Ghana

Main Features

  • Personalised project selection
  • PreDeparture workshop included
  • Orientation workshop in Ghana
  • Transfer to Host community
  • 24/7 local support
  • EIL Emergency support
  • Accomodation: Host Family
  • Projects: Teaching, Welfare, Environment
  • Optional Drumming, Dance, Language and Craft workshops
  • From 4 to 24 weeks
  • Personal Debriefing
  • Group Debrieifng Workshop
  • Eligible for Global Citizen Award
Katie Doyle in Ghana

Brian Hughes from Dungarvan traveled to Ghana

Volunteer in Ghana

Experience "Akwaaba" (a warm welcome) in West Africa's peaceful and vibrant Ghana. For anybody seeking a holistic experience that embraces traditional and contemporary cultures as well as beaches and safaris, Ghana's is the perfect African destination. The country is reaping the benefits of a stable democracy in the form of fast-paced development and visitors there are impacted greatly by its incredible energy. With it's friendly people and exciting landscape, no trip can be complete without a visit to Ghana's coastal forts, poignant reminders of a page of history that defined our modern world. If you venture north, you'll feel like you've arrived in a different country, with a different religion, geography and cultural practices. 
Give your support to worthwhile projects;
  • Teaching English in schools,
  • Working in communities on health or social/welfare issues,
  • Environmental sustainability and ecotourism.

Projects are located across 8 different communities all across the country, including; Kazigu, Tamale and Wale Wale in the north, Baobeng Fiema, Kumasi and Mampong in the middle of the country and Saltpond and Swedru on the coast. Arrivals and Orientations for all projects begin in the capital city of Accra for a few days. Our goal is to match the skills and expectations of the participants with the needs of the local projects. Our volunteer coordinator in the field will suggest a project for you once they have your application. They are well placed to match your skills and interests to the right placement.

Teaching

Assisting the teacher or taking your own classes can be very rewarding for volunteers who love working with children. Our educational projects vary from pre-school and crèches to primary and secondary education. The schools we work with can be very basic and overcrowded so as a teaching volunteer you’ll be able to give the children much-needed attention. The role of a volunteer teacher includes assisting a local teacher, taking your own classes, preparing lesson plans and marking work. There will also be opportunities to organise extra curricular activities, from arts and crafts, dance and music, to sports days and football matches.Teaching in Ghana

Read about Anna & Tracey's experience teaching in a community school in Ghana.

Please note that school placements will not be available outside of the following dates due to Ghanaian school year. Volunteers should also be cognisant of end of term tests a week or two before schools break for holidays.

Term 1: September 10th - December 12th; Term 2: January 7th - April 17th; Term 3: May 13th - July 24th.

 

Medical work and Healthcare

If you’ve got experience in nursing, medicine or physiotherapy then you might be interested in working on a health care project. During your volunteer work in Ghana you can assist staff in clinics, hospitals or care homes. HIV/AIDS is a big problem in Ghana and you may also get involved with an HIV care project. The work in these projects will be varied. It is likely that you will spend a lot of your time shadowing local staff in their daily work whilst observing how they interact with and manage their patients. You will also be invited to offer a more hands-on role to the care being provided. Your role might involve a range of work from recording medical backgrounds to providing emotional support to patients. Volunteers must be prepared for some disorganisation in the work place and be self motivated and pro active in their approach.

Health projects in Ghana
Health projects in Ghana

Environmental sustainability, conservation and supporting ecotourism

We offer a number of project in this area including work in a monkey sanctuary in the north west of the country. Volunteering at this project offers the opportunity to get involved with enviornmental education and awareness with visitors to the sanctuary and increasing skills amongst local guides to explain enviornmental awarenss to visitors. Tree planting to project the natural home of the 500 Mona Monkeys and 200 Columbus Monkeys. Patroling the sanctuary to ensure protection of the Monkeys which was established under law by the local community since 1975. Compliation of statistics at the tourism office.

Monkey sanctuary
Monkey sanctuary

Arrival & Orientation

Upon your arrival (on Sunday) a local representative will be waiting for you at the airport and will transfer you to a hostel where you will stay with other international volunteers during the orientation. Programmes longer than 4 weeks begins with a two to four day arrival orientation starting on the Monday. The orientation will introduce you to the Ghanaian culture and will cover various issues such as living with a host family, safety, workplace issues, visa, money issues, health, transportation, food. You will also participate in language classes. The orientation includes a city tour as well as drumming, dancing and cooking sessions. At the of your orientation, you will be transferred to your host community and the volunteer work will start on the following Monday. Programmes of 4 weeks or less have a shorter, 2 days orientation.

Accommodation

After the orientation, you’ll be placed with an approved host family, a short distance from your project. Your host will welcome you into their family and help you to settle into the local area. You might be living with another volunteer. Houses can be very basic and may not have running water or a constant source of electricity. Enjoying home-cooked food, sharing stories and life experiences and learning the local language will give you a unique and memorable experience.

Optional Workshops

Before your volunteer placement you will have the opportunity to participate in exiting one or two weeks cultural workshops. You can choose a combination of activities between drumming and dancing workshops, Twi classes (local language), and craft workshop (bead making with recycled materials). Contact us for more information.

Arrival Dates

Participant should arrive in Accra on a Sunday.

Visas

Participants must arrange a tourist visa before travelling to Ghana. Please contact us for more information.

The EIL Development Education Network

Our volunteers work and live alongside local people in local communities in some of the most deprived areas in the world. It is in response to their experiences that the EIL development education programme was set up. On their return to Ireland we ask our volunteers to be the voice for the stories of the people they worked with and to highlight their experience of poverty and inequality. Then together we campaign to make a difference by promoting global justice, human rights, fair trade, debt relief and greater equality and respect among the peoples of the world. Our goal is to see global justice and equality reach the top of the Irish agenda.

The Application Process

Applying for the Volunteer Abroad programme is a straight forward process: after receiving your application and CV we will contact you to find out more about your interests and motivation for wanting to be a volunteer. We then send your information to our colleagues in the country of your choice and they make your placement. As soon as they confirm a suitable placement for you, we will send you all the information necessary to finalise your preparations. Although some countries can accept late applications, you should send your completed application 12 weeks in advance. The earlier you apply, the more time we have to find the most suitable project for you.

What you need to do:

  • Complete the application form and send it to us together with 2 recent passport photos,€350 deposit, and recent CV.
  • Do a telephone interview (or in person if you live in Cork and/or want to call in).
  • A confirmation letter of enrolment will then be sent within 10 working days.

If you prefer we can send you the application form by post.

For more information about applying to volunteer with EIL please see How do I apply? or contact Anton.

We guarantee no hidden costs.

We encourage you to compare our costs with other organisations and a careful comparison of what is included and what is not included is always advisable.

What is included

  • Pre-departure information and preparation workshop
  • Airport pick-up
  • Comprehensive cultural orientation including a city tour, dance and drumming workshops
  • Transportation to the host community
  • Accommodation with a host family
  • All meals
  • Placement in a local project
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Debrief workshop on return to Ireland
  • Invitation to join the EIL Development Education Network

What is not included

  • Cost of flights
  • Medical, liability and travel insurance (available for €10 per week)
  • Personal expenses
  • Return transfer to airport
  • Transportation during volunteer work

Costs:

  • 4 weeks: € 1399
  • 6 weeks: € 1699
  • 8 weeks: € 1799
  • 10 weeks: € 1859
  • 12 weeks: € 1999
  • 16 weeks: € 2449

Medical, liability and travel insurance available for €10 per week.

Prices are subject to change.

Visit our WHY PAY? and FUNDRAISING pages.

 

Mampong Market Ghana
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