Kumasi Summer Volunteer Program 2018

Akwaaba! Welcome, that’s what it would be for you in Ghana. to Ashanti Region “the cultural heartbeat of Ghana”. The picturesque and undulating Kumasi is the regional capital, the second largest city in Ghana and is about 150 miles inland from the Gulf of Guinea.

The Asantes (Ashantis) constitute the largest of the various subgroups of the Akan, who trace their origins partly to Bono-Manso and Techiman, in present-day Brong Ahafo Region. The Asante kingdom was founded by the great King Osei Tutu in the eighteenth century. His fetish priest, Okomfo Anokye unified the Asante states through allegiance to the Golden Stool, which miraculously descended from heaven. Okomfo Anokye planted two trees in the forest and predicted that one tree would live and become the capital of Ashanti. Hence, the name Kumasi (the tree that lived); the place in which the other tree was planted became Kumawu (the tree which died).

Although located in the heart of the forest, Asante dominion was extended by military action and political skill towards the European occupied castles on the coast to the south, and also into the dry savannah lands to the north. This led to various wars with Britain. Kumasi was captured by the British Army in 1873 (as a result of which much of the magnificent Asante gold regalia can be seen in London in the British Museum). After a final uprising in 1901, led by the Queen Mother of Ejisu (Nana Yaa Asantewaa).

Asante came into British protection and finally became a region of the Gold Coast colony. In 1957, after a period of internal self-government, the Gold Coast became the first African colony to achieve independence under the charismatic leadership of Kwame Nkrumah. The Ashantis often call their homeland Asante. The name Ashanti is an English language pronunciation misnomer for the Ashanti people. The Ashanti ethnic group is pronounced Asantefoↄ in Ashante language. Asanti literally means “because of wars” (Asa – wars; Nti- because [of]. Nana Yaa Asantewaa Queen Mother of Ejisu.

Location and Size Ashanti Region is located in the middle belt of Ghana occupying a total land surface of 24,389 km2 (9,417 sq m) situated on the semi-island exclave Ashanti land. The indigenous people of Ashanti (Ashanti region) are known as Asantes. The region occupies 10.2% of the total land area of Ghana and is the third largest of 10 administrative regions. It lies on longitude 0.15W and 2.25W, and latitudes 5.50N and 7.46N. .

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.


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 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.

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 2 meals (breakfast 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.

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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