Accra Summer Volunteer Program 2019

Akwaaba! Welcome, that’s what it would be for you in Ghana. Accra, capital and largest city of Ghana, on the Gulf of Guinea (an arm of the Atlantic Ocean). The city lies partly on a cliff, 25 to 40 feet (8 to 12 metres) high, and spreads northward over the undulating Accra plains.When the Portuguese first settled on the coast of what is now Ghana in 1482, the present site of Accra was occupied by several villages of the Ga tribe, ruled from a parent settlement, Ayaso (Ayawaso), located about 15 miles (24 km) north. Between 1650 and 1680 the Europeans built three fortified trading posts—Fort James (English), Fort Crevecoeur (Dutch), and Christiansborg Castle (Danish)—along the coast in the locality.

While these European posts were being constructed, Ayaso was destroyed in a tribal war, and its population, together with that of the other major Ga towns on the Accra plains, was drawn to the coast by the prospect of profitable trade with the Europeans. As a result, three coastal villages—Osu (Christiansborg), Dutch Accra (later called Ussher Town), and James Town—sprang up, becoming the nuclei of what was to be Accra. The name Accra itself is a corruption of the Akan word nkran. It refers to the black ants that abound in the vicinity. It came to be applied to the inhabitants of this part of the Accra plains. Accra grew into a prosperous trading centre. The Danes and the Dutch left the region in 1850 and 1872, respectively, and in 1877 Accra became the capital of the British Gold Coast colony. In 1898 a municipal council was formed to improve the town. By the 1930s Accra was systematically laid out. Accra is the administrative, economic, and educational centre of Ghana. The city contains the head offices of all of the large banks and trading firms, the insurance agencies, the electricity corporation, the general post office, the large open markets to which most of the food supply comes, and the Accra Central Library.

In addition to the forts, important buildings include the Korle Bu General Hospital, which also houses the Ghana Medical School; the Holy Spirit (Roman Catholic), Holy Trinity (Anglican), and Methodist cathedrals; the national archives; and the national museum. Also located in the city are the offices of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. The University of Ghana (1948) is located at Legon, to the north. In addition, there are a football (soccer) stadium and a race course in the city. Independence Arch, in Black Star Square, is used for ceremonial parades.

Accra has well-paved roads and a good municipal bus service. A transportation hub, the city is also connected by rail to Kumasi, in the interior, and to the port city of Tema, 17 miles (27 km) to the east, which has taken over Accra’s port function. Accra is the site of Kotoka International Airport. The city’s chief manufactures are processed food, lumber, and textiles. Pop. (2000) 1,658,937; (2010) 2,070,463.

Day 1 Akwaaba!! – Welcome to Ghana- Arrival and Welcome for the volunteers. Arrival will be at Kotoka International Airport, Accra. You will be met by VolunteerMatch Ghana coordinators on arrival. On the day of arrival , accommodation will be provided in VolunteerMatch Ghana homestay  in Accra. Please note that all volunteers need to arrive in Accra on this day only. For those arriving earlier, they will be met at a meeting point decided beforehand.
 
Day 2 - Local City tour and Orientation - VolunteerMatch Ghana program coordinators will provide important information about the safety, culture and give a tour of Kumasi to the volunteers informing about the internet café, banks, restaurants and markets. 
 
Day 3-4 -  Project Introduction – Visit your project, meet the local staff and begin the volunteer work. 

Day 5 – 8 - Continue with the Volunteer project work. Evenings are free to travel with other volunteers and explore the shopping markets. 
 
Day 9 - 10 - Visit to Traditional Ghanaian Accra city to witness local traditions and customs. Over the weekend, volunteers will be visiting the local villages surrounding Accra to witness local traditions and customs. You will be meeting the local chief, exchanging greetings and seeing their traditional way of living. During the evening the volunteers will be taking part in learning sessions with regards to the social activities in the city. These include drumming and dancing lessons. In the evenings, the natives offer an entertainment program for the guests to watch and participate. Among others, there are options which include drumming and dancing , or listening to a storyteller who narrates old animal fables around a bonfire.

Day 11- 15 - Volunteer work at the Project
Volunteers will be involved in doing both skilled and unskilled work such as digging, mixing sand and cement, carrying rocks, sand and bricks, fetching water, and painting the school buildings. They will work together with local skilled people who will be providing free labour for the improvement of their communities. The volunteers will be working in hand with the local community members. 
 
Volunteers will also be given options to work in orphanage placement as well as Teaching project. At these projects, volunteer duties will include :
  • Teaching the school going children and helping them to do their homework after school.  Keeping the children busy and organizing educational and recreational activities for them (games, art, music, etc.) 
  • Helping with and monitoring the cleanliness of the children. 
  • Teaching the children common courtesies, moral education etc. 

Day 16 - 17 - Weekend Tours 
Aburi Botanical Gardens - Aburi is located on the Akwapim-Togo Range of Ghana. It’s just three quarters of an hour drive from Accra, the capital of Ghana. The cool mountainous weather of Aburi makes it a destination for people who love the cool side of life. Located in this cool tranquil environment is the Aburi Botanical Gardens. The garden covers a total land area of about one hundred and sixty (160) acres. However it is only three (3) acres that have been developed and the remaining serving as a botanical reserve. The House of Commons in London in the year 1842 recommended that a garden should be established on the mountains of Aburi. But tried as they could, this first attempt did not come to any fruition. Another attempt in 1865 to establish the garden was also not successful either because the powers that be at the time did not see the need for such expenditure to create a garden far away from home or sheer lack of interest all together. But in March 1890, upon a third attempt, the idea was accepted and this led to the establishment of a garden at Aburi.


Day 17 - 18 - Visit to Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum - The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, also know as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park(KNMP) is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It is dedicated to him for his outstanding campaign to liberate Ghana(by then Gold Coast) from colonial rule in 6th March,1957. The entrance to the site is from the 28th February High Street just along the coast from Independence Square. It is located directly opposite the old Paliarment House now known as the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ).

It has a total surface area of approximately 5.3 acres. The mausoleum provides a front for the statue of Nkrumah whereas the museum is subterranean and does not compete with the mausoleum for attention. Rhythm, contrast and harmony were the main principles of design used in this building.

Day 19 - 20 - Volunteer work at the Project 

Day 21 - Visit to Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary    - Boaben-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is a community based Sanctuary located at Boaben and Fiema a twin community in the Nkoranza district of Brong Ahafo Region. The sanctuary protects the headwaters of the streams that are consumed in the locality. It has a good number of the Black and White Colobus, Mona, spot nosed monkeys and a variety of birds. The monkeys in the reserve are regarded as the children of the gods of the community; therefore they are neither hunted nor killed. A system of traditional taboos and their community enforcement protected the monkeys for generations. 
 
Day 22 - On the last day of the week, volunteers will be taking their flights from Accra back home.
Living and Other Arrangements

VolunteerMatch Ghana strives to provide best of the living and other arrangements to its volunteers. Like we keep saying, just pack your bags and arrive at your placement destination. From your airport pickup, stay, meals, weekend tours and other nitty gritties, VolunteerMatch Ghana manages everything for you.

Airport Receive/ Transfer

You will be met by our representative at Kotoka International Airport in Accra from where you are transferred to your project location. Volunteers will stay overnight in Accra at VolunteerMatch Ghana homestay.

Accommodation
Volunteers will be staying with VolunteerMatch Ghana homestay. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteers. By staying with a VolunteerMatch Ghana homestay you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions.
Orientation
A half day orientation will be provided by your local coordinator. Areas like culture, safety, locations, transportation are covered in the Orientation. After your orientation is over, you will be introduced to your project.
Meals
Volunteers are provided with 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at VolunteerMatch Ghana homestay. Ghanaian cuisine consists primarily of starches, soups, beans, meat and fish. The Starches consist mainly of rice and doughy balls made from mashed cassava, plantain or yams.

Kumasi - Ghana Program Requirements

  • Volunteers must be 16 years or older at the time of joining the project
  • Keep a flexible attitude towards working in a new and different environment.
  • The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
  • Volunteers must be in good health

Start Dates / Arrival Dates

Volunteers can begin their project placement on any Saturday of the month. Volunteers need to book their flights to arrive on the dates mentioned below.

2019
Jun 25
Jul 09, 23
Aug 06
Ghana Program Cost

VolunteerMatch Ghana strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference.

WeekUSDGBPAUDEUR
2-4 weeks$800£603.68$1055.13€681.46
Extra week $200£150.96$263.88€170.37
Inclusions
  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide
  • Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
  • Airport pickup from Kotoka international airport in Accra 
  • Accommodation in Accra in VolunteerMatch Ghana homestay
  • Familiarization tour in Accra and program orientation
  • Transfer to project location
  • 3 meals a day during volunteering period
  • Volunteering in or around Accra
  • Trip to traditional Ghanaian towns and various activities 
  • Trip to Aburi Botanical Gardens
  • Visit to Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
What's NOT Included?
  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees 
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Local transportation to and fro program location
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at additional cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses, TIPS, extra meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned (approximate personal expenses for food and traveling per week would be USD 40 to USD 50 per week)
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    Volunteering in Ghana with VolunteerMatch Ghana is one of the most enjoying and interesting thing I have ever done. It was such an amazing experience which was made by actually living the Ghanaian..

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    London

    On thinking as to how I could sum up my Ghana experience best, I'm simply lost for words. Since I've been back of course there has been the inevitable questions asked of 'how was it?', 'what was your favourite bit?' or 'what did you enjoy the most?' Ultimately I feel that whatever reply I manage to...

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