Akwaaba! Welcome, that’s what it would be for you in Ghana. The seaside town of Cape Coast is one of Ghana’s most historical sites and one of the most popular tourist areas in the country Cape Coast is located 165 kilometers west of Accra on the Gulf of Guinea. The drive from Accra to Cape Coast is about two hours, depending on traffic leaving Accra. Cape Coast is the capital of the Central Region and was the center of British Administration until 1877 when the capital was moved to Accra. Most of the oldest and best schools in Ghana are in Cape Coast.

Most tourists in Ghana visit the Cape Coast Castle, a former slave castle and one of the country’s best-organized historical museums. The castle was originally controlled by the Portuguese, Swedes, Danes, and Dutch, before the British took over. With each occupation, the castle was enlarged both in terms of slave exporting capacity and military defense. The museum is informative in a variety of ways regarding tribal culture and slavery. Although a daunting subject, it is well worth the visit regarding learning the history of slave culture in this region. .

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.


Day 1Akwaaba!!– 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 home-stay 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, Cape-Coast by bus. The bus from Accra to Cape-Coast is of around 2 hours duration. After arrival in Cape-Coast, 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 Cape Coast 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 Cape-Coast 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 Kakum Rain Forest Canopy Walk - It protects an area of rainforest, home to endangered mammals such as forest elephants, bongo antelopes and primates like the Diana monkey. The park is rich in butterflies and birds, including African grey parrots and hornbills. The Canopy Walkway, suspended 30 meters above the ground, provides treetop views of the forest. While on the trip volunteers will be accompanied by the local coordinators.


Cape Coast, Ghana—once known as the Gold Coast of West Africa—was one of around 40 “slave castles” that served as prisons and embarkation points for slaves en route to the Americas (the Caribbean, South America, and the U.S.). Thousands of enslaved Africans from regions near and far, sometimes hundreds of miles away, were taken to these castles to be sold to slave ships.

Day 18 - 22 -Visit to Hans Cottage Crocodile Pond.- Hans cottage botel spells one of the most exciting and tourist oriented sites in the hotel industry. The hotel offers some spellbound and fascinating facilities to the delight of the visitors. The environment itself is carved out of the woods or a dense forest.. 
 
Day 22 - On the last day of the week, volunteers will be taking their bus back to Accra.
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 hotel accommodation provided by VolunteerMatch and travel to their destination the next day.

Accommodation
Volunteers will be staying with a standard Ghanaian Host family. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteer. By staying with a family 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 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) at the host family 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
  • 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.

2018
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 
  • 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)
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  • Katherin Little (U.S.A)
    Atlanta

    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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    When I first started at the orphanage, I was astonished by the amount of cuts and wounds all the children had, and the poor state the building was in, but these are all things you quickly become used to, and soon it's just the...

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    Kents

    I volunteered at a school in Ghana called Vivibon school. Being in a wheelchair, I was worried how I would manage and how people would react to me. The staff of VolunteerMatch Ghana were really helpful and the..

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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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    It is a worthwhile experience doing something like this, and if you come with an open mind and positive attitude it’ll be some of the best money you’ll ever spend. Whiles in Ghana, I was a volunteer coach with a football team in...

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    (London)

    The children that I taught were so much fun they would always have an endless list of questions and smiles on their faces.

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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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