Medical Trips


that provides much-needed medical services to the vulnerable children and families in our empowerment programs. You’ll serve alongside doctors, nurses, and other volunteers from Canada and our partner countries. Whether you have medical experience or not, you’ll get to see firsthand the work of International Needs. We’ll visit schools and see some of the amazing projects that are transforming children. You’ll even get to meet some of the beneficiaries in their homes so you can gain a better understanding of the development projects.


To provide primary care to school children and their families in communities that have limited access to health care. Our services include education, screening, prevention, treatment, and when necessary, referral to a specialist or hospital. 



Medical trips in Ghana’s Volta Region have been ongoing since 2005; with medical teams from International Needs Canada and the US visiting rural villages and schools almost every 6 months. In 2021, the Canadian team is returning to partner with International Needs Ghana, Ghana’s ministry of health, local public health officials, and health care practitioners from surrounding communities.

Overview of the trip

Our typical program includes one day of orientation and travel into the Volta Region, eight to nine school and community visits and clinics, and one day of relaxation mid-trip, to showcase some of Ghana’s natural beauty. We also ensure you will have some time to shop for souvenirs in the capital city prior to departure. 

About the clinic

Clinics are held at International Needs schools, with lots of help from the older students. On a given day we may see 200-400 individuals, depending on the size and needs of the community. Joining us will be public health and local nurses, local pharmacists, and Ghanaian physicians. Many of the local physicians have been recipients of International Needs’ medical student sponsorship program. 

Your Role

Your role will depend on your area of skill or interest. Nurses – We often find great demand for your expertise in the medication area. Physicians – You’ll be working in the consultation area. Allied health providers – Physio, occupational or respiratory therapist, social worker, dietician, etc. – we can find a role for you too! Non-Medical Volunteers – And if you are none of the above but want to do work for two weeks with Ghanaian children and their families, we welcome you and have a full (and enjoyable) task list for you too! 

And yes, everyone has a translator, as most of the patients do not speak English.

the team

Typically, the Canadian contingent consists of 2-4 physicians, 3-4 nurses, and 2-4 allied health providers or general volunteers. Rebecca Kruisselbrink is the team leader and has been involved with the International Needs Medical Outreach program since 2008, when she was a first-year medical resident. She’s been to Ghana 10 or 11 times, and can’t wait to go back!  

Cost of the Trip

The cost of the trip is usually $4,000-$5,000 CAD pp, and includes flights from Toronto, accommodations, transportation, and meals in Ghana. The entire amount is tax-deductible.

There are also registration fees to practice medicine in Ghana (2020 fees):

  • First time doctor $600.00 USD 
  • Returning doctor $75.00 USD 
  • New and returning nurse $125.00 USD 
we’re here to help you

International Needs books all the flights and accommodations and issues tax receipts. We also provide an individual fundraising page for each team member so you can hit up all of your friends and family to support your trip!

What Can I Bring?

We know that you may wish to bring gifts to the communities you visit. However, International Needs Canada has a strict policy that requires all gifts to be approved in advance. We’re happy to send you a copy of the Gift Policy, which explains why this is necessary. 

You may bring medical or dental supplies if you have access to these items. Please let us know.

Email Rebecca Kruisselbrink or Festus Addei to find out more.

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International Needs Canada

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230-1119 Fennell Ave E.,
Hamilton, On, Canada, L8T 1S2
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