Construction program in Ghana

By joining a construction project, you will bring in the manpower that is needed to drive construction forward. Projects are selected based on the needs of the community. So this creates a variety of different projects.

  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.
  • Contribute to the improvement of the community.
  • Learn local construction techniques.
  • Create new places and safe spaces for children and the local population.
  • Live a unique experience feeling proactive and fulfilled.

What is this program about?

In this project education and sanitation are usually at the top of the list, but we are also very interested in having participants work on recreational projects, such as demolition of playing fields and community centers. These often provide a great focal point for the community.

You will join a team of other participants and locals, all of whom will work closely together for the common goal. The Ghanaian workers are trained and know how to use local materials, so they will act as your guide and will no doubt teach you many ‘tricks of the trade’, ensuring construction can be done quickly and efficiently. Since projects vary, so do tasks, but keep in mind that this is physical work. 

There will be days that will challenge you because they are strenuous, but don’t be discouraged. All projects are tailored for participants of reasonable physical condition and you will never be asked to do anything you don’t want to do. You will most likely find that being outdoors and working as a team is a fun and truly rewarding experience.

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

The day to day of the volunteer consists of a collaboration from Monday to Friday, approximately 4 or 5 hours, distributed during the morning or afternoon according to needs.

A typical volunteer day begins with breakfast at the accommodation with all the volunteers. At the end, the volunteers go to the project, where they meet with the local coordinator to organize the activities planned for the day.

Throughout the morning each volunteer contributes to the assigned tasks. A stop is made for lunch and, depending on the needs, they continue with the tasks or have free time.

The volunteer can visit nearby areas in his free time. In the evening, the group has dinner and prepares for the next day.

The activities you will carry out during your volunteering are:

  • Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals
  • Give some hands-on experience in light renovation
  • work Develop your teamwork and skills through hands-on activities
  • Help locals with construction and renovation efforts in an organized team

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • Youneed to have fluent English.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The airport you need to arrive at is Kotoka International Airport, in Ghana. If you arrive on Saturdays or Sundays from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm. , you will be picked up at the airport, in case you arrive at another time, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there.

Once you arrive you will stay at the volunteer’s house, located in Accra. The accommodation is located within a gated community. The rooms are generally dormitory-style (bedding is provided for the volunteer) and are separated for men and women. The programs are located about 20 to 40 minutes from home and participants are responsible for their own round trip transportation costs (€6-8). Staff remain on site 7 days a week to assist participants.

Rooms are shared by volunteers of the same gender. The house has common areas that can be used by volunteers and also provides access to a laundry room. There is no hot water, nor is there Wi-Fi.

Dates and method of arrival

The program is open throughout the year. You will be picked up at the indicated airport if you arrive on Saturdays or Sundays from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you arrive at a different time, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 2 weeks to up to 12 weeks.  

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of place.
  3. Make a 1st contribution to register for the program.
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival.
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and complete the rest of the contribution as indicated by your coordinator.

YOU COME?

What can I see during the weekend?

Ghana is a country with wonderful places. Soak up its culture and its most beautiful corners. Some of the places that you cannot miss are: 

  • Kakum Park Kakum

National Park is a tropical rainforest located in the central region of Ghana. It is one of only three natural sites in the country that offers its visitors a walkway over the trees known as the Kakum Canopy Walkway. Inside there is also a house built in the treetops about 20 meters above the ground that offers visitors the adventurous opportunity to spend the night. 

  • Accra

It is the capital of Ghana and has a lot to offer for lovers of art and history, as there are many museums, galleries, libraries and monuments to explore. It is usually recommended to visit the National Theatre, the National Museum, Christiansborg Castle, the Jubilee House or the Black Star Square.

The most popular beach in the city is that of Labadi. Next to the beach is also the Academy of African Music and Arts.

  • Cape Coast

City and port located in the central region that offers its visitors 32 different festivals throughout the year. Visitors can also visit Cape Coast Castle and the Cape Coast National Cultural Center.

  • Ada Foah

Small seaside town famous for its palm-lined beaches and neighboring islands. Many locals and tourists also take advantage of the water sports activities that the city offers.