Volunteer in Ghana with Volunteering Solutions, a trusted volunteer placement organization which offers safe and affordable opportunities throughout the year. Ghana is one of the most favored volunteering destinations in Africa and always been on the priority list.
VolSol has tied up with several organizations and NGOs in Ghana which lack resources and manpower. Thus, the involvement of volunteers is much appreciated. From Child Care Project to Community Development Project, Teaching project and Football Coaching Project – volunteers can choose from a variety of options and be a part of the program that suits their interest. Pre-med and medical students who want to gain first-hand work experience and exposure to the healthcare setup of a developing country can join the Health Care Program.
For gap year travelers and backpackers, as well as for students looking for an apt summer/spring break program, there are amazing travel and volunteer projects designed by the expert VolSol Team - 2 Week Special Program (for those who have a time crunch and want to experience the best in just 2 weeks) and Ghana Volunteer Adventure Program (which has a perfect mix of travel, adventure and volunteer work). You can take a quick look at the Comprehensive Guidebook to find out how to volunteer in Ghana.
The 3 Week Summer Volunteer Program is the ultimate way of experiencing Ghana as a responsible traveler. Volunteers get an opportunity to work for the community projects & visit Ghana’s most famous destinations.
This is a unique opportunity for those looking to take a short volunteer trip as well as learn and explore about this beautiful West African country....
Volunteering with children in an orphanage is the most rewarding experience for volunteers. Volunteers work alongside the existing staff to care for the children in ...
The Healthcare facilities in Ghana are not very widespread and due to extreme poverty many people are still unable to avail of the basic medical facilities.
Ghana's national sport is Football and the country's interest in the game is at an all time high given the successful performance of the team in the 2010 World Cup....
As a volunteer, you will be teaching English and other subjects such as Mathematics, Geography and General Knowledge to the children. The knowledge, skills, and ideas that volunteers from other cultures can bring to a Ghanaian student is invaluable
The mission of this project is to help young disadvantaged females living in urban village around Tamale. Volunteers work in a school whose main motto is to educate.....
Volunteers working in the Community Development Project work in village communities located 15-20 kms outside the city of Tamale. Our volunteers have been working with...
Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana is a West African nation, known for diverse wildlife, old forts and secluded beaches. Being a developing country, Ghana still has a huge section of underprivileged people who live in extremely poor conditions and are deprived of certain basic necessities.
No matter which project you join, your contribution will surely make a difference in the lives of the people. It'll be a great opportunity to know the natives more closely, to observe their daily chores and to add some happiness to their otherwise monotonous lives. Ghana is regarded as one of the safest countries in West Africa and Ghanaian people are regarded as one of the most hospitable and friendliest people.
There are 8 amazing and affordable projects in Ghana including the Ghana Volunteer Adventure Program, Orphanage Program, Teaching Program, Football Coaching etc. Participants traveling through VolSol are mostly Gap Year Travelers, college/ university students, and teenagers on their summer break or spring break. We also see a good participation from the families and backpackers as well.
The 2 Week Special Program is also there for those who have a time crunch and yet wish to volunteer in Ghana. Although there's no fixed time to apply for the projects, we would suggest you to apply as soon as you decide to volunteer. You must apply at least 45 days before traveling abroad to join your project. The procedure to apply is very simple. You simply have to create an account, and then Login to your 'My Account' to update the details as required and pay your Program Fee.
Projects in Tamale, Ghana, are available throughout the year. The minimum duration is 1 week and the maximum is 24 weeks (6 months) and participants can choose the duration as per their convenience.
Volunteers need to take a flight to Kotoka International Airport in Accra, which 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.
From Accra, volunteers will have to take a domestic flight to Tamale. The domestic flight from Accra to Tamale will be booked by our in-country program coordinator. The charges for the domestic flight can be paid by you when you are in Ghana.
All participants joining the programs in Ghana need to apply for Visa at the nearest Ghana Embassy. Along with the Visa application, you need to attach the required supporting documents. Volunteers are provided with all the necessary supporting documents for their Ghana Visa application. More information regarding the Visa shall be provided in the Pre-Departure Manual, once you enroll yourself in our programs.
Ghana has a tropical climate and being a coastal country, it's mostly hot and humid. The summers are much rainier than the winters in Tamale. The average annual temperature of the region is 27.9 °C. For volunteers, any time of the year would be suitable for visiting the country.
Ghana is a tourist-friendly, safe and stable country with relatively low crime levels compared to other West African countries. Tamalians love visitors and particularly volunteers. You’ll meet some of the friendliest people in Ghana and their culture is a fascinating blend of traditional and modern.
owever, 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 sessions, on the first day of your project.
Before you travel to Ghana, you must consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We generally suggest our volunteers to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus and Yellow Fever vaccines. All travelers are required to carry an International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Card) to show proof of yellow fever immunization.
You need to get a Travel and Medical Insurance before setting out for a volunteering trip. VolSol also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
Volunteers usually work at the project site on the weekdays (Monday to Friday) for a duration of 5 - 6 hours daily. (This timing may vary, depending on the intensity of work). Volunteers working with kids can make a day-to-day plan and set a goal, that would fetch a more sustainable outcome.
Apart from teaching and playing, volunteers often engage themselves in renovating the centers, making them more vibrant and attractive. Medical volunteers will have to shadow the professionals and carry out the tasks as assigned to them. Participants who'll take part in the Community Development Project will have to work with the locals in different projects.
The evenings would be relaxing, and volunteers can head out to explore the local markets, or stay at the accommodation and get to know their peers better.
Ghana is popular among travelers for its diverse wildlife, thick forests, secluded beaches and old forts. Volunteers usually explore the city of Tamale and visit the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Mole National Park, Larabanga Mosque etc. Your hosts might also take you out for a tour of the local markets. In case you need any assistance in planning your weekend trips, you can seek help from the country coordinator.
The program team in Ghana comprises of fully dedicated and enthusiastic team members who are commited to make your stay a memorable one. The local team is headed by Ghana Programs Director, Frederick who will arrange your airport pickup, orientation, project introduction and your stay. He is available always in case of any assistance required and remain in regular touch with the volunteers to make sure sure they have a great time in Ghana.
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.
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.
As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is recommended that potential volunteers book their programs well in advance to get confirmed placements. You can book your slot by filling the application form online and pay the application fee of $250. You can pay your program fee later and also, in installments, however, the complete payment should be made 45 days prior the start of the program. If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be active.You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
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. The minimum age requirement for Medical Program in Ghana is 18 years. One must be a medical student or have a medical background to take part in the Medical programs. All medical program participants need to provide a copy of their certifications/ credentials.
Need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Must be in good health.
We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 6+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for student groups- college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
Ghana is one of our popular destination among student groups and is highly recommended for family volunteering as well.
All our placements and accommodations are located in Tamale, the capital town of Northern Ghana. Tamale is the fourth largest city in Ghana and the fastest growing city in West Africa.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee is valid for a year's time (from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next Vol Sol program.
Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day for 5 days a week depending on their program needs. You will have the weekend off to explore in and around the city. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
All participants joining the programs in Ghana need to apply for Visa at the nearest Ghana Embassy. Along with the Visa application, you need to attach the required supporting documents. Volunteers are provided with all the necessary supporting document for their Ghana Visa application. More information shall be provided after you enroll yourself for our programs.
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.
Tamale is well connected to Accra having daily flights between the two cities. You need to book your flight to Accra. The domestic flight from Accra to Tamale will be booked by our in-country program coordinator. The charges for the domestic flight can be paid by you when you are in Ghana.
We recommend you to consult your physician or travel doctor before traveling to Ghana. All travelers are required to carry an International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Card) to show proof of yellow fever immunization.
The recommended vaccinations for volunteers traveling to Ghana are as follows:
Hepatitis A and B
Ghana is a safe and stable country with relatively low crime levels compared to other West African countries.
Tamalians love visitors and particularly volunteers. You’ll meet some of the friendliest people in Ghana and their culture is a fascinating blend of traditional and modern.
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.
Yes, for all volunteers it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.
All volunteers need to arrive in Ghana on the mentioned start dates. Volunteers are picked up from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra (ACC) by the in-country coordinator or representative.
In Accra, the accommodations are provided in a guesthouse or a hotel for a night and on the next day, volunteers take a flight to Tamale. Those 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 by our team. You will be given an orientation about the city, placement, safety guidelines and transportation by the in-country coordinator. 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.
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 given the directions to the project from your accommodation and will also be briefed on the mode of transport.
In Tamale, you are provided accommodation in a Ghanaian host family. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteers. By staying with a host family, you will get a chance to experience the local Ghanaian culture, language, customs, and traditions. All accommodations have water and electricity.
You will be provided breakfast and dinner at the homestay. 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.
Yes – please do ensure that you inform the local team about your food preference and they can help ensure you are able to order the best food! Also, please do mention your specific food preference in the application form as well.
Volunteers typically work for 5-6 hours in a day, for 5 days a week. However, 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 to explore the city. You can go for short weekend trips to Mole National Park, Monkey Sanctuary or Kintampo Falls.
We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked under the Add-on Tours section in your ‘My Account’. You in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you are in the country.
Your program fee covers your accommodation, airport pick-up, orientation, pre-departure booklet and 24x7 in country staff support. You will need to cover your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, the internet, shopping, sightseeing, return airport drop, weekend tours etc. You should carry around $50 - $60 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.
On arrival in Accra, you can change your currency to Ghanaian Cedis (GHS) at the airport. There are many currency exchange counters at the airport. Also, there are ATMs available throughout the city. Mostly Visa and MasterCard are only accepted in some parts of Ghana.
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 Facebook Page or Facebook Group and connect with other participants and our team.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit ?the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.