Volunteering in Ghana

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN GHANA

If you are looking for a truly meaningful Volunteering in Ghana, as well as an unforgettable adventure in rural Africa, Ghana is the right place for you.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to and improve the skills and knowledge of young people or the health and well-being of the community through the volunteer programs in Ghana while exploring all that the country has to offer. Including the breathtaking nature, the delicious food, the warm climate all year round, its culture and the people who are very friendly.

In Ghana we collaborate in the Volunteering in Ghana, education and health care, your participation in them will be of great help for the development of children and women in the local community.


EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN SCHOOLS IN GHANA

In this program with volunteering in Ghana, you will be able to give the best of you with children between 3 and 16 years old, collaborating in the schools of the village. According to your profile and in collaboration with you, we will choose which group and ages of children to collaborate with. Rural education in Africa.


GENERAL MEDICAL CARE IN GHANA

If you like the health field, you will love the Medical Assistance volunteer program in Ghana. You will collaborate in the local hospital, in schools, and in the communities both by assisting the doctors and by giving prevention talks.


IDENTIFIED NEEDS IN GHANA

These are some of the needs where as a volunteer in Ghana you will address in collaboration with local peers:

  • Poverty that causes poor health and lack of opportunity
  • Illiteracy
  • Lack of materials
  • School Absenteeism
  • Malnutrition
  • Disease prevention
  • Basic medical care.

WHAT REQUIREMENTS TO DO A VOLUNTEERING IN GHANA?

For all programs in the volunteering in Ghana we will ask you to:

  • Be of legal age.
  • Have basic knowledge of spoken and written English.
  • Be respectful of the local people and their culture.
  • Be creative, willing to help and work in a team.
  • Teaching experience is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Basic knowledge in computers and common programs.

For the medical program you must present the following information:

  • Certification that validates that you are studying some branch of medicine or that you already have.
  • Resume and an official copy of your credentials.

WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEERING IN GHANA?

The projects take place in Ofaakor a suburb of Kasoa (Ghana), 20 minutes away by car. They are within walking distance from the volunteers’ accommodation, although public transport is very cheap in Ghana, and you can take a taxi for only $2 each way.


WHEN CAN I GO TO GHANA TO VOLUNTEER?

The volunteer teaching and medical programs in Ghana are open all year round, therefore any day of the year is possible.

The teaching programs will take place at the school except for the months of April, August and December which are run as a summer camp as the schools are closed.

ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION

Your local volunteer coordinator in Ghana will welcome you at the Kotoka International Airport, which is located near Accra, the capital of Ghana. He will then take you to your assigned host family’s home. Don’t worry about communication, they speak fluent English, are very patient and helpful.

The coordinator will also give you detailed information about the area where the project is located, as well as everything you need to know about the orientation and induction to the program. .

In case your flight arrives late, you don’t have to worry, as the coordinator will be waiting for you. You will also be provided with their contact details beforehand, so you can always contact them or our team at any time during your trip.

VACCINE

Vaccinations against hepatitis, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies and meningitis are recommended for volunteers travelling to Ghana.

Some are mandatory depending on where you come from. The risk of malaria is also high all year round in the cities. As a volunteer, you should visit your health center and see what vaccinations they recommend. You can also contact the Ghanaian embassy in your country.

VISAS

To enter the country, you will need a passport valid for at least 6 months, from the beginning of your volunteer program, in addition to the yellow fever vaccine and a visa.

Single-entry visas are generally valid for 3 months. To complete the visa application, contact the Ghana Consulate in your country of residence and arrange for the process with them.

SECURITY IN GHANA

Ghana is seen as a place where you can go sightseeing and be safe. But nothing is perfect, and as in many countries in the world you have to take certain precautions and know how to handle certain situations and areas of the country.

In general, tourist areas are safe, but we still recommend you to keep these tips in mind:

  • Let your coordinator know, in case you go on an excursion, so that he can warn you about the places you will be going to.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and address available in case you need it.
  • Avoid giving out information about the place you are staying, the project and your colleagues (volunteers) for safety reasons.
  • Do not bring anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s home.
  • Avoid risky areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel in austerity on your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
  • If possible, avoid taking your mobile phone out in public places.
  • Try to use the country’s safe transportation services or services such as Uber or taxis.
  • Avoid walking alone on unfamiliar streets at night.
  • Never get into an unfamiliar vehicle or your own vehicle with someone you don’t know.
  • Do not drink anything you do not know the origin of.

Upon arrival in Ghana, our local coordinator will take you to your assigned host family.

Volunteer host families are usually located approximately 20 minutes by bus from the school, where the projects take place. Volunteers take the bus, which costs approximately $2 round trip.

  • 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 TV, iron and refrigerator.
  • Breakfast and dinner are provided in the accommodation for our volunteers during their days of collaboration. Meals can be adapted for volunteers who require vegetarian, vegan, non-dairy or other diets.

Typical meals provided generally include:

  • Vegetables and legumes/beans
  • Fruits
  • Meat, fish or eggs
  • Grains and cereals
  • Milk, yogurt, cheese and/or alternatives

The contribution to volunteer projects in Ghana for a period of 14 days is 515€ and with the tax deduction you will only pay 267.65€

PERIODTEACHING AND MEDICAL
WEEKS515€ 
WEEKS640€ 
WEEKS765€ 
Additional125€

You will be able to deduct approximately 45% of the total economic contribution to the program by means of the tax certificate that we will issue you.

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR THE VOLUNTEERING IN GHANA?

  • Welcome and transfer to the accommodation.
  • Accommodation during the stay of your volunteer.
  • 2 meals during your volunteer stay (breakfast and dinner)
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team.
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program.
  • Orientation and induction to the project.
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering.
  • NGO receipt for your program fee.
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program.
  • Volunteer t-shirt.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE VOLUNTEERING IN GHANA?

  • Flight to Ghana.
  • Return to the airport on the last day.
  • Visa, if necessary.
  • Internal transportation or excursions.
  • Travel in or out of the country.
  • Travel insurance (mandatory).
  • Drinks, diets and special meals.
  • Bottled water.

We remind you that the value of the donation can be deducted from your full income tax liability, up to a limit of 10% of the taxable base.

  • Donations up to 150 :(donation equal to or less than 150), the deduction will be 80%
  • Donations over 150 euros: (donation over 150 ?), will be 35% and 40% if made for more than 3 years in a row of the same value or more to the same association.

NOTE: There is a deduction from the IRPF for donations made to non-profit organisations under Law 49/2002, of 23 December. established in Articles 68.3, 69.1 IRPF Law and 69.2 Regulations. Royal Decree-Law 17/2020 of 5 May. (refunds are made in the year following payment). As a donation, the 150 euros initially contributed are not refundable.

HOW DO I BOOK MY VOLUNTEERING IN GHANA?

WEATHER

The climate in Ghana is tropical and there are two main seasons in the country: the wet and the dry.

In southern Ghana, where all our projects take place, you experience the rainy season between the months of March and mid-November.

Average daily temperatures are 30° C (86º F) during the day and 24° C (75.2º F) at night.

CURRENCY

The local currency in Ghana is the Ghanaian Cedi (GH ₵).

The exchange rate tends to be approximately the following: 1 Cedi = 0,16 Euro, 1 Euro

There are ATMs at the airport and in the larger cities, which you can use to withdraw money.

TOURISM

KAKUM NATIONAL PARK

Kakum National Park is a tropical forest located in the central region of Ghana. It is one of the only three natural sites in the country that offers visitors a tree-top walkway, known as the Kakum Canopy Walkway. Inside you can also find a tree house built in the treetops about 20 meters (65.6 feet) above the ground that offers visitors an adventurous opportunity to spend the night.

The national park is home to many beautiful animals, many of which are endangered; among these you can find target monkeys, African elephants and more.

ACCRA

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

The most popular beach in town is Labadi Beach. Next to the beach you will also find the Academy of African Music and Arts.

Accra Ghana voluntariado

ELMINA

The city’s main tourist attractions include Elmina Castle, Fort Coenraads burg, the Dutch Cemetery and the fishing fleet.

On the first Tuesday of every July, the town holds an annual festival called the Bakatue Festival which celebrates the sea and the final culture.

CAPE COAST

A city and a port, located in the central region that offers its visitors 32 different festivals throughout the year.

There is also the Cape Coast Castle and the Cape Coast National Cultural Centre for visitors to explore.

KOKROBITE

A small town very close to the area where our volunteer projects take place. It is a popular tourist destination for its beautiful beaches and lively nightlife.

ADA FOAH

A small coastal town famous for its palm-lined beaches and neighboring islands. Many locals and tourists also take advantage of the water sports activities offered by the city.

CAN I HAVE INTERNET CONNECTION IN THE VOLUNTEERING IN GHANA?

Yes you can. When you arrive, ask the project coordinator where you can buy a SIM card with a package that allows you to make calls and stay connected.

A SIM card costs approximately $1 and you will need to recharge it in order to stay connected.

Before you travel make sure your phone is unlocked.
Even if you have internet at home, it is used to check your mail or urgent matters, it often fails and does not have the speed of Europe.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHILE VOLUNTEERING IN GHANA?

Considering that Ghana is a tropical and humid country all year round, it is recommended that you wear comfortable summer clothes.

During project activities wear long pants and T-shirts (not short sleeves) and closed shoes.

DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL AS VOLUNTEER IN GHANA?

Yes, you need a visa to travel to Ghana. All nationalities will, except some West African countries.

Visas are valid for 3 months from the date of issue, so we recommend that you apply for your visa a few weeks before your arrival date.

DO I NEED ANY VACCINATIONS IN THE VOLUNTEERING IN GHANA?

It is recommended that you get the following vaccinations before volunteering in Ghana:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Cholera (oral fluid)
  • Malaria (tablets)
  • Yellow fever
  • However, check with your family doctor, which would be the one you need for your volunteer work in Ghana.

  • General questions
  • Travel information
  • Specific questions

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