In Ghana, there are orphanages scattered throughout the country, fuelled by people with a passion to do something for the abandoned children in their communities. Here you have the opportunity to contribute with your time and effort to help these people make a difference in the lives of the children they work with.
Volunteer at an orphanage
Project fee from EUR 870
Your Role as a Volunteer
The orphanages only have a limit of resources and volunteers should be prepared to do many different chores, helping the orphanages in any way possible. Volunteers also assist in giving the kids as good a start to their lives, as possible.
Some of the work tasks at the orphanage could be:
- To take care of the children on a daily bases and give them the closeness and attention they should have been receiving from their parents
- To keep an eye on children’s daily activities such as when they clean, bathe or eat
- To help with keeping the orphanage clean and help with planning excursions and other activities;
- To plan sports days
- To arrange home work groups when the children come home from school and help them with their homework
- To arrange different activities such as singing, music and dance performances
- To tell children stories about the UK or educate them in your favourite subject
Your work tasks at the day care centre would be:
- To take care of the small children and to play with them. The smallest children need all the love and attention they can get
- To help the bigger children with their school assignments
- To arrange for home work groups when the children have come home from school and help them with their homework
- To organize activities such as sports or singing, music and dance performances
- To create a pleasant and playful environment for the children through playing games, singing songs etc
- To conduct games stimulating children’s bodies so that their motor skills can develop
The Project’s Mission
Many orphanages in Ghana are run by real enthusiasts with a passion to do something for all the children that have nobody to take care of them. They have plenty of commitment but often lack financial or other resources. As a volunteer, you provide an extra resource by not only providing financial support but also personal time for the children to play with them and help them with their studies. Your imagination is the limit on the things that you can do and help the orphanage with.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday Life
You will be picked up at the airport in Accra. The program begins with an introduction for 3 days in Accra. Day 1 and 2 you will learn about Ghanaian culture and also receive some introductory language lessons. You will discuss what it is like to live with a Ghanaian family and the various cultural classes that can occur. Furthermore, questions will be answered regarding visas, health, money, food, and how to get around using local transport. You and the other volunteers will also go on a guided tour of Accra, learn the basics of Ghanaian cooking and then you get to participate in a short drum and dance class. Day 3 you will go to your project.
Accommodation and Food
After the introductory days our partner “Experience It”, will introduce you to the family that you will be staying with during your time in Ghana. All the host families belong to Ghana’s middle class, but their living standard can vary. Some of them don’t have running water nor electricity, but most of them do. You will choose if you would like to live with another volunteer and it can happened that you two will then share one room, but you would never share your room with a family member. On the weekdays you will eat breakfast and dinner with the family or by yourself. On weekends you can also eat lunch with them if you chose not to make a weekend trip. You will have to pay for drinking water yourself, but bottled water is easy to get a hold of.
Note. On certain project volunteers stay in staff houses and not with families. That is a common practice if you should for example work at a hospital or a health care centre.
About the Country
Ghana can be described with many positive words. It is a beautiful and welcoming country, offering a perfect mixture between modern and traditional life styles. Its nature shifts from deep valleys and dense rain forests too low coastal plains. Your Ghanaian encounter will however also depend on your own effort; the more you open yourself the closer you will get to the Ghanaian people.
English is the official language but the majority speaks one of the Gur- and Kwa- languages. At the introduction you will have a chance to learn a few phrases in Twi, one of the Kwa- languages that are spoken by the most in Accra.
You should book your plane ticket so that you arrive at Accra the day before the project starts, that is on Sunday. Your last work day will be Friday after the amount of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer. If you are going home right after the end of the project you should book your return ticket on the following day that is on Saturday or alternatively Sunday. Make sure to check that the arrival and departure dates are correct.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is one of the prerequisites to enter the country and you will be asked to provide it upon your arrival. You should also contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations. They will advise you what other vaccinations are recommended when travelling to Ghana, Furthermore it is recommended to take malaria prophylaxis when traveling to Ghana. Circumstances can change quickly, but it is always you, who makes the final decision about which vaccinations to get. Vaccinating against Hepatitis A and B is recommended always when travelling abroad.