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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Maymester, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Experiential Learning International 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Maymester 2025 01/01/2025 02/15/2025 TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Pre-Health Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Home Stay Program Type: Internship Abroad
Program Description:





Ghana is a small country in Africa about the size of Great Britain tucked between Cote d'Ivoire, Togo and Burkina Faso.  Ghanaians are known for being warm, friendly, and sociable people. They tend to take life at a relaxed pace, viewing life as a series of events rather than a matter of hours or minutes. In 1957 Ghana became the first Sub-Saharan colony to gain independence. Since gaining independence, Ghana has become a leader in economic development and stability in Africa. The volunteer and internship programs in Ghana are designed to give participants a hands-on understanding of the community they are living in, a chance to offer their time and energy in assisting others, to gain work experience, and a better understanding of Africa. ELI works with a wide range of organizations offering volunteer opportunities in a variety of fields.


It is possible to place volunteer with work placements in community projects, small-scale industries, public institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Ghana. There are opportunities available in both rural and urban areas. Most often, participants stay with host families who have some affiliation with the organization. You can choose to work in a wide range of fields including education, agriculture, construction, environment and disaster relief, water and sanitation, data collection/statistics, health and population, small-scale enterprise development, eco-tourism, health and environment, childcare, women in development, rehabilitation for physically and mentally handicapped, AIDS projects, office/computer, rural technology, food and nutrition, legal aid, banking and wildlife management. 


Health and Clinical Internship Placements

The World Health Organization has set the ratio of one doctor for every 5000 people as the standard for minimum health delivery. Currently Ghana has a doctor/population ratio of 1 doctor per 20,000 people. To make healthcare accessible to all Ghanaians, the ministry of health is pursuing a variety of programs in conjunction with the World Health Organization and NGOs. Participants in the health program have a variety of options from assisting in busy city hospitals and clinics to traveling to remote villages to assist in providing primary healthcare and health education programs.


The major cities of Accra and Kumasi have a doctor to population ratio of about 1 to 3,000. The clinics and hospitals in the city are constantly busy and patients usually have to wait in line for hours in order to receive care. Participants working in one of the urban clinics and hospitals will shadow doctors and nurses and assist with tasks around the hospital. Tasks will be assigned according to the experience and performance of the participant. Many hospitals and clinics also periodically arrange health camps, which are days in which impoverished Ghanaians can receive care and health information at no cost. Interns can become involved with the health camps if their participation dates coincide with a camp.

In rural areas, especially in Northern Ghana, the doctor to population ratio can be as high as 1:59,000. The ministry of health working in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, USAID, WHO, and other NGOs has adopted a model of traveling doctors and nurses to provide cost effective healthcare to the rural population in Ghana. Participants working with a rural healthcare program will assist either in a small clinic or travel between villages assisting a nurse or doctor.  Participants will also help with educational programs and training which will cover topics such as HIV/AIDS, malaria prevention, hygiene, and drinking water safety. Participants will also help care for patients with AIDS and AIDS orphans. This placement requires a lot of flexibility and adaptability as well as good health and an open mind.   


Participants stay with a local host family. The family will provide breakfast and dinner each day.


Program Includes

*Pre-departure Information 

*Airport Pickup



*Breakfast and Dinner with the Host Family

*24/7 In-country Support



Program Does Not Include

*Round Trip Airfare


*Return Trip to Airport

*Required Travel and Medical Insurance 

*Travel within Ghana

*Visa Fees



Start Dates

The orientation starts every Monday. Volunteers should arrive in Accra on Sunday.



ELI Volunteers will need to get a tourist visa to enter Ghana. A single entry visa costs US $50, and a multiple entry visa is US $80. The tourist visa is generally good for 90 days. If you are staying in Ghana for over 90 days, our coordinator will assist you with visa extensions.



Participants will need to consult a doctor specializing in travel medicine before traveling to Ghana. It is important to be in good health and up-to-date on all immunizations. Malaria is common. Take precautions to prevent malaria. Ask your doctor about prophylactics and use insect repellent with DEET and a mosquito net while sleeping.  



How to Apply

To apply for this program, please fill out an application online along with a copy of your resume or CV and the $100 application fee. Please note that this fee is non-refundable unless we are unable to find a placement that matches your request.

You can send your application to us at:


ELI Associates

2828 N. Speer Blvd. Suite 230

Denver, CO 80211