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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 :
Day 16 - 17 - Weekend Tours
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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 hotel accommodation provided by VolunteerMatch and travel to their destination the next day.
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.
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 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.