VolunteerMatch Ghana

Helper in Orphanage Care

Accra, Ghana show on map

As a care volunteer working with children in orphanages, you would be helping the kids to learn life-skills that parents would normally teach.

About the Program

VolunteerMatch Ghana has developed a Children Centre in the small rural village of Darmang Anhuntem near Accra. The goal of the centre is to improve several key outcomes for orphaned children using a multi-dimensional approach; including to empower the young people to become responsible, autonomous and functioning adults.

Why it is important

Orphaned youth are more likely to experience a host of unfavourable circumstances, as they are often perceived as an unwelcome burden on the caretaker. As caregivers struggle to maintain their own livelihood, the needs of their young charge are often overlooked. Children as young as three years old are often left to fend for themselves without consistent adult supervision, limited access to food and water, and often suffer abuse and neglect in various forms.

Objectives of the Centre

The centre is designed to address the educational, physical, psychological, and social needs of the selected children, while providing a safe and structured environment, where the young people feel free to thrive and realize their full potential. The objectives of the centre include guaranteeing regular school attendance, monitoring proper dietary intake, providing engaging activities geared toward self-sufficiency and teamwork, creating opportunities for community involvement and growth, and providing an emotional and psychological support system.

Typical day

As a volunteer on this project, your day schedule normally starts at 9:00am and finish around 5:00pm with lots of breaks as it gets exhausting keeping up with the children. You will work from Monday to Friday, with weekends off so you can explore your new community visit some beautiful Ghanaian attractions and explore nearby areas.

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, Royal Palm (Nungua-Cold store) where on every Fridays-Sundays, you will experience a great scene of spinning. It is a real mix of music, with everything from Bob Marley to the Beatles, and of course, plenty of our own high-life and hip-life.

Cape coast also has good bars, ‘Oasis’ on the beach near the Castle is popular and sometimes has impressive live drumming and dancing shows. The night club at Cape Coast Hotel has ladies Night on Fridays; with free for lady’s entry (gents pay GHS 40). On almost every street in Ghana, you will find at least one spot bar, which is anything from a few plastic chairs outside a shack selling beer and local gin, to large garden bar serving a wide range of food and drinks. 

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.

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, Certificates and Photo
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills required
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Included Services

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by VolunteerMatch Ghana.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
VolunteerMatch Ghana (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by VolunteerMatch Ghana

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)

VolunteerMatch Ghana strives to provide best of the living and other arrangements to its volunteers. Like we keep saying, just pack your bags and arrive at your placement destination. From your airport pickup, stay, meals, weekend tours and other nitty gritties, VMG manages everything for you.

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 homestay.

Accommodation

Volunteers will be staying with VolunteerMatch Ghana Homestay. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteers. By staying with a VMG Homestay you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions.

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
7 weeks
$1,050.00
9 weeks
$1,350.00
20 weeks (max. stay)
$3,000.00
Average fees
$150.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 20 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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