Takoradi is perfect for a first visit to Africa. well as being one of the safest and most stable of the African nations, it is a microcosm of the continent and you can really take advantage of the stunning coastline, lush jungles, and lively Ghanaian culture. When you want home comforts, there are even beachside resorts to cool down on hot afternoons.
- Trek through the forest canopy in Kakum National Park and sleep up in a treehouse
- Soak up the sun on the picturesque Axim beach
- Go on safari to see Africa’s famous wildlife in Mole National Park
- Explore the decaying slave forts found along the Cape Coast
- Swim in the clear waterfalls of the Volta region
The Work the World House
The Work the World house — your home from home while in Ghana — is a huge part of the experience. You’ll share the house with healthcare students from around the world, and this gives the house a vibrant social atmosphere.
Our house in Takoradi is based in a residential area close to the city centre. You can head out to explore the town after placement, and in the evenings there are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to spend time in.
There’s also a nearby hotel that offers private beach and bar access. Back at the Work the World house, you can soak up the sun or relax in the shade with a book in the walled outdoor area.
There’s also space for you to challenge your housemates to a volleyball match, or go for a dip in our private pool.
Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind
Support in the Hospital
The in-country team will take you on a tour of your placement hospital before you’re due to start. The team will introduce you to your supervisors and other department staff. This is to help you find your feet before diving in. The Work the World team in Takoradi have a presence in your placement hospital. They’ll pay you regular visits to make sure everything is running smoothly.
We’ll also assign your supervisors before your placement starts. If you build rapport with them, they’ll help you to see Ghana’s healthcare system through the eyes of a local practitioner.
We offer you support right the way through your clinical placement as and when you need it.
Placements in Takoradi
VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK
After your main placement in Takoradi, you can spend a week in a bustling fishing village. This is an amazing way to get insight into Ghanaian culture at the rural level. In the mornings, you’ll go to the village’s healthcare centre and head out to local primary schools to conduct community outreach. In the afternoons, you’ll get lessons in culture — bringing in the day’s catch with local fisherman, taking trips across the nearby lagoon in a locally built canoe, visiting the local gin distillery, walking through the shallow sea to explore a ruined castle on an offshore island, and walking coastal trails along stretches of unspoiled beach with not a tourist in sight.
"Common presentations were road traffic accidents, malaria, HIV related illnesses."
Georgia Foley, James Cook University 2019Read more
"The thing I am most thankful for is the people I met through this experience."
Ana Morán, Complutense University Madrid 2020Read more
"There was another case which had both an unusual presentation and resourceful management."
Ugonna Onwuchekwa, University of Central Lancashire 2019Read more
"Some of the most interesting cases I observed were malaria and sickle cell disease."
Steph Ovenden , University of the West of England 2019Read more
"My elective in Ghana allowed me to experience things I never could have in the UK."
Helena Samila, University of Nottingham 2019Read more