Ghana is a gem on the coast of West Africa, a country that boasts a vibrant tribal culture, breathtaking natural beauty, a world-class capital city, and a powerful and moving history. Its friendly English-speaking people and its status as a stable, peaceful democracy have given it a reputation as a great destination for first-time visitors to Africa.
Nonetheless, Ghana faces many of the challenges other African countries face, including poverty and lack of infrastructure, and many Ghanaians do not have access to adequate healthcare or educational opportunities. World Endeavors volunteers in Ghana work side by side with local people at schools, orphanages, health clinics, and environmental organizations to help build a stronger future for the Ghanaian people.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Ghanaian culture.
Kumasi is one of the busiest and most historic cities in Ghana. It is the traditional capital of the Ashanti nation, and today the Manhyia Palace and several museums bear witness to the history of the Ashanti people and royalty. Many other ethnicities are represented in Kumasi as well, and a visitor strolling through the city’s neighborhoods will hear a medley of Ghanaian languages in addition to English, the official language. The streets of Kumasi, known as the Garden City, are lined with banana, mango, papaya, orange, cacao, and palm trees. In the center of town is a huge and well-known market, where vendors come daily to sell fruits and vegetables, traditionally dyed cloth, furnishings, crafts, and souvenirs. While staying in Kumasi, volunteers can make day or weekend trips to the coast, the capital city of Accra, and nearby national parks, which are renowned as good places to see monkeys and butterflies.
"I gained a whole new world view and appreciation of life and how much a smile or a helping hand can change the world."
- Nehemiah, Volunteer in Ghana
Volunteers in Ghana will live and work in the city of Kumasi, located in the Ashanti region, where they become immersed in the culture while aiding the community.
World Endeavors volunteers in Ghana can contribute to the following projects:
World Endeavors Childcare and Orphanage Assistance volunteers help make a difference for Ghanaian children and the adults who care for them.
World Endeavors volunteers in health education help to increase public knowledge about diseases and their prevention.
World Endeavors Healthcare volunteers in Ghana help at health clinics serving the local community.
World Endeavors Teaching volunteers in Ghana help to educate and empower the nation’s poor, rural, indigenous, and female students who may not otherwise have a chance at a good education.
Depending on the project, volunteers in Ghana live either with host families or on the sites of their volunteer projects. In both kinds of housing, volunteers are immersed in the local culture and form close connections to local community members. If living at the volunteer site, participants live in single or double rooms that are designated for volunteers. When living with host families, volunteers build relationships, practice the local language, and learn about traditional culture, food, and customs. Host families are welcoming and friendly and are hand-picked by the World Endeavors team to ensure each placement provides a safe and positive environment for the volunteer. Housing accommodations may differ from Western norms in terms of space or amenities but they are modest, safe, and appropriate.
The World Endeavors Volunteer in Ghana program is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 2 to 12 weeks. If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and World Endeavors volunteers can choose when they would like to start their program. Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project.
When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to Ghana, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.
Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.
|Program Name||First Week||Each Additional Week|
|Volunteer In Ghana||$1,390||$275|
- Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one experienced
- Volunteer program placement: individualized for your goals and experience
- Flexible durations from 2 to 12 weeks with year-round start dates
- Academic credit facilitation
- Local Onsite Coordinator and 24/7 support
- Personalized Program Success Plan with ongoing support
- Re-entry Handbook: to help you reflect on and integrate your experience abroad into your daily life and future career, deal with reverse culture shock, stay connected to the culture of your host country, and get involved in future service and travel opportunities
- Twi language instruction: 15 hours
- Airport reception and welcome
- Home stay accommodations with 3 meals per day included
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance
- Travel visa guidance and support
- 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
- Travel protection
- Discounts: to stores, restaurants, and entertainment located near your home and/or university!
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip airfare to Ghana
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one.
For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.
Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. We can accommodate applications received 12 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. If your intended start date is less than 12 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.