Medical internship in Togo

Medical Internships in Togo

Gain work experience while learning directly from doctors in hospitals and doing health checks

In sintesi

  • 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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Durata Minima: 

Due settimane

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Interns on all medical related projects in Togo need a good level of French.


Is a Medical internship in Togo right for me?

Our Medical internships are perfect for you if you’re looking to learn about medicine and improve your skills.  We have a range of options available, depending on your level of experience.

Pre-university students

Interns with no experience in the medical field are welcome to join us.  You’ll work with doctors and nurses in small private clinics. Here you can observe and learn from consultations and minor surgeries. You can also spend time in the laboratory, paediatric and maternity wards.

There is also the option to work at HIV/AIDS centres.  These centres give free treatment and consultations to patients. Here interns help to raise awareness and teach about safety, acceptance and tolerance.

University Students

Interns who have some experience and are already studying medicine, work at one of two public hospitals. There is the opportunity to work in a variety of departments including paediatrics, psychiatry/psychotherapy, dentistry, radiology, obstetrics, maternity, dermatology, chemical pathology, pathology, haematology, anaesthesia and neurology.

In all cases, you’ll work alongside a qualified supervisor.  They will be on hand to offer support and guidance during your placement.

Interns on all medical related projects in Togo need a good level of French. Most of the staff and patients do not speak English and it is vital that you can understand and communicate in French while you are working in the hospital.

A medical student in Togo

volontarito per professionisti e per studenti di medicina

Questo progetto è ideale per i professionisti interessati a usare le loro competenze per aiutare gli altri e per gli studenti universitari di Medicina e Salute.

Come professionista, sarai inserito in un progetto dove la tua esperienza e le tue competenze sono veramente necessarie. Con il tuo supporto, il nostro impatto può essere ancora più grande.

Se sei uno studente, sarai inserito in un progetto che ti darà la possibilità di imparare il più possibile e sviluppare nuove competenze che daranno forma alla tua carriera.

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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:

  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry/Psychotherapy
  • Dentistry
  • Radiology
  • Obstetrics
  • Maternity
  • Dermatology
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Haematology
  • Anaesthesia
  • Neurology

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?

Lomé

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.

Airport pickup, flights and visas togo

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Togo arrival procedures page.


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.


Piani di gestione

Nei Management Plans definiamo gli obiettivi dei nostri progetti. Questo è uno strumento importante per pianificare correttamente il lavoro dei nostri volontari. Inoltre, ci aiutano a misurare e valutare l'impatto e i risultati raggiunti ogni anno.

Grazie ai Management Plans possiamo migliorare i nostri progetti ogni giorno. Questo significa che, come volontario, entrerai a far parte di un programma che ha un un impatto reale dove è più necessario. Scopri di più sui nostri Management Plan.


Misurare il nostro impatto

Ogni anno, definiamo degli obiettivi specifici per ogni progetto e ci impegnamo per avere un impatto sostenibile e a lungo termine in ogni Paese. Ogni volontario e stagista contribuisce al raggiungimento di questi obiettivi, indipendentemente dalla durata del loro progetto.

Per documentare i progressi e i risultati raggiunti, elaboriamo un report annuale chiamato Global Impact Report. Scopri di più sui risultati raggiunti dai volontari, stagisti e dallo Staff di Projects Abroad. Leggi l'ultimo report.


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.


Sicurezza e supporto del nostro staff

La tua sicurezza è la nostra priorità. Adottiamo diverse procedure per darti il supporto di cui hai bisogno e per farti vivere il tuo viaggio all'estero senza pensieri. Lo Staff di Projects Abroad sarà sempre disponibile, 24 ore su 24, e ti aiuterà ad ambientarti a casa e all'interno del progetto. In caso di necessità, potrai contattarlo in qualsiasi momento.

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