Volunteer In Ghana

General Information

When you choose to volunteer in Ghana with us you will really experience Ghana. We offer volunteer work with the Ewe people in Kpando at Lake
Volta. Here we support young people with fewer opportunities and disadvantaged village communities. Our projects in Ghana are very diverse and you can help with projects focused on education, employment, healthcare, infrastructure, catering, sports, culture, tourism and you can even help strengthen the organization of our local team.

They call Ghana ‘Africa for beginners’, which is in many ways a compliment. It is a friendly and safe country, with a list of temptations such as sunshine, beaches, nature, national parks and a deeply colorful cultural heritage. The long tropical coastline is probably the main reason why travelers visit Ghana, but it is unlikely that you will visit Ghana for the sole purpose of lying on a beach, because there is much more to experience and discover in Ghana.

The capital, Accra, is a lively but often misunderstood city, a crazy metropolis with stalls and football shirts, music, markets and a vibrant street life. It has few major sights, but provides a fascinating introduction to the country. Along the coast there is also much to experience, such as Cape Coast, once a slave port but now a cultural destination. The dark past is evidence of the various European superpowers that prevailed at different times in the region.

Inland, you will find a wealth of nature from savannah to dense rainforest and from hiking-friendly mountains to relatively dry plains south of the Sahara. Many of the national parks and wild reserves are quite small compared to some other African countries, but the network of parks is extensive.

In the far north you will still find elephants on the plains of “Mole National Park”, while in the south you will find “Kakum National Park” with its popular suspension bridge between the treetops and a huge selection of animals and birds.

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Many people travel to Ghana for its beaches

About Kpando

Kpando is a district of 90,000 residents in the Volta region on the edge of Lake Volta. Kpando town has approximately 30,000 inhabitants and is the capital of the district. Kpando is surrounded by several small villages, each with its own social connections (schools, chiefs, clinic, etc.).
Kpando is a trade center, home to the Akpini tribe and also has a colonial history. The local language is the “Ewe”. Kpando is a 4 hours ride from the capital Accra but in Kpando you will also find the necessary facilities such as banks, hospital, shops and a bustling local market.

The local economy is mainly dominated by agricultural activities and it is estimated that around 62% of the working population is directly or indirectly active in this sector. The climatic conditions of the district favorably supports the variety of crops and cattle breeding. In addition, Lake Volta in the west and Dayi River in the east provide an excellent situation that allows the cultivation of a variety of food crops, tree crops and vegetables all year round. The lake and the river also have a positive influence on fish farming. The most important exportable crops to markets abroad are papaya, pineapple but also mango and chili pepper. The presence of road infrastructure and a warehouse for storing fruit and vegetables makes transport to the ports easy.

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Lake Volta where our projects are base

Projects In Ghana

You will really experience Ghana. No artificial immersion trip, but a real cultural experience. Due to our small scale, we usually succeed in making a customized offer for the volunteer, which also benefits the local community. It will be difficult to tackle something structurally, but by responding to local needs you will make a useful contribution to these needs without being a burden to our local team.


During your stay you also have time to visit specific organizations or institutions (hospital, health centers, schools, etc.) associated with your own professional field.

Education

What do volunteers do?
Lessons are prepared in collaboration with the headmaster. The volunteers work with or without the local teachers. It is possible that volunteers stand alone in front of the class because of a shortage of teachers. 2 volunteers can also teach together in one class.

  • You pay attention to the introduction of active teaching methods
  • You involve the students with attention to their environment, differentiation, work groups,  musical education, etc.
  • Create teaching materials
  • Attend and support after-school activities

 The language of instruction in nursery school is Ewe. Only a few children already have a notion of English. So you have to work closely with the local  team. You also have to be able to work creatively due to the lack of materials and playground equipment.

Minimum: 3 weeks (a few days observation).
 
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. School holidays: 3 weeks with Christmas (last 2 weeks of December and 1st week of January), 3 weeks Easter holidays (last 2 weeks of April and 1st week of May), summer holiday (August and first two weeks of September).

Maximum amount of volunteers: 16 (2 at each school)

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences: 
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit

What do volunteers do?
Lessons are prepared in collaboration with the headmaster. The volunteers work with or without the local teacher. It is possible that volunteers stand alone in front of the class because of a shortage of teachers. 2 volunteers can also teach together in one class.

  • You pay attention to the introduction of active teaching methods
  • You involve the students with attention to their environment, differentiation, work groups,  musical education, etc.
  • Create teaching materials
  • Attend and support after-school activities

Following lessons are given: language (English); math; ICT; Applied Sciences; art; philosophy of life; sport; …. You also have to be able to work creatively due to the lack of materials and playground equipment.

Minimum: 5 weeks (1 week observation + 4 weeks teaching).

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
School
holidays: 3 weeks with Christmas (last 2 weeks of December and 1st week of January), 3 weeks Easter holidays (last 2 weeks of April and 1st week of May), summer holiday (August and first two weeks of September).

Maximum amount of volunteers: 16 (2 at each school)

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences:
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit

Lessons are prepared in collaboration with the headmaster. The
volunteers work with or without the local teacher. It is possible that
volunteers stand alone in front of the class because of a shortage of
teachers. 2 volunteers can also teach together in one class.

  • You pay attention to the introduction of active teaching methods
  • You involve the students with attention to their environment, differentiation, work groups,  musical education, etc.
  • Create teaching materials
  • Attend and support after-school activities

Following lessons are given: language (English); math; ICT; Applied
Sciences; art; philosophy of life; sport; …. You also have to be able
to work creatively due to the lack of materials and playground
equipment.

Minimum: 5 weeks (1 week observation + 4 weeks teaching).

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
School
holidays: 3 weeks with Christmas (last 2 weeks of December and 1st week
of January), 3 weeks Easter holidays (last 2 weeks of April and 1st
week of May), summer holiday (August and first two weeks of September).

Maximum amount of volunteers: 16 (2 at each school)

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences:
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit

What do volunteer do?
You teach mathematics, science, IT, social studies or English.
Lessons are prepared in collaboration with the headmaster. The volunteers work with or without the local teacher. It is possible that volunteers stand alone in front of the class because of a shortage of teachers. 2 volunteers can also teach together in one class.

  • You pay attention to the introduction of active teaching methods
  • You involve the students with attention to their environment, differentiation, work groups,  musical education, etc.
  • Create teaching materials
  • Attend and support after-school activities

You also have to be able to work creatively due to the lack of materials

Minimum: 5 weeks (1 week observation + 4 weeks teaching).
 
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
School holidays: 3 weeks with Christmas (last 2 weeks of December and 1st week of January), 3 weeks Easter holidays (last 2 weeks of April and 1st week of May), summer holiday (August and first two weeks of September).

Maximum amount of volunteers: 16 (2 at each school)

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences: 
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit

What do volunteers do?
You can work with different targets in Kpando. In primary schools you can support local teachers. In secondary you can apply specific sports (football, volleyball, handball, table tennis, …) as a trainer.
You can also help to introduce multimove and fun games. You can give a group of young people specific swimming lessons and also supervise the local fitness club.
The start-up of a skateboard team is also on the wish list. In the schools you prepare the lessons in collaboration with the headmaster.

Minimum: 2 weeks

Schedule: During school days you have a varied daily schedule depending on the tasks you want to perform. The school hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This project also runs during school holidays.

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences:
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit

Possible challenges

  • There are usually few sports materials available.
  • The schools often also have no sport teachers.

What do volunteers do?
Most primary schools in Kpando have little to no teaching materials. In consultation with the headmaster and the teachers you will get started to organize the classrooms. You pay attention to the introduction of active methods, differentiation, groupwork etc. E.g.: paint the alphabet, numbers, world map, human body, shapes, …
It is important that you cooperate with the teachers and listen to their needs.

  • You pay attention to the introduction of active teaching methods
  • You involve the students with attention to their environment, differentiation, work groups,  musical education, etc.
  • Create teaching materials
  • Attend and support after-school activities

You also have to be able to work creatively due to the lack of materials

Minimum: 2 weeks

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
School holidays: 3 weeks with Christmas (last 2 weeks of December and 1st week of January), 3 weeks Easter holidays (last 2 weeks of April and 1st week of May), summer holiday (August and first two weeks of September).

Maximum amount of volunteers: 16 (2 at each school)

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences:
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit

Caregiving

In Ghana, preschool children only go to nursery school from the age of 4. Before the age of 4 they often just stay at home. More and more schools and private initiatives have also been offering childcare for several years. They often work with educators who are not qualified. Local educators are not always motivated or are sometimes not open to introducing new activities, they usually limit themselves to offering meals and toddlers’ tidiness. You participate in the care of toddlers and preschoolers and are jointly responsible for the organization of activities for the children.

Minimum: 2 weeks
 
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
School holidays: 3 weeks with Christmas (last 2 weeks of December and 1st week of January), 3 weeks Easter holidays (last 2 weeks of April and 1st week of May), summer holiday (August and first two weeks of September).

Maximum amount of volunteers: 6 (2 at each school)

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences: 
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit

What do volunteer do?
The “Special Needs School” offers accommodation and care for around 30 young people and young adults with a mental disability.
The main goal of the school is to learn daily skills and independence. Few activities for young people are generally organized.
As a mentor you help to learn motorial and professional skills, differentiated approach (individual approach), coach local supervisors, etc.

Minimum: 2 weeks

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
School holidays: 3 weeks with Christmas (last 2 weeks of December and 1st week of January), 3 weeks Easter holidays (last 2 weeks of April and 1st week of May), summer holiday (August and first two weeks of September).

Maximum amount of volunteers: 4

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences:
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit

Possible challenges

  • Passivity of the teachers.
  • The periods of the activities are limited to 15 minutes, making it difficult to fully work out an activity

Community Support

What do volunteers do
You can work with different targets in Kpando. In primary schools you can support local teachers. In secondary you can apply specific sports (football, volleyball, handball, table tennis, …) as a trainer. You can also help to introduce multimove and fun games. You can give a group of young people specific swimming lessons and also supervise the local fitness club. The start-up of a skateboard team is also on the wish list. In the schools you prepare the lessons in collaboration with the headmaster.

Minimum: 2 weeks

Schedule:
During school days you have a varied daily schedule depending on the
tasks you want to perform. The school hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This project also runs during school holidays.

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences:
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit

Possible challenges

  • There are usually few sports materials available.
  • The schools often also have no sport teachers

What do volunteers do?
You participate in the program of the local organization. They offer several days a week support to different groups with homework counseling and after-school lessons to pupils whose parents are illiterate. The lessons are given by students who have completed their secondary studies. Can be combined with other tasks or projects.

Minimum: 4 weeks
 
Schedule: You work after school hours and during the weekends, this project continues during school holiday. During the school holidays you work during the day from Monday to Friday . School holidays: 3 weeks of Christmas (last 2 weeks of December and 1st week of January), 3 weeks of Easter holidays (last 2 weeks of April and 1st week of May), large holiday (August and first two weeks of September).

Maximum amount of volunteers: 4 (possible to cooperate with other volunteers).

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences: 
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit


Possible challenges

  • Students sometimes do not show up.
  •  You must differentiate if the group of students is varied.

What do volunteers do
Extra training for students in secondary education (mathematics, sciences, English, ICT and / or social studies). You participate in the program of the local organization. They offer extra lessons for lower and upper secondary students during the holiday periods. The additional lessons are given by a local teacher or higher education students who received a scholarship. The extra lessons are mainly aimed at preparing the students for their final exams. Can be combined with other tasks or projects.

Minimum: 4 weeks
 
Schedule: The double-track school system in Ghana is complex, which means that we have always studens throughout the year to who we provide extra lessons. This project continues during school holiday

Maximum amount of volunteers: 4 (possible to cooperate with other volunteers).

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences: 
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit


Possible challenges
 You must familiarize yourself with the local curriculum. You can already have the syllabus sent to you before you leave for Ghana (you can arrange that with your mentor).

Business

What do volunteers do?
Our local team started a catering company as an “Income Generating Activity” in order to be less dependent on our funds. The catering company runs a food delivery and a restaurant. We expect that you can teach the local chefs basic cooking techniques. Together with the local chef you try out new preparations with local ingredients.

Minimum: 2 weeks (you need a few days to get to know the local cuisine and ingredients).
 
Schedule: You can work every day. You participate in the regular operation of the restaurant and in between you can experiment to your heart’s content.

Maximum amount of volunteers: 4 (possible to cooperate with nother volunteers).

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences: 
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit


Possible challenges

  • Certain local ingredients are not always available.
  • The local chefs are not professionals, you sometimes have to be patient.
  • Tastes differ, Ghanaians like to eat spicy.

Healthcare

What do volunteers do?
We expect that you can offer wound and basic care in the partner schools. You combine this with supplementing the first aid kits in the partner schools. Depending on your specialty, you can provide information in the classes. We perform some health screenings (BMI, blood pressure, glucose, Hep B, etc.) every year in one of the village communities in the Volta region. You execute the health screenings together with a local nurse. You works in different primary schools in Kpando within walking distance of the place of the volunteer house and in villages 4 to 10 km from Kpando.

Minimum: 2 weeks.
 
Schedule: Continuous. Your schedule is drawn up together with your mentor and can always be adjusted on arrival in function of your interests and competences.

Maximum amount of volunteers: 4 (possible to cooperate with nother volunteers).

Requirements: 

  • At least basic English
  • The necessary international and intercultural competences: 
    • communicative and language proficient
    • flexible
    • empathize
    • be open to other norms and values
    • showing respect
    • being able to deal with diversity
  •  Display the following professional attitudes:
    • Decision-making attitude
    • Critical attitude
    • Curiosity
    • Organizational capacity
    • Responsibility
    • Enthusiasm
    • Entrepreneurial spirit


Possible challenges

  • Lack of (wound care) materials (eg use of honey).
  • The hygienic conditions are not what you are used to.

Our Local Team In Laos

Volunteer in Ghana

Muhammed

Director

Muhammed is a young motivated teacher and is the director of our local team. He is responsible for all education-related projects such as homework supervision and extra tuition.

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Mawuli

Secretary

Mawuli is the secretary and manages the finances of the local operations. He is very social and is also responsible for the construction projects.

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Sabitu

Physician Assistant

Sabitu is our Physician Assistant and supervises healthcare projects.

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Mariama

Leading Lady

Mariama is the leading lady, she cooks together with Wisdom. She loves sports, games and can make delicious cakes and fruit teas. She is very energetic.

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Wizzy

Cook

Wizzy is our young dynamic chef and is also responsible for managing the accommodations for our volunteers. Together with Mariama he can prepare very surprising meals.

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Tempo

Physician Assistant

Tempo is a “Teacher Training Student” and helps where possible. He is multi-skilled and helps our organization with electrical work, cooking, travel guidance, teaching, etc. Our zen boy ..

Our Volunteer Houses

We have 3 volunteer houses available in the Kpando region. The accommodations are located in the center within walking distance of the market, shops, bank, restaurants, schools, hospital, etc.

Most projects in Kpando are within walking distance. The projects in the villages outside Kpando can easily be reached by bike.
Each volunteer house has a living room, fitted kitchen, veranda or balcony and bedrooms. 

You have a single or shared room. You never share a room with an “unknown” volunteer. Each room has a fan and the windows are fitted with mosquito nets. We also have mosquito nets available.

Sheets are provided, but you must bring your own towels. Each volunteer house also has a fridge with freezer compartment. Each volunteer house has an indoor bathroom with cold (refreshing) water shared with other volunteers in the house (maximum 5). During periods of drought, when there is no tap water, we have water containers in every house.

Meals

All meals are included. One of our local supervisors will cook for you,  you can join our cook during his visit at the market and help with preparing the meals. You determine your weekly menu together with the supervisor.

For breakfast there is bread, butter, chocolate, jam, egg, honey, tea, fruit juice. You can occasionally opt for a local breakfast. Coffee is instant coffee, if you like filter coffee it is best to take a pack of coffee from home.

In the afternoon there is a light lunch: some fruit, bread with toppings or a local snack such as koliko (yam) or rice with beans.

For dinner you have a varied menu: pasta, rice, potatoes, chicken, fish, sausages, vegetables. You also have some seasonal fruit available daily (bananas, pineapple, watermelon, mango, etc.). Of course you will also regularly get local dishes (with a western twist) on your plate (plantains, yam, etc.). In recent years we have trained our own chef who has his own catering service. Wisdom can also occasionally surprise you with pancakes, smoothies or pizza.

Free Time

The Volta region is a very beautiful, green region with several of Ghana’s tourist highlights. You have the volcano lake, the mountain range along the border with Togo with numerous waterfalls, idyllic mountain villages, caves and also a monkey reserve.
You can visit most of these attractions as a day excursion from Kpando.

Lake Volta

Lake Volta was formed by the Akosombo dam in 1966. The dam provides Ghana with about a third of its energy, it is also important for transport, fishing and the timber industry.

The lake is close to Kpando and is the main tourist attraction in the area. You can visit the lake with the local fishermen and visit one of the inhabited islands on the lake or you can just paddle around with a local fisherman and experience the different fishing techniques. Of course you can also take a refreshing dip in the warm water.

Avatime Hills

The Avatime Hills form a mountain range on the border with Togo less than an hour drive from Kpando. You have eight waterfalls, each with their own individual character, of which the best known, the Wli waterfalls, the highest in all of West Africa and house a colony of bats.

You also have a number of idyllic mountain villages that can be the start for a trekking through the jungle where you can admire the stunning fauna and flora of the tropical rainforest. You can also climb Mount Afadjato, with 880 meters the highest mountain in Ghana. There are also caves to visit.

Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary

In the quiet village of Tafi Atome, 10 km from Kpando, you will find a monkey reserve. More than 300 Mona monkeys live in a protected forest with unique vegetation. The monkeys have been protected since the 90s and the proceeds of the project go to the local population. During a guided walk through the forest, the baby monkeys jump on your arm and eat a banana from your hand.

Possible Costs

Volunteering abroad does cost money and it is not our intention that the community you are going to help has to pay for this. If there was enough money to bear these costs, we would rather spend them on a local employees who understand the local culture and daily customs.
If you want to learn more about our transparent system, take a look at our transparency page.

Accommodation & Meals Cost

These costs, which you pay on site, are related to your stay in Ghana such as your accommodation and meals. By paying locally, you are also sure that your contribution will end in Ghana and will not stay behind at various “stations”

  • 1 week: € 290
  • 2 weeks: € 400
  • 3 weeks: € 510
  • 4 weeks: € 620
  • 5 weeks: € 730
  • extra week = + €110


What is included?

  • Local costs and preparations for your work;
  • Airport Pick-up at Kotoko International Airport in Accra;
  • First night in Accra;
  • Transport from Accra to Kpando (day 2);
  • Accommodation (7/7) in one our comfortable volunteer houses during your entire stay;
  • 3 meals a day;
  • Chilled drinking water;
  • Bicycle (you are responsible for maintenance).

Other Possible Costs

Probably there are other expenses that you have to keep in mind. Below a brief summary of the most common possible costs:

  • International transfers;
  • Drinks other than water;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Costs related to your free time;
  • Visa (€ 70 / 2 months);
  • Souvenirs;
  • Extra snacks;
  • Other means of transport besides your bike (and feet);
  • Transport back to the airport, we do not offer this as standard because most volunteers will first travel around the country.

Alliance Fee

any projects require a continuity of volunteers to create impact and we want to ensure sufficient inflow of volunteers to keep every project viable. Unfortunately volunteer recruitment comes with a costs such as marketing. The fundraising done by the organizations in our alliance are exclusively used for development projects in the countries mentioned on this website.

The alliance fee serves to bear the costs of the alliance’s platform. We ask every participant a one-time alliance fee of € 130. This is a one-time contribution which you pay after being accepted for your first volunteer placement. After payment of this contribution you can do unlimited voluntary work in any project in the future (if there is availability and you meet the set requirements for that project).

As a member, we always inform you as soon as new projects are added in our alliance.

What is your alliance fee used for?

  1. Despite of our good intentions, we are also obliged to pay taxes. After this the balance is used for: annual costs for the management of our platform such as the maintenance of the registration database, administration …. We try to minimize these costs, but we have to cover them. We also have a great looking website that needs to be maintained and kept up-to-date.
  2. Promotion costs money and we want to be visible as much as possible so we find enough volunteers for each project. Your contribution is also used for promotions on various media, printed materials etc. Besides this we also try to attend as many fairs & network events as possible.
  3. We are only volunteers and put a lot of effort in our projects but also in your preperation. In the past we had volunteers not showing up which is very disturbing to our team and local communities that we support. We also view this contribution as a form of guarantee that you will actually fulfill your commitment.

You can read more at our transparency page.

Preparation & Guidance

We will not let you leave without a thorough preparation. We have a detailed system, so you can sleep on both ears and leave with peace of mind. Once you have been accepted and everything has been put in order, you can count on the guidance of our experts.
 
As soon as you applied and you are accepted to volunteer we start with your preparation. You can already read a lot on this website, besides this we also prepare you through other channels. Once in the field you also can rely on our local team.

Project Page

Volunteering abroad will have an impact on you but also on the local community. We think it’s very important, that you as a volunteer are aware about what to expect.  So you can start prepared with your volunteering experience. When you are accepted as a volunteer and you confirmed from your side, you will receive the access codes for our secured volunteer page. At this page you can read all information which is important for your preparation, Such as information about your project, accommodation, How to apply for your visa, a packing list, a complete chapter about cultural differences and much more …

Personal Mentor

You will be assigned a mentor who you can contact for any help or needed advice. Our mentors are members of our alliance and have years of experience in the projects we support. This system ensures that you receive good guidance from VAA.

Your safety is very important to us. We only allow volunteers to travel to areas that are politically stable. If this is not the case, the project will not proceed. Every member of the alliance keeps a close eye on the security recommendations. Of course, we can also rely on the local employees of the projects. They live and work there themselves and know the area very well.

In general the weather is not very changeable and usually good. Ghana has a tropical climate. There are two seasons, the dry and rainy season.
Temperature: usually it is always nice and warm with temperatures between 30 and 35 degrees during the day. The minimum temperature is around 18 ° C, the maximum temperature is around 45 ° C.

Rain: the dry season starts in December and ends around March. A dry desert wind, the Harmattan, is blowing from the northeast. This ensures that it becomes less humid and that it is slightly cooler at night, but visibility is also less during that period. During the rainy season it does not rain every day, but it is rather exceptional if there are no rain showers 3 days in a row. On certain days it can rain heavily all day and your day program sometimes needs to be changed.

Every project has at least one permanent employee. This employee organizes your project and your stay together with the participating organization of our alliance. During your stay you can always connect with them; they are available for advice and practical information, but you can also count on them in case of an emergency.

Your journey to The international airport “Accra Kotoko” (airport code: ACC) in Accra is your responsibility.  You will be welcomed by one of our team members upon arrival at the airport. The second day we bring you to the busstation where you and our team member take the bus (trotro) to Kpando a 4 hour busride (200 km). Upon arrival in Kpando we provide an extensive orientation at the office and you will learn everything about the team that will guide you.
 
You will receive a detailed route description, once you are accepted as to volunteer in Gambia. In the past we had problems with sharing our operations address therefore we deliberately not share this information in advance. The organizations within our alliance take their duties seriously, our projects are not tourist  attractions and we do not want uninvited guests to disturb our operations. Moreover, it is very disturbing for the local employees of our alliance but also for other volunteers if someone suddenly appears at the projects to take a look.

We are not doctors and we do not know your personal & medical background. That is why we advise everyone to make an appointment with your doctor or travel vaccination center before traveling to your destination. You can always take a look at the website of the WHO for the latest situation in Laos.
 
Every organization within our alliance has an emergency procedure and you also receive all emergency telephone numbers once accepted as a volunteer. You will find all this information on your personal project page, you will receive the code as soon as you are accepted as a volunteer and you completed your application.

You must apply for a visa at the Ghanaian embassy of your home country.  We advice to take a tourist visa. Visa costs 70 euros and is valid for 2 months. You can extend your visa in Ghana at an the Immigration Office.
Your mentor provides the necessary invitation letter and procedure  document to ensure that the visa application runs smoothly.

There is no typical day or script to follow – every day will be different and full of surprises. That is the beauty, but also challenge, of international volunteering. We expect you to understand this and be flexible, open and proactive at all times.

The projects run Monday through Saturday and Sunday are usually free days. Depending on your project, you will work some combination of different hours during.

There are always new initiatives being launched and other volunteers looking for a helping hand. The projects are very dynamic and responsive to the community’s needs, and we encourage you to be flexible and willing to help wherever there is need. It is very likely that you will have the opportunity to work across multiple projects. Remember, the more you put into your experience, the more you will get out of it.

Our team speaks English. English is the official language in Ghana, but most Ghanaians speak one of the 70 native languages. Ewe is the local language in Kpando and the entire Voltar region. Recently the education system has been adjusted and the children only receive English in their primary education. From the Kindergarten they already get English as a “subject”. Small children and unskilled people often speak little or no English.

For a smooth communication with the local Ghanaians, some knowledge of the English language is welcome. Without is also possible, but the experience will be somewhat different. Ask your mentor for the list with Ewe words before you leave.

All organizations active in the alliance take their work very seriously. From general preparations to details that you never imagined that they exist, but that are important to give you a safe, comfortable and meaningful experience. We invest a lot of time in preparing, following up and implementing our preparation materials, but also our projects on site. We hope that you, for your part, commit yourself 100% during your volunteer work and this is done in a respectful way for us, but even more so for the local community you are going to help.

  • Volunteers are not tourists. Volunteers cooperate and serve the local population while tourists want to be served. We expect you to adopt an open, flexible and proactive attitude. After all, these are the most fundamental characteristics of a good volunteer.
  • Volunteers are not employees. You will be shown the direction before and during your voluntary work, but you will not receive the same training as an employee receives. We expect you to ask questions, offer your help and engage in the execution of your project work.
  • Kindness and being positive are very good qualities. You will meet many people during your volunteer work. Good social qualities are the key to success for good interaction with others. The best volunteers are those who build a good relationship with the people they work with. Take every opportunity to build a relationship of trust, even if there is a language barrier.
  • You stay and work in a developing country where life is completely different from what you are used to. Do not expect to find the same efficiency, punctuality and structures that you are used to. Being open minded and adapting to new situations are the most fundamental qualities of a volunteer. Do not expect that you will get a written scenario. Every day will be different and you can come across different situations that you did not expect on your path.
  • You may have taken a vacation to do volunteer work. However, keep in mind that a “volunteer holiday” does not exist. Volunteers enjoy their work and enjoy themselves during their free time. However, volunteering abroad is not easy. It can be very challenging and some days seem like an exercise in managing frustrations. It is all part of the experience so patience and a positive attitude are good qualities for a volunteer.
  • You are not going to change the world. As long as you fulfill your duties in a responsible manner, you will be part of the team and will have a positive impact on the local community.
  • Be humble and open to learn. You may have overwhelming ideas, qualities, talents and knowledge to share. The local population also has a lot to offer.
  • You travel to a new country where the smallest parts of daily life differ from what you know. Try to understand this and do not judge it too quickly. The culture of the community you are staying in is no better or worse than in your hometown, it is just different. Turn off your blinkers, open your heart and you will feel comfortable even outside your own comfort zone.
  • During your volunteer work, and especially during the preparation, you will receive a lot of information about the projects, living facilities, daily life, etc. Circumstances can change unexpectedly. Local needs may cause you to perform tasks other than planned. You must understand that the duties of a volunteer are based on local needs and not on you personally. It is your responsibility to adjust, because you are going to give and not to take.

Daily behavior when you volunteer in Ghana

  • Dress appropriately and in consideration of the local culture. Women especially, you may have to dress more conservatively than you are used to at home. 
  • Follow the local laws and remember, corruption and poor government services are the norm in Ghana. 
  • Abide by the cultural norms and rules of your hosts. Look to them for social cues and if you have a question, ask. Do not be shy!   
  • While we will not babysit you, we expect you to follow the instructions and rules set forth by us and our local partners. We also expect you to be a good communicator who is friendly and respectful to us and our team. Whether something is going well or not, tell us.
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Start Dates

In our alliance we always ask the volunteers to do volunteer work by week. At some projects it is already possible to volunteer for one week, but it is also be possible that a minimum placement of a couple of months is required for certain projects. You can read this at the projects chapter of the chosen destination.

When Can I Arrive In Ghana

Flexibility at its best in Ghana because you choose the day you arrive.

What is the minimum period to volunteer in Ghana?

When you volunteer in Ghana this depends on the project you will participate. View the projects to find out more about the minimum period for each project.