Animal Care, Wildlife & Conservation Program

VolunteerMatch Ghana is asking for volunteers to assist with a unique opportunity to work in animal care and wildlife and environmental conservation projects. Conservation Project volunteers will have the option to work on a wide range of initiatives including Mole National park, zoo work in Kumasi, monkey sanctuary work at Boabeng Fiema, and other options.

Our Conservation Project volunteers will have the option to work on a wide range of initiatives including Mole National park, zoo work in Kumasi, monkey sanctuary work at Boabeng Fiema, and other options. This is a great volunteer option for all people who are interested in animals and want to make a difference in environmental conservation.

Volunteer Work and Contribution – Mole National Park

One hundred and seventy kilometers west of Tamale in the West Gonja District, is the Mole National Park. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest elephant sanctuaries in Africa. The largest of Ghana’s National Parks and situated in the heart of the Guinea savannah woodland ecosystem, it is home to 93 mammalian species, 33 reptiles’, nine mphibians and an estimated 300 species of birds.

As a volunteer on this project, you will assist with the research involved in tracking and studying these beautiful and complex animals. You will perform duties necessary to maintaining a natural and compatible living environment for the wildlife inhabiting the reserve. Your daily duties may include:

– Monitoring the behavior, movement, and feeding patterns of elephants – Monitoring the population of lions, leopards, antelopes, elephants etc. – Capturing data to assist with ongoing endangered species research – Physical work to regenerate natural African bush from recovered farmland – Alien plant removal from reserve grounds

Volunteer Duties in Kumasi Zoo

The Kumasi Zoo is home to a variety of birds and other endangered species of animals that are indigenous to Africa. Accra Zoo shifted to Kumasi in September 2006 because of the presidential palace construction. Volunteer daily duties include:

  • Cleaning areas
  • Feeding the animals
  • Moving the animals from one area to another
  • Taking care of sick animals as well as any other duties that will be assigned to you by the officials


  • Volunteer Duties at Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

    Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is about 22km north of Nkoranza and hosts a lot of families of Mona Monkeys. There are around 600 in the entire sanctuary and are brown. We also have around 250 Geoffrey’s Pied Columbus Monkeys which are black and white. Traditional and local beliefs prohibit physical harm to monkey. This sanctuary is the only area in the region where people can see these species in large numbers.

    We also have a wide range of butterflies, birds, and many species of trees. Volunteers will be daily responsible for: administrative duties, leading tours, teaching visitors about monkeys and the flora and fauna of the surrounding area. We are looking for volunteers who are hardworking, environmentally conscious, adaptable and open-minded about new cultures, and, of course, passionate. Volunteer duties can shift daily, so volunteers must be flexible. Volunteers who are interested in conducting research at the monkey sanctuary will need pay US $100 extra, for an amount of time ranging from 1 day to 6 months. Researches and volunteers are expected to teach during their time at the sanctuary.

    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 VMG 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 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.

    2016
    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£566.95$1,058€702.71
    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)
    Faq's

    What is the support like overseas?

    We have full-time trained English-speaking staff. It is their job to set up placements, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need should any problems occur. They won't try to nanny you - but they will always be there, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will also supervise at your place of work from time to time. If you have difficulty teaching in class, if you really want to gain extra experience in a certain area of medicine - or whatever the problem or request may be - someone will be on hand to give you help and advice.

    Will I be met at the airport?

    Volunteers are met at the airport. What ever time you arrive, our staff will be at the arrival hall to meet you. There will be a card on which your name will be boldly written. Just watch out for that card at the arrival hall outside the airport

    What if I am ill?

    If you are ill , VolunteerMatch Ghana staff knows where the best medical care can be found. You will receive information on this during your induction when you first arrive, and of course you can reach our staff by phone 24 hours a day if you fall ill.

    Can I extend my stay while overseas?

    Yes. Depending on visa requirements and flight restrictions. This gives added flexibility. If you want to extend your placement, just talk to our staff.

    Will there be an opportunity to travel when I'm there?

    You will have weekends free. Volunteers often take this opportunity to go on trips to local places of interest. Many volunteers travel extensively after the end of their placements, often forming small groups with other volunteers. Volunteers may even travel up to Timbuktu, neighbouring countries and places of tourism.

    Will I be on my own or are there going to be other volunteers in the same area as me?

    You will be located close to other volunteers so that, if you want to, you can meet, exchange ideas and stories, socialise and go on trips with others. Volunteers usually make good friends with each other and often decide to go traveling together after their placements.

    You will never be isolated. You may even be placed in the same accommodation or workplace as one or two other volunteers. Although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests, please let us know if you have a preference regarding this.

    Where do I stay? Who do I stay with?

    Most volunteers stay with local host families. This provides you with an insight into the local culture and helps with learning the local language. It also acts as an additional support network. You must not expect western standards but the accommodation is good by local standards. Although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests, please let us know if you have a preference regarding this, or the type of area where you would like to stay.

    Will I have a room to myself?

    Rooms are shared but it is likely you can have a room to yourself depending on the kind of project and time of arrival. When you want room to yourself at a time when you cant, let us know but that costs extra.

    What's the best way to keep in touch with home while I'm away?

    All of our placements have access to Internet cafes, though if you are placed in a rural area you may have to wait until you go into town to use them. Generally, you should only use your host family's phone in emergencies, except to receive calls, so generally the Internet is the best way to contact people at home. There are also public phones or communications centres near almost all our placements - these are perfect for local calls to other volunteers, general questions to our local staff or the occasional more expensive call home.

    Who will I be helping?

    You will be helping our partner organizations and the communities with which they work. Your assistance will benefit local communities who have little as compared to those in the big cities. And most importantly, the people,and the community iniatives aided by our projects will positively benefit from your work.

    May I go to more than one project location?

    Yes. Spending time in more than one region can expose you to different languages, projects, and cultures. Volunteermatchghana staff can recommend projects to combine and help you arrange a Combination Project Package.

    What would happen if I decided not to stay for the entire duration of the program?

    Once the volunteer makes a decision and pays for the program fee, upon receipt of invoice, volunteermatchghana will not refund any program fee under any circumstances.
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