Volunteer in Ghana
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.
The programs are available throughout the year, and are designed in an extremely flexible manner so that it suits all those who are eager to participate.
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).
Apart from the volunteer work, life in Ghana is relaxed and easy. By spending time with the locals one can 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. During the weekends, volunteers can explore things in and around Ghana.
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- Tamale, Ghana
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.
- FAQ's - Ghana
Application and Program DetailsWhen should I apply for the volunteer programs in Ghana?
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 $225. 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.
How long does it take to process my application? Will my application be accepted ?
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 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.
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. 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.
Can I volunteer as part of a Group ?
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 9 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 group of colleagues.
Ghana is one of our popular destinations among student groups and is highly recommended for family volunteering as well.
Visit Group Volunteering for more information.
What are the Program locations in Ghana ?
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.
Does Vol Sol provides with a reference or a certificate after program completion?
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
Does Vol Sol provides discount if I choose more than one program or if I am a returning volunteer?
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fees 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 on the application fee for their next Vol Sol program.
Flights and VisaDoes Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?
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.
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 having daily flights between the two cities. You need to book your flight to Accra and to Tamale. From Accra to Tamale, there are direct flight connections with African World Airlines and Antrak Air.
Health & SafetyHow safe is Tamale and Ghana in general ?
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 find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet 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.
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.
The recommended vaccinations for volunteers traveling to Ghana are as follows :-
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A and B
- Anti malaria medication
Do I need to buy health insurance?
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. To view the coverage details, please click here
Accommodation and LivingWhen 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 mentioned start dates. Volunteers are picked up from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra (ACC) by the in-country coordinator or a 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.
How do I get to the program location?
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.
I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
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 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 – 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.
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, 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.
Your in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you are in country.
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Ghana?
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, 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.
What hours will I volunteer every day?
Volunteers usually work for 4-5 hrs a day for 5 days a week depending on their program needs. You will have 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.
Where can I change my money in Ghana? Are there ATM's in Ghana?
On arrival in Accra, you can change your currency to Ghanaian Cedis ( GHS) at the airport. There is currency exchange counters at the airport. Also, there are ATMs available throughout the city. Mostly Visa and Mastercards are only accepted in some parts of Ghana.
Connect with Past VolunteersHow can I connect with past Volunteering Solutions Ghana alumni as well as other former and current 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 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.