- Shadow doctors on their rounds and get a valuable insight into a developing country’s medical practices.
- Placements available in Hospitals, clinics and HIV/AIDS centres
- Get practical work experience doing basic health checks and giving talks to raise awareness around key health issues.
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Interns on all medical related projects in Togo need a good level of French.
Professional volunteers and medical electives for students
This project is also ideally suited to professionals interested in using their skills to help, as well as university medical and healthcare elective students.
As a professional, you can be sure we will match your training and expertise to the placement where you are needed most. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact on the local communities we work with.
If you are an elective student, we will organise an elective placement where you can learn as much as possible. We want you gain the knowledge and skills that will begin to shape your professional career.
Working in a hospital or clinic, observing local staff
Your primary placement will involve shadowing doctors and nurses in a hospital or clinic. The placements are well-equipped by local standards and will give you a full experience of medical practice in a developing country.
The hospitals and clinics where we work provide an excellent backdrop for learning and improving your medicine and healthcare skills. You will find yourself coming into contact with conditions that you would not normally see in Europe or North America, such as malaria and typhoid, on an almost daily basis.
During your time as a medical intern in Togo, you’ll also be able to spend some time in different hospital departments. This will give you insight into various specializations and could help you choose your own later in your studies.
Taking part in medical outreaches in underprivileged communities
Interns joining our medical related projects in Togo will have the chance to attend regular medical outreach visits. These are designed to help local communities and provide you with practical medical experience.
You may travel to a local children’s center, where children with minor wounds receive treatment. Alternatively, you could travel further afield to give free medical treatment to families in more rural villages.
This is important work, that gives you the chance to help others while learning and using basic medical skills.
Taking part in health education campaigns
You’ll also be able to take part in regular educational awareness talks in local schools, children’s centers, or community centers. These will cover topics like hygiene, dental care and HIV/AIDS.
Sexual education is critical, as this is still considered a taboo topic in many schools. You could also focus on healthy lifestyle choices to prevent illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.
Types of Placements available
During your medical internship in Togo, you will be able to work in a number of different departments. These include:
- Chemical Pathology
If you’re interested in a specific department, please feel free to contact us and we can help advise you.
Where will I work in Togo?
Our Medical Internships in Togo are based in the capital city of Lomé. Here you can choose from placements in hospitals, clinics, and HIV/AIDS centers.
Lomé is a bustling city where you’ll never be bored. You’ll work alongside other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers, meeting new people and experiencing this incredible country.
A typical day as a medical intern in Togo
Your day will start with breakfast at your host family, where you’ll eat a hearty meal to prepare yourself for the day ahead. You’ll be living with at least one other intern or volunteer, so meals are a great time to learn about each other’s lives back home, or discuss plans for the weekend.
On any given day, you will work shifts alongside your supervisors. Hospitals and clinics in Togo tend to be busiest in the morning, so you’ll start early and pack in a lot of work before lunch each day!
Each shift starts with rounds as you follow the consulting doctor and learn about each patient's case and course of treatment. Use this opportunity to ask plenty of questions. After rounds, you’ll assist nurses with patient care. You can watch them administer medication and treatment, and help to update patient files.
Afternoons are a great opportunity to get to know the staff and patients better.
Once a week, normally on Wednesdays, you’ll join one of our community outreaches to assist with doing health checks and educational campaigns.
During the hours you aren’t working, you’ll have free time to explore Togo’s unique culture alongside your fellow interns and volunteers.
You’ll finish each day with dinner at your host family, before relaxing with a good book or venturing out with your fellow volunteers or interns to explore Lomé’s nightlife.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this project is to help expand your medical knowledge with guidance from experienced local doctors and nurses.
It also gives you insight into the healthcare system of a developing country. Many Togolese government hospitals receive limited funding, which means they often lack the resources that are standard in most western hospitals.
Togo also suffers from ongoing cases of malaria and other tropical diseases.
Through school and community outreaches, we help educate local people about malaria prevention and the importance of early treatment. Our interns also help conduct screenings and tests to prevent further complications. We also offer basic healthcare services, as people are not always able to afford treatment for infected wounds, ringworm, or malaria.
Here are our five main goals for our medical program in Togo:
- Promote the exchange of medical knowledge
- Improve access to basic healthcare
- Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases, like diabetes
- Improve the quality of healthcare
- Reduce the number of malaria cases
Gain work experience in healthcare on an international medical internship in Togo, while helping us achieve these long-term goals.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Vi mäter resultatet av vårt arbete varje år
Vi arbetar mot långsiktigt mål med årliga delmål. Varje volontär och praktikant som deltar på ett av våra projekt hjälper oss att nå dessa långsiktiga mål. På så sätt kan även de som volontärarbetar eller praktiserar en kortare tid göra verklig skillnad. Varje person bygger på arbetet som tidigare volontärer och praktikanter gjort. Varje år utvärderar vi resultatet av vårt arbete. Du kan hitta en sammanställning av vad vi uppnått under året i vår Global Impact Report.
För mer information om vilken insats våra volontärer, praktikanter och personal gjort under året, läs vår senaste rapport.
Food and accommodation
You’ll stay with a local host family in Lomé, Togo’s capital city. Togolese families are famous for their generous hospitality, and pride in their home country. You’ll be able to get to know your new host family, learning about their history and culture, as well as sharing your own.
Your host family will provide you with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Togo is famous for its delicious cuisine, so you’ll be able to sample lots of traditional dishes, as well as a few Western meals too! If you’re interested in food and cooking, you might even be able to help cook some dishes, learning some tips and tricks from your host family.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
You’ll work Monday to Friday and have your evenings and weekends free. You’ll be living with other volunteers and interns, so there will be plenty of people to socialise with in your free time!
There’s so much to do in Togo, from a shopping trip to one of Lomé’s traditional markets, to sunbathing on beautiful sandy beaches.
If you’re a keen foodie, you’re sure to enjoy sampling some of West Africa’s best cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants to try, but also a huge array of exciting street food vendors too.
If you’d like to travel even further afield, you could also arrange a trip to nearby Ghana or Benin. Many of our volunteers and interns plan some extra travel time at the end of their project, so that they can take longer to explore nearby countries.
Säkerhet och personalstöd
Din säkerhet är vår första prioritet. Vi har många processer och system på plats för att se till att du har all hjälp och support som du behöver. För oss är det viktigt att du ska känna dig trygg när du reser med oss. Vår egen Projects Abroad personal finns tillgänglig för hjälp och stöd 24h om dygnet. De kommer se till att du trivs i ditt boende och känner dig hemma på din projektplacering. Om du skulle stöta på något problem, finns vår personal alltid där för att hjälpa dig.
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