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Building and Construction Support

Woe, Ghana

You will be supporting with the building and renovation of new and existing school structures, to allow more children a free, engaging education.

Ghana is a vibrant, beautiful country with friendly people, stunning landscapes and unspoilt beaches. Dancing and drumming are central to the way of life, and you are never far away from a beating drum. The area we work in is very rural – if you want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a new culture and way of life, you can’t go wrong with Ghana.

About the Program

The schools we support in Ghana are in desperate need of improved facilities to sufficiently accommodate the growing number of students that attend. 

Large investment is needed at the schools we work with in Ghana because many of the buildings were built long ago, prior to independence. Many of the classrooms have leaky roofs, missing windows and old paintwork; new classrooms are needed for both space and safety reasons. Many lessons are overcrowded and the floors in the old classrooms are often extremely uneven with a large number of potholes. 

In addition to classrooms, providing other facilities can be a huge positive for the schools. Currently, some schools are without adequate kitchen facilities and many of the schools lack any sort of security fence or wall, which is a concern in terms of the children’s safety.

In addition to needing better structures, the projects require renovation of existing buildings to make them more conducive to learning. The classroom interiors are usually tired and do not have any learning materials on the walls. Although cosmetic changes may seem a minor thing, a more vibrant classroom can completely transform a learning environment and the impact of this should not be underestimated.

Volunteer support is crucial to help provide new facilities and a more engaging environment for the students to learn in. Building and construction work volunteers are doing vital work to support our aims in Ghana. We want to help increase capacity for the schools, with suitable class sizes, as well as providing more engaging classroom areas to support students with their learning. 

Your Role as a Volunteer

This programme focuses on improving the standards of buildings at the schools we support, particularly new classrooms, sheltered dining areas, IT suites and playgrounds. 

As a building volunteer, you will work in a support role and do not need any form of previous experience as all work is led by a local expert builder. Any specialist building work is reserved for those with qualifications, so do not worry about being out of your depth. 

You should be fit and healthy enough to carry out typical activities such as painting, cement-mixing, plastering and carrying moderately heavy items. If you are unsure about this, please contact your doctor.

There are a wide range of jobs that volunteers can help with including painting classroom walls, plastering, building toilet blocks and constructing perimeter fences. All work is led by local builders and volunteers simply support this where they can, so no qualifications or experience are necessary, although undoubtedly a help. 

Not only will you provide building support, you will have the time to interact with the children, talk to them and just do simple things like playing games. Interaction of this sort is more meaningful than many people would imagine, as a large number of the children in the area we work do not have the family structure and guidance that we, here in the UK, are accustomed to. 

Outside of your volunteer work, we give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana, with a weekend adventure and a number of different cultural activities. This is a life-changing experience and we are sure that you will return from your trip a different person.

What to Expect

During your stay, you will soon become familiar with, and adjust to, the pace of life in Ghana. Everyday life is more relaxed than the usual fast-paced lifestyle you may be used to in Western culture so be prepared for a few obstacles along the way with timings. 

Likewise, you may find that although we work hard to ensure that project work runs smoothly, it won’t always be exactly as advised – project needs can change and it is important that we are adaptable and flexible to manage this. The best advice we can give is to travel with an open mind and embrace the Ghanaian culture as best you can.

Ewe is the spoken language in Volta, the region you will visit. However, at school children are taught in English (with the exception of lessons for younger children), so feel confident that you will be able to interact with the teachers and children comfortably in English. 

The children will want to practise speaking English with you and, in turn, they will enjoy trying to teach you some Ewe! Please do not underestimate the impact this exercise can have on a person learning a new language; it could be more valuable than you think.

How you benefit from your stay

We are confident that you will:

  • Learn valuable skills which you can use in the future.
  • Gain experience that will benefit you and your career.
  • Return home a more globally aware citizen.
  • Help create lasting change in the Volta community.
  • Feel proud of the impact you have made whilst volunteering.
  • Go on an emotional journey that will make you appreciate what you have.
  • Build new relationships and make new friends, possibly lifelong ones.
  • Be inspired to continue helping to create change.

Typical day

You will wake up and meet for breakfast at around 7:30am and you will then be taken to your allocated project around 8:30am to start your day’s volunteering. Remember to take plenty of water with you as it will be very hot and humid. 

Depending on your allocated construction work, a typical morning session at your school project might include cementing bricks for a new classroom, painting existing classrooms or screeding classroom walls and floors. There will be a friendly team of qualified builders to help you with these tasks. You might like to take some gloves and eyewear with you for protection.

At around 10:30am, you can stop for morning break with the children, when they take time to have a snack and play games. After 30 minutes, lessons will commence again and you can continue with your building work for another hour or so. 

Your Trip Host will then bring you a cooked meal around 12:30pm, which will be well-deserved after your morning’s work. In the afternoon, you will continue with your building and renovation activities until the time the school closes at around 3pm, at which point your Trip Host will take you back to the volunteer accommodation for some downtime. 

During the afternoon, you may like to visit the craft market or take a trip to the beach. Dinner will be served around 7pm, after which you can either get involved in some drumming and dancing or just relax with a book and reflect on your day’s volunteering. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved with sporting activities at the schools. There will also be cultural activities included as part of the trip.

Outside of project hours, you can relax, get to know the other volunteers and the African Adventures staff on your programme, and explore the local area. Ghana is brimming with culture and there is an abundance of things to see and do. 

From visiting the weekly market to relaxing at the nearby beach, if you have never been to West Africa before, you’re going to have the time of your life! You will have the freedom to use the local transport (tro-tros) for the short journey to and from town. Just ask your Trip Host for the best way to go about doing this and they’ll be more than happy to help.

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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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Whilst building experience would be beneficial, it is absolutely not required, as all work is led by local builders. A can-do, proactive attitude and a friendly persona are much more important.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at African Adventures are happy to help you.

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The trip cost covers most aspects required during the trip. This includes food, accommodation, all in-country travel, in-country guides, project work and volunteer travel insurance. 

The costs that are not included are visas, flights, medical expenses before you travel and spending money for the trip. There is an additional cost should you decide to go on an adventure weekend. See the website for more information.

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

We provide all travel required from and to the airport whilst in Ghana and we also provide all the travel to and from the projects and the adventure weekend.

Accommodation

Volunteers stay at our volunteer house, used only by our travellers. It is basic but comfortable and has the necessary western amenities.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day and will get to sample the local cuisine. All meals have a staple such as potato or rice and there are lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Plantain is a popular part of the meal.

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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,357.00
3 weeks
$1,788.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2,219.00
Average fees
$617.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Woe/Ghana between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Adventures will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 African Adventures during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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