Volunteering in Africa

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm trying to find out if anyone on here has ever volunteered in Africa or knows someone who has and what your/their experience was.

    I'm very interested in doing some volunteer work in Africa so I'm trying to gather as much information as possible. Anyone with any ideas or recommendations on good agencies would be greatly appreciated! I have ICU, PACU, and ER experience, if that helps any. Definitely no maternal/child work.

    Thanks!
    ~Michelle
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    Hello, Michelle,

    I had the opportunity to go to Togo almost 6 years ago, but the trip was canceled the day I left.

    I used Baptist Medical Missions. And, prepared approximately 8 months before the departure date. Hope to attempt to do this again one day. I still feel led to do so, but have not pursued another mission trip.

    Good to read of your interest and hope there will be others here who have gone to Africa that can answer some questions for you. Several do these trips. One member has just finished a trip to Vietnam (arrived home yesterday). Others to South America.

    Check out this sticky thread here in this forum about different organizations:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f74/anyo...ns-195304.html

    And, this one about medical missions trips:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f74/medi...ps-113186.html
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    Quote from devotchka
    Hey everyone,

    I'm trying to find out if anyone on here has ever volunteered in Africa or knows someone who has and what your/their experience was.

    I'm very interested in doing some volunteer work in Africa so I'm trying to gather as much information as possible. Anyone with any ideas or recommendations on good agencies would be greatly appreciated! I have ICU, PACU, and ER experience, if that helps any. Definitely no maternal/child work.

    Thanks!
    ~Michelle

    I am looking to start a group interested in volunteering in Africa. A group mainly made of nurses. Myself being from Africa and a nurse, I know firsthand the need back home. So if you are interested in volunteering somewhere in Ghana, Africa let me know. I can do most of the homework as far as finding hospitals or clinics where we can volunteer , lodging, transport etc. I am planning on going to Africa next year. If anybody is willing to work with me just drop me an email or a private message. As I said, I can do most of the home work. I need people to assist me in this undertaking. Who knows? This might be Nurses without borders.
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    hello, I tried sending you a private message but it didnt work. Anyways, I am an lvn new grad and interested in volunteering in africa. What are the requirements?? do you take lvns? I am looking for all the experience I can get, and i think going to africa to work as a nurse would be incredible. Since I would be volunteering what would I be able to do to support myself?
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    Nipa- I am looking to volunteer as a nurse in Ghana, but am having a hard time finding information. I know your post is many years old, but I would love any information you might have about organizations that go specifically to Ghana. Thanks!
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    I commend all of you for your courage; yes, Africa is in dire need of comprehensive, effective health care. Unfortunately, far too many African countries are also in need of honest, dedicated leaders who are committed to improving the lot of their people, instead of just themselves and their own families and friends.

    The problems you will encounter are the conditions under which you will be forced to work. The larger cities, depending on the country, have fair hospitals, but usually there is a serious shortage of medicines and supplies. The rural areas are pretty backward.

    Research it very carefully before you commit yourselves, and try and get some first hand information from someone who has been there. I realize that you all have a calling which needs to be answered, but do not be fooled by any romantic dreams about Africa; it is a beautiful, fascinating continent with equally fascinating people, but it is also harsh, heartbreaking and deadly to the innocent and unwary.

    I am speaking from the viewpoint of a South African, so I cannot claim first hand experience. Although we also have many of the conditions that you will encounter further north, such as AIDS and poverty, we have a well-established infrastructure and a huge network of public clinics and hospitals. However, I have come into contact with many Africans, especially those from Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Somalia, who have migrated to our country in search of a better life. Do your homework first, and try to get your info from someone in the Ghanaian health care system.
    Last edit by GHGoonette on Oct 13, '10
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    Hi - from a fellow South African... RN-trained at Carinus and then went to England to do midwifery. Now trying to get certified in the US... what fun!
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    Quote from 2bRNot2b
    Hi - from a fellow South African... RN-trained at Carinus and then went to England to do midwifery. Now trying to get certified in the US... what fun!
    Hallelujah! I was beginning to think I was the only one...! What year were you at Carinus? You do know the genii have closed the old place down, don't you?

    Someone who understands Afrikaans jokes!!!
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    Quote from GHGoonette
    Hallelujah! I was beginning to think I was the only one...! What year were you at Carinus? You do know the genii have closed the old place down, don't you?

    Someone who understands Afrikaans jokes!!!
    I was there centuries ago - graduated in 1982. Yes, I found out they had closed the place down when I tried to trace my transcripts. WHAT a palaver! It took about 18 months to get all my paperwork together, not to mention that every place I needed stuff from wanted money for the privilege of passing on my qualifications. I am in a position here in the US of verifying dozens of medical residents' GME training - and there is no charge for that service!

    Where are you in Cape Town?

    Sorry, I don't qualify for private posts yet, otherwise we could carry on the conversation that way. GREAT to meet you!
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    I live in Eerste River, midway between Bellville and Somerset West. I was at Carinus from 1984, qualified in 1986. I did my training at Tygerberg. I suppose you were at Groote Schuur?


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