Want to volunteer in Africa? Then Ghana should be at the top of your list! There are so many ways to make a difference and explore one of Africa’s most peaceful, beautiful countries. From teaching, to human rights, to healthcare and everything in between, you’re bound to find an amazing opportunity to travel and do good.
Ghana is one of Africa’s safest, most peaceful countries – and an excellent place to volunteer abroad. When you visit Ghana, you’ll be exposed to 40 different languages in the country’s 10 regions, hundreds of animal species throughout Ghana’s national parks, and so much more. You can see firsthand how tribal governments work alongside the national government, catch a game of soccer (Ghana’s national sport), and make wonderful friends from all over the world.
While Ghana is an amazing place to visit on just a vacation, you can make your trip a well-rounded one by volunteering with one of many NGOs working within communities countrywide to make a positive change in cities, towns, and rural areas. Of the approximately 25.5 million citizens of Ghana, about 24.2% – or seven million – live below the poverty line and cannot afford basic necessities for themselves or their families. With poverty comes many diseases and a high infant and child mortality rate – currently 52.3 per 1,000 births (in the United States, the rate is 6.1 per 1,000). Quality education and health care can make a great difference, and you can be part of it.
Through volunteering with projects focusing on medical and health care, education, and basic child care, you can help to give Ghanaians a brighter future. By teaching children and teens, you can provide necessary resources for a successful future, which will help end poverty family to family and community-wide.
The joy and aid you can bring to those in need will make the trip worthwhile, but you’ll also gain a very meaningful experience while volunteering abroad. Through these activities you are not just teaching, but you’re also learning. You will learn all about Ghanaian culture through song, dance, workshops, and local leadership. By immersing yourself in a new culture, you’ll gain life experience that you can take back to your home community. And you won’t just reap personal benefits: volunteering and interning abroad is a wonderful resume booster that will help you succeed in your own life as you help others succeed in theirs. You will come home with a lifetime of memories, new relationships, new skills, and a drive to do more.
If you’re ready to dive into a new experience, then keep reading to find out more information about a few excellent organizations and the projects you can take on as a volunteer in Ghana.
Grab your hiking boots and get ready to travel!