Accra Summer Volunteer Program 2018

Akwaaba! Welcome, that’s what it would be for you in Ghana. The land never fails to mesmerize its international travellers. Ghana is famous for its exotic wildlife, historic castles and a golden coast. Whet your city touring appetite in Accra, Kumasi, Hohoe, Cape Coast, Sunyani and Tamale. Our summer volunteer programs are designed in a fashion to combine all the goodness of Ghana with the meaningful experiences you can gain while volunteering here.

The 3 Week Summer Special Program in Ghana is the ultimate way of experiencing Africa’s friendliest country firsthand and traveling responsibly. As a participant in the program, volunteers get an opportunity to work hands on in community projects and also visit some of Ghana’s most famous travel spots. You will get the opportunity to witness the Ghanaian way of life, the culture and customs of this beautiful country.

Apart from enjoying the local culture and cuisine, our volunteers get a chance to indulge in lot of extra curricular activities. You can visit local villages and watch the tribes them dance to the tune of folk songs. A trip to the Kintampo waterfalls will fill your mind with a strong urge plunge into the milky white cascade. Another trip to the largest wildlife refuge of Ghana- Mole National Park will get you close and personal with Big 5. Your trip to Ghana would be incomplete without a visit to the Boabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary which is home to about 700 monkeys.
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Day 1 (Arrival on Friday) - 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 a hotel or guest house 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 - Transfer to Project Location - On the second day, volunteers will travel to the project city, Tamale by flight. The flight from Accra to Tamale is of around 50 minutes duration. After arrival in Tamale, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your accommodations. 
Day 3  - Local City tour and Orientation - VolunteerMatch Ghana program coordinators will provide important information about the safety, culture and give a tour of Tamale to the volunteers informing about the internet café, banks, restaurants and markets.
Day 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 Village to witness local traditions and customs. Over the weekend, volunteers will be visiting the local villages surrounding Tamale to witness local traditions and customs. You will be meeting the local village 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 village. These include drumming and dancing lessons. In the evenings, the villagers offer an entertainment program for the guests to watch and participate. Among others, there are options which include drumming and dancing with the whole village, 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 
Visit to Mole National Park - Largest Wildlife Refuge in Ghana: - Over the weekend , volunteers will be visiting Mole National Park which is located 135 km west of Tamale. While on the trip volunteers will be accompanied by the local coordinators.
Mole National Park covers approximately 4,840 square km and is the largest and most prestigious protected area in Ghana under the aegis of the Wildlife Department. Mole National Park was the first Wildlife Protected Area to be established in Ghana. Mole National Park represents a fairly undisturbed guinea Savannah ecosystem dominated by open savannah woodland. The park has very rich flora and fauna. Over 93 species of mammals, about 400 species of birds, 9 amphibian, 33 reptilian and several insectivorous species and 5 endemic butterfly species have been recorded.

Please note that meals during the stay in Mole National Park are not covered in the fee. Volunteers need to pay for them separately.

Day 18 - 20 - Volunteer work at the Project
Day 21 -  Visit to Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary and Kintampo Waterfalls.
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 Tamale.
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, VMG 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.

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 VMG Homestay you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions.
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.
Volunteers are provided with 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) at VMG House. 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.

Accra - Ghana Program Requirements

  • Volunteers must be 16 years or older at the time of joining the project. Medical Program volunteers must be at least 17 at the time of joining.
  • Medical program is is available for Pre-Medical students; medical and nursing students can apply.
  • 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.

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.

2-4 weeks$800£566.95$1,058€702.71
Extra week $150£106.30$198.40€131.76
  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide
  • Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
  • Airport pickup from Kotoka international airport in Accra 
  • Pre-Program accommodation in Accra in a hotel
  • Pickup from Tamale airport and transfer to accommodation
  • Familiarization tour in Tamale and program orientation
  • Accommodation in volunteer house/hostel
  • 2 meals a day during volunteering period
  • Volunteering in or around Tamale
  • Trip to traditional Ghanaian village and various activities 
  • Trip to Mole National Park
  • Visit to Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
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)

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of programs are available?

You can get involved in teaching, care & community, medicine, journalism, veterinary & animal Care, information technology projects, sport coaching, fashion & design, law & human right, business internships.

How long do placements last?

You choose how long your placement lasts. Apart from our 2-Week Specials, placements are flexible and most last from one month upwards. Most volunteers go for between two and four months. Our basic placement prices cover you for one, two or three months. Then you can add on extra months on top of these as you wish. You can stay (including placement and travel) in most countries for up to 6 months, but you can stay in Ghana for up to 12 months. These limitations are due to visa and work-permit restrictions.

Can I combine placements?

Yes you can combine placements. Apply now to book your placement When can I start? When should I apply? You choose when your placement starts and finishes. Placements run all year. There are no definitive deadlines for application. Please apply as soon as you've decided what you want to do. The longer the notice, the more we can tailor a program. If you decide last minute, do give us a e-mail or call to see how quickly we can arrange it for you - we sometimes only need a few weeks notice.

What are the costs involved?

See the Cost page for details of the cost of the program you are interested in. You will not be paid for your work, but you will gain unusual work experience and discover skills you never knew you had - and have a great time! Our partner schools and other partner organizations can barely afford to pay their own staff, so these positions have to be voluntary and self-funded. Similarly we get great work experience placements for volunteers because we don't ask our partner-organizations to pay you. Indeed, we always make sure that organizations or individuals in the developing world don't have to pay anything as a matter of principle. We do not have government funding or other outside funding.

What do our charges include?

Our costs include all food, accommodation, administrative wok, compensation for host families, out reach and support from our expert staff. Our charges are important because they enable us to provide you with a good service and full support.

Are meals included in the cost?

With the exception of when you are travelling or socializing, all meals are provided.

Can I go with my friend/boyfriend/girlfriend?

Friends are most welcome and, if you like, we can arrange placements where you can live and work together.

Will I need injections?

As we are not medical experts we cannot give out official advice - so talk to your doctor, who will be happy to advise on what you may need. Don't let injections put you off - you'll be glad you had them once you are enjoying yourself abroad!

What age ranges take part in these projects?

Volunteers are welcome between the ages of 17 and 75. Many of our volunteers are between 18 and 25 years old, but a rapidly increasing number of career breakers and retired people are now taking part too. This has led to a stimulating mix of people in all our programs.

What qualifications do I need?

No qualifications are necessary - just reasonable spoken English. No TEFL or teaching qualifications are needed for our teaching programs (although you are very welcome if you do happen to have them).

Do I need to be a American or Canadian citizen?

No. We accept volunteers from all over the world - in fact we actively recruit in much of Europe and the USA. We like to have a multinational mix - that's what cultural exchange is all about.

What do I gain from this program?

The program is an excellent opportunity to combine adventurous foreign travel with a worthwhile job. As well as gaining experience that looks brilliant on your CV, you will improve your transferable skills such as team-working, presentation and communication.

Can I fundraise for this project?

Of course you can, although we certainly don't say that you have to. For tips, click here

Can I talk to people who have done it?

Please see our volunteerblogs page for past volunteer's comments & contact us telling us what project you would probably like to join. We will then give you the e-mail addresses of people who have done your kind of program or are doing it.

What to bring

Rucksack: Also a smaller medium sized bag if you wish to do weekend or other traveling trips. There are not many places to buy large rucksacks so would advise a good quality one.

Mosquito Net: This is optional but those volunteers who do bring them can find them useful especially those who move to a village in the rainy season. Laptop, Digital cameras, Torch, lamps, Toilet rolls & soaps, Walking boots-trainers

Candies and Chocolates for children, Sandals, sneakers, one pair of nice shoes, Sunhat, Sun glasses and sunscreen, Flashlight & spare batteries, Watch , Money Pouch, Towels, Insect repellent, Mini First Aid Kit, Beach wear, IPOD, MP3 etc.

What vaccinations will i need for Ghana

In Africa, malaria is the major problem; volunteers are highly encouraged to get a malaria vaccine before leaving for Ghana.

VolunteerMatchGhana suggests that you consult a travel doctor from your country before you depart. Volunteers are recommended to immunize for Hepatitis A, B, Typhoid and polio (NOTE: Some vaccinations are needed as much as 1-2 months before arrival in Ghana). Immunization

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