Volunteer in Ghana
Volunteers in Ghana have been contributing to constructive and sustainable projects for several years. Projects Abroad’s volunteer work in Ghana supports numerous worthwhile placements which, while they may be challenging, give volunteers in Ghana the opportunity to learn about the real world and themselves while making a useful and positive contribution to a worthy community setting.
- Placement location: Accra, Akuapem Hills, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Winneba and Koforidua
- Project lengths: From two weeks
- Accommodation: Host families
- Language spoken: Twi
- Local greetings: Hello: Ete Sen
Thank You: Me Dase
- Prices: From
- Top places to travel: Mole National Park, Wli waterfalls, Busua beach
- Agriculture & Farming
- General Building Projects
- General Care Projects
- Human Rights
- Public Health
- Community Sports
- General Teaching Projects
- Teach IT
- Veterinary Medicine
- Learn Twi
- Care & Community
Volunteers in Ghana have the opportunity to get involved in a range of practical and rewarding projects. These include working with children on a care, teaching or sports project, ongoing human rights placements, and building projects.
Where we are Based in Ghana
Projects Abroad has many projects available to volunteer in Ghana, based in Accra, Cape Coast, Koforidua, Kumasi, Winneba and the Akuapem Hills.
There are overseas voluntary work opportunities in hospitals, orphanages, newspapers, schools, sports clubs, veterinary practices and radio stations around Accra, Ghana’s capital city. We also have teaching, care and medical volunteer projects based along the coast in Cape Coast, in the ancient Ashanti capital, Kumasi and in Koforidua, the capital of the Eastern region. The Akuapem Hills (a more rural location) hosts further medical, care, culture & community and many teaching projects.
General Information on Ghana
Ghana is an intensely colourful land on the West coast of Africa. Once the British colony known as the 'Gold Coast', it is renowned for the friendliness and warmth of its people. Ghana has great beaches, wild savannah and dense rainforests. This English-speaking country provides volunteers with a wonderful introduction to Africa; it is politically-stable, safe, affordable and rewarding to visit.
All Projects Abroad Ghana volunteers live with local host families. The combination of Ghanaians' strong religious faith and hospitality makes living with a family a special experience.
African traditions combined with British influences have produced an exciting modern Ghanaian culture – open, musical and diverse. Although Ghana is a poor country, in recent times it has attracted new money and many Ghanaians are now returning home from abroad, bringing new investment and ideas with them.
Certainly, life in Ghana will enable you to encounter some unusual situations, from the unpredictable electricity and water supply, to seeing even the poorest families dressed up in their best clothes for church on a Sunday morning. You will also need to adapt to the bizarre and the unfamiliar, whether it be the car-shaped coffins or the banku and fufu you will have for lunch.
Travel and Tourism in Ghana
Living in vibrant, colourful Ghana will feel like an explosion; an enchanting sensory overload. Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture, so in the bigger towns - especially Accra - you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out.
There are many, many attractions and places to visit. You will want to see the slave forts and spend a night in the rainforest at Kakum Rainforest Reserve, feed wild monkeys at The Boebeng Monkey Village or elephant watch at Mole National Park.
Travel across Ghana is cheap and easy, whether it be in a taxi, a tro-tro (a sort of minibus) or on a lake boat. There are clean, affordable places to stay and eat in all the main towns.
Volunteer in Ghana for a superb location to bird watch and Ghana is developing a good ecotourism philosophy. It’s also an interesting place for history lovers and, once your overseas voluntary work is over, it’s a great stepping-off point from which to explore West Africa.
Projects available in Ghana
Join us in Ghana and help construct better-quality homes and classrooms for children and their families. Learn how to make bricks from mud and water, before building walls, plastering and painting.
Get involved and help improve conditions for children in Ghana. Volunteers can work in orphanages, day care centres, care homes, with disabled children, or with those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Work in a hospital and in the community on a vital HIV and AIDS control programme.
Work alongside local staff to identify communities and individuals in need of assistance. Areas that you may get involved in include domestic violence, offender's rights, child trafficking and child labour.
Work in local law firms or at the Ghana Legal Aid Scheme and have the opportunity to resolve complaints and specific issues for people revealed as victims.
Teach English in this vibrant West African country and work in primary schools that are often poorly resourced. You can expect to take timetabled English classes for a range of ages.
Share your knowledge of IT with Ghanaian students and teachers. You will teach students how to switch a computer on and off, and explain how to use software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Take part in an intensive stand-alone Twi language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular placement.