Musha Care Foundation

Local Social Work Assistant

Accra, Ghana show on map
This project is well suited to volunteers with a warm and caring nature, who love working with children and are passionate about supporting early childhood development. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
Volunteers with or without a training in social work are needed to assist local staff and provide children with specialized care.

Volunteering in this program is a great opportunity for social work students looking to gain professional experience in a different cultural setting. This is especially useful for students interested in using their experience to get university credit for their degree. 

This program can help volunteers to gain experience, provide them with hands-on work, and ensures that they are supervised by a qualified professional.

The program is designed to encourage volunteers and the local staff to share experience and knowledge regarding the best practices and models needed to improve social work at various care facilities.

The daily tasks will vary during volunteers time in Ghana. Some days volunteers may be contact with children from abusive homes.

Other days may volunteers working on workshop material and presentations.

Here are some of the activities volunteers can expect to get involved with:

1-Raising awareness of social issues in local communities
2- Assessing the conditions and needs of the children and people you work with
3- Sharing of counseling and therapy methods with local staff to improve current practices
4- Workshop and presentation preparation
5- Assisting in supervision
6- Providing abused children with the care and attention they need
7- Assisting with general tasks such feeding and playing educational games.

Social work is less common in African countries. So volunteer's knowledge, dedication, and skills will allow them to work with people that desperately need help, while also raising awareness in local communities. Throughout the program, all of Volunteer work will be supervised by a qualified local professional.

Typical day

First Day: On the first day of volunteering, volunteers will be escorted to their placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff they will be working with. A typical daily schedule would be as follows:

7.30AM Breakfast with host (childcare volunteers usually get up earlier to assist the children with bathing and having breakfast).

8.00AM Volunteers can expect to leave home and walk to their placement, where they join the placement staff. Volunteers will be given a duty roster and plan for their work. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break.

2.00PM - 5.00PM Work at the project usually ends. Volunteers are free from this point to go sightseeing or do some shopping.

6.30PM Dinner a volunteer accommodation

Details on Arrival

The program orientation begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Accra on sunday the day before orientation.


Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town and Ghana. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield such as Cape Coast or safaris. If volunteers wish to volunteer over the weekends they can join local teams and visit other orphanages (or other children helping organizations) to spend time simply playing with and entertaining the children.

Sightseeing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

Program 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
Education Requirements
at University or College level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Knowledge on child based programs
Good communication skill
Physical fit
Sociable
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Musha Care Foundation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Musha Care Foundation

Program FeeWhat it covers

  •  24/7 in-country support
  •  Airport pick-up
  •  Program orientation
  •  Volunteer placement
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Accra. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Ghana prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up at a prearranged location in Accra on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team in Accra and begins on the morning of your chosen start date. This covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program Ghana – Introduction to Ghana, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Accommodation

Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer house where they live with other volunteers​. In some locations, volunteers are accommodated at their placement or stay together in a volunteer house alongside a local family. There are separate rooms for male and female volunteers with shared common room and toilet facilities. Living is basic but the majority of volunteer houses have electricity, while only few have running water. Power cuts are common in Ghana and most rural houses do not have running water during times of drought. Bedding (pillows and sheets) is provided, however it is recommended that volunteers bring their own towels and mosquito nets (these can also be purchased in Ghana).

There is WiFi access available at local cafes and restaurants in a nearby village, which is a 15 to 20 minute walk from the volunteer accommodation. You can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone to keep connected.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Volunteers in Ghana are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast generally consists of tea and coffee, and a hot breakfast. A typical lunch and dinner can include meat and vegetables with rice or noodles​.​ Volunteers that have special dietary requirements, please let us kVolunteers in Ghana are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast generally consists of tea and coffee, and a hot breakfast. A typical lunch and dinner can include meat and vegetables with rice or noodles​.​ If you have special dietary requirements will need to let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,260
5 weeks
$ 1,580
6 weeks
$ 1,900
7 weeks
$ 2,220
9 weeks
$ 2,860
11 weeks
$ 3,500
18 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,740
Average fees
$ 317 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 18 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Musha Care Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ghana.
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 Musha Care Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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