Psychology Placements Ghana

(This project’s price will be finalised by January 2020)

Our 4-12 week placements provide a unique insight into the practice and backdrop of psychology in Africa.

Project Overview

This comprehensive and unique project is only available through Give A Fig Volunteering. The programme has been constructed and offered in partnership with the University of Ghana, which is in the top 1,000 of universities globally, and in the top ten in Africa.

Project Outline

The project placement runs in 4 week blocks, with 3 blocks in a cycle, each being self-contained. Each block has a particular focus, as well as a view of the other clinical areas

Each 4 week block will include:

  • a 3 hour seminar (lectures, and Q&As) at the university in Weeks 1 and 3,

    • Topics covered in the seminars include:

  1. Stigma and social outcasts (e.g. albinism)

  2. Religion, belief, and fundamentalism and its impact on society

  3. Abuse, domestic violence, and suicide

  4. Child and adolescent metal health

  5. How mental health is viewed in Ghana, and responses

  • Field Experience in Weeks 1, 2, 3, & 4, led by the university’s community psychologists,

  • Weeks 1 & 3 will be each have session (morning or afternoon in the field.)

  • Weeks 2 & 4 will each 2 sessions in the field

  • Essay writing opportunity - for those who wish to write an essay to be handed in in Week 3, and focussing on an aspect of psychology in Ghana.

    A bound folder of printed materials relevant to the essay question will be provided in the first week

  • Weeks 1, 2, 3, & 4, a weekly opportunity for Community Impact Volunteering in local schools will be provided.

This project can be linked with a community mental health project.

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 7 days full board. Your 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.

You may arrive for the programme any day, and we ask that you to volunteer four-five (4-5) consecutive days a week.

Your Free Time

You will have 2-3 days a week for sight seeing, and 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 come bus vans).

Your impact

Your participation on this project raises the profile of the hospital and the mental health outreach programme in a country that stigmatises mental health issues, and often suggests religious and traditional healing responses to them. (You can find out more about attitudes to mental health on our psychology page).

Your volunteering and elective placement with Give A Fig Volunteering (non-profit), funds medical and responses and social action projects that would not otherwise take place.

Quick Info


Accra and its western environs, Ghana

Min/Max Project Period

Minimum 4 weeks

Maximum 52 weeks

Reference Letters for you

We are always delighted to write references for our alumni,

Certificate of Completion from the University

Project Time Line

All Year

Project Days

Your course will run for 4 or5 consecutive days each week, depending on your preferences

Perfect For

  • English speakers

  • qualified medical professionals

  • Qualified mental health workers

  • Qualified social, or community health workers

  • Students of any of the disciplines above

  • Psychology students

  • Those wanting a unique, safe, and well structured experience in Ghana, Africa


 Price per person (awaiting final details)

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To begin your volunteering journey