Gain invaluable experience in a hospital on our dentistry electives.
Our dentistry electives are designed to give you an amazing experience on your elective, as well as an amazing experience of Ghana. The focus of the Dental Elective, Ghana is dental outreach in schools and villages, with further experience being gained in one or more of the government health centres, hospitals, or polyclinics in the three clusters that we partner. (For a hospital focussed dental elective, see our Dentistry Electives, Kenya). Led by qualified medical practitioners, these electives have been running for over 10 years, and have all the necessary government approvals.
Our electives are from two to twelve weeks, and our prices (a 4 week elective being cheaper than one week with other organisations we know of) will enable you to fulfil your university requirements, and stay on to take part in community impact volunteering. You could teach in schools, volunteer in health settings in your role or an admin roles, or groups of elective students could run children’s holiday clubs in the Summer, or even fund raise and build bio-gas units for cooking, or toilets in villages or at a local ‘refugee camp’.
Your dentistry elective in Ghana also makes possible the community dentistry, as the money you pay funds the community screening and follow-up.
The Dentistry Elective Programme
The programme is in three parts:
School Screening programme and cluster based follow-up
Community Screening Programme and cluster based follow-up
Walk-in dental check-ups (once the community knows that dentists are present they will attend the walk-in clinics).
On 3 consecutive days you will attend schools with the lead practitioner and nurses to carry out oral hygiene screening, as well as dental public health education for the children.
on 3 consecutive days you will carry out village outreach accompanied by nurses (a ratio of one nurse for every 2 elective dentists) and carry out screening.
Your elective funds the screening in villages, and schools.
In the schools and the villages, some will be given an appointment to attend the clinic the following week.
When 7 or more dental elective students join the same project, your elective funds the toothbrush and toothpaste given to children identified through the screening
Children referred to the clinic will come and receive advice, some will be given medication, and some will be referred to the dentist at the adjacent hospital.
When 7 or more elective students join us on the same project, your elective funds the medication for the children referred to the clinic.
Weeks 2 or 3
When 10-12 elective students join us on the same project, your elective funds the costs of tooth extractions and fillings for those children referred to the dentist, as it at this stage, due to funding, that most children and adults fail to return.
What to Expect in Ghana
A warm welcome to begin with, at the airport, where a transfer takes you to your accommodation, where you have full board for the duration of your elective and volunteering.
Your main accommodation is based within walking distance of one hospital that we work with. The accommodation has good facilities, with potable water supplied, and piped water for washing.
Your elective is for 5 / 7 days
Should you choose to volunteer after your elective, that will be 3, 4, or 5/7 days
Your Free Time
You will have 2 days a week off during your elective, when you can sight-see or rest. We offer options for you to do tours of Ghana by car, either before or at the end of your placement. Self-guided tours of Ghana are difficult due to the lack of public transport, and the degree of local knowledge needed to navigate by the local totros (private taxi vans).
Your participation on this project raises the profile of the hospital and the care and expertise that may be provided. This also increases your knowledge of health issues in developing, and tropical countries.
Due to the lack of dentists in the country, and the gap between medical care and incomes, many people do not see dentists. Your elective placement offers a rare opportunity for the community to be screened.
In addition, your placement with Give A Fig Volunteering (non-profit) funds the medical and dentistry responses and programmes that otherwise would not take place. The Ghanaian professionals also benefit from CPD.
40Km west of Accra in a coastal location
Min/Max Volunteering Period
Minimum 2 weeks
Maximum 6 weeks
Your Reference Letters
We are always delighted to write references for our alumni
Project Time Line
You will volunteer 4 or 5 consecutive days each week,
Those with good English
Affordable electives, priceless opportunities
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