Social Work Internship in Ghana
- Placement locations: Accra
- Role: Volunteers work in centres as an intern social worker alongside a trained psychologist or social worker providing assistance and care to the local community
- Requirements: Must be enrolled in a social work programme at university or be studying related subjects
- Type of placement: Shelter for abused children, correctional centre and schools
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 3 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Ghana is one of Africa’s more stable and economically advanced countries, and is often seen as a success story, particularly in West Africa. However, the country is facing rising levels of inequality between the rich and poor, with abandoned children, child labourers and children living in troubled homes particularly affected. Volunteers studying social work are needed to help local staff and provide children in areas we work with specialised care.
The Social Work Internship in Ghana is best suited to volunteers studying social work at university who have course requirements to meet. This internship can help you accumulate your working hours and provide you with hands-on experience under the supervision of a qualified professional.
Your role on a Social Work Internship in Ghana
The internship is designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between interns and local staff with regards to best practices and models needed to improve social work at the placements.
Your daily tasks may vary while you are in Ghana. Some days may see you in contact with children from abusive homes, or children sold as cheap labour, while other days may see you working on workshop material and presentations.
Here some examples of the activities you may do:
- Raising awareness of social issues in local communities
- Assessing the conditions and needs of the children and people you work with
- Sharing of counselling and therapy methods with local staff to improve current practices
- Workshop and presentation preparation
- Assisting your supervisor
- Providing abused children with the care and attention they need
- Assisting with general tasks such as feeding and playing educational games
There are stigmas attached to mental health cases in Ghana, so social work is less common here than in other African countries. Your knowledge, dedication, and skills will allow you to work with people that desperately need help, while also raising awareness in local communities. Throughout your internship, all of your work will be supervised by a qualified local professional, from social workers to psychologists
What skills or qualifications do I need?
Social work interns need to be enrolled at a university and studying towards a degree in social work or have related subjects to join the internship in Ghana. Volunteers who are interested in this project, but aren’t studying social work or related subjects, should take a look at our standard Care project in Ghana.