Are you a doctor, dentist, nurse, social worker, physical therapist or other healthcare provider with an interest in serving a community in South Africa or Ghana?
Are you a pre-health student (pre med, pre dental, pre veterinarian) or aspiring medical professional looking to enhance your skill set and/or gain experience in another community across the globe through a healthcare volunteer abroad programme?
Are you willing to take part in the effort to bring first-rate healthcare to people who usually don’t have the regular opportunity to see a doctor or other healthcare provider?
If any of these applies to you, medical volunteering may be the perfect chance for you to volunteer abroad while also putting your hard-earned, specialised skills to use for people who don’t have reliable access to advanced medical care in India, Ghana or South Africa.
Medical Volunteer Abroad Programmes for Doctors, Nurses, Pre Med Students
Many volunteers don’t realise that they may be able to use their specialised skills and that these skills could give them the ability to serve a community in a way that most volunteers could not. Medical volunteer abroad trips can be extremely rewarding, and are a great chance for people with specialised skills to participate in a volunteer project that, because of the nature of their projects, can only accept people with very specific qualifications or interests.
To participate in a medical volunteer abroad programme, you don’t necessarily have to have a medical degree. Some of our programmes are able to accept volunteers and healthcare interns who are simply interested in medical placements while others require a degree and clinical experience. In these roles, volunteers have the opportunity to shadow licensed practitioners while providing administrative, logistical, or lingual support.
Nursing Volunteer Abroad Projects for Students & Professional Nurses
Nursing students and professionals: ready to make a real difference by volunteering abroad? Worldwide, there is an urgent need for quality healthcare and health education among impoverished, remote, and underserved populations–and that’s where you’ll step in as an overseas healthcare volunteer. By combining your skills with a desire to serve, you can build your expertise, learn about healthcare practices in different communities, and above all: help those who need it the most.
One thing that ties together many volunteer nursing programs is the clinics and hospitals you’ll work in often are understaffed and in need of assistance with basic activities and daily tasks.
Your work may include
Assisting with basic medical tasks such as first aid or administering vaccines
Taking vitals and building patient histories
Performing day-to-day activities such as sterilising instruments, completing paperwork, or readying clinics for intake
Observing local medical staff to learn healthcare practices in developing countries or communities
Conducting home visits and surveys to understand the most common or priority medical needs facing the community
Educating individuals, families, and communities about hygiene, family planning, and other healthcare issues
Nursing volunteer abroad projects can vary from intensive, hands-on work in a small urban hospital to basic observation and education in a rural clinic. As a volunteer with a skills-based programme like nursing, the tasks you’ll take on are dependent on your expereince and the needs of your host community.
Medical Volunteer Programme Ghana
The Medical Programme in Ghana works within rural Ghanaian communities. This project aims to help smaller Ghanaian communities, which are deprived of access to basic healthcare and medicine. In the major cities of Ghana, such as Accra, medical care is fairly good and accessible relative to other African nations. However, once you leave the major cities, the standard drops considerably and there is a real shortage of trained medical professionals to work in these communities and provide basic healthcare services.
Volunteers on the Medical Programme in Ghana will be placed in a small rural clinic where they work closely with the local staff. It is important to note that the facilities and resources on this project are extremely limited and provide a much different working environment to what most Medical volunteers have experienced before.
Volunteers on the Medical Programme in Ghana must be qualified medical professionals or have completed at least two years of medical training and provide a copy of their medical qualifications, or a letter and transcript from their school to be provided to staff in Ghana on arrival. Midwives are also able to work within our rural clinic on this programme. There is opportunity to develop Sexual Health education and participate in health screening.
Social Work Volunteer Programme South Africa
“Go to Bobbi Bear because you care, you have love to share and you want to get to know Bobbi Bear and the story of the people they support. I am currently working as a psychologist in the Netherlands and I have to say that my whole South Africa experience has made that happen.” -Tanja
Social Work Programme Outcomes
1. Earn comprehensive field training experience in the field of Psychology.
2. Be directly involved in child human rights cases.
3. Attend emergency call-outs and support child safety officers throughout abuse cases.
4. Have the opportunity to work directly with rescued children.
5. Gain insight and experience in social welfare in South Africa.
6. Build awareness and give lectures to rural schools to raise awareness about sensitive issues such as HIV / AIDS, sexual abuse and sex education
7. Attend ‘The Tree’ every Friday and Saturday, a Bobbi Bear outreach programme that brings rural communities together to share stories and empower women and children.
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