Medical student in Ghana: my volunteering experience in Africa

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Eshter testimonial
My name is Esther and I am a medical student at the University of Leeds, UK. I have come to Ghana for 3 weeks for my international health project on caring for a disabled child. Theresa, the nurse I am staying with, collected me from the airport and welcomed me to Ghana.
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The hospitality:
I have a very comfortable room in her house, with access to a toilet and washing facilities.
I get 3 meals a day so I am never hungry – I have tried lots of new foods including Jollof, red red and the sweetest mangoes I have ever tasted! Theresah even taught me how to make Jollof so I can now make it for my friends at home.
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She has been very helpful with my project and after the 1st week, I have already done 9 interviews. Theresah has helped me translate these.
Medical volunteering activities in Senya Beraku
Apart from the project, I have been able to help taking weights and heights in the baby clinic at the local health centre.
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A medical volunteer
I have also been able to shadow a doctor and nurses, as well as taking part in home visits and a community outreach programme.
Learning about Healthcare in Ghana
White volunteer, testimonialI have already learnt so much about healthcare in Ghana and feel I have had a truly immersive experience.
There is a lot of variety in what I have done so far and I look forward to seeing even more in the next 2 weeks.
At the weekend I was recommended to visit Elmina, where I stayed for 2 nights.
My experience so far
Even though I travelled alone I felt very safe because Theresah made sure I got the correct trotros and she contacted me both days to make sure I was okay. This was very important to me seeing as it is my first time in Ghana and travelling alone. I would recommend Theresa’s organisation to anyone who wants to volunteer in a healthcare or education setting.
I have gained so much valuable experience during my stay and feel I have truly become part of the family!
From Esther Everitt, a medical student
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African woman, Ghana
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Interested in Volunteering in Ghana? Feel free to contact Esther to ask more information
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