Your Child Health Internship is designed to make an impact on the most pressing health issues impacting children in the Volta Region.
Our Child Health Interns work in partnership with Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Centers in Ghana to provide health outreach and educational services to rural communities, focusing on child health, nutrition, malaria prevention, and reproductive health. These centers are typically small, one room structures staffed by Community Health Nurses and Community Health Advocates. Alongside these professionals, interns will gain experience supporting small rural clinics, conducting health workshops at schools, and doing home visits to improve access of health services for under resourced families and communities.
As a Ghana Health Intern, you will work alongside a Community Health Nurse to:
• Work at health centers weighing and measuring children, providing nutrition assessments to families, and conducting workshops focused on reproductive rights, malaria prevention, and child nutrition.
• Shadow home visits to at-risk families conducting child health follow-up consultations, focusing on the home environment and malaria risk indicators.
• Develop and provide health workshops to community schools and organizations focusing on nutrition, general well-being, and adolescent girl's health.
• Help write and compile their end-of-month report for the disease surveillance and family planning offices at district health HQ.
• Shadow the nursing staff in the local Volta Regional Hospital aiding families in long term care.
Read more about the Ghana volunteer experience on our blog!
One of the most politically stable countries in Africa, Ghana is gifted with a diverse and scenic landscape, from beautiful beaches and waters to forests with a diverse array of wildlife. A mix of modern and traditional belief systems, the culture of Ghana is complex yet welcoming, and you will find a friendly face and welcoming hand at every turn. Although over 100 languages are spoken throughout the country, English remains the official language for business and in secondary education.
Growing up in small town in Ghana with my grandparents, I have seen the vulnerability that comes from being raised in poverty and not having opportunities for education. I was fortunate to have parents who believed in the value of education, and attended a Technical School to further my talents in electronics. However, it was CCS volunteers who motivated me, as a young man, to follow my passions and goals of attending university to establish a career in social justice and change.
In Ghana, over 28% of the population lives in poverty at under $1 per day. With schools that are too often underfunded and overcrowded, the need for individual attention, guidance, and encouragement to children pursuing their dreams is key to a brighter future. I am committed, with CCS volunteers, to improving the possibilities for each child in my community.
Volunteers are needed year-round from 1-12 week increments. Groups of 4 or more can select their own custom dates and individuals are encouraged to select from the dates below to join a cohort of others.