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Overview of Volunteer Programs in Ghana

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, children’s homes, health clinics, and environmental organizations to help build a stronger future for the Ghanaian people.

WHY VOLUNTEER IN GHANA

Volunteering in Ghana offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of West Africa’s rich culture, while making a meaningful impact on local communities. As you engage in projects that range from education and healthcare to sustainable development and women’s empowerment, you’ll forge deep connections with the warm and welcoming Ghanaian people.

From exploring centuries-old castles that bear witness to the transatlantic slave trade to dancing to the rhythms of traditional drumming, every moment in Ghana is an opportunity for personal growth and exploration. Volunteering in Ghana is not only a chance to be part of positive change but also an invitation to create lasting memories, expand your worldview, and cultivate a deeper appreciation for the power of unity and community.

HIGHLIGHTS OF VOLUNTEERING IN GHANA

Here are just a few of the best things about volunteer work in Ghana:

  • Volunteer in schools and educational programs, helping to inspire and empower Ghanaian students with knowledge and skills that can shape their futures.
  • Participate in healthcare projects, such as assisting in clinics or promoting public health awareness, making a positive difference in the well-being of local communities.
  • Engage in projects focused on sustainable farming practices, promoting food security and environmental conservation, while learning about traditional agricultural methods.
  • Discover Ghana’s rich history by visiting historical sites like Cape Coast Castle and learning about the country’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Our Ghana Volunteer Projects

Browse all of our volunteer projects in Ghana below. If you can’t find a suitable volunteer program, check out our main program finder to continue your search for volunteering beyond Ghana.

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Building Project in Accra, Ghana

Assist locals with much needed construction, repairs and renovations. Get your hands dirty and engage with the community in Accra!

Building Project in Accra, Ghana

Assist locals with much needed construction, repairs and renovations. Get your hands dirty and engage with the community! Our projects are dictated by community need. As a result, you may be renovating a school, building a home, or constructing a community center. No matter which phase of a project you join, be assured that your contribution will be lasting and greatly appreciated. No experience is necessary, as you will be working alongside locals with lots of experience using local materials.

By joining a building project, you will bring the human-power that is needed to fuel the construction. Projects are selected by community need, which creates a variety of different projects. Education

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Ghana Teaching Art and Design

If your passion for Art and Design is through the roof and you desire to share your unique gifts with the world, then this program is tailor-made for you.

Ghana Teaching Art and Design

During your program you will get to help run Art Clubs in local schools, using any number of different mediums. Your efforts will be helping local children use their own creative abilities to express themselves and produce their own works of art that they can be proud of.

The aims and objectives of this project are:

  • Deepen the artistic and creative expression of local children and yourself
  • Broaden cultural interactions through learning and idea exchange
  • Gain invaluable and practical experience in teaching
  • Expand your knowledge of Ghanaian customs, history, art and culture

Typically you can choose the age group you’d prefer to work with, and then develop a syllabus for your class and dete

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Ghana Childcare Accra

Help improve the standard of living and education for children, through your involvement with a variety of tasks at a local school.

Ghana Childcare Accra

In many parts of the country, there are increasing numbers of children and minors who have been left to fend for themselves, due to unfortunate circumstances. You can join a dedicated team of local staff in their efforts to help Ghanaians in need, by teaching, renovating, and completing various other tasks.

The teaching staff are often overworked and therefore welcome any help that can be given. Working as a teacher’s assistant in the school or taking on other projects provides the staff with invaluable support and often frees-up their time to give the children the one-to-one attention they need.

Your ability to speak English will mean that you can help with English lessons which can provide

Location

About Accra

Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, with a population of over two million. Accra stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north. Our accommodation is located in Teshie, a coastal suburban town on the east side of Accra. It is a quickly growing suburb that’s getting bigger and bigger every day. Teshie is rich in its diversity and has its own train station for easy transport.

Dates & costs

The World Endeavors Volunteer in Ghana program is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 1 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.

First Week: $3,390 | Each Additional Week: $1,490

Eligibility

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, though exceptions to this age requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in the culture.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.

Housing

Volunteers stay in a shared volunteer house and stay in shared rooms by gender. Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. Typical Ghanaian dishes mixed with western food will be served at the accommodation. Typical Ghanaian food includes rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish.

Every World Endeavors Volunteer Project Includes

Our carefully designed international volunteer programs encompass everything necessary for your success and well-being while abroad.

YOUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

  • Volunteer project customized to match your interests and goals and meet community needs
  • Year-round program availability
  • Flexible durations from 2 to 12 weeks

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

ACCOMMODATION

  • Host family or shared volunteer house, depending on destination
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind
  • 2 to 3 meals per day included

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator
  • Volunteer project supervisor

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN GHANA

In your spare time in Ghana, there are plenty of enjoyable activities and experiences to pursue. Here are some suggestions:

  • Experience Traditional Culture: Engage with the vibrant local culture by attending traditional dance performances, participating in festivals, and visiting local markets to experience Ghanaian arts and crafts.
  • Explore National Parks: Discover Ghana’s diverse wildlife and natural beauty by visiting national parks like Mole National Park or Kakum National Park, where you can go on safaris and explore canopy walkways.
  • Try Ghanaian Cuisine: Sample delicious Ghanaian dishes like jollof rice, banku, kelewele, and fufu to savor the country’s unique flavors and culinary delights.
  • Attend Sporting Events: Ghana is passionate about sports, especially football (soccer). Attend a local football match to witness the fervor of Ghanaian sports fans.

How to choose the best volunteer program

Choosing your volunteer program is easy when you evaluate your priorities. Follow these steps to guide you toward your ideal program.

Explore a New Career

Interning abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your professional and personal interests, and help define your career path. Peruse our internship fields and past examples to find the best fit.

Choose Your Dream Destination

Finding a meaningful way to combine interning and travel to your dream location is a big incentive. Carefully consider which destinations suit your interests and international internship goals.

Improve Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit your budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.

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Recent Ghana Testimonials

Shannon MInternship in Ghana

The World Endeavors program allowed me to venture into a culture and community other than my own and gain the world of experience by doing so. Never in a million years would I have imagined traveling and meeting such amazing souls, and seeing the world through different eyes. I am grateful for the opportunity, and encourage any and all persons to take a trip no matter how long with the program. The advisors are with you every step of the way and will be sure to have u prepared before departure and while you are in your country of choice.

Whitney SVolunteer in Ghana

I learned a lot about the differences between hospitals and healthcare in the U.S. compared to Ghana. I appreciate even the smallest of things, and have a better perspective on life and what is really important.

Ariel CVolunteer in Ghana

I earned a new perspective on life and the medical field through volunteering in Ghana. My daily duties consisted of helping the nurses with their task, as well as going on rounds with the main doctors in the hospital.This experience has done wonders for my future plans. I want to go back to Ghana and work in a hospital but the experience I was able to receive while volunteering was amazing.

Damien HVolunteer in Ghana

Meeting and working with the locals was the highlight of my time in Ghana. My experience has inspired me to pursue a graduate degree/career in International Law and Humanitarian Law.

Ghana FAQs

Where is Ghana in Africa?

Ghana is located in West Africa, bordered by Cote d’Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, and Togo to the east. It also shares maritime borders with the Gulf of Guinea to the south.

What are People from Ghana called?

People from Ghana are referred to as Ghanaians or Ghanaians. However, Ghana is also a cultural melting pot with more than 100 tribes and ethnic groups that hold their names and identity within Ghana.

How Many Languages are Spoken in Ghana?

Ghana is home to more than 70 languages, including the official language of English. Other significant languages include Akan, Ga, Dagbani, Ewe, and Hausa.

What is the Religion of Ghana?

Most of Ghana’s population practices Christianity, while followers of Islam make up around a fifth of the people. There are also small numbers of traditional African and Hindu adherents.

Is Ghana safe to travel?

Yes, Ghana is generally considered safe for travel. Still, travelers should exercise standard safety precautions, be aware of their surroundings, and follow local guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

What is Ghana known for?

Ghana is known for its rich cultural heritage, historical significance as a center of the transatlantic slave trade, vibrant music and dance traditions, diverse ethnic groups, lush landscapes, and being one of the first African countries to gain independence from colonial rule.

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STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
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