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Volunteer

Overview

Step out of your comfort zone, embrace a new culture, and embark on an amazing adventure by volunteering in Ghana. Volunteering abroad is one of the most educational, inspiring, and exciting adventures you can take. Volunteers are placed based on skill and interest with NGOs, government agencies, and international agencies on projects working alongside community members and to improve the health, economic, and social conditions of those living in Ghana. Some organization focus on particular areas such as health and women’s issues, while others focus on building, environmental conservation, or vocational training. Your specific tasks and assignments will depend on the needs of the organization, and your skills and motivation. We offer volunteer placement in the areas of Teaching, Environmental Conservation, and Community Development and Building all year round with flexible start dates.

Despite all the challenges of adapting to a new culture, most volunteers describe the experience as life changing and would do it again if given the chance. Living abroad while donating your time and energy to a worthwhile cause has great rewards which will enrich your life long after you return home. For many, volunteering abroad marks the beginning of a lifelong commitment to being a part of creating solutions to improve conditions of humans around the world.

As an Abroad Impact volunteer, you’ll work with community members to complete service projects. Teach math and English to eager students at an understaffed elementary school, help build a well to supply clean drinking water to the community, or organize workshops to educate the community on topics including hygiene, disease prevention, and computer skills.

During the evenings, enjoy a meal after work at a local “spot” (bar/restaurant) with friends, attend live musical or theatrical performances at the art center, take this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn drumming from local masters, or join a neighborhood pick-up game of football (soccer). The weekends provide the perfect opportunity to visit the busy market, attend a festival or traditional naming ceremony, visit the King’s palace in Kumasi, or travel outside the city and explore other parts of Ghana including nature preserves, slave castles, and small craft villages.

No special skills or training are required and volunteers from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

Projects: Teaching, Environmental Conservation, Community Development and Building
Location: Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, and Agogo
Host Organizations: Volunteers are primarily placed with international and local nonprofits, schools, orphanages, community groups, and government agencies
Start Date(s) and Duration: Starts first Monday of each month (teaching not available during April and August when schools are on break); minimum 2 weeks commitment
Responsibility of Volunteers: Volunteers work 20-35 hours per week
Arrival Airport: Kotoka Airport, Accra
Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and speak fluent English

 

Accommodations

Volunteer accommodations vary depending on the program and location. Volunteers may live in a shared house with other interns, apartment, guest house or with a host family. Living with a local host family provides direct exposure to Ghanaian culture, customs, and traditions, as well as providing a trusted source of support and community information. Double occupancy is standard for most of our placements, though you may request a single room accommodation for an additional fee.

 

View wildlife from the top of a 130-foot-high suspension bridge at Kakum National Park
Visit the fascinating floating village on water at the Nzulezo stilt village
Learn to cook a Ghanaian dish from your host mother
Pick up soccer with local youth
Catch a live Ghanaian drumming performance at the national theatre
Organize an after school sports or theatre group for students

 

How It Works

 

  • Choose your focus and apply.
    Choose a volunteer type based on your interest, future career aspirations, skill set, or desire to contribute to a particular cause or segment of society. You should also consider when you are available to start, how long you plan to stay, and your program fees. Complete and submit an Abroad Impact application form. We will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your application to discuss your placement.
  • Get placed with a host organization/project.
    Once you are accepted into the program, our staff will find a reputable organization that is working in your area of interest and in need of volunteers. You’ll receive details about the host organization and project you’ll be working on at least 30 days before you leave for Ghana.
  • Pay the program fee and prepare for your trip.
    Now it’s time to prepare for your trip. Our staff will direct you through the maze of visas, immunizations, flights, what to bring, and what to wear, and provide guidance to help you successfully prepare for your trip. The balance of your program fee is due at least 30 days before your scheduled start date. See our Program Policy for complete details.
  • Arrive in Ghana.
    Akwaaba! Welcome! You’ll be welcomed at the airport by Abroad Impact staff at Kotoka airport in Accra. Akwaaba! Welcome! You’ll be welcomed at the airport by Abroad Impact staff at Kotoka airport in Accra. An Abroad Impact staff member will give you an orientation and teach you about getting around.

 

Placement and supervision in program
Pre-departure guidance
Airport pick up
In-country orientation
Support during stay in Ghana
Guidance with getting to volunteer site
Guidance with sightseeing and recreational activities
Certificate of completion/letter of recommendation
 

 The fee does not include international airfare, visa, vaccinations, daily commute to volunteer site, meals outside the home, phone or personal expenses. 

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