Street Children

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Coordinator | Steffen
Coordinator | Steffen

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
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. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
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!

Typical day

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.


The Hours


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 trips away, whether to pristine beaches where you can learn to surf, or inland where you can see incredible wildlife and scenery.

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo

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 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

Services by Rainbow Garden Village

What's Included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pickup
  • In-Country Orientation
  • 24 Hour In-Country Support
  • Personal Contact Person at Rainbow Garden Village UK
  • Assistance with Travel Preparation
  • Rainbow Garden Village T-Shirt
  • Recognised Participation Certificate
  • Extensive Volunteer/Travel Guide

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

Living with a host family, you will allow you to dive deeper into the culture of the local community. Living with a host family will allow you to learn more about the traditions and how things work. All our host families have running water and electricity. The Ghanaians are so warm and they will quickly integrate you as a new family member. In Ghana, a blackout is nothing unusual. You should prepare for that and take it like the Ghanaians themselves; relaxed! Apart from that, all our host families have running water and electricity. Only very few host families have a washing machine, so the laundry needs to be washed by hand. For a small fee you can also leave your laundry for cleaning.

There is also our shared volunteer houses. Here, you live in the house together with other volunteers. In addition to the bedrooms, the volunteers have 3 bathrooms and a fully equipped communal kitchen (where your breakfast and dinner will be prepared each day) There is also a large living room with satellite TV and our on-site cook. It has a spacious veranda where you can play table tennis, listen to music, read, relax and socialise.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Your meals are included throughout the programme, 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?
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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

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
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 ($1,259)
6 weeks
£1,249 ($1,574)
8 weeks
£1,499 ($1,889)
10 weeks
£1,749 ($2,204)
12 weeks
£1,999 ($2,519)
24 weeks
£3,499 ($4,409)
48 weeks (max. stay)
£6,499 ($8,189)
Average fees
£193 ($243) /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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Street Children

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.

$193/week

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