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.
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.
VolunteerMatch Ghana 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 www.cdc.gov/travel