Become a part of the global community and see the difference you make while developing rural communities in Ghana.
Be a part of our Community Service and Travel Program in Ghana in every summer and experience an amazing 5 weeks. You will spend the first 4 weeks in rural communities in Ghana as a volunteer. Your remaining week will be spent touring around this magnificent country while pushing yourself with exciting adventures.
This opportunity is open to participants who are aged 18 and up as well as college and university students. We also welcome groups and organizations to come with OGVO and volunteer in Ghana. Not only will you have the chance to be immersed in the local community in Ghana, you will also gain cultural knowledge through exchanges with locals and even be able to build your own world experience.
This is a great opportunity for participants to boost their CVs and resumes with volunteer experience. You will stand out from the crowd as you learn valuable life skills. Become a part of the global community and see the difference you make while developing rural communities in Ghana.
You will volunteer for around 28 days on a project that deals with community outreach and development, education, or with organizations that work with orphans.
Information about potential projects for your first, second, third and fourth weeks:
- Sustainable Community Development (Manual Work): This project is all about manual labour that will help increase rural infrastructure through the creation of classrooms, health centers, ventilated and improved toilets, market stall, housing, youth training facilities, and community centers. You may also work with planning tree and other agro-forestry initiatives including cocoa and coffee plantations, oil palm plantations, farmland clearing, seedling transplants, and crop harvesting.
- Orphanage Work: Help orphanage caretakers by creating fun and engaging physical activities, developing creative projects for the orphans including art, music, and dance, help staff members in providing support for the children, and instruct class on Math and English. You will also need to assist the staff members in daily chores including laying beds and tidying up. This is a great option for those who want to improve the lives and wellbeing of these children.
- Education: Teach classes in local schools on subjects including English and Math. You may also need to create engaging arts and crafts activities and to create education outreaches about social and environmental issues.
7 AM – Breakfast
8 AM – 12 PM — Work
12 PM – 1 PM — Lunch and rest
1 PM – 4 PM — Work
4 PM – 6 PM — Help prepare dinner, play soccer, participate in drum/dance workshops
6 PM – Dinner
8 PM – Group meeting and/or group activity
During the week, we wake up between 6 – 7 AM, eat breakfast together as a group, and then head to the work site from 8 AM – 12 PM. Work may include mixing cement, painting, participating in a local harvest, or teaching local kids. We break for a lunch and rest time, then return to work for a few hours in the afternoon. After work, participate in a drum or dance workshop, play soccer with local friends, help cook dinner, or pursue independent research. After a group dinner together, participate in a meeting to discuss the day, plan for upcoming excursions, or simply play a game together. Weekends are a time to explore. Hike to a nearby waterfall, explore a local forest preserve, or visit a community market.
This program is available all year round, so volunteers or interns can arrive any day of the week or any month of the year with advance notice!
Once you are finished with your four week volunteer experience, you will be able to go on adventures around Ghana. Immerse yourself in this new culture as you explore breathtaking natural sights, noteworthy historical sites, and create a whole new network of international friends. This is a great way to unwind after your volunteer experience. You will encounter fascinating wildlife and visit gorgeous landscapes. You will also have cultural tours through museums and local markets.
We are happy to take you to visit a whole host of museums including the Manhyia Palace Museum, the Prempeh II Museum, and the Okomfo Anokye Sword site. You will also be able to visit the Buabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary and the Mole National Park, among other fascinating natural sights.
Please inquire for a detailed potential itinerary.
Participation fees cover:
All round transportation from the beginning to the end of the program
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Bottled and filtered water
Placement and supervision in program
Support/24 hour back up from OGVO
Donation to project
A letter of recommendation or certificate to participants after program
OGVO Volunteers T-shirt
An experience that will last a lifetime
Kotoka International Airport (ACC), Accra.
Volunteers live with a host family in a large house for the duration of volunteer work and a hotel for the duration of the tours.
Three meals a day are provided by the home-stay families and consist mainly of traditional Ghanaian meals with some flexibility for home comforts when available. If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.
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