Care and Orphanage Volunteer
Volunteers are placed at orphanages and care centres where they are positioned to various types of duties on rotational source. They will spend part of their time to provide friendship to both orphans and children in the generously proportioned communities. Volunteers will also help orphans with the organisation of activities and also have the opportunity to listen to the life challenging stories of the orphans and serve to them as a mentor. The volunteers will be able to share stories too in a private one -on-one context, and potentially pose to orphans as true role model.
Volunteer tasks include:
• Teaching and helping in daily life skills
• Help with learning concepts such as English and mathematics
• Instruct in internet/computer usage and skills
• Creative play/art, eg. drawing/sketching, etc
• Music and dance
• Participate in and teach new types of sports and games
We have volunteer placement in around cities (Kumasi, Koforidua, Accra, Cape Coast etc.) in Ghana.
Ghana is a peaceful and welcoming country; Ghana satisfies one's appetite for both modern and traditional life. Its wide valleys, low-lying coastal plains, and thick rainforests resound with the beat of traditional rituals, while her cities glow and vibrate with all the bustle of the modern world. The Ghanaians are the friendliest people in West Africa: warm, proud yet humble with a contagious and calming sense of funniness.
Ghana is hot. It is always hot. What’s more, it's always humid. Humidity usually lingers between 95 and 100 percent. The rainy season lasts from mid-June to mid-November - sometimes. The rain provides a little respite from the intense heat, but temperatures will still be in the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The south of the country experiences the heaviest rainfall during September.
Ghana at a glimpse
Government: Parliamentary democracy
President: John Dramani Mahama
Capital city: Accra
Population: About 24,000,000
Ethnic Make-up: Akan 45.3%, Mole-Dagbon 15.2%, Ewe 11.7%, Ga-Dangme 7.3%, Guan 4%, Gurma 3.6%, Grusi 2.6%, Mande-Busanga 1%, other tribes 1.4%, other 7.8% (2000 census)
Language: English (official), Ewe, Ga, Twi (widely spoken), and many more.
Religions: Christian 68.8% (Pentecostal/Charismatic 24.1%, Protestant 18.6%, Catholic 15.1%, other 11%), Muslim 15.9%, traditional 8.5%, other 0.7%, none 6.1% (2000 census) Currency: Cedi (¢)
Places to visit
Accra , a savoury blending of big-city bustle and African ease: Makola & Kaneshie Market; James Town; Independence Square; Art Centre; Du Bois Centre; Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum; National Museum. Also Aburi botanical garden with exotic plants from around the world; and the Academy of African Music and Arts.
Kumasi, the ancient capital of the Ashanti kingdom: National Cultural Centre; Asantehene's Palace; Adae Festival; Bonwire for Kente cloth; Ntonso for andinkra cloth; Pankrono for pottery; Ahwiaa for Woodcarving.
Coastal Forts and Villages : Fort Good Hope (1706) in Senya Beraku; Fort Patience (1697) in Apam; Cape Coast Castle (1652) in Cape Coast; Fort Nassau (1612) in Mori; Fort William (1730) and Asafo shrine in Anumabu; Fort St Jago (1652) and St George's Castle (1482) in Elmina.
Temale: Mole National Park is a must see! Explore the largest and one of the best-equipped nature reserves. Visitors can explore either on foot or 4-wheel drive vehicle, but must always be accompanied by a guide. Camp and discover the area at will.
Ghana is truly a multi-cultural country. As a volunteer you should strive to examine, listen and learn the culture of your host country. Thus, you should always linger vigilant and non-judgemental. ‘’Akwaaba obroni’’ (welcome white person), you will often hear this word or other words of welcome when you are in Ghana. Ghanaians are welcoming in nature and among the world’s friendliest people. Currently, urbanisation and westernization are breaking down many ancients’ beliefs and practices; on the other hand, Ghanaians are still maintaining their traditional African culture with great pride from ancient times to the present.
Communications infrastructure is reasonably good in Ghana. It is easy to call and to send emails. Internet cyber is also affordable. The country code of Ghana is +233.
Immunizations for Ghana
Yellow Fever is the legally required vaccination for Ghana. Don’t forget to take your yellow fever certificate with you while you travel to Ghana.
The following are recommended:
Malaria – Tablets
We pride ourselves for our flexibility. You can arrive any day of the year with advanced notice. You can volunteer for periods of 1 week to 6 months. Extensions can be arranged with advanced notice as well. Volunteers will work 5 days a week – From Monday to Friday. Weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) are free to travel around the country. You will work around 4 to 8 hours per day. Once a participant has registered, we will work out a schedule with them that meets both the participant’s and program’s requirements.
All accommodation with a Ghana home-stay family is included. Rooms are private and have all the basic furnishings you could expect, including running water, electricity & clean bathrooms. The home-stay families have been specially chosen by OGVO and have hosted many volunteers over the course of several years. Our home-stay families form some of the most memorable parts of Volunteer/Intern Programs and provide amazing insight into traditional Ghana life, as well as creating friendships that last a lifetime.
Three meals a day are provided by the home-stay families and consist mainly of traditional Ghanaian meals with some flexibility for home comforts when available. If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.
Things to Bring
You should at least bring a lunch box, a water bottle, and other personal necessities.
We recommend mosquito repellent/net/coils.
A plug adapter is strongly recommended as you will probably need to charge your electronics.
Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for Ghana:
Primary Socket Types: British BS-1363, Indian
Voltage: Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
For Multi-voltage electronics/appliances (laptops, etc.), you only need a plug adapter.
For 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
For hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter
A digital camera is recommended.
Laptop is not necessary, however many volunteers like to bring their own PC.
If you forget to bring some things (such as basic shampoo or basic water bottle), it is easy to buy them in Ghana. Other things (such as electronics or a special brand of body wash) can be hard or more expensive to get in Ghana.
This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost and is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.
|4 weeks: $727||Longer: +$123 per week|
WHAT FEE COVERS AND WHAT DOES NOT;
The participation fees covers the following:
1. Airport pick-up/arrival welcome
2. Three times daily local dishes.
3. Introduction to host family and program
5. Placement and supervision in program
6. Medical Assistance
7. 24/7 Hotline for support
8. Initial transport to program site
9. Recommendation Letter / Certificate
10.In country introduction/orientation
11. Regular Culture/Recreational Activities (Personal spending not included)
What fee does not cover?
Traveling on weekends to tourist attraction centers and entering fees for any tourist place/ hotel accommodations
Smoking /drinking and clubbing
Transportation from host family to project
Damage to or loss of luggage (baggage) - property.
Meals outside host family
Click here for full details about your program costs and how your Program Fee is used.
Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.
How To Sign Up
Signing up is a three-step process:
- Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
- A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
- Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.
This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with OGVO Volunteer & Intern Placements in Ghana for their associated programs.
Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!