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Volunteer Abroad in Ghana

Ghana Program General Information

Ghana is truly a multi-cultural country. As a volunteer you should strive to examine, listen and learn the culture of your host country. Thus, you should always linger vigilant and non-judgemental.

Ghanaians are welcoming in nature and among the world’s friendliest people. Currently, urbanisation and westernization are breaking down many ancients’ beliefs and practices; on the other hand, Ghanaians are still maintaining their traditional African culture with great pride from ancient times to the present.

Locations of Ghana Volunteer/Intern Programs

We have volunteer work placements in both urban and rural areas in Ghana. Possible locations include but not limited to:

  • Cape Coast Area (Recommended)
  • Kumasi Area (Recommended)
  • Accra Area
  • It is possible to arrange programs in other areas upon request.

In urban and suburban locations, most homes will have electricity and running water. In rural areas, resources are very limited and the condition can be very basic.

Start Dates and Durations

We pride ourselves for our flexibility. You can arrive any week of the year with enough advanced notice.

You can volunteer for periods of 1 week to 6 months. Extensions can be arranged with advanced notice as well.

Ghana Volunteer Work Placements

There are volunteer work placements available in both urban and rural Ghana. Our international volunteer/intern work placements in Ghana include:

    (1) CAREGIVING

    • Orphanage Work
    • Working with Street Children
    • Caring for the Elderly or the Disabled

    (2) COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    • Developing Business Plans
    • Developing Library Facilities
    • Women’s Empowerment
    • Sharing Your Skills

    (3) HEALTHCARE

    • Medical Placements
    • Assisting Health Professionals
    • Helping in a Rural Health Post

    (4)HIV/AIDS Work

    • HIV/AIDS Testing
    • HIV/AIDS Counselling
    • Awareness Campaigns
    • Caring for the HIV Infected
    • Conducting HIV lessons

    (5) TEACHING

    • Teaching Children
    • Tutoring Help
    • Teaching English or Computer Skills
    • Sports Education
    • Special Education

    (6) OTHER

    • Finance and Banking
    • Computing
    • Business Coaching
    • Environmental
    • Wildlife
    • Journalism
    • Media
    • Architectural

Please note that some work placements may require a surcharge since they are harder to arrange. Also, more works can possibly be arranged upon request.

Ghana Volunteer & Intern Requirements

  • Age Requirement: You can apply on your own if you are 18 years or over at the start of the program. For participants who are 15-17 years old at the start of the program, it is possible to enroll if the legal guardian gives permission and signs our waiver form to waive our liability.
  • Language Requirement: You must be able to speak English.
  • Cooperation and Adaptability: You should be able to work well with others, including people who are quite different from yourself. Also, you should be able to adapt to foreign environments, other cultures, and new situations. There is a need for international volunteers to be cooperative and flexible. The success of doing a project abroad also depends on you.
  • Some positions may require volunteers/interns have relevant training or certification.

Ghana Program Prices

Our fees are the lowest in the industry and extremely affordable. Our program fee starts as little as USD$180. Program fees mainly help us cover the variable costs, such as meals, accommodation, and orientation, etc. Program fees vary according to the length of your program.

Program Length Program Fee USD$
1 Week 180
2 Weeks 350
3 Weeks 470
1 Month (4 Weeks) 580
5 Weeks 680
6 Weeks 770
2 Months (8 Weeks) 980
10 Weeks 1150
3 Months 1320
4 Months 1630
5 Months 1950
6 Months 2300

To see an estimate of these prices in your local currency click here.

Note: There is an additional fee of USD$290 (enrollment fee) on top of the program fee for all the programs. This enrollment fee helps us cover mainly the fixed costs, such as program inspection, staff salary, marketing cost, etc. Also, certain work placements and certain locations may require a surcharge since they are harder or more costly to arrange. Participants are fully responsible for any surcharges and transaction costs.

Total Price = Program Fee + Enrollment Fee (plus transaction costs and any surcharge)

What is included?

  • Arrival Welcome
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • Program Orientation
  • Volunteer Work Placement
  • Hotline for Local Support
  • Regular Cultural/Recreational Activities (Personal spending not included) are Provided by Most Hosts

What is not included?

  • International and Local Transportation Costs (Local bus tickets cost around US$1.)
  • Medical/Travel Insurance (Optional buy recommended)
  • Visa Application Costs and Personal Spending

Detailed Working/Living Agenda of Ghana Programs

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation and meals are included.

Most of our home-stay families in urban locations in Ghana can provide the following features:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Bedroom with basic furniture (either private or shared with another volunteer of the same gender)

In the rural areas, the resources are limited and the living condition can be very basic.

Three meals a day are provided by the home-stay families.

Lunch is usually packed by your host family in a lunch box so that you can eat at your project if you wish.

If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.

It is exciting to live with a local family. This way, you can easily learn the local way of life, meet local people, and feel more like a part of Ghana rather than just a tourist. We strongly encourage you to try the local flavours and experience the local culture and traditions as much as possible. Keep in mind that it is important to be open-minded and to be flexible. You shouldn’t expect that you would eat the same food or have the same lifestyle as you do at home. Actually, one of the most important things you will learn abroad is how their way of living is just as correct as ours.

Arrival and Orientation

Day 1 (Arrival Day)

Practically, you can arrive any week of the year with enough advanced notice.

On arrival day, we will

    1) Give you a warm welcome at the airport.

    2) We will take you to your home-stay family in Ghana.

    3) Introduce you to the home-stay family members.

    4) Then we will leave you to rest after your long flight. Keep in mind that the next day we will start your program orientation.

Day 2 (Orientation Day)

This orientation is very important and it is mandatory for ensuring a safe and pleasant stay.

    1) Introduction to Ghana

    • The following areas should be covered: communication, transportation, safety, travel opportunities, the social structure of Ghana, lectures on political and economic history, survival language lessons, cultural do’s and don’ts, health matters, socially accepted behaviours, and work ethics in Ghana.

    2) Introduction to the Work Program (for volunteer/internship program participants)

    • Introduction to the expectations of the institution and the host project.

    3) Introduction to Your Environment

    • The participants will be shown how to take bus from home to workplace, to town, to the nearest supermarket, to the nearest internet cyber, to the nearest ATM, etc.

Workweek and Workdays

Our volunteer programs are very flexible and can be customized for you. You can either do full time or part time work depending on your preference. Some volunteers would like to work a lot, while others like to have more free time to travel, socialize, and relax.

The amount of work will be customized for you. Certain works do require full time volunteers or have a fixed schedule, but many works can be very flexible.

  • If you think it is more important to get your favourite placement rather than your preferred work schedule, please indicate that while applying so that we can put more weight on work type when we customize the program for you. If you don’t indicate anything, we may give your preferred work schedule more consideration while we customize the program for you.

Workweek Options:

  • Workweek option 1: (Regular) Work from Mon. to Fri.
  • Workweek option 2: (Long weekend) Work from Mon. to Thursday.
  • Workweek option 3: (Work and Rest) Work only on Mon., Wed. & Fri.
  • Workweek option 4: (As Much As Possible) Work 6-7 days per week if possible.
  • Workweek option 5: (Fully Open) Come in and help whichever day you want.

Workday Options:

  • Workday option 1: (Full day) Approximately 8 hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
  • Workday option 2: (Part time early bird) Approximately 4 hours from 9am to 1pm.
  • Workday option 3: (Part time afternoon) Approximately 4 hours from 12pm to 4pm.
  • Workday option 4: (Fully Open) Come in and help whenever you want.

(If you have different preferences, you can let us know so that we can try to customize further for you).

Leisure Time (Enjoyment and Friendship)

Our volunteers usually form life-long friendships with their host family, workplace co-workers, and other volunteers. People in Ghana are very friendly and welcoming.

We aim to fulfill your leisure time with enjoyment. Most of our partners abroad arrange recreational activities regularly. You can join weekend tours or add a wildlife safari and/or a coastal tour after your volunteer program for an additional cost. We have partners who can perform tours and can offer discounts to volunteers. We recommend that you book Safari or tour through us since the our long term relationship with the local tour operators usually mean more reliable services.

Other Useful Information

Ghana Entry Requirements (Visa Information)

A valid passport with entry visa is required by all visitors, except for citizens of ECOWAS states in west Africa. Visa must be obtained pre-departure from the nearest Ghanaian diplomatic mission and consulates. A basic tourism visa for Ghana is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, so do not apply too early. The visa can be extended for 1 week, 3 months, or 1 year after your arrival in Ghana. The local coordinator will help you with extending visa.

For the most updated information, please check with the local Ghanaian embassy.

Travel Services (Tours and Flights)

Whenever our volunteers need, we provide travel services/advices. The tour prices from our partners are usually discounted for volunteers, thus we recommend that you book through us. If you are going to buy flight and book tours on your own, we strongly recommend that you get price quotes from different sources and compare them before you make your purchase.

Ghana Country Profile and Pictures

Capital City in Ghana: Accra

Population: About 24 Million

Official Language: English (but there are many other languages based on ethnic groups).

Time Zone: GMT (UTC-0)

Climate

Ghana is a tropical country lying just north of the equator. The rainy season lasts from April to October in northern Ghana and from April to June and again from September to October in the south. Temperatures range from about 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C) and the humidity is relatively high. The rest of the year is hot and dry with temperatures reaching up to 100°F (38°C). In most areas the temperatures are highest in March and lowest in August, after the rains. Variations between day and night temperatures are small.

The Local Currency

The currency of Ghana is the Cedi. Rates of exchange are posted daily by banks and forex bureaux. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Ghana, but all should be noted on a customs declaration form on arrival. All exchange transaction receipts should be kept for inspection on departure. US$1 is approximately 9600 Ghanaian Cedi. We recommend that you bring a debit or a credit card for ATM cash withdraws. ATMs are easily accessible in Ghana and most of them accept international debit and credit cards. It is probably the safest and easiest way for you to access your cash.

Personal Expense in Ghana

As meals and accommodation are both included, you don’t need to expect to spend much money at all. Many volunteers abroad find that $30 is enough for weekly personal expense, but this figure can vary largely depending on your personal spending habit. You should expect more spending if you plan to take tours or eat out a lot.

Safety

Ghana is the safest country in West Africa regarding crime. Ghana is a peaceful country. Most of the people are friendly, warm and helpful. Yet, to make your stay even safer and more comfy, we have developed the following guidelines:

  • If you must carry a handbag, try to keep your handbag in front of you.
  • Try not to take alcoholic drinks with other local people at a restaurant.
  • Please do not join political demonstrations, talks and groups.
  • Try not to walk alone after dark. In case of emergencies, call your host family or the project leader for support.
  • Be careful when crossing the streets.
  • We recommend that you bring two bank/credit cards when you travel but keep them in different places. You can probably keep one in your wallet with you for daily use and keep the other card in a very safe place for back-up purpose. In this case, if anything happens, at least you won’t loss both cards at the same time.

Communication

Communications infrastructure is reasonably good in Ghana. It is easy to call and to send emails. Internet cyber is also affordable (less than US$1 per hour). The country code of Ghana is +233.

Vaccinations for Ghana

Yellow Fever is the legally required vaccination for Ghana. Don’t forget to take your yellow fever certificate with you while you travel.

The following are recommended:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria – Tablets

Things to Bring

  • You should at least bring a lunch box, a water bottle, and other personal necessities.
  • We recommend mosquito repellent/net/coils.
  • A plug adapter is strongly recommended as you will probably need to charge your electronics.
    • Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for Ghana:
      • Primary Socket Types: British BS-1363, Indian
      • Voltage: Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
      • For Multi-voltage electronics/appliances (laptops, etc.), you only need a plug adapter.
      • For 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
      • For hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter
  • A digital camera is recommended.
  • Laptop is not necessary, however many volunteers like to bring their own PC.
  • If you forget to bring some things (such as basic shampoo or basic water bottle), it is easy to buy them in Ghana. Other things (such as electronics or a special brand of body wash) can be hard or more expensive to get in Ghana.