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Reforestation and Afforestation in Kwahu Mountains

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1 - 50 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Excellent 4.8  · 
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Volunteer project with the highest quality. This project sets unprecedented standards in quality - an unparalleled level of excellence.

Highlights

  • Help the climate by growing seedlings and planting trees in the communities affected by deforestation and climate change.
  • Work with the local community to educate and provide a long term chain of reforestation.
  • Gain a new family, living in shared volunteer housing gives you the perfect chance to make life long friends across the globe.
  • Make unforgettabe memories travelling with your fellow volunteers at weekends to places such as Mole Safari Park, Cape Coast Castle & Boti Waterfall.
  • Explore the surrounding rainforests and mountains in your free time along with the rural Ghanaian way of life and it's laid back, friendly atmosphere.

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

Combat climate change and the affects of deforestation by growing seedlings, planting trees and working alongside the local communities on educational outreaches.

About The Placement

Join the reforestation team and help us to grow seedlings and planting trees to create patches and strips of diverse native vegetation to boost and enhance the local wildlife and ecosystem by providing a wide range of species to produce oases for biodiversity.


Why This Placement?

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About the program

About The Placement

Join the reforestation team and help us to grow seedlings and planting trees to create patches and strips of diverse native vegetation to boost and enhance the local wildlife and ecosystem by providing a wide range of species to produce oases for biodiversity.


Why This Placement?

Ghana like a lot of sub saharan Africa is experiencing the affects of climate change with irregular seasons and forest areas gradually turning into Savannah and desert grassland. Already this has had a huge impact on the variety and population of various species across a once thriving rainforest zone.
Working with our community partners in the local agriculture office we have introduced ideas such as the Miyakawi method which involves planting a variety of native species within a certain distance of each other to provide a greater diversity of food and shelter at the early stages to attract local pollinators, insects and birds. Miyawaki forests can grow into mature ecosystems in just 20 years. compared to the 200 years it can take a forest to regenerate on its own.
With a lot of the local population living under the poverty line, previous reforestation work has focused on non-indigenous trees grown for timber or produce to also provide additional income to those farmers/land owners involved. However using Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki's research to present to the local communities he found that protected areas around temples, shrines and cemeteries in Japan contained a huge variety of native vegetation that co-existed to produce resilient and diverse ecosystems.
Reforestation is a key part of UN and nation's strategies to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5℃ with various global projects setting ambitious targets. With research such as the Miyawaki method to hand it is surprising to see that not all forests are equally effective in sequestering carbon. Mature forests of native trees soak up more CO2 than the monocultures used in many reforestation projects.

 

What Is Included In This Placement?

Support Staff - Accommodation - House Utility Bills - Pre Departure Support

We charge cost price for this project just so we can cover your stay and employ local support staff to increase loyal employment. This placement includes accommodation in a modern style house for the semi rural area of which we are based with great views and surroundings of the local towns and rainforest. All house utilities are included for your time, you will have use of the kitchen, electricity throughout the house and running water which is a luxury among the area of Kwahu. You will have a member of our local support team living in house or close by depending on the volunteer numbers so there is always someone on hand for any questions or support you may need.


How Do I Get To The Placement?

Budget an additional 20 - 70 Ghana cedis per day for transport costs.

From the volunteer house to the main nursery/seedling site in Abetifi is around 20 cedis. At certain parts of the year when we are on our planting days (during the rainy season) or creating fire belts around the trees - this will require a longer journey which will be at the higher end of the budget to our planting site around Kotoso.

We work with a number of project sites within the local community and slightly further out in rural communities. Volunteers will usually take taxis back and forth to their placement site. It is very easy to take shared taxis in town and they are very reasonably priced. Most of our project sites will require volunteers to pay transport between 20 cedis and 70 cedis a day, with the average being about 50 cedis. The more remote project sites are usually located down tracks and therefore cost a little bit more to reach. Our team will be able to assist volunteers group together for transport and where to find taxis etc. Volunteers are usually able to head off into the town after school easily to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with friends before heading home and the ease of taxis offer a really flexible experience for the volunteers.


What Will I Be Doing?

During your placement depending on the stage/time of year you will be packing and growing seedlings, joining in tree planting, setting up seedling patches and mini forest plans and designs at the local schools and town planning committes as well as being involved in the agriculture office's educational outreach programs to ensure communities and in particular schools are being briefed on the disadvantages and impact deforestation is having on Ghana and the region as a whole.


Who Will I Be Working With?

You will usually be working alongside your fellow volunteers, support team or members of the community however for parts of the day you may be required to work independently.

A member of our volunteer support team will also visit you at your placement site periodically after the initial introduction to ensure you are getting on well and making an impact on site.


What Do We Expect From The Volunteers?

All we request is the passion and drive to make a difference with us, one step at a time. Being able to get involved and stuck in will help you much more with this project especially with the manual labour days which can be tiring in the heat and humidity. The greatest traits of a volunteer are enthusiasm, empathetic and the ability to adjust to alternative cultures. You will get the most of our your trip by opening your mind to new experiences and beliefs whilst also bringing your own to the table.
We expect volunteers to visit their placements Monday - Friday, exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc but we hope for the children and yourselves to get the most of your placement this is kept to a minimum.


What Can You Expect From Us?

We will be on hand any time of any day to support you in your placement and trip as a whole. There will always be someone you can speak to or get a hold of should you want to discuss anything or require any guidance, from organising and altering your timetable to changing your placement. Our team living in the volunteer house will also be able to offer advice regarding travel plans and the local area so you will soon feel at home.


What Should I Bring?

In terms of your placement make sure you bring at least one strong pair of shoes and full length trousers/tracksuit to use on days when venturing out into the local forests for research and monitoring. Fundraising for seedlings is a great way you can ensure you can hit the ground running as soon as you arrive and make a lasting impact in our lovely communities which we know you will come to love upon arrival.


What Happens During School Holidays?

Other than for the community outreach and education part of this placement the school holidays will not affect this placement and you will still be able to continue as normal.




Typical day

  • 07:30am - 08:00am / Volunteer transport leaves the volunteer house to project sites
  • 08:00am - 10:00am / Arrive at project site destination and start placement work. Eg, watering and planting seedlings.
  • 10:00am - 11:00am / Break
  • 11:00am - 13:00pm / Resuming of placement site work. Eg, setting up new ...

Typical day

  • 07:30am - 08:00am / Volunteer transport leaves the volunteer house to project sites
  • 08:00am - 10:00am / Arrive at project site destination and start placement work. Eg, watering and planting seedlings.
  • 10:00am - 11:00am / Break
  • 11:00am - 13:00pm / Resuming of placement site work. Eg, setting up new seedlings, watering and weeding.
  • 13:00pm - 13:30pm /  End of placement and start to travel back to the house to rest and meet up with the other team members.

  • In their free time, volunteers are free to go shopping in the local markets, return to the volunteer house or visit the local swimming pools.

    This is just an example day and a flexibility to workload and timings is a crucial skill for a successful volunteer trip. Increasing workload to lengthen your day is possible, you just need to communicate with your in country support team.

    Depending on the time of the year, the tasks may vary to be more labour intensive. For example planting days during the rainy season months require travel further afield to Kotoso.




Free-time activities

Mid Week Free Time
After school and evenings offer these local opportunities around the local area:

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Swimming
  • Sightseeing (Waterfalls and breathtaking scenery)
  • After school & Homework Clubs
  • Sports facilities
  • Live Music
  • Plenty of Nightlife
  • Restaurants & Hotels providing western cuisine

Weekend

Free-time activities

Mid Week Free Time
After school and evenings offer these local opportunities around the local area:

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Swimming
  • Sightseeing (Waterfalls and breathtaking scenery)
  • After school & Homework Clubs
  • Sports facilities
  • Live Music
  • Plenty of Nightlife
  • Restaurants & Hotels providing western cuisine

Weekend Free Time
Most volunteers will travel at weekends, across Ghana we have many amazing experiences which you can discover. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Safari
  • Museums
  • Slave Castles
  • Canopy Walk
  • Waterfalls
  • Malls and Cinemas (Showing latest films)
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Surfing

We are on hand to offer any advice that you might need.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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)

Education Requirements

at High School / Secondary School level

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Atlas Volunteers

Atlas Volunteer's aim is to provide low cost, meanigful volunteer placements abroad. By keeping our program fees affordable, we hope for helping hands from across the world to be able to come and help as well as experience Ghana no matter their financial situation.

Our program fees cover the core foundation of your program which are:
  • Registration Fee
  • Volunteer House Accommodation
  • Local Support Staff
  • Volunteer House Utility Bills; Tap Water, Cooking Gas and Electricity
  • Organisation running costs, both online and in country.
  • Marketing & Introduction Commissions
  • Social Funds - When possible we use part of our fees for community development such as; sponsoring of the children's sports academy, mobile library, social enterprises, plastics workshop, farm expansions, reforestation site and seedlings, conservation site maintenance and expansion, scholarship school fees, school materials and maintenance.
In addition to your core program fees, there will also be some other items you need to consider to cover your complete trip. We have setup our program in this way as we believe that each of our volunteers' trips should be different and personalised to their stay. Due to this, we decided not to choose a blanket price for transport or food for example where this would perhaps increase the fees unnecessarily for volunteers travelling a shorter distance or that eat certain diets. These optional items to consider are;
  • Airport Transfer from Kotoka International Airport (Optional - Approximately 700 cedis as of January 2024)
  • Daily Transport to Projects (Approximately 20 cedis as of January 2024 from Aduamoah to Abetifi)
  • Food (Volunteers usually advise $2-3 per day but it's possible to spend less or more depending on if cooking at home or eating out)
  • Drinking Water (Approximately 8 cedis for 30 x 500ml filtered water sachets)
  • Internet / Data (Starting from around 30 cedis for 10GB depending on local sim network and setup)

Accommodation

Volunteers live together in shared accommodation in the Abetifi district of Ghana along with our support team in house. The house is based in a quiet town where you are within walking distance to local shops, street vendors and taxi routes - all whilst being able to enjoy the beautiful surrounding views of the rainforest and mountains.

Bedrooms -
Bedrooms are shared usually between 2 - 4 people. Most bedrooms are supplied with a bunk bed. All doors and windows in the house are covered by mosquito netting or covered completely however you are more than welcome to bring a mosquito net for your bed although usually not necessary.

Bathrooms -
There are basic bathrooms in the accommodation with individual WCs and shower rooms. Most of the time (but not always!) we have the benefit of running water which is a local luxury so showers and toilets will work as normal. We ask to consider others when using the water as it's a valuable commodity in Ghana.

Kitchen -
We have a basic kitchen available in the volunteer house for you to use throughout the day. The basics of Fridge/Freezer, Gas stove, Kettle and Microwaves are supplied.
It is a self catered placement however plenty of food stuffs can be bought from the market such as bread, rice, pasta and many fresh ingredients.
We also have connections with local people in the town who will be able to prepare your meals or teach you how to cook local dishes.

Living Room -
There is a large living room with sofas, TV and a dining set for use by the volunteers. Evenings are often spent in here and volunteers are welcome to bring DVDs or memory drives with movies to watch although local television channels are provided.

Outdoor -
The house circles around a large outside compund where volunteers usually spend their afternoons and evenings eating outside, catching up with the other volunteers and group activities such as games nights.

Store Room -
We have a small store room where we keep left over teaching materials and resources for new volunteers to use. You are invited to leave any items you may not use here for the next person to continue the flow. Master copies of activity sheets or lesson plans are a key item we hope to see keep growing in the store.

Internet Access

Limited access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

Food & Beverages

Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

This placement is available throughout the year. You are welcome to arrive with us any day of the week or flight arrival time and we will adjust your airport collection accordingly.

How Do I Get From The Airport to Volunteer House On Arrival?

We can arrange for one of our partnered drivers to collect you from the airport and bring you directly to the volunteer house although fuel, airport parking and toll fees must be covered by yourself - payable in Ghana cedis or US dollars on the day (You can use local ATM machines on the way to withdraw Ghana cedi currency.)

Cost: As of January 2024 this is around 700 cedis.

We will arrange this as standard procedure unless you choose to OPT OUT as we would feel much more comfortable with you arriving into a new country that the team are on hand to greet and reliable vehicles made available for you and your luggage.
Upon arrival our regulat collections driver Asare will meet you outside the arrivals hall at Kotoka Intl. Airport.
They will be holding a sign with your name on so they should be easy to spot!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 130€
12 weeks 1,027€
24 weeks 1,949€
50 weeks (max. stay) 3,696€
Average fees 102€/week

Program fees

102€ per week 1 - 50 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

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NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

1 - 50 weeks

Deposit

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

Your final payment will be agreed with Atlas Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Atlas Volunteers

Excellent 4.8 rating (240 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2017

Verified by Volunteer World

  Excellent response rate

Coordinated by

Sam

Spoken languages: English

About the project

Atlas Volunteers is an NGO providing affordable & meaningful volunteer placements in rural Ghana, Thailand & Cambodia. Created by volunteers, for volunteers.

Meet your organization

Who We Are?

We're a team of volunteers that wanted to startup a volunteer organisation truly by volunteers for volunteers. The initial founders of the team met whilst volunteering in Ghana from 2010 onwards. After becoming the largest volunteer organisation in Ghana in 2023 where we focus on development within our rural areas, we answered the call in 2024 to help our partners on the ground elsewhere in the world whilst still maintaining the same Atlas standards of creating meaningful & affordable volunteering programs for people from all over the world to come lend a hand so that we can leave the world in a better place whilst getting to experience new people, countries and cultures from a meaningful travel experience.

What We Do?

Our volunteer team and support coordinators work directly with our local community partners to help make an impact and leave the world a better place than we found it. Our team work across

  • Education - including school support, tutoring sessions, reading clubs and vacation classes.
  • Sports - Football academy, physical education lessons and school sports days.
  • Renovation - Constructing and maintenance of unsafe school buildings as well as decorating and improvements.
  • Eco Projects - including reforestation, plastics upcycling and community cleanups.
  • Community - farm assistant and health insurance drives.
  • Conservation - Sea Turtle & Elephant conservation programs.

Where We Work?

Our main flagship program is based at the Abetifi district in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It holds the highest habitable town in Ghana upon a mountainous area so we have the benefit of a cooler overall temperature especially on the evenings and mornings. The volunteer house is in one of the towns close to Abetifi called Aduamoah. Abetifi is our closest larger town just a few minutes drive where there are banks, shops, market etc. The volunteer programs you will be visiting will be spread from the towns to just twenty minutes down the road on the road to Lake Volta (the largest man made lake in the world) where we work with remote villages to strengthen their facilities and improve their way of life. Life is fairly laid back in the area and time is soon spent chatting with people in passing and visiting friends. The Kwahu area has an extremely low crime rate and volunteers are given the chance and encouraged to explore the local towns alone or in groups with our team.

We also run our sea turtle conservation project at Cape Three Points between September - March each year during the nesting season. Cape Three Points is a complete contract to Abetifi where it's a tiny rural village but benefits from the most amazing beach and forest views. In 2024 we have also launched programs in Thailand and Cambodia with really exciting programs that are genuinely making a difference to conservation, education and community development efforts on the ground.

Our History

Our Mission


Who Are We Looking For?

We are looking for flexible, caring volunteers who have the drive to not only help but to familiarise themselves with the local culture and characters. The ability to work outside of your usual comfort zone will not make your trip easiest but help towards our social impact goals.

240 reviews · rating4.8

This was my first time as a volunteer in Ghana and Atlas people made it into a wonderfull experience. I wish only I could stay more. For anyone who wants to meet and conect with local people, explore Ghana's hills etc., I would strongly recommend this program. :) People involved in the program ...
I had a good time in Ghana. It was a very nice experience. We were able to visit all kinds of sightseeing things and do the different projects to our preferences (reforestation, farming, education, and even the turtle project). Regarding the work at Atlas, I sometimes did not see what the impact ...
It was a great trip - particularly interesting to be close to local village life and plenty of opportunity to get to know other villages and towns. I enjoyed the shopping for food in local markets and the opportunity to try many types of street ...
It was a great experience. Everything was well planned ,you felt like you made an impact on something. I had a great time with all the other volunteers i loved the free time and the activities we did. Would love to do it ...
Are you unsure if you should come to volunteer in Ghana? There is only one thing for me to tell you... Just do it, you won't regret a second! It was one of the best experiences of my life and I can't wait to come back! During my six months in Ghana I tried out almost everything and I had so much ...
It's more than volunteering, the people are what made this experience so enjoyable! Such great value for money and the work you are doing IS making a difference. Forget IVHQ, choose Atlas Volunteers for a local experience! By far, the most genuine and honest NGO I've volunteered ...

Location

Africa > Western Africa > Ghana > Abetifi

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