A teenager measures blood pressure during our medical internship in Ghana

Medical Internships in Ghana for Teenagers

Join other teenagers as you learn from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches

At a glance

  • Shadow doctors in a clinical setting and learn how to diagnose and treat many different diseases and conditions.
  • During outreaches, you’ll treat minor wounds, and measure blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
  • You’ll also help raise awareness of disease and how to prevent it by making presentations on common health issues.
  • Clinical Shadowing Hours: 25 to 50
  • Volunteer Service Hours: 15 to 30
  • Download a sample itinerary for this project.

Start Dates: 

During school holidays

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Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks



Is a Medicine internship in Ghana for teenagers right for me?

This internship is perfect if you’re a young student considering a future career in medicine. You’ll get medical work experience by shadowing doctors on their rounds, and participating in outreaches. This will give your CV an extra edge, and give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews.

Not only will this internship give you the opportunity to see if medicine is a good fit for you, but you’ll also be able to help those living in underprivileged communities. This will demonstrate your commitment to medicine.

You don’t need previous experience to join. We’ll teach you everything you need to know once you arrive. Your Projects Abroad supervisors will also be by your side every step of the way, and they’ll supervise your work.

This fixed-date trip runs for two, three, or four weeks over the summer. You’ll work and travel with other teenagers who are interested in the medical field. Together, you’ll learn, have fun, and explore the culture and country, along with Projects Abroad staff.

Interns and local staff in a group photo on our medical internship for teenagers in Ghana

Your work will be split into three areas:

Observe the work of qualified doctors as they treat patients in a local hospital or clinic

One day a week, you’ll do observation work in a hospital setting. You’ll shadow doctors and nurses as they go about their day-to-day activities. You’ll watch them consult and treat patients, and complete follow-up consultations with previous patients. This will give you a better idea of what it will be like as a practicing doctor.

We encourage you to ask questions and take notes, so you can learn as much as possible from observing.

Assist professional medical staff as they provide free health checks during community outreaches

Most of your time will be spent working at medical outreaches in communities, schools, and leprosy camps. You’ll be involved in more hands-on work during these outreaches. These include:

  • Dressing wounds
  • Carrying out health checks, like measuring blood sugar and blood pressure levels
  • Giving malaria tests
  • Making presentations on common health issues.

Explore Ghana with other high school students who have similar interests to you

You’ll spend everyday working and travelling alongside other teenagers from around the world. An interest in medicine is something you’ll all have in common.

When you’re not working, your supervisors will ensure there are plenty of social and cultural activities to keep you busy, along with weekend trips. You’ll soak up the sun at the beach, observe the wildlife at national parks, and learn about the country’s history a national museums. You’ll sample authentic Ghanaian food and haggle with traders at their local markets.

Where in Ghana will I be working?

Akuapem Hills

Akuapem Hills Description

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Ghana Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this Medicine internship in Ghana for teenagers?

The main aim of this project is to give you the opportunity to learn and gain practical medical work experience.

You’ll learn by observing doctors and nurses on their rounds. You’ll see firsthand what their day-to-day work involves, which may help you decide if a medical career is the right fit for you. 

You’ll get practical experience working on outreaches. In Ghana, basic healthcare services are often unavailable for people in rural, disadvantaged areas. They either can’t afford treatment or live too far away from hospitals and clinics. We go into these communities to provide free, basic medical care.

We’ll teach you basic medical skills, like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels. You’ll use these skills to help patients. This is a great way to give back, and demonstrate your commitment to medicine at the same time.    

Gain medical work experience in Ghana and help bring healthcare to disadvantaged communities, while building your medical knowledge. 

An intern gains medical work experience cleaning a wound on our project for teenagers in Ghana

Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring our impact

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Accra, Akuapem Hills, or Cape Coast. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana and have a truly unique experience.


On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same gender and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay 19,500 INR, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on +91 9999850304 to see if we can offer a discount.

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