Ghana is a colourful and interesting country on the west coast of Africa with many different ethnic groups who have a background in cultural dance and sports, as well as producing beautiful fabrics. It was formerly a British colony under the name "Gold Coast", but today it is known for its people kindness and warmth. Ghana has great beaches, vast savannahs and dense rainforests. African traditions combined with British influence has created an exciting modern Ghanaian culture: open, musical and diverse. Although Ghana is a poor country, it has in recent times attracted capital and quite a number of Ghanaian nationals are returning from abroad with new investments and ideas. Being a volunteer in Ghana, you will experience something that is very different from what you are used to. It will be both a challenging and rewarding experience where you will surely achieve a new depth of understanding of human nature. Volunteers in Ghana contribute enormously to the lives of many people who are held back by poverty. Volunteer opportunities are available in orphanages, schools, hospitals and health clinics.
In Ghana, we want to rally around the projects they have, especially vulnerable children who need much support from the guardians and parents who are not in a position to provide their basic needs because of lack of resources. As a volunteer, you will help create understanding , provide hope and help the children in a positive way to have a brighter and clearer view of their future. Ghana is a poor country but a safe destination and has enjoyed more than 15 years of political stability.
IWASHERE is invites individuals, couples, families, students, researchers and groups to volunteer in Ghana. A good command of English is recommended. Volunteers from all countries, backgrounds and experiences are welcome to participate in various programs in Ghana because we strongly feel everyone has something to contribute!
A typical week
The program or tasks of the week may vary from project to project. As a volunteer you will work 4-8 hours a day and have some weekly days off . Working days are planned with our project coordinator who is very flexible in giving you time off if you need it.J just remember to inform the project coordinator in good time.
Breakfast is usually between 07:00 - 0800 with your host family, or with the other volunteers in the guests. At 8:00 to 8:30 you will leave for your workplace, where you will meet with the local people and plan your day. You will have a lunch break during the day. For the most part, a workday ends between 14:00 and 17:00. After that you will have free time to explore the local area, play with the kids or hang out with other volunteers. In the evening you can dine at a local restaurant with friends.
During the weekends you will have the opportunity to visit local attractions or perhaps take a trip out of town to some of Ghana's beaches, Digya National Park or the famous Lake Volta (the world's largest lake.) You can see the slave forts or stay in Kakum Rainforest Reserve, feed wild monkeys in Boebeng Monkey Village or see elephants in the national park pier. Ghana is manageable and affordable to travel in. Public transport is efficient and can take you far and wide in Ghana!
When you arrive at the airport, you will be picked up by a project coordinator and be taken to your host family or a guest house for volunteers. This will provide you with a perfect opportunity to meet and exchange information with other volunteers from around the world. All volunteers will receive information about the country, culture, project and given a tour of the city. It will be up to you whether you want to stay with a host family or in a guest house for volunteers.
Volunteers will either be accommodated with a host family or in a guest house for volunteers. Host families are fully screened by our partners in the country. Living with a host family will give you the opportunity to get closer to the culture.
MEDICINE & HEALTH (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
As a volunteer in Ghana, in the medical field, you get to perform tasks that match your interests and areas of expertise. Volunteer students join forces with local doctors and nurses, where you learn by helping and observing their work, in clinics and hospitals.
You will be located in a busy hospital where you will work with patients with a variety of diseases. Small village clinics in Ghana often lack the most basic facilities, so you will be in contact with patients who have often traveled far from their village to reach a hospital with the necessary facilities. The hospitals are well equipped to meet local standards and give you the full experience of providing medical care in a developing country. You will, among other things, come into daily contact with diseases that are not common in Europe. Most volunteers choose to rotate between hospital departments, such as emergency care, pediatrics, dermatology and surgery. If you specifically want to stay longer in a particular department, this can also be arranged. If you are a student in the medical or health field, you have the option of an internship abroad. There are also opportunities to volunteer for those who have graduated or have experience in medicine and health. We arrange volunteer work and internships in many parts of Africa, other parts of the world, as well projects in Medicine & Health at multiple locations.
ORPHANAGE (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
As a volunteer, you can work at an orphanage in Ghana, which will surely be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life. At the orphanage, you will work as a volunteer helping to provide care for abandoned and orphaned children, some of whom have lost their parents to HIV / AIDS. The vast majority of children go to school in the morning, so there is most need for your work in the afternoon when the children are free. During the morning, you will help the beleaguered staff with cooking, bathing the children, feeding, giving them clothes and organizing activities. In the afternoon you will help to look after the children, helping them with homework. Volunteers in Ghana can also assist in teaching English and other subjects. As a volunteer you should be prepared to work together with several other volunteers, and we expect you to show initiative and enthusiasm. New ideas are received with joy, and the children will love everything you come up with.
Ghana is a poor country where the state cannot afford to repair or build the necessary facilities that the local communities need. The locals help themselves with starting up projects where they build the necessary facilities. As a volunteer, you will lend a hand at one of the construction sites. Experience is not necessary as all help will be appreciated. As a volunteer in this project, you will join other volunteers in tasks like helping place the bricks, mixing mortar, fetching water and concrete work. Volunteers on the construction projects need neither training nor experience, but if you are a trained craftsman or have experience in building and construction your knowledge be valuable and you can be assigned work on specific tasks. We recommend that our volunteers on the construction projects are prepared to do physical work and are interested in working outdoors regardless of the weather conditions.
This project does not run the whole year round; therefore it is advisable to contact us first for information about current projects. It will also be of great help to the project if the participants volunteer as part of a group, as it makes to start a new project with a group of people instead of individuals.
TRAINING (OPTIONAL & INTERSHIP)
In Ghana it is normal to find both adults and children who cannot speak English. Therefore the locals are grateful when volunteers come to teach them English. Experience is not required, just that you are willing to help them learn English. If you like, you can also help teach mathematics, physics, music, theater and art. There are no specific qualifications required in order to participate in this project, apart from being fluent in English and that you are open to another culture. Volunteers need to have an interest to teach and be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible and patient and be positive role models for the students.
Since normal lessons in Ghana are usually done by rote, you will find that if you make a little fun in the classroom, you will not only achieve the best results, but you will also become a popular teacher in the city. Be prepared to find yourself in a situation were neither chalk or blackboard is available, therefore you will need to use your creativity to make learning interesting for students who in turn will be pleased to have an enthusiastic and enterprising teacher.
Schools are closed due to holidays during April and from August to mid-September. It is not possible to work on educational projects in Ghana from mid-December to early January