Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO)

Summer Camp - Community Service & Travel

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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.

Typical day

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.

Details on Arrival

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!

Free-time activities

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.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

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
Education Requirements
at High School level
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 from 08:00 - 16:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO).

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO) (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 Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO)

Participation fees cover:
Airport pick-up/greeting
All round transportation from the beginning to the end of the program
Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Bottled and filtered water
In-country introduction/orientation
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

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

Kotoka International Airport (ACC), Accra.

Accommodation

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.

Guest Family Youth Hostel Camping
Food & Beverages

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.

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)
$1,450.00
5 weeks (max. stay)
$1,680.00
Average fees
$349.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kumasi/Ghana between 4 weeks and 5 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO) 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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