Environmental & Conservation Assistant

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Rainbow Garden Village
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Coordinator | Steffen
Coordinator | Steffen

High­lights

Experience the Ghanian way of life by living amongst other participants in the shared volunteer house
Contribute to the protection of numerous endangered species and the environment
Use your passion for the environment and work towards creating a more sustainable future
Make memories and new friends from around the world
Visit beautiful areas of a new country in your spare time away from the project
See first-hand the devasting effect that plastic pollution can have across the world and help address these issues with our environmental protection programme. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

Ghana is graced with a rich variety of flora and fauna, but sadly, a lot of it's wildlife is fast becoming endangered due to pollution and erosion. With waste management failing across the country, the ocean and beaches are heavily polluted with rubbish and now local villagers of the coastal region find their homes seriously in danger due to erosion. Villages set back from the coast are now based directly on the beach and cabins are swept away by the sea daily.

Most residents have nowhere else to go, and the state of the beaches is now having an impact on wildlife too. Large sea turtles, long threatened with extinction in other regions, set up home on the beaches of Ghana between September and January, but now they are threatened by the environmental pollution, causing their numbers to drop even further, and fast.


You’ll be working in Axim, an endangered coastal region, home to a small oasis - a paradise beach resort. The largest of its kind in Ghana, this 45-hectare resort has been committed to environmental protection, education and sustainable development for over twenty years. The resort has become an indispensable institution for the local population, with its vital educational work teaching locals about the importance of conservation, and providing jobs in the area.

Typical day

Your day to day hours are confirmed when you arrive at the project, but normally, they will be spread over 5 or 6 days, with plenty of free time on each day as well. Lunch will be about 1 when it’s hottest, so you can chill during these times. You’ll also have at least one free day every week, sometimes two, with each working day requiring about 5 or 6 hours work.


Types of Tasks

  • Useful Garbage Recycling
  • Erosion Management
  • Planting
  • Wildlife Monitoring/Reporting
  • Garbage Collection
  • Assisting Local Team

Free-time activities

In your spare time, there are loads to see and do, whether you want to check out local tourist spots, or even try your hand at surfing!


Ghana is known for some of its incredible beaches, which offer great sightseeing spots, but also watersports and snorkelling. Axim is also close to the Mangrove River in Ankobra, which is a popular spot locally for getting a few pictures. Further out, you have different hikes and walks available, to take in some of the most incredible wildlife and scenery available.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, letter of motivation, criminal background check and visa document
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We ask that our applicants have a real passion for working outdoors, being active and wanting to proactively work towards looking after the environment.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Rainbow Garden Village

What's Included:


  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Volunteer Placement
  • In-Depth Ghana Orientation
  • Personal Contact Person
  • 24Hr Emergency Number
  • Assistance with Travel Preparation
  • Branded T-Shirt
  • Participation Certificate
  • Extensive Travel Documentation

Accommodation

Here in Axim, your accommodation will be in the "Volunteer & Staff Village" together with other volunteers. The Village consists of bungalows located on one of the most beautiful beaches on the west coast of Ghana. In addition, the village is located near the mysterious Mangrove River, Ankobra.


You usually share your room between one to three other volunteers. All rooms have Ghana's 'above-average' standard, which include a fan and electric light. There are gender-separated shared bathrooms for women and men.

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Your breakfast and dinner are included in the programme and are prepared fresh for you on site, and you'll really get to know the local delicacies and cuisines (please inform us ahead of booking if you have any dietary requirements). They'll also be areas where you can get fresh fruit and pick up other things for lunch and snacks throughout the day.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Before you even depart, our friendly UK team will take you through every step of the process, from answering your questions about the programme, through to advising you where to go for your visa. We are here to help you and to ensure that you feel totally comfortable (and prepared!) before departing.


Ahead of starting, the project accepts new arrivals every Wednesday and Sunday, so flights and transfers can be planned around these days.


For your project work in Axim, you’ll first land in Accra, the capital of Ghana. If you arrive very late, it makes sense to spend your first night in Accra, as you can then relax and continue your journey on to Axim the following day. We do offer an optional extra where you can get picked up in Accra, transfer to our chosen guesthouse for a night and then transferred the next day to your onwards travel. For your onward journey to Axim, you have two options: Book (with our help!) a domestic flight to Takoradi (around £50 to £70) or a bus (£10). The bus ride takes about 4.5 hours and the bus station can easily be reached by taxi.


Your orientation will take place in the first few days, after your arrival at our Axim site. This consists of a welcome to everyday life in your project, a briefing in the house, code of conduct rules and a tour of the area where the project will take place. You'll also learn about some of the work that goes on within the project. Our on-site team will show you to your room in a bungalow in the "Volunteer & Staff Village" and give you time to set up. The rest of the day you have time to look around the grounds, meet your new colleagues and to enjoy the six-kilometer-long sandy beach!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 48 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
£999 ($1,239)
5 weeks
£1,159 ($1,437)
6 weeks
£1,319 ($1,636)
7 weeks
£1,479 ($1,834)
11 weeks
£2,119 ($2,628)
19 weeks
£3,399 ($4,215)
48 weeks (max. stay)
£8,039 ($9,968)
Average fees
£209 ($259) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Rainbow Garden Village will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Rainbow Garden Village during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Environmental & Conservation Assistant

See first-hand the devasting effect that plastic pollution can have across the world and help address these issues with our environmental protection programme.

$209/week

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