International Volunteer Opportunities Details

Details for Patriensa Village in Asante Akim District, Ghana

May 10-30; June 1-30; July 1-31; August 1-31 (volunteers may participate in more than 1 session)

Unite For Sight volunteers work with an optometrist to provide screening outreach services in the community. Patients receive surgery and ophthalmic care by the eye clinic staff of Agogo Hospital. The program is coordinated with the Asante Akim Multipurpose Community Telecentre

Patriensa is a village in the Asante Akim District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The village is located 3 hours from Accra and 1 hour from Kumasi.

Volunteers lodge in the Asante Akim Multipurpose Community Telecentre Guest House,which costs $15-$20/day for lodging and 3 meals. Internet access is usually available.

Upon arrival in Ghana, volunteers will receive Orientation and Training in Accra and lodge for 1-2 days at the Telecentre Bed and Breakfast, which costs $25/day, not including lunch and dinner. Volunteers will then proceed to Patriensa.

This program is suitable to anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in international service and health. Volunteers range from gap year students, undergraduate students, and medical students to public health students, public health professionals, nurses, educators, opticians, optometrists, and others.

Optometrists committing to participate for at least 3 weeks will receive a free airline ticket from Emirates Airlines.

--Margaret Duah-Mensah, an ophthalmic nurse at Crystal Eye Clinic, provides eye care in Unite For Sight's rural outreach programs. In this online presentation, Margaret discusses community-based outreach programs in Ghana.

--At Unite for Sight's Third Annual International Health Conference at Yale University in April 2006, Unite For Sight partner ophthalmologists Dr. James Clarke (Accra, Ghana), Dr. T. Senthil (Chennai, India), and Dr. Seth Wanye (Tamale, Ghana) discussed eye care needs and Unite For Sight programs in their countries. Click here to view the 20-minute session and learn more about volunteering with Unite For Sight in Ghana.

--At Unite for Sight's Fourth Annual International Health Conference at Stanford University on April 14, 2007, a panel discussion was organized to discuss urgent global eye care needs. Click here to view this 1-hour panel discussion with Unite For Sight's partner Ghanaian and Indian ophthalmologists, partner eye clinic staff, and Medical Advisors.

--Click here to view a film about the impact of Unite for Sight's programs in Ghana. This film was produced by a Unite For Sight volunteer.

--Click here to watch a Unite For Sight patient in Ghana, who discusses his happiness about having his sight restored.

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