Community Service & Travel
This program runs for approximately 6 (six) weeks. The first, second, third, fourth and fifth week is dedicated to volunteering in rural communities in Ghana. The sixth week involves exploring the country (Ghana) and taking part in some adventurous activities!
High school students ages 15 and over, College or University students, Clubs and organizations can join OGVO to volunteer and travel for six weeks in Ghana. This is a great opportunity for you to help others - the local communities while gaining valuable learning, cultural experience and developing your leadership skills and making new friends.
Volunteering abroad is a fantastic way to boost your Resume and enhance your employability, whilst gaining some valuable experience. Volunteering abroad is also a great opportunity to learn and practice new skills. Think globally and make a difference with community development volunteer project in Ghana.
This program is located very close to cities (such as Kumasi, Accra, Koforidua 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
This program is flexible! You can choose your start and end dates. You’ll work between four to eight hours per day, with an optional number of days per week depending on the activities the volunteer chooses to participate in. Once a volunteer has registered, we will work out a schedule with you that meets both the volunteer’s and the project’s needs.
On your project in Ghana, you will have approximately 5 weeks to volunteer with community development initiatives, education or with institutions that cater for orphans.
Your first, second, third, fourth and fifth week Projects Information
OGVO will be offering you 2 remarkable projects for you to support. These include:
Manual Work (1 week): These are activities that involve manual labour, directed towards rural development such as building of classrooms, market stalls, health centers, housing scheme, libraries, ventilated improved toilets, community centers and youth training center, roads and drainage system and digging of wells. Also included are tree planting and agro-forestry projects such as cocoa and coffee plantations, oil palm plantation, clearing of farmlands, transplanting seedlings and harvesting of crops.
Orphanage Work (4 weeks): Organize physical and sports activities, develop creative programs such as arts, music and dance, assist the staffs in counseling the children, teach basic Math and English etc.
Sixth Week Travel Itinerary
After the completion of your volunteer project, you will also have the unique opportunity to explore new cultures, engage in new adventures, discover exotic flora and fauna and meet new people. This stage is a time to relax and explore after knowing that you’ve done your part to help others in the world. Your group can experience amazing wildlife, picturesque landscapes, historical settings, museums, spotless beaches, animated markets, endless adventures, exotic cuisine and local daily life.
The accommodation type we arrange for volunteers are the home stay type during volunteering and hotels/guest houses during sightseeing tours/adventurous activities!
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: $1,526||Longer: +$246 per week|
Participation Fees Covers The Following:
- Airports pick up/meeting.
- Transportation from Accra to project site – All round transportation from the beginning to the end of the program.
- Accommodation from the beginning to the end of the program. Volunteers live with host family in a large house for the duration of volunteer work and hotel for the duration of tours.
- Three (3) times daily African dishes/continental meals
- In-country introduction/orientation
- Introduction to host family and program
- Placement and supervision in program
- Support/24 hour back up from OGVO
- Donation to project
- A letter of recommendation or certificate to participants after program
- Medical assistance.
The Participation Fees Does Not Cover The Following:
- Flight/Air transportation from homeland.
- Drinks/smoking and clubbing
- Buying gifts/souvenirs for friends and family members back home.
- Phone calls
- Internet access
- Medical bills
- Entrance fees to any tourist place
- Damage to or loss of properties – luggage
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!