Volunteer in Ghana
Volunteering in Ghana is very popular. Known as ‘The Gateway to Africa’, Ghana is a popular first choice for volunteers who have never stepped onto the African continent before. It’s not too far to travel to for those travelling from the UK – some 7 hours, there’s no jet lag as it’s in the same time zone as the UK (one hour difference in the summer months), it’s cheap to get around and buy street food, the people are warm, friendly and very spiritual, and the country stable. The weather is tropical and temperatures stay between 28 and 33 degrees with frequent rain falls to relieve the humidity.
We can offer you a variety of volunteering placements in Ghana with our NGO partners based in Accra, the capital. Namely:
Teaching – either at a pre-school, primary school for disadvantaged children or secondary school
Medical – Shadowing a doctor, nurse or midwife at a hospital
Dentistry – Shadowing a dentist either at the hospital or in a clinic
Primates conservation- Working with monkeys in animal conservation
Sewing – Teaching the ladies how to make fashions in a women’s empowerment program
DIY skills (carpentry, plumbing, electrics) or barbering in a men’s empowerment program
After School program – Helping the kids with their homework in an after school program and providing them with some fun activities
Outreach program – helping promote good health practise in the community.
Horse care – grooming, tacking up, feeding, mucking out, riding horses (if experienced)
Veterinary and veterinary nurse shadowing – shadowing a veterinary or veterinary nurse, hands on assisting – ideal for those who have already had some experience or contemplating a career in the veterinary profession
It would be possible to combine some of these placements, such as the teaching in the disadvantaged children’s school with coaching a sport, which is generally after school or with the after school homework club.
Ethos of placements
Our partners run sustainable projects where you, as a volunteer, can make a valuable contribution with your work. They want to empower the local children and adults so that they can have a better future, play more sports, do better at school, so that adults can learn new skills and animals are protected before it’s too late. At the same time, you will have an amazing experience getting to know the Ghanaian way of life, culture, music, food, spirituality and maybe slowing down a bit “A la Ghanaian” to appreciate all that is around you!
For more information about travelling to Ghana, check out the Foreign & Commonwealth page on Ghana here.
Explore Ghana at the weekends
At the weekends, the NGO can organise for you, and take you on, trips so you can explore Ghana: to Cape Coast, Milly’s Beach, the Volta Region or the Mole National Park. Or you may prefer to organise your own trips. Either way, they can point you in the right direction!
|Number of weeks||Placement Price||What's included|
|2 weeks||£850||Pre-departure support|
|3 weeks||£1,050||Airport pick up|
|4 weeks||£1,250||Accommodation at the volunteer house|
|5 weeks||£1,450||3 meals a day|
|6 weeks||£1,650||Orientation on arrival|
|7 weeks||£1,850||Introduction to placement|
|8 weeks||£2,050||24-hour contact|
|9 weeks||£2,150||some activities|
|10 weeks||£2,250||*Veterinary £200 for registrations|
|11 weeks||£2,350||*Medical shadowing £100 extra for registration|
|12 weeks||£2,450||*Endangered Primates £50 for registration|