of course my trip would not have gone as smoothly as it did without the aid of Evans. He was absolutely amazing and was knowledgeable everything and anything. Not only did he play a tremendously huge part of organizing and helping me make the malaria outreach happen, he was also a significant part in organizing our weekend outings as well. Benedict as well as the local staff at Potter's Village and Giles from Frankadua were fantastic as well. Everyone was very helpful and welcoming -- especially the kids. I will definitely be going back!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review January 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Hi Steph - I'm so happy to hear you had an amazing time on the Ghana Program. Your contribution to the Malaria Outreach campaigns were nothing short of incredible, and I'm so glad to hear you felt completely supported by our local team throughout this experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon! ^Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

It couldn´t have been better

My decision to volunteer with IVHQ in Ghana was one of the best decisions in my life. I decided to go to Ghana together with two other German girls who I knew from the nurse school. Before we arrived I was really excited because I didn’t know what to expect. For the first time I would visit another continent and I had to speak so much English. At first we had an orientation day in the volunteer house in Accra, together with every volunteer who arrived with us. The information we got there was enough to be well prepared for the purple program in Frankadua. Normally we would have been at the purple program only for one week but we asked if it is possible to spend the rest of our stay in Frankadua. I want to say thank you to the coordinator of the purple program and the Boss of IVHQ who made it possible that we had four amazing weeks in Frankadua. We were warmly welcomed by both, the other volunteers and the locals. The work we did was very versatile. We did a lot of wound care for children and adults, we tested children from various schools for malaria and gave them the medicine they needed. We also twice accompanied a girl to the hospital because she had problems with her eye. We got a lot of support from the other volunteers for the medical outreaches. Also the manager of the purple program helped us to have enough material to do the wound care and the malaria tests. Everything was well organized from the beginning to the end.
Important to say is that I have felt save at every day and nighttime. Also we had a great cook who supplied us with food three times a day. On the weekends we always had lots of fun. We went to the coast and did other activities which were organized by us volunteers. For example we visited loads of beautiful beaches or did a hiking tour to the waterfalls. Especially the countless Basketball games we had with the locals and the volunteers together and the evenings at the fire or at the bar will stay in my memory. I can´t say anything negative my whole stay in Ghana. I had an unforgettable time with unforgettable people.( And I hope my English is a little bit better now.)

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review January 10, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Hi Vera - it certainly sounds like you made the most of your time in Ghana! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the program, and that you were able to make a positive contribution in your work. I'm certain the villages you worked in appreciated and valued your contribution, and your dedication to your placement work made a massive difference. We wish you all the best, and hope to have you join us again soon! ^Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Above and Beyond

My experience with IVHQ destination in Ghana on the medical mission was awesome! From engaging with community outreach programs, like testing for Malaria, and community health, like treating wounds, to educational trips like Cape Coast Castle, and then adventurous fun, like the Canopy walk, made for an enjoyable, memorable experience. This experience went above and beyond my expectations and I grateful to have been a part of this journey.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review December 04, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Hi Michelle - I'm so glad you enjoyed your time on the Medical project in Ghana, and it's awesome to hear the program went above and beyond your expectations! Thanks again for your review.
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Amazing!

As a mature 3rd year nursing student having never travelled outside of Europe or alone, I was quite nervous volunteering but there was no need. From booking, and arriving back home I felt at ease and supported.
I arrived to Ghana in the evening and was met at the airport by IVHQ. I was taken to Madina volunteer house with 5 other volunteers. We ate, then settled down for the night. The following morning we had induction that was extremely informative and we even had a language lesson. We then travelled to our placements on a tro, seeing and experiencing the culture of Ghana with Evans answering any questions we had. When I arrived at the ‘purple programme’ in Frankadua I met other volunteers who were likeminded and extremely welcoming.
I visited the local clinic to meet the staff and have a look around. Whilst I was there, there was an outreach programme taking place, so I decided to take part in this the whole placement. This included visiting schools to test and treat the children for malaria (there was a very high percentage with malaria). Another outreach involved wound care, this included wounds caused by falling over/playing, infected mosquito bites and poor foot care from poor footwear/no footwear. Another outreach involved going to the local market place, testing and treating locals for malaria, doing blood sugars and blood pressures and giving health advice where needed. There were also medical volunteers that went to schools with the teaching volunteers to teach CPR and hand washing. there was talk of teaching to prevent malaria too. One of the programme leads, Evans was extremely hardworking, informative and everything ran smoothly because of his organisational skills and commitment.
On the weekend, we travelled to Cape Coast, this too was a fantastic experience, learning Ghanaian culture and having some free time.
Evans escorted us the whole weekend, keeping us safe. He is extremely friendly, professional and informative and answered any questions we had openly and of course educated us throughout the whole weekend.
Unfortunately I was only able to volunteer for a week because of home commitments, but felt I was able to input enough into the programme to help make a difference. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been in with Evans and he’s enabled me to purchase equipment and get it to Frankadua smoothly. I’ve also been asking my local community for children’s shoes which I will Be shipping to Ghana in the near future.
Overall, it’s been a life changing, eye opening experience which I would recommend to anyone and for them to definitely go through IVHQ.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 23, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Hi Kelly - We're so excited to hear that this experience has been a life changer for you! From your placement experiences to your adventures to Cape Coast, it certainly sounds like you made the most of your time on the program, and we're so happy to hear you enjoyed every aspect this program has to offer. We hope to have you join us again soon!
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

IVHQ medical outreach

I stayed in Ghana for 3 months as part of the IVHQ medical program. I was fortunate enough to begin my volunteering with an outreach project in rural Ghana. Our main focus during our outreaches was wound care and malaria testing. I could not have asked more a more involved and hands on project. Each and everyday of the outreach I felt needed. I truly felt that each day I was making a meaningful difference.

Naturally, no project is perfect and there were bumps along the road. I was impressed with both the IVHQ staff and volunteers for working together to acknowledge issues and work together to find the best solution possible.

50% of my time in Ghana was spent on medical outreaches and the other 50% was spent working in a local clinic and hospital. I did not feel as needed in the clinic and would go as far to say that at times I felt that I was more in the way than helpful. However, I very much appreciated the opportunity to work directly with the local community and observe and learn from the nurses at the clinic. The program coordinators worked hard with volunteers and locals to make sure volunteers were kept busy and were comfortable in our placements.

My biggest complaint the program would be the extra costs not mentioned before coming. Medical outreaches require a lot of supplies and are quite expensive. If these costs would have been explained beforehand or would have been a part of our program fee, I would not have had an issue. However, it seemed that with every outreach we were short money and were asked to pitch in more money if we wanted to finish the project. The local staff always made it very clear that we were not required in any way to give more money. Yet, if we wanted to be able to medicate the people who were positive for malaria, we had to give more money. In one instance, we were told that if we covered the costs of malaria tests and wound care, that IVHQ would cover the cost of medication. And then once everything was set up and we had finished the first day of the project, we were told they would not be fully funding the costs of medication and were again short on money.

Unfortunately, those people dictating the finances of the outreaches were not present and the local staff had to work as middle men between the volunteers and the directors. Local staff were great advocating to their bosses for the projects and getting more costs covered as well as working hand in hand with the volunteers to make sure the money we did have was used most effectively.

I was absolutely in love with the community we were in. I felt immersed in culture and loved the local people. I felt safe. Our accommodations exceeded expectations. The food was excellent!

If this review was based purely on people I met in Ghana, it would be near perfect. The local community and other volunteers made my stay in Ghana feel like home. Again, I was very grateful for the local staff working night and day to make my experience the best it could be and making sure my needs were taken care of in every way possible!

I absolutely recommend the IVHQ medical program and would go back again myself.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 23, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Hi Tayler - thank you for sharing your experience on the Ghana Program - I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your time here and I assure you that your contribution both on Outreach and in the Medical clinics was valued. I'm sorry you felt the information provided the requirements of the Outreach project was not transparent enough. We'll be working with our local team to ensure going forward we can make this as transparent as possible for all volunteers, as the Outreach project receives amazing feedback from volunteers and we want to be able to provide this unique immersion experience to as many volunteers as possible. I'm so glad you felt at home throughout your stay, and I'm glad the local team was able to support you to ensure your needs were taken care of. We hope to see you in Ghana again soon!
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

IVHQ Ghana- purple program

I was at IVHQ medical program in Ghana- purple program. I loved the organization of the program from start to finish. They made sure that all of my questions were answered and I felt secure in the program even prior to going. Every worker that I encounter was very helpful. Evans was a great program coordinator, that made sure everything was going well and smoothly while in Ghana. If there was anything that we needed like sim cards or whatever, he made it happen. The locals were very open and receptive to having volunteers around and helping. The assigned duties varied depending on the volunteers interests and skill levels, accommodating everyone's wants out of the program. We were able to work with students in areas near their schools doing wound care and malaria testing & treating and some of us were in the clinic as well helping as needed. While the accommodations were not what I was used to, I was grateful for the emergent into the culture. Also, the basic "Twi" language lessons were very useful. In addition, I felt very safe in Ghana not just because the workers or security were around, but the country in general made me feel safe no matter where I went or who was with me. I would highly recommend the purple program in Ghana through IVHQ to everyone who is looking to experience a western African culture while help where needed.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 23, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Hi Dana - I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience on the Medical project in Ghana! Our local coordinators are awesome and always happy to support volunteers in any capacity, so I'm glad you found them to be helpful during your time on the program. We'd love for you to join us again soon!
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Emerald program

Hi, my name is Margarida and I participated in a medical volunteering program for two weeks at the Emerald program in ghana
The Emerald program consists on helping out on a clinic that has some specialities like ENT, ophtalmo, GP, dentist, maternity and labs.
As a medical student I can only say good things the IVHQ medical program.

Before starting, I did not expect much hands on experience because I had 4 years of medschool only. But upon arrival, the staff were very accommodating and open to hearing my experience and concerns. I was able to check vitals, take blood samples, work with the ultrasound machine and observe many procedures and tasks which I enjoyed.

I also appreciated how staff members allowed us to participate and have different roles. It allowed us to work independently, but also as a team.
Staff members such as Benedict, Evans, and Nancy were always available and ready to help. There is always someone there to check up on you and answer your questions. Specifically, Evans was always consistent with this and never failed to resolve any issues I had.

Overall, my experience here was more than what I could have asked for. I highly recommend everyone to take part in.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 13, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Hi Margarida, Thanks for your wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that your experience in Ghana was more than you could have asked for, and that you were well supported by our awesome local team. Thanks for being a great volunteer and we would love to have you join us again.
    Kaila – IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

More than I could have ever asked for

Volunteering for medical in Ghana through IVHQ was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am currently planning trip #2 within the next year! Our group consisted of 8 nursing students and 1 professor. During the planning phase of our trip, we were in with Eddie, the IVHQ Ghana CEO. He answered the many questions that we had and prepared well in advance for our visit. He provided an itinerary for the work week and fun things to do on the weekends weeks before our arrival.

Upon arrival at the airport, we quickly met Elvis and Evans who were our main point of throughout our stay in Ghana. They were prepared with a large bus to fit all 9 volunteers and 18 luggages full of medical supplies and our personal belongings. Throughout our 2 week visit, we stayed in three different housings, all of which were extremely comfortable. Our host families were also so friendly and became family to us. IVHQ Ghana recruited a local nurse, Eric, to volunteer with us throughout our work week. Eric taught us how to test for malaria, how to care for wounds the Ghanian way, and helped to translate when needed. Our first week, we stayed in the Silver Program. There we tested over 500 children and adults for malaria and were able to provide treatment for those testing positive. The second week we traveled to the Gold Program and tested another 500+ children and families throughout 3 different localities, and were able to provide treatment for those testing positive. Also throughout our work week, we provided wound care to those seeking treatment and blood pressure screenings as well. Overall, our group was able to provide malaria testing and treatment to over 1200 people! We were so fortunate to have the help of Evans, who traveled to the city and back multiple times to ensure that we had all the medical supplies we needed. Eric was also a huge help to our success, and we could have never done it without the help of a Ghanian nurse.

The weekends consisted of FUN and DANCING! Evans planned our weekends, and took us to the Coast to see the slave castles and the beach. We had the best time sightseeing and dancing the night away. There we stayed in a hotel where there were bunk beds and great food.

Safety was a huge issue that we were all concerned before we arrived. However, Eddie, Evans, and Elvis made sure that we felt safe at all times. We were always escorted to and from the work site back home, as well as any of our leisure activities. Not for a second did I ever feel unsafe or scared. I will 100% say that IVHQ Ghana makes safety a top priority, and I would trust them with my life.

IVHQ Ghana provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the work week. I loved all our meals, as they consisted of staple foods like noodles, rice, and chicken. The host families make all the meals and we were so grateful to them for all they did for us.

The culture in Ghana is really something special. I did not know that I could fall so in love with a country other than my own. IVHQ Ghana had a "Twi" lesson during our orientation, and I spent much of my trip learning as much of the local language as I could. Most people there speak English, so there was not much of a language barrier. We did have the help of Evans and Eric when we needed help translating, so communication was not an issue. The Ghanaian lifestyle and outlook on life really humbled me and I learned so much myself on this trip. I miss Ghana every day.

IVHQ Ghana really made this trip such a success. Everything we did was planned, including transportation, food, and housing. Both Eddie and Evans went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable, that we had what we needed to assist with our medical testing, and more importantly, that we enjoyed ourselves. Evans was with us almost every day, and I truly thank him for all his help and sacrificed sleep to ensure that our trip exceeded our expectations. Visiting Ghana was life changing, and IVHQ Ghana helped to make it more than I could have ever asked for.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 28, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Hi Taeylor - It was our pleasure to have your exceptional group join IVHQ and we could not be more proud of the achievements you completed while on the Ghana program. Thanks for signalling out our incredible local team as being critical to the success of your trip - we agree that they go above and beyond to provide an awesome experience in-country. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the program and we are so excited that you are joining us again!
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

We have one goal

In Senya Beraku, Ghana every healthcare provider (PA, RN, CNA, Midwife, Volunteer, etc.) have one goal. That goal is to provide the best possible healthcare for people in the community and surrounding communities with the supplies on hand.
I am forever grateful for the time taken by the Ghanaian people to teach me their healthcare system and allow me the opportunity to share mine in the United States. The lessons I learned will be etched in my mind and heart forever. Truly a humbling experience!!
Many thanks to Leticia for her knowledge and being an amazing colleague! Madame Grace (Midwife) serves as an inspiration and taught me life. Always giving without asking for anything in exchange. There are so many at the clinic that I cannot name each individual.
This volunteer experience was enhanced by my fellow volunteers who gave unselfishly their time, care, and love. Other notable persons who made my volunteer trip something I will not ever forget include Vestra who fed me, Evans Nkansah who master-minded travel arrangements and checked in frequently to ensure all was well. Not sure how he does it with so many programs and volunteers, but he made it look easy! Freddy, Pricilla, and Shadow are the most loving and caring children I have met. They and their family helped me to understand the culture and provided personal "tours" of the community.
It is my hope that God blesses me with another volunteer experience to Senya.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review December 03, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Hi Dr. D Walter - Thanks for sharing this wonderful review of your time as a Medical volunteer in Ghana! It is lovely to read your experience and the lessons you learnt from the local staff, community and other volunteers. It was a pleasure to have you volunteer with us and we would love for you to join us again!
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

A trip of a lifetime

On June 3rd a group of 7 senior nursing students, 1 newly graduated nursing student, and 1 nursing instructor began a 2 week long trip to Ghana on a medical volunteer mission trip. The trip was a humbling experience and would not have been accomplished without the constant help and support of the IVHQ members in Ghana. The leader of the this section Edward was so help and flexible when changes to our groups itinerary was needed to best benefit our patient's needs. Outside of the leader Evans and Eric were the most heart warming and helpful IVHQ members we dealt with. Without them our trip would not have been so successful. Evans would travel hours out of his way to retrieve the supplies we needed at each clinic location to test and treat individuals at their silver, amber, and gold programs for malaria. Evans also arranged our weekend vacation days away and accompanied us in order for us to get the most of out of our trip. While Evans was the back bones of support for our group, Eric was the front line of support for our group. Eric, who is a nurse in Ghana, went to all of the malaria clinics with us and assisted us with communication, wound care, and blood pressure education.

I can't forget to mention Elvis, Benedict, Benjamin, Nancy, and Tina. They too were extremely helpful in our group's journey. I cannot say enough this IVHQ team. I am planning on returning to Ghana and would reuse this team anytime because they made each and everyone of us feel like part of family. I look forward to working with them in the future!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review December 03, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Hi Heather - We are so happy to hear how successful your group’s volunteer mission to Ghana was. It has been our pleasure to have you join our team in Ghana and we would be thrilled to have you join us again in the future.
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Life changing trip

To be completely honest, I was super stressed this trip before leaving. As a full time nursing student and a full time employee at the hospital, it was hard to come up with all the money in order to go. I also was a little nervous being gone for 2 weeks. It seemed like a long time to be away. The IVHQ website made everything super easy to complete before leaving. I didn't really know what to expect or what we would be doing, but I was getting more and more excited as our departure date came closer. After such a long travel, we were greeted at the airport by two IVHQ employees, Evans and Elvis. They were so warm and welcoming and made the arrival process super smooth. We got to the volunteer house that night and the accommodation was wonderful. We were able to shower and get to bed comfortably. All of the IVHQ staff was so friendly and kind. Nancy is such a wonderful cook with such a kind heart. She bought us ice cream one day when we were driving. We were so lucky to have been in Ghana when Eddie was there. It was such a pleasure to meet him and be around him. We didn't get to spend a ton of time with Benedict, but based off the little time we spent with him he is an awesome guy also! The main staff member from IVHQ I want to recognize is Evans. He worked side by side with us for the entirety of our trip. He is such an incredibly hard worker with the biggest, kindest heart I have ever met. He worked tirelessly to ensure we had everything we needed. He would travel such far distances to pick up more malaria testing kits and medication. He made sure all of our transportation and accommodations for the weekend trips were perfect. He made our experience fun and most importantly, he made our experience successful! He is so wise and fun to be around. I learned so much from him and was really sad when we had to say goodbye. Anyone volunteering through IVHQ is so lucky if they get the pleasure to meet him and get to know him. We were able to effectively screen 1296 adults and children for malaria and then properly treat every single positive result. If that is not incredible I don't know what is! All of the food was wonderful and I enjoyed all of our accommodations as well. When I think back to the stressed feelings I had before this trip I want to laugh! I can't believe I was stressing money or 2 weeks being away from home. Every cent that I spent towards this trip was worth it. This 2 week trip changed my life. I learned so much myself, love, life, and the world around me. It opened my eyes in ways I could have never foreseen. I am 100% coming back next summer through IVHQ and I am hoping to come for 8 weeks, if not longer! I can't praise this organization enough or find the right words to give the credit it deserves. Thank you IVHQ!!!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 28, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    HI Hannah - Thanks for your wonderful review! It is heartwarming to hear that this trip opened your eyes and helped you learn more yourself, love and life. We are so proud of our awesome local team in Ghana and we are especially thankful for what your group managed to achieve from your two weeks on the program. It is exciting to hear that you wish to return for 8 weeks next summer - we can’t wait to have you back!
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

2 weeks medical project

I traveled to Ghana in June 2017 as part of a group of 8 nursing students and an instructor. We visited three programs (silver, amber, and gold) with the main focus of malaria screenings. We would set up testing clinics in the schools or in various townships. By the end of our two week stay, we were able to complete 1,296 malaria tests and treat every person that tested positive with medication. We also checked vital signs, measured heights and weights, performed wound care, and gave general health advice. On one Wednesday, some of the group was able to follow a local midwife in her clinic. We performed routine prenatal care such as measuring the fundal height and auscultating the fetal heartbeat.
The success that we had with our clinics would not have been possible without the help of a local nurse, Eric, and IVHQ staff member Evans! We ran out of testing kits and medications several times due to the high volume of people coming to our clinics and Evans would always go out of his way to find more for us, which sometimes meant traveling for hours. We were all so appreciative of his hard work! He also organized our weekend trips for when we were not working the clinics. We had such a great time exploring Cape Coast, Kakum National Park, and Kokrobite!
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to volunteer in Ghana. It was truly an eye-opening experience and I met so many wonderful people in the community as well as other volunteers at our placements. The staff were all amazing, the accommodations were comfortable, and we always felt safe! I only wish I could have stayed for a longer amount of time. I would suggest IVHQ Ghana to anyone considering volunteering abroad.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 28, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Hi Angela - Thanks so much for your great review! It was incredible to have your group volunteer with us in Ghana and be able to complete 1,296 malaria tests - what an awesome achievement. We are so happy that you had an eye-opening and amazing time in Ghana and we thank you for recommending this program to other volunteers.
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Medical (turquiose) volunteer in Senya Beraku, Ghana

I'm a labor and delivery nurse by trade. I spent two weeks in May of 2017 as a medical volunteer in a small village on the southern coast of Ghana. Although short, it was an amazing experience. I recommend anyone looking for a volunteer program to seek out International Volunteer HQ as their top choice. Special thanks to Kaila at IVHQ and the local Ghanian staff of Eddie, Benedict, Nancy, Elvis, Evans, Francis, Joe, etc from Volunteer Corps Organization. The entire program was smooth from planning to execution including getting to and from from various locations. I told the midwife that I worked with in Senya that I would return to see her in two to three years, only this time as a midwife. That's promise I look forward to keeping!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 27, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Hi Caroline, Thanks for your great review! It was a pleasure to help arrange your trip and to have someone with your experience on the Ghana program. Thans for being an awesme volunteer and we can't wait to see you again. We wish you all the best with your studies!
    Kaila - IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Two weeks not enough!

I volunteered through IVHQ in a medical program for Volunteer Corps Purple Program. I absolutely loved it. The work was a little less intense than I had hoped but still a very good experience overall. I would say this is an awesome program for any nursing student. My only advice would be to stay at least one month and be ready to rough it a little. Overall great experience and I can't wait to return!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review May 25, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Hi Tyler, We are stoked to hear that you loved your time in Ghana! Thanks for your advice and for recommending this program to nursing students. We can’t wait to have you back!
    Kaila – IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Ghana - medical

I volunteered in Ghana for 1 week. I was placed in the Turquoise program and the Senya Beraku Health Centre.

The IVHQ staff in Ghana were great! It was easy to find the meeting place outside the airport. Evans had pre-paid SIM cards on hand when we got to the main volunteer house in Madina; which was nice cause I was able to make with my family that night. We had a day of orientation with Benedict and language lessons with Evans. After orientation, everyone went in different vehicles depending which program they were placed in to go to the house. We stopped at a currency exchange store on the way, and Evans also bought us ice cream (FamMilk bars) when we stopped at an intersection.

I knew it was going to be hot, but it was a sticky hot kind of weather. So I recommend staying hydrated, wear cool clothes, bring sunblock, and a hat! Baby wipes also come in handy too.

The volunteer house in Senya had spare mosquito nets, so I didn't have to worry trying to get one. And the security there is good. There are bars on the windows, and there is a gate that closes over the front door with a padlock at night. So it was reassuring that we could leave our valuables in the house and we were safe at night.

There were so many kids that would come to the house during the day! They loved getting their pictures taken. And snapchat was a big hit with them, especially all the filters!

The staff at the health centre were so nice! We got a tour of the centre. I learned a bit from them on what kind of maternity care the women in the community get. They had a horn shaped device to listen to the baby's heart beat through the mom's belly. I've never seen that device before and I got a chance to use it. I also learned that depending on what day you were born on, you'd get a name. Kind of like a nickname I guess. For example, girls born on Tuesdays are called Abana. I don't have a lot of experience in maternity due to the scope of practice from where I'm from. But one volunteer works with moms and babies, so she showed me how to assess a baby.

We went to Cape Coast for the weekend. The breeze was so nice. We toured the cape coast castle which was an awesome experience. You learn so much history, and our tour guide was funny.

Unfortunately I got sick; I reacted to my malaria pills. I couldn't eat, threw up, and broke out in hives on my arms and neck, and was just dizzy. Evans decided to take me to the hospital. He was great! He registered me while I waited and kept all my receipts together. I got an IV of fluids which was gonna take a little while to infuse, so he made sure I had his phone number in case I needed to reach him. And said he'd be back for when it's done infusing, as he had to get back to check in with the other volunteers. Two of the other volunteers had a room at hotel with AC, so they let me stay there during the day and I got a room for the last night at cape coast. Evans and the two volunteers checked in frequently to make sure I was alright.

I decided to go home two days early, and the staff were so kind it. There was no disappointment or judgement from them what so ever. Arrangements were made with a volunteer back in Senya to pack my bag and give it to Francis, who then taxied to meet me and give me my stuff before I headed back to Madina with Evans.

Even though the trip didn't pan out how I expected it to go, I would definitely go back! I just would have to find an antimalarial I wouldn't react to! Everyone in Ghana was so friendly and the staff were awesome! Especially Evans, as he went above and beyond! I hope that someday I get the chance to go back!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review April 27, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Hi Hayley, It’s nice to hear from you! It is a shame that you had such a severe reaction to your malaria pills as it sounds like you volunteer program got off to a really good start. Thanks for maintaining high sprits while feeling so unwell; we completely understand why you needed to leave early. We would love to have you join us again and hope you will be able to do so soon!
    Kaila – IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    4

Senya Beraku - Medical volunteering Jan 2017

I had the most amazing two weeks in Ghana with IVHQ.
I chose to do the medical volunteering programme as I am a U.K. Student nurse (final year).
Unfortunately I had to return early due to being sick, but I was given amazing in country support by the local staff (Evans, Seth and Francis). They made sure I got medical attention very quickly and assisted me to the airport to return home.

I was based in the Senya Beraku Health Centre. The staff their were amazing and cope so well with the limited supplies in the centre. They were very welcoming and loved having the volunteers there with them!

I worked Mon-Fri 8am -11:45am. Had lunch at the volunteer house, then went back to the clinic until 3pm.
The tasks I assisted with were:
- wound dressings
- injections
- vitals
To be honest, you could help to your own ability.

I had the most amazing, life changing experience and wouldn't have changed it for the world. I met some awesome people who have impacted my life and really given me a different outlook to life in the modern world.

I would reccomend this placement to anyone. Very affordable and fantastic in country support.

The only one criticism is lack of things to do in the evening, few bars are scattered around the town but we were advised not to go out in the evenings. But we made our own entertainment, cards, jenga, cleaning!!

*****

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Frankadua clinic medical placement

Participating a medical volunteering experience in rural Ghana is certainly an experience of a life time. Although the sustainability of the clinical work remains unclear, I would certainly hope that my contribution to other aspects of their health section, such as education and founding new programs, will have an ultimate long term impact on improving their healthcare quality. This is only made possible with the help of the local team in Ghana, with my special thanks and acknowledgement to Evans. Evans is an extremely helpful team member who would go out of his way to help any volunteers. He is trustworthy and reliable, virtues that are rare to come by in Africa.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review February 07, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Hi Kelvin, Thanks for sharing. We are glad to hear that your time on the Medical project in Ghana was an experience of a lifetime. It is great that you found our local team helpful, trustworthy and reliable. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
    Kaila – IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Great experience in China!

I went to Ghana on the 13th of September, 2016 to volunteer at a medical clinic in Frankadua, 2 hours by bus, North East from Accra. It was part of the 'purple program' which consists of other kinds of volunteering endeavours such as education and agriculture.
When I arrived in Ghana, I was duly picked up at the airport by the staff of IVHQ. We spent the first night at the volunteer house in Accra which was just a temporary stop where all volunteers went to for their orientation. Everyone was very welcoming and also very accommodating. I got to meet other volunteers from other parts of the world and become acquainted with them.
The next day was our orientation and afterwards we travelled to our individual placements. Our interim program coordinator, Evans was (and still is) very apt in recognizing the needs of volunteers and offering solid, tangible solutions. Some of the things he was able to help with in my case for example were things like acquiring a Ghanaian SIM card to communicate with my friends and family. He also escorted us to the purple program and helped get us settled in. He was available round-the-clock to answer any questions we may have the program, donations, the culture, what to expect, etc. I can honestly say that I didn't go into the purple program with any doubt what to expect.
There is a volunteer house right within the community that is pretty much a hotspot where a lot of the locals come to hang out and get better acquainted with the international volunteers. The volunteers I stayed with were extremely friendly. We got along quite nicely.
My time in Ghana was actually short. I was only able to do a week due to the amount of time I was able to take off work. But within that week, we did a lot. We went to cape coast, saw the cape coast castle where slaves were held prior to shipment, we went to the Kakum National Park for a hike and also went to pet crocodiles as well.
The clinic in Frankadua is the only clinic in the community and where most of the locals go for medical their medical needs. It functions primarily as a malaria clinic and practically all the clients would get tested for malaria test post-triage/ initial assessment. If there are any differential diagnoses out of the scope of the clinic, or seemingly idiopathic in nature, the patients are referred to one of the bigger hospitals in the neighbouring cities. Other common ailments include anemia, gastroenteritis, etc. Mama Christine who runs the clinic is very adept. There are other staff nurses and a lab technician that work there. There is a governmental run insurance program for Ghanaians and so a lot of the time, the clinical visits are covered by the government which I thought was very progressive and encouraging.
There is also a maternity ward for labour and delivery and 8 beds or so for admitting patients. Pregnant soon-to-be mothers are routinely checked upon and the clinic does monthly out reach programs for post-partum mothers at different parts of the community.
All in all, its safe to say that you won't be disappointed to volunteer here at the medical program with IVHQ at Frankadua.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 21, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Hi Tolu, Thank you for sharing. It sounds like your week on the Medical Project in Ghana went very smoothly. We are glad that the local team and the other volunteers warmly welcomed you; this is such a nice way to begin your program! Thanks for being an IVHQer and we would love to have you join us again.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

I wish I could go back. Frankadua, my home for 3 weeks

My name is Ana Margarida Faustino, I am studying medicine. For a long time I really wanted to do a medicine and health volunteer program abroad. 2 older friends of mine went to India and Peru with IVHQ and suggested me this organization. Since the beginning IVHQ was my first choice, and my goal was Africa. There are a few different countries on this continent with medicine and health project, but I don't know how or why I felt a voice inside of me saying "Ghana Ghana." It was the best time of my life for sure!!! I didn't have any expectations... I wanted to be surprised! I took with me an open mind and open heart, with so much to give but also with so much to receive! I didn't unblock my phone because I didn't want to be distracted with all my friends and my family messages... I wanted to be there 100%. Culture and life are very different and it was impossible not to cry on the first and last day! I got used to the house and people of Frankadua, and after 1 month when I came back to my home country again I felt some kind of shock because everything was different. A friend of mine said "I've never seen your eyes with that shine" when I returned. I wish I could go back- THANK YOU GHANA!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review October 27, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Hi Ana, We would love to have you back! Thanks for joining us in Ghana with an open mind and open heart - you are an amazing volunteer!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

IVHQ Ghana - Turquoise program, Medical 3-week volunteer

I had a wonderful 3 weeks at the turquoise program! The IVHQ staff was supportive throughout my entire time in Ghana. They checked in often to make sure everything was going well at the clinic and at the housing, and they even helped me plan weekend trips. The program itself offered many opportunities to help both at the clinic and at orphanage with the childcare program. I would highly recommend this program!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

IVHQ Ghana, Turquoise Program

Three week medical mission trip to Senya Beraku, Ghana (turquoise program). Worked at a clinic within 10 min from the housing, and 30 min from a local orphanage. My roommate and I worked in the Maternity Ward at the clinic, and were able to help the midwife Dorothy with maternal checkups and deliveries. It was an amazing experience. The clinic is not super high volume and is not a hospital so make sure you know that before going. As much as I loved the medical program because I love obstetrics and delivery, I would also highly highly recommend working at the orphanage and doing "child care" because I think that is needed more. The children there absolutely love having visitors and the staff appreciates the help greatly. Overall awesome experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Medical project volunteering, IVHQ Ghana

I went for 2 weeks to Frankadua in Ghana with IVHQ and it was an absolutely fantastic experience! The IVHQ staff, the other volunteers and the local people were all really friendly and welcoming, Ghana is a beautiful country and I definitely want to come back in the future! On the medical programme I went to Frankadua health centre where I got to observe and help out with outreach programmes, family planning, child health and immunisations as well as malaria and other blood testing in the lab. As a third year medical student from the UK it was really interesting to see how different the healthcare system and delivery of healthcare is. The accommodation was great; I had a lot of fun in the volunteer house with the other volunteers and playing with the local children who were always hanging out on our porch! The food, courtesy of Evans, was delicious and the generous portion sizes meant you would never go hungry! The programme was also very well organised and I felt well looked after by IVHQ staff. On the weekends we did some exploring of Ghana which was really fun as there's a lot to see in Ghana and getting around in tro-tros is a real adventure! I would definitely recommend IVHQ Ghana, I had such an awesome time I wish I had stayed for 6 weeks rather than just 2!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review March 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Hi Megan, It’s nice to hear from you. It sounds like you had a very full and rewarding two weeks in Ghana! It’s great to hear that you felt well supported by our local team. Thanks for the recommendation. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Medical volunteering in Franakdua, Ghana

I have had the most incredible experience on the Purple programme in Frankadua Ghana. Words cannot describe how amazing the programme is. I stayed for 2 weeks and have completely fallen in love with the people of Ghana. The staff, children and local people of Frankadua are the most friendly and welcoming people I have met in my life and I always felt comfortable. The food and accommodation was very good and the staff were always willing to take on constructive criticism and make improvements. Evans, our wonderful cook and co-ordinator, always looked after us very well and cooked delicious food. There were 7 volunteers in the house from all over the world so there was never a dull moment and weekend travelling was also very fun ! I would definitely recommend IVHQ to anyone who is considering volunteering abroad and would recommend Ghana as their destination even more! My only regret is that I wish I had stayed for longer than 2 weeks !!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review March 03, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Hi Chandini, Thanks your review. We are so glad to hear that you had such a positive experience volunteering in Ghana. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to see you on another IVHQ program again in the future.