Hats for Ghana Nursing Scholarships

After volunteering in a hospital in the Volta Region of Ghana, Montreal nurse Julia Garland decided to start fundraising with handmade cloth hats.

Julia has raised over $10,000 to date, enough to fund three separate yearlong scholarships for Ghanaian nurses.

As Sarah Giles wrote recently in The Canadian Press, brightly coloured cloth caps are used by some Canadian doctors and nurses before heading into the operating room.

Retired anesthetist Dr. Glenn Gibson believes he was an early trendsetter in slipping on brightly coloured cloth caps before heading into the operating room.

So he was a bit disappointed when some hospitals started to ban the cloth protective headwear, which allow doctors to show a little personality.

“I like cloth OR caps. I got tired of wearing the plain green ones, so about 25 years ago I started making my own … with ridiculous colours and designs that nobody would buy,” said Gibson, who estimates he had about four dozen at one point.

Our medical volunteers in Ghana can use any type of cap during their healthcare internships in Ghana. The more important aspects of the medical volunteering program include learning about medical care delivery in Africa and providing treatment to locals.

As a healthcare intern in Ghana, you can work at a large hospital or a semi-rural clinic. The two primary locations in Ghana for the programs are Cape Coast and Volta Region.

You are welcome to specialize in a particular department like maternity or emergency medicine. Medical and nursing students can receive academic credit through their internship with us in Ghana, typically as an elective with their school back home.

Ghana Medical Interns in Surgery

Xmas Party and Jesus Play in India

We at Cosmic Volunteers just received a heartfelt Greetings from Sri Ramana Matriculation School in Tamil Nadu, India.

The principal Mr. Karuna writes to us and our volunteers in India, “Wish you a Prosperous and Happy New Year Ahead!”

The children at the school staged the play of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

Santa Claus made an appearance as well !!

Interested in teaching in India with the students at Sri Ramana school? Contact us!

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India Xmas Santa Claus Gift

India Xmas Party

India Xmas Party Kids

India Xmas Jesus Birth 01

CDC TravWell App

For vaccination and health advice for volunteering abroad trips, we have always recommended the website of the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC now has an app for that too. It’s called the CDC’s TravWell app available on iOS and Android.

As the CDC’s web page says, TravWell:

…helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list.

The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster doses or take medicines while you’re traveling.

Key Features of TravWell

> Authoritative recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

> During-travel features available offline (no data connection needed)

> Fully customizable to do list and packing list

>Emergency services phone numbers for every destination

Lifehacker recently featured the app and wrote the following:

Different countries around the world have unique foods, styles, and cultures, but they also have their own diseases.

That’s why it’s important you get vaccinated four to six weeks before you travel internationally.

If you’re getting ready to jet set around the world, the Centers for Disease Control’s TravWell app can help you prepare your immune system.

Available for iOS and Android, CDC TravWell gives you clear instruction about what you need based on where you’re going and when.

After downloading the app, you can build a trip that can include multiple destinations.

Then TravWell will give you vaccine requirements and recommendations for each location, as well as a checklist of other things you should do before you take off.

Catherine Gradel Volunteers in Vietnam

Catherine Gradel, from London, spent eight weeks teaching English at a children’s shelter in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

She and her fellow volunteers also helped paint and do light repairs on another children’s home where we send volunteers.

As the photos below show, volunteering in Vietnam is a wonderful experience not only for the volunteers but of course for the local children.

For sightseeing, Catherine visited Mui Ne Beach (about 200 km from HCMC). The beach is famous for its beauty, including huge sand dunes and dramatic views of the ocean and shoreline. 

Mui Ne Beach Pool

If you’re not into the ocean, you can rent a bike and take ride through the countryside. If you’re a golfer, there’s also the Nick Faldo-designed Ocean Dunes Golf Course for public play.

Here are some photos of Catherine teaching students in Vietnam:

Vietnam Volunteer Catherine Gradel Tutoring

Vietnam Volunteer Catherine Gradel Math

Vietnam Volunteer Catherine Gradel Fun

Vietnam Volunteer Catherine Gradel Teaching