Volunteer in GhanaVolSol has many volunteering opportunities in Ghana. Popularly known as the ‘Gateway to West Africa’, Ghana is one of the preferred destinations for our volunteers. Students and corporate groups on their gap year travel or summer breaks prefer to volunteer travel to Ghana. In Ghana, VolSol has its presence in Tamale. Tamale is one of the fastest growing cities of Ghana, it is well connected to Accra (Capital city) via road and air. Our volunteers can enrol for community development project, girl’s education project, can do football coaching, take up health care program, teach kids, or volunteer at an orphanage.
The NGOs and social development organizations we partner with have a manpower crunch and logistical issues, even a hand in the construction and repair work is much appreciated. Our program is flexible to accommodate multiple skills, provided that you want to use them.
Apart from the volunteer work, life in Ghana is relaxed and easy. By spending time with the locals you will learn about their elaborate festivals, the local cuisine comprising of Banku and Fufu - Ghana's most famous dishes, their colorful dresses and the music and dances.
Our programs in Ghana have been very successful and the volunteers have made significant impact in the lives of local Ghanaian communities. Read more about the Ghana Volunteer Experience
Quick facts about Ghana - Tamale
- Location Tamale
- Arrival airport Accra (ACC) or Tamale (TML)
- Currency Ghanaian Cedis (GHS)
- Population 25.37 Million
- Language English, Twi & Dagbani
- Time Zone UTC + 00:00
What our Volunteers say
I researched so many organizations before I chose VS and discovered that this is the most well organized , structured, accessible and affordable volunteering organization. I am so happy with my journey and have a whole new outlook on life ...Read more
I loved my program placement. The school girls are amazing and everyone in Ghana is friendly and welcoming. The highlight of my trip was definitely the girls at the program and the village tours/experience.
I was encouraged to be a self starter with the sewing students and therefore created a project whereby within the three weeks I was with them. I taught them how to make souvenirs with their indigenous fabrics.
The highlight of my volunteering experience was Working with the girls and seeing them improve, working with such wonderful staff and volunteers, so that it felt like family, and our weekend trips.
Volunteer Programs in Ghana
Volunteering Solutions has multiple volunteering opportunities in Ghana, Tamale. VolSol volunteers can teach kids, volunteer at an orphanage, participate in health care programs and indulge in community service. Read more about available volunteering opportunities in Ghana.
Tamale - Ghana
- Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. Medical Program volunteers must be at least 18 at the time of joining.
- Medical program is not available for Pre-Medical students, only 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
For more details visit the FAQ section of our website
Volunteers will also be assisting local staff and caretakers in daily work to help them run the orphanage in a better way. You can also assist in the office of the orphanage if you think you can contribute to make them more organized and run in a more efficient manner. Volunteers can design teaching programs for the kids and help in improving their knowledge and understanding by teaching them in a play way method. Volunteer tasks duties depend on the orphanage placement they work in as well as the skills of the individual volunteers.
Volunteers get to experience the local culture and the hospitality of the people of Ghana, for which it is renowned all over the world. You can carry different volunteer supplies with you which will be helpful for the orphanage where you will be volunteering. Whichever orphanage and childcare placement you work in , you need to be ready for the challenge. As a volunteer you need to give special love, attention to the children and bring smile on their faces.
Many of the volunteers working in the Orphanage program, choose to combine it with the Teaching program wherein they can work in School project in the morning and work in the orphanage in the afternoon. This is also a great way to make a larger impact in the community.
Volunteering Solutions provides orphanage work placements in Tamale as well as in Mampong and Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
Teaching Project volunteers mainly teach to local children in village schools. Although English is the official language of Ghana, the children rarely get to learn from non-Ghanaian speakers of the language.
Volunteers do NOT have to be native speakers of English but willing to volunteer in a village to help children who are ready to learn. Volunteers will receive assistance from the local Volunteering Solutions coordinators and the local school regarding the lesson plans and teaching curriculum. You could well find yourself teaching groups of children in an ‘open-air classroom’ where there are no chalkboards and the children have no books or pencils. The need for improvisation & creativity in teaching methods is paramount and can challenge the most experienced teacher, but the rewards are amazing.
Volunteers work for around 5 hrs in a day for 5 days in a week. Volunteers can bring along teaching materials such as picture books, instruments, flash cards, art supplies, and songs. Classes are generally in session five days a week.
Girls Education Program
It is based on the principles of famous African Proverb: "When you educate a boy, you educate one person. When you educate a girl, you educate an entire community."
Volunteers on this program will enjoy a rewarding experience by assisting the teachers to deliver lessons. During the mornings you’ll be working with smaller groups helping them with their reading, writing and numeracy skills. There may be occasions when you’ll be asked to teach one of the classes yourself but you’ll be fully supported if this happens. In the afternoon volunteers have the opportunity to support help these girls in reading and writing skills.
It is important for the volunteers to note that international volunteers have played a key role in the development of this project and your efforts will be very helpful in the further growth and development of the project. Both male and female volunteers are eligible to take part in this program. The project is very much recommended for volunteers who are looking to make a difference by working at the grass roots level along with the Ghanaian community.
Volunteers working in this program need not be qualified or trained teachers. The project is suitable for individuals who want to volunteer teaching on their gap year, holiday , summer placement or career break.
Medical Healthcare Program
Volunteers in the Healthcare Program work along with doctors, nurses and local staff in hospitals and community clinics in different locations across Ghana. Volunteer tasks are determined depending on the volunteer’s qualifications, experience and knowledge. Qualified doctors and nurses can carry full day to day treatment of various diseases. Medical students and Pre med students can assist the doctors and nurses in their work and observe their work to gain knowledge and experience. Qualified medical volunteers work in the areas of maternal health, mental health, surgery, laboratories, counseling and testing.
This program is particularly suited for those volunteers who are interested in health issues and doing ‘hands on’ clinical work. Volunteers work for around 6 hrs in a day for 5 days in a week. Volunteers schedule is flexible and can vary depending on the needs of the placement.
Community Development Project
By working along with the local villagers our volunteers get the unique opportunity to get involved in a number of activities including education, construction, and vocational training.
On weekday mornings, volunteers work in the Girl's Education Project or in local schools in the village. Volunteers assist the Ghanaian teachers by working with small groups of students on their English and math skills. Those volunteers who are willing to do some physical work can also assist in the construction project for the school building. Volunteers work along with local villagers and can do the painting or renovation work in the school building.
In the afternoons, volunteers can remain at the vocational school OR work with one of the other available programs. The aim of the Heath education program is to educate villagers about preventing diseases, especially for children, including prevention, symptoms, and treatment. Volunteers will work with some local people to help them translate the language for them.
Through the Water Project, volunteers assist with education programs in 15 villages, to inform villagers of issues surrounding their water supply, including diseases and treating water properly.
Volunteering Solutions places volunteers in this program in local schools and football clubs in the Tamale region in Northern Ghana.The people of Tamale love the game of football, especially since the city has got a brand new football stadium.
Volunteers role is to assist the local coaches in their daily practice schedule with the local players. Volunteers can also help the students in local schools to improve their game and organize football matches.
During your time as a volunteer, you can help in the development of football skills of young players. Volunteers working in the Football Coaching Volunteer project are also welcome to work in the Community Development or Orphanage Program wherein you can combine two programs.
2 Weeks Special Volunteer & Travel
Duration: 2 weeks
Dates: 1st and 3rd Monday of every Month
Arrive at: Kotoka International Airport (Accra).
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 7-8 hours in a day
Travel and Tourism Tours: Travel/Sightseeing for 3 days included in Cost
Program Location – Tamale , capital of northern region of Ghana. The program is based in the Northern region of Ghana in a city called Tamale. Tamale is the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana, with a population of 3,305,000 (2008). It is mostly populated by Dagomba people who speak Dagbani language. It is located in the northern part of the country, where the land is savanna, consisting of grasslands with drought-resistant trees. The city is like a conglomeration of villages, with many people living in traditional mud brick houses. While the majority of the houses are roofed with corrugated iron sheets, a good number of them are roofed with grass.
There are tens of thousands of girls in the city who have dropped out of school and some parents have refused to send their female children to school. Volunteers will be volunteering with a project which is designed to prepare deprived girls, such as those described above, to go to school. The main aim of the project is to provide them with the educational support and vocational training required to help them become ambitious and important members of the Ghanaian workforce.
The learning center has girls in the age group of 7-18 years and around 40-50 younger students are taught basic skills in English, Maths, Social Studies and Religious & Moral Education. There is also a vocational programme for teaching 10 older students basic sewing techniques and preparing them for an apprenticeship in a professional sewing shop in town.
Volunteers on this program will enjoy a rewarding experience by assisting the teachers to deliver lessons. During the mornings you’ll be working with smaller groups of students helping them with their reading, writing and numeracy skills. There may be occasions when you’ll be asked to teach one of the classes yourself but you’ll be fully supported if this happens.
In the afternoons you’ll have the opportunity to support the ex-students who are now attending state school, helping them with their homework and reading and writing skills.
This project is popular with volunteers because it allows them to be entirely creative in their teaching style and use of materials, and actively encourages new ideas for improvement and development. If you come on this program you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with the students and return to Ghana again.
Northern Ghana Wildlife Tour: - After breakfast with the host family, volunteers set off towards the villages of Boebeng and Fiema. These two villages help protect the black and white colobus and mona monkeys, which the locals perceive as sacred, that live in the surrounding forests. We tour the village while interacting with the locals and learning about their history and traditions. In the afternoon we visit the majestic Kintampo Waterfalls and spend the night in Kintampo Town.
Wildlife Viewing Tour: - After breakfast we head off from Kintampo to Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest and best game viewing park. An afternoon foot safari will provide close-up views of African Elephants, the world’s largest land mammal. In the evening, we marvel at the wildlife from the viewing platform which overlooks a busy and exciting waterhole, while relaxing in the hotel.
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.
Ghana Program Start Dates
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Ghana Program Cost
Volunteering Solutions 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.
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What are you Paying For?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup from Accra
- First night hotel stay in Accra,if required
- Food - 2 meals a day
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
What's NOT Included?
- To and fro transport from Accra to Tamale
- Local Transportation
- Return Airport Drop(Can be arranged at an extra cost)
Living and Other Arrangements
Volunteering Solutions 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, VolSol 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 hotel accommodation provided by Volunteering Solutions and travel to Tamale the next day.
AccommodationVolunteers will be staying with a standard Ghanaian Host family. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteer. By staying with a family you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions.
OrientationA 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.
MealsVolunteers are provided with 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) at the host family 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.
Frequently asked questions
Application and Program Details
How long does it take to process my application? Will my application be accepted ?
Usually it takes around 10 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After the application is accepted, your placement document shall be updated in your account online and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Ghana volunteer programs?
- Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Ghana volunteer projects :-
- Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. Medical Program volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the time of joining.
- Need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. This is because life in Ghana is a little laid back and relaxed, people are friendly but the lifestyle is nothing like yours. Keep your expectations real and humble.
- The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
- Must be in good health.
Can I volunteer as part of a Group ?
Yes, you are welcome to take part in Ghana Volunteer Program as part of a group. We welcome families, group of friends, high school, college/university and corporate groups in the Ghana program.
What are the Program locations in Ghana ?
Volunteering Solutions Ghana programs are based in Tamale, the capital of Northern Region in Ghana and a thriving town, full of energy and life. It is one of the biggest cities in Ghana.
When do I need to arrive in Ghana for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Ghana?
All volunteers need to arrive in Ghana on the program start date. Volunteers are picked up from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra by the local coordinator or representative. Accommodation will be provided in Accra at a guesthouse or hotel for a night and on the next day, volunteers take a flight to Tamale . Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Ghana will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand.
After taking the short flight from Accra, you will be picked up from Tamale airport and taken to your accommodation. On the way, you can soak into the sights, smells and sounds of Tamale city. You will settle down in your accommodation and depending on your time of arrival, you will be given a tour of the town and nearby amenities on the same day or the next day when you start your project.
Flights and Visa
All participants joining the Ghana volunteer projects, need to apply for visa at the nearest Ghana High Commission. Along with the visa application, you need to attach the required supporting documents. Volunteers are provided with the necessary supporting document for their Ghana visa application. More information shall be provided after you become a Volunteering Solutions enrolled participant.
What are the recommended airlines to fly to Ghana ?
Kotoka International Airport in Accra has direct connections from North America and Europe. Delta Airlines, KLM Dutch Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, British Airways are some of the major airlines that have direct connections to Ghana.
How do I reach Tamale from Accra ? Do I need to book a flight to Tamale ?
Tamale is well connected to Accra with daily flights between the two cities. You need to book your flight to Accra only. The domestic flight from Accra - Tamale would be booked by the local program coordinator. The charges for the domestic flight can be paid by you when you are in Ghana.
Health & Safety
Ghana is currently a very safe, stable country with relatively low crime levels compared to other West African countries.
Tamalaians love visitors and particularly volunteers. You’ll find that they are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet and their culture is a fascinating blend of traditional and modern. We’d be surprised if you didn’t make many friends during your time here and find it hard to say goodbye at the end of your stay!
However, as in any country around the world, you need to take certain precautions for safety. You will be given safety precautions and instructions by your coordinator during the orientation as well.
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?
We recommend you to consult your physician or travel doctor before travelling to Ghana. All travelers are required to carry an International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Card) to show proof of yellow fever immunization.
Generally the following vaccinations are recommended for travellers going to Ghana.
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A and B
Yes, for all participants it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance.Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. To view the coverage details, please click here
Accommodation and Living
Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc. You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation and the mode of transport you can use.
I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
Volunteers in Tamale are provided accommodation with a Ghanaian Host family. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteer. By staying with a family you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions. All accommodations have water and electricity available.
You will be provided Breakfast and dinner at the home stay. Breakfast usually comprises of Tea, Coffee, Bread, Jam, Butter, Eggs or Fruit. Dinner usually comprises of Rice, Bean Stew, Fufu ( Ghanaian dish made of Cassava and Plantain), chicken, vegetables and yam chips. These can vary on a daily basis.
Can vegetarians be accommodated ?
Yes, however you must inform us in advance and also mention about any dietary requirement in your application form.
Would I have free time during my program ? Can I do sightseeing during my program ?
Volunteers typically work for 5-6 hours in a day. Depending on the workload every day, working hours can vary. Evenings are free for the volunteers and volunteers usually get together and go out for social gatherings, eat out or watch football games in Tamale stadium. Weekends are free for the volunteers and you can go for short weekend trips to Mole National Park, Monkey Sanctuary or Kintampo Falls. Volunteers are encouraged to explore different places on the weekends and do sightseeing so that you can see as much of the country during your stay in Ghana.
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Ghana?
Your program fee covers you for Airport Pickup in Accra and Tamale, Accommodation, Food ( Two meals a day), drop to Tamale airport, and In country Support.
You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $50-60 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you go on different weekend trips out of town.
What hours will I volunteer every day?
Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
Where can I change my money in Ghana? Are there ATM's in Ghana?
On arrival in Accra, you can change your foreign currency to get Ghanaian Cedis. There are also ATM's available and mostly Visa and Mastercards are only accepted.
Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Community Page as well as Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page to meet other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit, the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
I researched so many organizations before I chose VS and discovered that this is the most well organized , structured, accessible and affordable volunteering organization. I am so happy with my journey and have a whole new outlook on life!
Valerie Wheatley (USA)
I enjoyed my program placement very much; once I was able to pick the place. I very much enjoyed getting to know the kids. I taught at the village, the moments when I was able to teach them something they have never learned before were extremely rewarding.
Stephanie Knockaert (Canada)
I very much enjoyed my placement. The girls were very sweet and eager to learn. The highlight of my volunteer trip was teaching, going to the baby orphanage and the trips during the weekends. It was also great getting to know all the other volunteers.
Solange Etessami (USA)
I had a great time at the placement. It was a great time to learn new things but also the time to share how the things are working in my home country.
Sara Przybysz (Germany)
We very much enjoyed working at our placements. We were able to get a nice mix of working at the Tamale Central Hospital as well as teach at a small village school and at the girls school. All placements provided opportunities to do productive work and make a difference.
Philip & Carolyn Huang (USA)
I enjoyed my working very much and it made me rich on experience as the children were very happy about my efforts. Yes the children were very happy about my efforts.
Nathalie Glocker (Austria)
I Love the program placement at hospital. I also liked being able to help out in other areas like school, the village and the orphanage. The highlight of my trip was seeing a little 2 week old baby at the hospital open his eyes and move around, after being unconscious the day before
Meghan Redwine (USA)
I very much enjoyed working with girls and it is a great place as was the orphanage. I really don't think I could say as cheesy as it sounds but I really loved every moment. I wish I didn't have to leave.
Mazelle Etessami (USA)
I would definitely recommend everyone to volunteer in Ghana. It's a great experience, no one should miss. In no other way you can learn about a foreign culture so well.
Mareike Hochner (Germany)
I very enjoyed working at my placement and I just wish I had some more time. The highlight of my volunteering trip was the first day when I went to the village and it was just amazing.
Johanna Schlimpert (Germany)
Volunteer in Ghana
Ghana - STAFF PROFILE
Fred was born in 1979 in Kumasi in the Ashanti region but grew up in Tamale, in the northern region where he completed his primary education . After completing his college education from Prempeh college in Kumasi, he graduated in National Diploma in Accounting. Fred is very popular among the volunteers and is actively involved in executing different projects for the benefit of Ghanaian community. Besides English, he speaks three local Ghanaian languages very fluently. Fred believes volunteering should make a change in the lives of people who really need help and also makes a great impact of the development of deprived communities ...Read more