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Fantastic 4.5rating (22)

Street Children

location
4 - 48 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Fantastic 4.5  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Good response rate

Highlights

  • Experience the Ghanian way of life by living with a Host Family or amongst other participants in the shared volunteer house.
  • Make an impact within the local community while gaining incredible life experiences.
  • Make memories you'll never forget during weekend excursions with your fellow participants.
  • Contribute to communities that need volunteer support and help create a positive environment for those that need it
  • Visit beautiful areas of a new country in your spare time away from the project

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the program

Our street children project helps children who have no access to education. You would provide important support to the existing local team to make an influential impact.

The Goal

Rainbow Garden Village launched this project, with Youth New Foundation, because, in the wider area of Accra, there are numerous families living below the poverty line. Children who grow up here have little contact during the day and are left to take care of themselves. Our goal is to help ...

About the program

The Goal

Rainbow Garden Village launched this project, with Youth New Foundation, because, in the wider area of Accra, there are numerous families living below the poverty line. Children who grow up here have little contact during the day and are left to take care of themselves. Our goal is to help these children and create conditions that will open up opportunities for them in the future. We provide the children with solid structures and a way for them to receive schooling regularly.

The Workplace

The street children project takes place predominantly outdoors in the garden of host mother, Mama Mina. Her garden acts as a playground, a place for the little ones to rest, and a school for the older children. The children can play, learn, enjoy a meal and have access to proper sanitary facilities; all things they may not have at home. The garden has a summer hut with a shady canopy in case of bad weather or hot sun. You’ll be committed to support children who often have difficult family relationships. The full- time supervisor and volunteers provide support and security to these children, typically aged between six months and twelve years old. The project is funded by Rainbow Garden Village and donations, and receives no state funding, so sending volunteers over to help is vital to the success of the centre!

Your Tasks


Your focus will be on caring for and supporting the wellbeing of the children. Many of them lack any kind of care or attention at home, and a safe space and friendly face is so important to their development. On a daily basis you may be teaching them English, helping to prepare their meals, teaching them the importance of hygiene (such as hand washing), playing games and feeding the babies. The older children pick up so many important social skills from our volunteers too. For the youngest children, ensuring they are looked after and cared for will be your most important task, and for the older children, it will be ensuring they have all the help they need with their schoolwork, teaching them about the world and encouraging creativity and free play.



Typical day

Although the children may arrive at the premises very early, activities don’t start until after breakfast, which is at around 8am. You’ll work from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 1pm, but if you wish to spend your afternoons organising further activities for the children then that is encouraged. ..

Typical day

Although the children may arrive at the premises very early, activities don’t start until after breakfast, which is at around 8am. You’ll work from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 1pm, but if you wish to spend your afternoons organising further activities for the children then that is encouraged. For example, some volunteers run games afternoons, craft classes or English lessons on Fridays. There is no limit to your creativity and the children love seeing what new ideas their volunteers come up with! Each project site has different working hours, which will be discussed with you at the start of your program. In your free time and your days off you may wish to go on excursions, visit the local beaches or take a tour to the nearby national parks. Many volunteers like to organise group events so that you can all explore together.


Free-time activities

There are loads of different things to do within the local area, all of which are within a close distance of the accommodation or project. Many tend to go to the mall throughout the week with other participants, where you can relax and socialise. In the wider country, there are some beautiful day ...

Free-time activities

There are loads of different things to do within the local area, all of which are within a close distance of the accommodation or project. Many tend to go to the mall throughout the week with other participants, where you can relax and socialise. In the wider country, there are some beautiful day trips away, whether to pristine beaches where you can learn to surf, or inland where you can see incredible wildlife and scenery.


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)

Criminal Background Check

required

Required Documents

CV, letter of motivation, criminal background check and Travel Insurance and Copy of Passport.

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

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Rainbow Garden Village

What's Included

  • Organization of the entire stay including placement in the project
  • Non-binding flight consultation
  • Individual advice from the RGV-Team in Munich
  • Extensive RGV Travel-ABC for your travel preparation
  • Support with travel preparation (vaccinations, insurance, safety, etc.)
  • Orientation program with the local team 
  • Accommodation in Student House
  • Personal contact and guidance by the RGV team on site
  • Impressive day tour to the highlights in the surrounding area
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner
  • 2x airport transfer
  • Depending on the accommodation Free Wifi or at least 1GB mobile data volume
  • Local sim card (to recharge yourself)
  • 24/h emergency number
  • RGV T-Shirt
  • Certificate of participation/ internship
  • Introductory course on personal development

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

One of our friendly team will be ready and waiting at the airport, to make sure you're fully comfortable in your new environment.

Accommodation

You can feel at home with our host mother Mama Mina, who has been with RGV since its founding in 1999. Together with RGV founder Steffen, Mama Mina helped to establish the location in Ghana. For years she has been taking in volunteers and interns and taking care of their well-being. For example, you will be able to enjoy her cooking skills.


Besides, there is always something going on at Mama Mina's. This is first of all due to the fact that her compound is the contact point for all street children. In addition, the house can accommodate up to five other volunteers or interns with you. There are several bedrooms and a bathroom. In the living room you can relax and talk with Mama Mina and her family. There is also a large garden in the house. There you will usually eat together.


Enjoy the time with your host mother Mama Mina and go on a tour through the metropolis Accra together with other volunteers and interns in your free time! Let Mina give you tips for visiting the most beautiful and worth seeing places!

Food & Beverages

Your meals are included throughout the program, with breakfast and dinner provided for you. It'll give you an insight to how the locals live and you'll get to try some of the tasty local dishes and cuisines on offer.

Internet Access

Limited access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

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

When arriving in Accra, you will be picked up directly at the airport by one of our RGV team members. We bring you to your accommodation, where you’ve got time to look around and settle in. Your onward journey to the final project location is done according to the introduction arrangements.

Before your project starts in Ghana, our team will prepare you for your work. During the RGV introduction, you will mostly be accommodated in the RGV shared volunteer house. The introduction usually takes place over two mornings. You will receive information about your future tasks and activities in the project, and the customs of your host country, so that you can settle in well.

The activities and topics covered include things to do in your spare time, a tour of the area, tips on withdrawing money, where you can buy a Ghanaian SIM card, the history and culture of Ghana as well as the rules of conduct.


Availability
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Program fees

4 weeks (min. stay) 1,150€
6 weeks 1,400€
8 weeks 1,650€
10 weeks 1,900€
12 weeks 2,150€
24 weeks 3,650€
48 weeks (max. stay) 6,650€
Average fees 213€/week

Program fees

213€ per week 4 - 48 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

4 - 48 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 Rainbow Garden Village during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Rainbow Garden Village

Fantastic 4.5 rating (22 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 1999

Verified by Volunteer World

  Good response rate

Coordinated by

Steffen

Spoken languages: English, Spanish, German

About the project

Rainbow Garden Village specialises in worldwide volunteer placements and has been sending volunteers on impactful, life-changing trips since 1999.

Meet your organization

From Africa to Asia and Europe to Latin America and Oceania - through volunteering or internships our participants gain unique impressions and experiences abroad. Rainbow Garden Village (RGV) offers sustainable projects in more than 30 countries worldwide in various fields, such as social work, teaching, animal welfare, environmental protection, medicine, etc..

While our participants are engaged in their project, they broaden their horizons and become more open-minded. They strengthen their personal skills, grow from the challenges in their volunteer projects and also improve their language skills. Countless new impressions, experiences and special moments round off the stay abroad - and lead to a return with many exciting stories in the luggage!


22 reviews · rating4.5

Swenja G rating5

2023 at Street Children

Now I would like to tell you about my time in Ghana: I lived in Accra for 6 weeks and worked in the street children project there. In the time before my departure, I mainly took care of my health care (vaccinations and tablets against tropical diseases) and read the pages about the country, culture, ...
Maria S rating5

2023 at Street Children

I was there for 8 weeks as a volunteer in a street children's project in Accra. My goals for this stay abroad in Ghana were to get to know a new culture, improve my English language skills and learn to appreciate my own home country. I can happily say that I achieved all three goals. Working in ...
Eliot Jacquemin rating3.8

2024 at Penguin Sanctuary

J'ai beaucoup apprécié ce projet. L'organisation fut globalement assez bonne, je n'ai pas eu de soucis. J'ai appris énormément de choses sur les pingouins et les défis qu'ils doivent combattre au quotidien, c'était très inspirant. ..
Charlotte W rating1

2023 at Assistant for an Animal Shelter

I decided to spend 2 weeks in the animal shelter in Crete. Everything went wrong from the beginning. I was placed much too far from the shelter and took 2 hours to get there. After a complaint I was put in a dirty house with cockroaches, no air conditioning and mouse droppings. After another ...
Greta Moser rating3.8

2023 at Veterinary Clinic Assistant

Ich habe als Praktikant in der Tierklinik während meiner Zeit in Heraklion sehr viele verschiedene Dinge mitbekommen. Da ich vorher einige Praktikumserfahrung bei Tierärzten gemacht hatte, durfte ich auch im OP so viel helfen, wie es rechtlich als Praktikant zulässig ist. Auch neben den ...
This was a very bad experience for my sister and me. Firstly, we were sent to a different riding school than what had been advertised, without any warning. When we saw the place we had doubts about the animal's welfare. Not to mention the fact that the organization didn't listen to us when we ...

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