Contagious Happiness and Dancing
Ghana is in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, a few degrees north of the equator. Ghanians in Cape Coast are eccentric, outgoing, passionate beings who are genuinely happy about you choosing to be there — a collective energy that’s certainly contagious.
Intern in Ghana Hospitals and Clinics
Interns shadow nurses and doctors, observe hospital/clinic operations and learn the country’s healthcare system, common ailments and local procedures and remedies. Doctors and nurses will allow interns to perform certain procedures if they are qualified to do so.
Biodiversity Preservation and Ecotourism
Interns can choose to participate in the eco-tourism initiative or the reforestation planning initiative. The eco-tourism project consists of working with the organization to plan for improving and expanding a national park’s visitor center, exhibits, trail maintenance and park-wide events. In the reforestation planning placement, interns conduct community degradation assessments, organize public outreach program and recruit and train locals to continue the program.
Microlending for Women in Rural Communities
Interns will visit the women entrepreneurs in the rural communities 1-2 times per week to collect information for their profiles for loan donors. You will also create curriculum for financial literacy and financial management workshops in the communities, conduct the workshops and strategize a culturally sensitive tracking system that the staff can utilize to monitor entrepreneurs’ repayment progress as well as the impact of these workshops.
Interning in Ghana
Ghana is extremely hot and humid, which influences a little more comfy/cool business casual. All social classes value a clean-cut look when going out into town, work or school. The concept of time is very different here. Interns are expected to be punctual for community meetings, but expect others to be late - sometimes 30-60 minutes. “I’m on my way,” means “I’ll be there in half an hour.” In Ghana, age hierarchy is out the window! Ghanians value the contributions of young people and consider the assistance of foreigners to be credible, as they view their education and privileges to be immeasurable to theirs.
Live Like a Local
Had you visited for a short vacation, you’d be missing out on the immersive experience interning in the Cape Coast offers those staying for the long haul. By the time your program ends, you’ll have adopted a happy-go-lucky attitude and danced more than you’d like to admit. Here are some tips to get you started living like a local.
- (Summer) Hot, Humid
(Winter) Warm, Rainy
- English, Fante
- Ghana cedi GH₵
- Drop Taxis, Shared Taxis & Tro Tros
Drop taxis are private and can be pricey. To hail one, stand at the edge of the street and point at the road. Cape Coast has a system of shared taxis that are much cheaper. Simply point in the direction the shared taxi is headed to get picked up. Then there are tro tros — a 9-13 person van that operates like a shared taxi.
Things to Do
Further in from the coastline is the Kakum National Park, a rainforest packed with thick and tall evergreen trees. If you’re not afraid of heights, a wooden suspension bridge provides access to the forest canopy where you can view hundreds of bird and butterfly species.
Useful Phrases in Fante
Oatsay den? / How are you?
Medaase / Thank you
Mepa wo kyew / Please
Sah! / Dance!