Volunteer in Ghana – Most affordable volunteer programs with IKPVA!!
Go for a trip to volunteer in Ghana at Achiase in the central region or Senya on the coast. Volunteer Programs range from Sports, teaching English to Childcare at an orphanage.
Ghana Volunteer Programs at a glance:
Location: 2 villages to choose: Achiase in the central region and Senya on the coast
Available all year round
Start dates of the volunteer programs: 1st and 15th of the months
Wide range of volunteer projects, including:
The volunteer programs may be combined
Volunteer house near the projects; all meals included.
Program fee includes: airport pickup, orientation, accommodation, meals, Ghana tour, placement, transfer to and from the project, and 24×7 emergency support
Program fees starting at only $367 for 2 weeks
No transfer fees on top
Volunteer Programs may be combined to make the most out of your time
Volunteering in Ghana – Overview
What about going for a trip to volunteer in Ghana with IKPVA? Jeanette Warthon from USA enjoyed her stay in Ghana, she said: “Loving Ghana, the kids are great. Ghanaians are so friendly, everyday is a new experience.” Besides caring for children, you may teach English or even coach a young football team at school. Maybe you will fall in love with Ghana too? The country has beautiful beaches and majestic mountains, some of our volunteer programs are located in Senya on the coast, and some in Achiase, in the central region.
Introducing you to Ghana
Ghana is a country located on the west-coast of Africa – neighboring Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. It covers 238,533 square kilometres of the African continent. The British Empire colonized Ghana and laid the foundations for the modern country. The British started exploring Ghana’s rich resources, gold, coca, timber, industrial diamonds, fish, rubber and even sold Ghanaians as slaves. In 1957, Ghana finally freed itself from the colonial rule. As it was the first country in Africa to gain independence from the foreign colonial rule, it became a historical model for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. In today’s context, Ghana has became a modern day constitutional democratic nation.
Tropical Climate, Majestic Mountains, Wonderful Beaches: a Fascinating Country
With great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture, majestic mountains and wonderful beaches, Ghana is a magnet for travellers around the world. Ghanaians enjoy a rather simple, but tasty cuisine. The majority of meals consist of thick, well-seasoned stews, usually accompanied by rice or boiled yams. Stews come in a variety of flavours, the most popular being okra, fish, bean leaf (or other greens), forowe (a fishy tomato stew), palava sauce (spinach stew with either fish or chicken), and groundnut (peanut), one of the country’s national dishes. So, you will enjoy to experience Ghana’s culture and cuisine.
Soccer became a Popular Sport and Ghana won the FIFA U-20 Word Cup – Volunteer Coaching a Young Team at School
Soccer (British English: Football) became a popular sport in the country. In 2009, Ghana became the first African nation to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup by defeating the Brazilian team. In 2010, Ghana once again celebrated its glory as the only African team to progress from the group stage to the knock out phase at FIFA World Cup 2010. While they lost to Uruguay in the World Cup, soccer has become a huge sporting event in Ghana since. So, for all soccer enthusiasts, don’t forget to check them out!
Volunteer Programs in Ghana range from Teaching English, Childcare to Sports
IKPVA works closely with a local partner organization that offers programs to volunteer in Ghana in several areas such, as: Teaching English, Childcare and Sports Volunteering.
What are you waiting for? Ghana can’t wait to have you as a volunteer!!
Ghana Volunteer projects
Childcare Volunteer in Ghana
When you volunteer in Ghana working with childcare, you will be considered a daily staff member, working Monday-Friday. On the weekends you may choose, if you want to make a trip in the country or rather stay and continue working. Your volunteer work will be focused on caring for the kids by nurturing, playing, tutoring, and teaching them. Also, you will be expected to help with various needs, chores, and duties around the children’s home. Upon acceptance into your program, you will be provided with a daily schedule to guide your tasks throughout the day.
Childcare Volunteers have Time to Give the Children More Attention
Childcare volunteers are beneficial supports to the children’s home staff, who often have their hands full with large numbers of youth being cared for in the children’s home. Therefore, volunteers are able to provide a better staff to child ratio. If you bring your energy and creativity, and play games with the children, develop creative fun or educational activities, the children will love you!
Combine Childcare and Teaching
Moreover, their support in one on one tutoring opportunities with youth at the children’s home is a valuable way to support educational empowerment, since many of the students do not get individualized tutoring attention. It is very common for volunteers to combine programs, and do both childcare and teaching during their service to make the most of their time, as the youth at the children’s home are in school during the day!
Teaching English Volunteer in Ghana
Volunteer in Ghana supporting the already established local teachers at the schools run by the children’s homes. When the volunteers pair and team up with the local teachers, they will make success in the classroom. Once accepted into our program, we will work with you to choose the subjects that you are best suited to teach. Additionally, we will match you to appropriate grade levels based on your interest and the needs of the school. The schools serve students from nursery to junior high school levels.
As a teacher, you will be expected to work Monday-Friday, with the opportunity to travel on weekends or stay on site. In addition to teaching, you will support the tutoring efforts of youth at the children’s home in the evenings on weekdays. It is very common for volunteers to combine programs, and do both childcare and teaching during their service to make the most of their time, as your afternoons and evenings will be free after teaching.
Ghana Sports Program Volunteering
The sports volunteer program helps youth in the rural villages to foster their talents and focus on safe and healthy after school activities. Additionally, it helps youth to gain leadership skills and discipline by becoming a part of a team, and building stronger bonds with their community.
Help Coaching a Young Soccer (Football) Team at School
As a sports volunteer, you’ll work alongside the coaches of the football team to help facilitate daily practices. Additionally, the team will play matches on the weekends, where you will assist the coach. Volunteers do not need to be professionals in sports, but rather have a passion and excitement for this program. Though you will work on the weekends, you can arrange with our staff to take off certain weekends for travel if you want to see other parts of the country. Volunteers in the sports program are most successful if they combine it with another program, such as childcare or teaching, to fill their days with more activities and build stronger bonds with the community.
Affordable Volunteering in Ghana – Program Fees
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the volunteer in Ghana program fee?
- Airport Pickup
- Orientation plus guided Ghana tour
- Accommodation for all projects
- Meals while in the program
- Daily transfer to and from volunteer project location
- Full on-going support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
There are no hidden costs. Our programs to volunteer in Ghana are highly affordable and have the best cost x benefit than any other.
IKPVA is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Ghana volunteer programs normally find US$ 100 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country, but please bring more if you intend to travel at weekends, explore the country or if you enjoy a beer or two.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.
Location of the volunteer projects in Ghana
All projects are currently in Ghana’s Central Region, along the coast in two locations.
The village of Achiase is located 15 minutes away from the larger town of Swedru, Ghana, about 3 hours from Accra, Ghana’s capital.
Senya, Ghana is located directly on the coast, about 2 hours from Accra.
Accommodation & Meals for Ghana Volunteers
Accommodation and meals are provided for all programs. The type of accommodation varies based on the service site. Volunteers will either live directly on site or in a volunteer house near the service site. In all accommodations the rooms for volunteers will be private separated from local youth or staff. Volunteer rooms will be shared with bunk beds.
Start & Duration
Volunteer in Ghana programs start on the 1st and 15th of each month. Volunteers should plan to arrive one day ahead of the program
You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 24 weeks
Volunteers will fly into Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. Volunteers will be greeted at the airport and will be taken to the chosen service site. Service sites are 2-4 hours from Accra depending on traffic. Orientation takes place the first day at your service site with the local staff. Volunteers are given a Ghana guidebook in advance, and this will be used during orientation.
Volunteers in Ghana must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to Iko Poran prior to travelling or at orientation.
Language requirements for Volunteers in Ghana
Fluency in English is required in all the projects.
Volunteer safety is our top priority. You will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. There will always be a member of the local team working with you at the projects. The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.