Volunteer & Teach in Ghana: English, Sports, Medical, Agriculture
27 Oct 2016 · 15,635 Total reads
By Jordyn Hotchkiss
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.
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Love Volunteers is a fast-growing organization founded by a brother-sister team to provide life-changing and impactful adventures abroad. With more than 20,000 volunteers placed overseas since their founding in 2009, Love Volunteers is on track to host 4,000 volunteers just this year in 30 different countries. In Ghana, Love Volunteers is offering medical placements, projects where you can work with children, teaching and school programs, and even a creative arts opportunity. You should be able to stay at least two weeks in Ghana – housing is provided with a host family – starting from just $360 for your first two weeks (plus a registration fee of $360).
If you’re interested in medical and healthcare programs overseas, definitely take a look at Love Volunteers’ medical placements in Ghana’s Ashanti Region and Kumasi City. This program is open to pre-med and medical students, as well as qualified medical personnel – with some opportunities available for those travelers without medical training – though the type of work and amount of responsibility you’ll have will depend on your background. Through this program, you’ll shadow local doctors and nurses, observe their work at a clinic or hospital, and much more – an excellent way to learn about medical practices in a different country while building your skill sets to bring back home.
If you’re not comfortable volunteering with a medical program but still would love to visit Ghana and volunteer with a local community, check out Love Volunteers’ creative arts teaching program in the Ashanti Region. On this placement, you’ll work in a school where creative arts has only recently been added to the curriculum, meaning there’s a lack of teachers and resources available just yet. As a volunteer, you can help to foster the children’s creativity as well as improve their cognitive abilities through working with constructive materials, paints, clay, and drawing. On top of this, you’ll be able to help with basic classroom duties to keep the room clean, help teach basic English, and report on daily activities. You’re encouraged to incorporate all kinds of art into your program – including dance and music – so this is a wonderful placement for creative travelers who want to help out in the classroom and have fun!
For more information about all the different types of volunteer opportunities Love Volunteers is offering in Ghana and beyond, please click here.
What Volunteers Say: Review from Jesse
Ghana stole my heart. I cannot explain how sacred this journey was. Not only did I become a member of a beautiful family of 50 children; but I gained a much better understanding of myself and the world around me…In Ghana I witnessed joy, love and happiness like I’ve never seen before. The kids at the orphanage live beyond what you and I would consider minimal; yet they are the most grateful, compassionate and intelligent humans I have ever met…I am already planning my trip to go back during Christmas. Always sending my love and blessings to everyone who shared their lives and their wholesomeness with me.
As the longest-running organization on this list, Projects Abroad has provided volunteer programs and internships worldwide since 1992, with more than 10,000 travelers signing up every year. With opportunities such as medical care, conservation, human rights, teaching, and more available in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, there’s no shortage of programs you can sign up for with Projects Abroad. Its dedicated in-country staff will provide you with 24/7 support if you need it.
Travel to Africa and volunteer in Ghana with Projects Abroad to contribute to the development of community initiatives in this beautiful West African country. You’ll work towards long-term goals and support local communities while experiencing life in Ghana.
Boost your resume with valuable global experience on a medical internship in Ghana. You’ll shadow local doctors during their ward rounds in a large regional hospital and gain unique insight into the healthcare practices of a developing country. You’ll also get practical work experience doing basic health checks in rural communities where there is limited access to healthcare.
Support teachers and caregivers in a kindergarten, daycare center, or special needs school and work with children when you volunteer in Ghana. Your work will help Projects Abroad achieve its goals of promoting literacy, numeracy, and hygiene practices among young Ghanaian children.
While there, you can visit historical museums, hike through rolling hills, or sample traditional Ghanaian cuisine. Click here to learn more about volunteering in Ghana.
What volunteers say: review from Adrian, medicine in Ghana
“My trip to Cape Coast, Ghana was an incredible experience that I will never forget. It allowed me to learn and experience so much and to experience a new way of life very different than that at home. I will never forget my great experiences at the hospital, day care center, Leprosy camp, outreach and traveling. I was able to really see the dramatic differences in the way of life and also experience and see things that you could not even dream about at home. I would highly recommend Ghana as a Projects Abroad destination.”
Agape Volunteers has provided impactful volunteer placements since 2011 in Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, and South Africa, with hundreds of travelers helping out each year. Agape is another incredibly affordable organization, with programs starting from just $510 – including your registration fee, travel insurance, and much more. Right now, Agape Volunteers offers four placements in Ghana, including medical care, music teaching, general teaching, and an orphanage placement. Depending on the project you sign up for, you’ll stay at an orphanage, with the volunteer coordinator’s family, or with other volunteers in a local homestay. And no matter the project, you can look forward to traditional Ghanaian food and culture, side trips, and much more.
Agape Volunteers has recently set up a music school the town of Aboadze, providing education, tuition, and instruments to students who otherwise could not afford schooling at all. This school is entirely volunteer-run, with free lessons provided to students in the local community. To sign up for this project, you should be competent and confident in your musical instrument, have a good knowledge of music theory, and have basic musical score knowledge – however, you don’t need background experience in teaching in a classroom. Throughout your stay, you’ll teach lessons to students of different ability levels, but they all will be enthusiastic about learning how to play their instruments and learn how to pursue a future in music.
Another amazing opportunity that you can sign up for through Agape Volunteers is their Ghana medical program, where you’ll help lessen the burden on local medical staff who are overstretched. As a volunteer, you will be able to enhance your own medical training while helping those in need – but you must have completed at least one year of medical school or be a qualified nurse or doctor to participate. You’ll start with shadowing an on-duty doctor for a few days to learn local medical care techniques, and after that, you’ll be able to work on your own in a more self-driven placement with duties typically including making rounds, prescribing and distributing basic medicines, dressing wounds, and assisting with births. The region where you’ll work has high rates of HIV/AIDS, so you must be prepared to work with many patients who suffer from the disease – part of your job will be to guide them through treatment. You also will encounter patients with tuberculosis, another disease common in this part of Africa, and you will be assisting local staff with diagnosis and treatment for patients seeking help. You also will have the opportunity to work in a trauma unit to treat common minor injuries during the day, while assisting during nighttime hours with deliveries in the maternity ward. This program is excellent for medical students or professionals looking to gain a new perspective on your work, learn about different medical treatment techniques, and provide much-needed assistance to a hospital in great need overseas.
If you would like more information about these two projects or the other volunteer opportunities through Agape Volunteers, please click here.
What Volunteers Say: Review from Anton
I had a fantastic time in Ghana and while it was a long time I was there, it went unbelievably quickly. I was teaching in 3 different schools and taught in the church every weekday. I also managed to play in church a couple of times! All the children were so motivated and ambitious learners and they progressed quick, I felt a bit guilty leaving after all their commitment! I was surprised how much I enjoyed Takoradi and the local area, it’s a beautiful city and I was shown all corners of it. I think my favourite experience of it was going to the beach there at 6am to see it bustling with people running, swimming, playing football and just socialising. The beach near where I was staying, ‘Paradise’ was too one of my favourite places and enjoyed taking the children there and teaching them to swim. I had only planned to go once or twice, but every weekend they asked to go again!
If you’d like to work with an organization that exclusively offers placements in Africa, take a look at Naturally Africa Volunteers, which offers placements in Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Namibia, and Ghana. Projects range from education, to healthcare, to sports, and environmental conservation, and you’re invited to stay two weeks to three months. Naturally Africa Volunteers offers two placements in Ghana currently – an orphan and vulnerable children program, and a turtle conservation project – starting from $725. During your stay, you’ll live with an English-speaking host family close to your project site, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore and relax when you have some free time.
One of Naturally Africa Volunteers’ amazing programs you can sign up for right now is their turtle conservation and ecotourism project, where you can help to preserve the local environment and work on ongoing marine research and protection initiatives. As a volunteer, you’ll help keep sea turtles and their habitat safe while working alongside the local community building relationships and helping them to benefit from financial, social, and environmental efforts. There are three species of turtles that nest on the beaches of Ghana, including the olive ridley, the leatherback, and the green turtle, each of which is endangered – your responsibilities will include beach patrols, research, educating the community about the importance of marine conservation, training and working with local guides on the eco-tours, and interacting with visiting tourists. During your stay, you’ll live in the Green Turtle Lodge at the beach, and will be provided with three meals per day. This is a great way to unplug and truly immerse yourself in the community: there’s no wifi and cell phone reception is rather poor, but you’ll be able to play board games, go to the beach, go hiking or canoeing, and much more during your free time.
If you are more interested in working with children, Naturally Africa Volunteers’ Ghana orphan and vulnerable children program might be the right fit for you. Throughout the country, there are government and privately-owned children’s home for youth up to the age of 18. These homes all have very basic and limited resources, and some house more than 150 children. They have limited schooling supplies and toys, and some even have trouble feeding all of their residents, so with your help, the growth and quality of life of these children can improve so they can have a better future. As a volunteer, you’ll provide love, care, and attention to vulnerable children by planning and providing extracurricular activities, including sports, music, and games, helping with extra studies and beach excursions, changing diapers and bottle-feeding babies, doing laundry, helping children get ready for school, bringing them back to their dorms after classes, preparing lunches, teaching personal hygiene, playing and counseling children, and supervising day-to-day activities. During your stay, you’ll have support and guidance from project leaders to make sure you have the best experience possible while helping to further the important work done in these children’s homes.
For more information about these opportunities or the other ways you can get involved with Naturally Africa Volunteers, please check out their website here.
What Volunteers Say: Review from Louis
The whole team at Naturally Africa were fantastic. So welcoming and really went out of their way to make me feel welcome. The program was well run and there are obvious close ties with the community. Nt once in my stay did I feel uncomfortable and I really felt like I was making a small difference to the school. On the social side, all of the excursions were really well organised and all of the prices were clearly explained so you could budget easily. The house is clean, the food is delicious (Irish potatoes!) and all of the staff are friendly and helpful. I could not have asked for a better volunteering experience.
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Head to Koforidua, Ghana, and teach high school students IT and computer skills they can use to succeed in the digital age. Offered by uVolunteer, this program involves teaching basic computer literacy, such as how to use email and research on the internet, and how to create docs, Powerpoint slides, and spreadsheets with Microsoft Office. If you have a specialized skill, such as programming or graphic design, you can also teach that to the students. When you’re not teaching, you can take local language classes, go on a safari, and explore the town.
Help preserve Ghana’s gorgeous natural environment and majestic wildlife in this program offered by uVolunteer. You get to choose among three placement destinations: Mole National Park in the Northern Region, Shai Hills Resource Reserve in Greater Accra, and Kakum National Park in the Central Region. Your main duties will include renovating facilities, trail clearing, assisting visitors, performing ecological research, doing marketing campaigns, raising awareness about deforestation, and taking photos for promotion. You’ll get one week of local language classes as well.
Suitable for medical, nursing, and pre-med students, as well as anyone interested in learning about healthcare, uVolunteer’s healthcare project in Koforidua gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various hospital departments, from surgery to physical therapy to general practice. Depending on your skills and interests, you can assist in the maternity ward, assess pediatric patients, help patients rehab, and more. Your support will have a tremendous impact in improving patient outcomes and experiences in the busy hospital.
The fee is $1,035 for three weeks, with stays up to 12 weeks available. If you want to gain experience in public health in Africa and improve lives, this is the program for you. Click here to learn more and apply!
Perfect for those with experience in mental health and psychology, or an interest in learning more, Plan My Gap Year’s project in Kumasi allows you to see how psychiatric services operate in Ghana. Your duties depend on your education and work experience. If you have little to no experience in the field, your role will be mostly observational. General responsibilities include watching and helping doctors conduct consultations, which consists of assessing patient records, measuring diagnoses, evaluating progress, and prescribing medication. You’ll also help with community outreach programs aimed at removing stigmas around mental illness and motivating locals to provide support to fellow residents in need. During free time, you can journey to Kumasi city center, where you’ll find restaurants and shops.
Another excellent organization you should check out, A Broader View offers 245 different volunteer travel placements in 25 countries worldwide, with projects available in teaching, development, childcare, conservation, and much more. As a registered nonprofit organization, trips with A Broader View may even be tax-deductible for volunteers – and placements in Ghana start from $820 for your first week. In Ghana, you’ll volunteer in a small town in the Volta Region, where 95% of the population lives in rural areas and relies largely on agriculture. During your stay, you’ll live with a host family or onsite at an orphanage, depending on the program you sign up for, and there will be plenty of time on weekends to explore the area and get to know your fellow volunteers and your community.
One of the amazing projects you can sign up for in Ghana with A Broader View is a teaching mission in a rural community to help provide children with a free education. You will volunteer in local preschools, as well as primary and secondary schools assisting in a number of subjects such as math, science, geography, business education, computer training, English, art, and music. Through these courses, you will help local children to receive a quality education, which will help to prepare them for a successful future. While you don’t need any teaching experience to participate, you do need to be least 17 years old to travel on your own. This is a great program for self-motivated travelers, as there is often very little direct supervision within the classroom – so be prepared to take charge of your students and get engaged!
A Broader View’s medical/health care program in Kasoa, Ghana is a wonderful opportunity for those volunteers with medical training or who are currently in a medical or nursing program. In many rural communities such as the ones you’ll visit in Ghana, individuals and families face higher poverty rates, which can lead to the spread of illnesses and diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately, quality and accessible medical care can be difficult to find in these smaller communities – your job as a volunteer will be to provide extra resources to local doctors and nurses while also learning about different medical and healthcare techniques than you might usually encounter in the US. The level of hands-on work you will be able to take part in is dependent on your qualifications as well as the needs of the clinic you’ll volunteer in, but regardless, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside local staff and learn about their practices. You must be at least 18 years old to participate, and you must have medical credentials or be enrolled in graduate school – you’ll also be asked to bring along some of your own medical supplies, such as gloves, masks, and scrubs. This project lasts one to eight weeks, and you’ll have weekends and evenings free for sightseeing while you’re in Ghana.
If you’d like to learn more about these volunteer programs in Ghana, and the many other travel programs available worldwide with A Broader View, please visit their website here.
What Volunteers Say: Review from Andrea
I had a wonderful experience in Ghana. ABV handled everything and made me feel very safe and welcome in the Kpando. The host family was kind and welcoming, and truly enjoyed having us as their guests. The trip was enlightening in many ways and very fulfilling. I cannot wait to return and be with the beautiful people of Ghana again!
Founded in 2009, Global Nomadic provides degree- and career-related volunteer abroad programs, teaching placements, and internships for travelers who’d like to boost their resumes and job prospects by working with NGOs overseas. Right now, Global Nomadic is offering one placement in Ghana: a public health internship in the capital city of Accra.
Through this program, you’ll mentor and help with the training of peer educators, serve as a community field officer, and provide assistance to local organizations that educate communities about public health issues, particularly to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. Right now, the HIV/AIDS prevalence in Ghana is about 1.32%, and is considered stable – however, that’s almost a quarter-of-a-million people living with the disease, many of whom face stigma about HIV and a lack of proper prevention and treatment. Through your internship, you’ll help Global Nomadic and NGO partners spread awareness of protection and treatment, and you’ll help design and carry out projects such as forming mobile health units, conducting surveys, and assisting with research. These programs target populations at risk of contracting HIV, such as commercial sex workers, long distance drivers, women of childbearing age, youth out of school, and other groups. During your stay, you’ll live in a guest house or with a local host family, and when you’re not working alongside your program staff and fellow volunteers, you’ll have plenty of time to explore Accra and learn about Ghanaian culture. To sign up, you must be at least 18 years old, able to stay for at least four weeks on your internship, and be physically fit and able to work in a hot climate. Global Nomadic also asks that you be adventurous, flexible, culturally sensitive, and be motivated to work on infectious disease projects with a focus on HIV/AIDS.
For more information about this internship in Ghana and other travel opportunities through Global Nomadic, please click here.
If you’re in high school and want to volunteer overseas, look no further than Global Leadership Adventures! GLA provides high-quality and safe international programs for teens, combining community service, hands-on learning, and adventure tours. With a focus on developing leadership, GLA’s programs range from wildlife protection, to international relations, to poverty alleviation, and much more, with placements available in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Global Leadership Adventures takes pride in the positive impact their team and volunteers make worldwide – in fact, GLA’s co-founder was recognized recently by President Obama for his work in Africa.
Through GLA’s Children of Africa program in Ghana, you’ll volunteer at a village primary school, explore national monuments, learn about social issues facing women and children, go hiking, learn traditional African dance and percussion, and really immerse yourself in the Ghanaian culture as you help support local children in need. Since community service is the key component to this trip, you will help to teach children in a variety of environments, including a traditional classroom or an orphanage, oftentimes working with no electricity and only a chalkboard – plus your own creativity and skills. Aside from teaching, you may also help make bricks to construct new school facilities, or play soccer with the local youth. No matter what types of volunteer projects you take on, you’ll be providing a much-appreciated service to the children in your host community. In addition to volunteering with the children, you’ll be able to try out hands-on cultural experiences, such as cloth dying, drumming, and native language crash courses. You’ll also have the great opportunity to learn about history, traditional religion, gender constructs, and the tribal system. This amazing opportunity lasts two to three weeks, and starts at $3,399, and includes a total of 40 to 60 hours of community service – excellent for college applications!
Another opportunity to check out with Global Leadership Adventures is their sports service adventure in Ghana – on this trip, you’ll learn about the sporting culture within your host community as you play and socialize the local children. As a volunteer, you will make a positive impact on children’s health and development by engaging them in education and fitness initiatives – plus you’ll get to spend much of your time on the beach planning sports and health-themed day camp activities. By encouraging and developing a healthy lifestyle, you will help to put these children on the path to a successful and healthy future. During this program, you also will have the wonderful opportunity to help with initiatives that encourage girls to participate in sports – a rare occurrence in Ghana currently. The tuition for this 14-day program is $3,399, and includes about 34 hours of community service alongside travel and adventure.
For more information on Global Leadership Adventures and the many different projects they offer for students around the world, please visit their website here.
What Volunteers Say: Review from Josh
I have traveled with GLA twice. My first program was to Ghana in 2012, and I recently returned from Tanzania a few days ago. I cannot fault GLAs programs in any way; they offer such a well tailored blend of cultural immersion, leadership skills and social skills that I don’t see offered elsewhere. The leadership aspect of GLA programs really does stand out from others, and it has certainly made me a more active leader personally, in my community and amongst my peers. More than anything though, I believe GLA programs inspire students like me to make a change in our lifetimes. I for one am hoping to go into the NGO sector, to work in microfinance, and this was inspired by my trip to Ghana and reinforced by my trip to Tanzania. Furthermore, GLAs support is excellent, and there is someone to talk to from the moment you show interest in GLA to post-trip chit chat. And of course, the safety of students is also GLAs top priority, and their 5 point safety system put my parents at ease. It could always be noticed that this was being implemented and checked when we were in-country. Overall, I would highly recommend GLA – and after two programs with them I believe I have a good gauge of their quality.
Frontier provides a great variety of amazing travel opportunities for adventurous volunteers who want to visit Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australasia, Europe, and even Antarctica. With more than 400 different programs, Frontier has provided impactful volunteer projects, internships, and teach abroad placements for travelers to work alongside researchers and communities worldwide for over 25 years. Right now, Frontier is offering two programs in Ghana: a teaching placement, and an orphanage, teaching, and community health placement, both starting from $895 for a two-week stay.
One of the volunteer projects you can sign up for in Ghana with Frontier will let you make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children through helping with their education. Despite English being the country’s national language, many children grow up speaking their local tribal language, and need to learn more English to be successful in an increasingly global business world later on. Not only do they need to build their speaking skills, but the children you’ll volunteer with also need the literacy skills for improve their education options through which they can earn high school and college scholarships – and from there, find a stable job. Through dance, song, and games, you will improve schoolchildren’s confidence and English speaking skills while fully engaging and creating a strong bond with your students. And while you’ll help to create a better future for these children, you’ll also benefit personally and professionally by gaining in-classroom experience, which can help boost your leadership skills and even your resume. This program is perfect for creative, intuitive volunteers who want to develop lessons that will fully engage their students and provide them with a quality education.
Another option for volunteering in Ghana through Frontier is their orphanage, teaching, and community health project, where you will be able to work on a variety of initiatives that benefit your host community. At the orphanage, you’ll engage children in after-school activities and help local staff with basic care and day-to-day activities. In the teaching placement, you can volunteer in a local school or day center, where you’ll assist teachers with carrying out their lessons. And through the community health initiative, you’ll work in hospitals, teach locals about disease prevention and hygiene, and provide care for disabled individuals. Each of these projects has a great and important impact on the community as a whole, and will give you the opportunity to experience many different aspects of Ghanaian life as you learn about your host community and make friends with fellow volunteers and locals.
If you want to experience Ghana through either of these programs, or if you’d like to learn more about Frontier, please visit this page.
With volunteer abroad programs and internships in 14 different countries, Fronteering offers truly unique experiences off the beaten track. Whether you want to help with rural medical outreach in Madagascar, or take an Arab riding adventure in Jordan, or even help with kangaroo conservation in Australia, Fronteering offers impactful projects in unspoiled locations across the globe. Right now, Fronteering is offering several different projects in Ghana, including child care, teaching, journalism, and hospital volunteering, all starting from four weeks at $1,495. For these projects, you’ll stay in a shared dormitory with fellow volunteers, and have access to a shared kitchen where you can cook healthy food from local markets.
If you have ever wanted to be a journalist and travel the world, then Fronteering’s journalism project in Accra might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! For four to eight weeks, you will work alongside the staff at a local newspaper, gathering stories and learning about journalism in Ghana as well as following up-to-date activities and stories from the capital city. A few of your tasks will include gathering news, writing stories, performing research, assisting with investigation reports, and covering different conferences during your stay. With all of this in mind, you must have experience in graphic design or website design to sign up, and you can expect to work eight hours a day, five days per week, with the remaining two days to sightsee and learn about the culture of your host country.
If you are more of a medical student than a journalist, then check out this hospital care program in Ghana’s capital city of Accra. During this project, you will assist in local hospitals and clinics, helping with tasks such as checking basic vitals – blood pressure, pulse, respiration, temperature, and weight – plus helping the doctors perform abdominal scans; assisting in the delivery, antenatal, and postnatal care or mothers and newborns; and assisting in basic administration of medications. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about healthcare practices outside of your home country, and to provide hands-on care to a community that needs it.
Learn more about these volunteer programs and internships, as well as many other projects you can sign up for in Ghana and beyond here.
Since 2007, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) has placed more than 63,000 volunteers on projects worldwide, from animal care in Bali, to sports coaching in Argentina, to teaching in Madagascar, and much more. IVHQ is one of the most affordable volunteer organizations you can sign up with – in Ghana, your program fee starts from just $270 for your first week. Housing in Ghana is provided at a basic volunteer house close to your placement, and you’re invited to explore the community and take side trips during your free time while you’re volunteering abroad.
International Volunteer HQ’s wide variety of projects available right now in Ghana includes a rural construction and renovation program, where you’ll help improve infrastructure throughout small communities, focusing on children’s homes, clinics, community centers, toilet facilities, and schools. Some of your tasks will include painting, brick laying, plastering, digging, block shaping, carpentry, steel bending, mortar mixing, and much more. During your stay, you also may have the chance to meet chiefs and community elders who will teach you about the different cultures within their communities. You should enjoy the outdoors and have a good level of physical fitness to truly enjoy this placement.
Another outdoorsy program you may want to sign up for with IVHQ is their agriculture project in Ghana, which focuses on providing sustainable food for local children. As a volunteer, you’ll help with both crop farming and animal farming, which includes:
Clearing land for growing crops
Assisting with fertilizing the land
Planting and nurturing crops
Teaching farming techniques to local staff
Assisting with stock purchases and care
The produce you‘ll help to grow is donated to children’s homes with a goal of supplementing their healthy food intake. Throughout your program, you can expect to work for most of the day, though during the hottest part of the afternoon you’ll be able to supplement your activities by helping teachers in their classrooms. While you don’t need previous agricultural experience to sign up, a background in this area can be helpful for developing new projects and teaching farming techniques to local workers so they can more effectively and efficiently carry out their work. Similarly to IVHQ’s construction project in Ghana, this program is great for volunteers who have a good level of physical fitness, would like to work outside, and don’t mind getting dirty.
The experience of volunteering in another country is an awe-inspiring and humbling one, and being able to feel that while having an amazing team to back you up is essential for having a positive experience. IVHQ was fantastic in providing everything I would need to prepare for my volunteering away, and partnered with a fantastic in-country company that allowed me to fully experience my volunteer placement and help with anything that I needed. The fees were a big bonus too, being a student and still wanting to travel and volunteer, they were reasonably priced, and worthwhile. Staying with a host family made my placement even more well rounded and have the ability to immerse myself into the culture and life even more. Overall I would recommend anyone and everyone (even recommended a friend before I even got here, who ended up going to India!) to volunteer with IVHQ and experience the world around them.
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As a volunteer in Ghana, you’ll have the experience of a lifetime helping children, playing sports, working in healthcare, or even starting a career in journalism as you immerse yourself in the country’s culture and learn so much about an amazing area of the world. You will experience dance, music, and religion in a whole new way while making a difference in the lives of many.