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VolunteerMatch Ghana

Empowering Street Children

Accra, Ghana

Volunteers assist, local, not-for-profit, independent, non-partisan, research and advocacy organization set up to advance and protect human rights in Ghana.

The program

VolunteerMatch Ghana is seriously in need of volunteers to come and offer teaching assistance among Street children schools in Ghana. Offer free basic education and doing other related activities for the children. This PCN volunteer placement is well organize in order to create new life into these unfortunate and neglected children by sharing fun, love and education to them. Many children along the coastal belt and discovered villages cannot afford to go to school. 

Why it is important

This means that these areas suffer greatly from illiteracy and its associate problems, this is why PCN has established a Street Children Schools in most of the communities in Ghana to help provide free basic education for these children, funding their education into Government schools, and provide them with all the skills they will need to live self-sufficiently.

The children you will be working with

 We have in our care about 250 street-children and orphans. These children are Ghanaian and Liberian children, some with single parent and others have none. The street children schools are constantly in need of volunteers to work alongside local volunteer teachers with children from kindergarten to Junior high school. They are taught in basic subjects such as Mathematics, English or French and organizing recreational activities and going on excursions with the children to the nearby historical sight-seeing.

Typical day

A normal working day will be from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM where volunteers are needed to create a welcoming and friendly environment for all the children by:

  • Teaching lessons (English, maths, science, etc)
  • Show them hygiene by teaching them how to brush their teeth
  • Help the children eat healthy, balanced meals
  • Help children with their homework
  • Provide enriching activities to improve the lives of these children
  • Involve the children engaging activities like games, sports, music and dancing
  • Help the orphanage or care centre with daily chores
  • Help make the children's beds
  • Help change clothes, especially for younger children
  • Walk the children to school each day

Details on Arrival

Our volunteer and internship placements are available all year round and open to anyone irrespective of gender or age; A life-changing experience you don't want to miss!. You decide when you intend to be part of the project and how long you want to stay.

Free-time activities

Accra has developed a fairly western social scene in the recent years, mainly because of the large expatriate community in the city. On Friday night, singing karaoke in the champs sports bar at the Paloma Hotel, you would be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back into Europe. And this has its place-after a month living in the village, a cocktail and some fluent English conversation can be just what you need. 

There are some great deal of bars in Accra with much more feel, and much more opportunity to interact with Ghanaians, one popular place with volunteers is ’By well’ at the southern end of Osu Oxford street, where the house band plays every Thursday evening. Cape coast also has good bars, ‘Oasis’ on the beach near the Castle is popular and sometimes has impressive live drumming and dancing shows. 

Spot bars are usually relatively inexpensive, and the sorts of places local people to for their beer after work. Learning some Twi or Ewe and some Ga from the locals as the sun goes down and sip an ice-cold star or club beer can be a great and very cheap evening out. Labadi beach is also a place where volunteers go swimming and horse riding.

Ghana being a safari destination for tourists, our program has established links to various destinations for our volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to visit the famous Kakum canopy walk, Tafi Atome monkey sanctuary, Wli water falls, Cape Coast castle and the Mole national park.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding

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
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Math, English, Environment at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Certificates and Photo
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No specific qualifications or previous experience is required to join the project. However, volunteers with special expertise are highly preferred
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:00 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at VolunteerMatch Ghana are happy to help you.

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What's included?

  • Arranging your Program
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance 
  • Accommodation and Food
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Orientation
  • WIFI internet access/ stand-by generator during power cuts.
  • Local in-country team support and backup
  • Certificate of Completion


What's Not included?

  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees 
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Local transportation to and fro program location
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at additional cost)
  • Vaccinations

Any personal expenses, TIPS, extra meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned (approximate personal expenses for food and traveling per week would be USD 40 to USD 50 per week)

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

You will be met by our representative at Kotoka International Airport in Accra from where you are transferred to your project location. Volunteers will stay in Accra at VolunteerMatch Ghana home-stay.

Accommodation

Volunteers will be staying with VolunteerMatch Ghana Home-stay located in a safe residential neighborhood. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteers. 

By staying with a VMG Home-stay you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and tradition

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

VolunteerMatch Ghana will provide Breakfast, Lunch and Supper. Vegetarian foods available.

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)
$600.00
5 weeks
$750.00
6 weeks
$900.00
7 weeks
$1,050.00
9 weeks
$1,350.00
11 weeks
$1,650.00
19 weeks (max. stay)
$2,850.00
Average fees
$150.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 19 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. VolunteerMatch Ghana 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 VolunteerMatch Ghana during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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