Volunteer in GhanaAfrica’s most progressive and peaceful country
Nestled on the edge of the Gulf of Guinea on the West Coast of Africa, Ghana is a land with miles and miles of sun-dappled beaches. “The Gold Coast” was colonized by the British in the 1800s and became known as the land of plentiful gold. Independence came in 1957, and although Ghana is still often referred to as “The Gold Coast” the country offers so much more than that. Home to the Ashanti people, Ghana is also home to beautiful sceneries, lush green palm trees, many diverse cultural groups and offers some of the best travel experiences in all of Africa. Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world and is home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area. Ghana offers amazing travel activities to all travelers.
Our Ghana volunteering program provides the opportunity to explore the great land of Ghana while working for Ghanaian children and people in local projects focused on teaching, orphanage help, health issues and other community improvement opportunities. We invite you to join us in Ghana and harness the power of your travels abroad to make an incredible difference in the lives of Ghanaians.
Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteer abroad programs and a very affordable price. We always strive to keep costs low in order to share these savings with our volunteers. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion and we are dedicated to perpetuating low-cost programs that enable as many volunteers as possible to cross borders and embrace the neediest souls of humanity.
Global Crossroad's application fee: US $199. The application fee covers our cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, volunteers are required to pay weekly program fee. The weekly program is required to cover the cost of international travel insurance, airport pickup, transport to project, meals and accommodation, salary of local staffs, rent of local offices, hostel/home base and utilities, and other field costs
Volunteer in Ghana Program: Accommodations/Meals/Field Support
During your volunteer in Ghana program, Global Crossroad’s weekly fees include management of volunteers’ meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for Ghana. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer’s responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.
While volunteering in Ghana, most volunteers will stay in our Homebase. This concept is a permanent residence set up especially for international volunteers. There are several bedrooms at our Homebase and volunteers will normally share a room with a same gender volunteer. There are community rooms and a television. The environment is very relaxed and social and a great place to unwind after a busy day. The kitchen and bathrooms are shared, and there is running water and “western-style” toilets. The neighborhood is very safe and clean. There are many amenities nearby like internet cafés, grocery stores, restaurants and mass transit stops. Orphanage volunteers in Ghana might have the opportunity to stay with the children as many orphanages provide private rooms for international volunteers. These volunteer rooms will normally be shared with a volunteer of the same gender.
In some cases, we also place our volunteers with a host family. Volunteers usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system a volunteer will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country’s culture and customs. Most volunteers who have stayed with a host family note that their stay truly enriched their entire experience abroad.
A unique and important part of Global Crossroad’s successful volunteer in Ghana programs is our volunteer support in-country. We put safety and comfort first as we deliver enriching and consistent experiences for our international travelers. Our support is multi-faceted while volunteers are in Ghana and our staff is in contact with our volunteers on a regular basis either with face-to-face visits or via phone/email. Key support comes from our country coordinator and in-country field staff. These individuals are employed by our company and committed to ensuring your experience the best it can be. Your chosen project staff and host family offers support as well, and they are familiar with working with international volunteers and accustomed to answering questions and providing guidance. Volunteers also have access to our country coordinator’s mobile number for emergencies. With longer assignments, our field staff visits regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to ensure the experience is meeting your expectations. Sometimes an assignment may be too far to visit physically, so staff members will touch-base via phone/email. You are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time. You are never alone.
Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival.
Frequently asked questions - Ghana
- When should I apply for a volunteer in Ghana program?
- What happens once I submit my documents and application to volunteer in Ghana?
- How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in Ghana?
- What documents do I need to submit with my application to volunteer in Ghana?
- Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer in Ghana projects?
- Who manages the volunteer in Ghana projects?
- What are the daily schedules while volunteering in Ghana?
- Where are volunteer opportunities in Ghana located?
- What is the language spoken in Ghana?
- When are volunteer in Ghana projects available?
- How long can I volunteer in Ghana?
Arrival and Departure Information
- Who will arrange my flight to Ghana?
- At which airport should I arrive?
- If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Ghana?
- Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
- What should I do if my flight is delayed?
- How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
- What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
- If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
- When should I depart from Ghana?
- From which airport shall I depart?
- Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?
Living Accommodations Information
- Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
- Are single rooms available?
- If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
- Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
- What are the bathroom facilities like?
- What are the laundry arrangements?
- Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
- Who manages my meals?
- Can you accommodate special diets?
- Is the running tap water safe for drink?
- Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
- Will bottled water be provided?
Health and Safety
- How safe is Ghana?
- What are the principle health risks in Ghana?
- Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
- What are the sanitary conditions in Ghana?
- Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
- What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
- Where should I exchange my money?
- How much money should I bring with me?
- Is it safe to carry cash with me?
- How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
- How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Ghana?
- How can my family members contact me?
- Can I bring my telephone from my home country?
Culture and Custom
- Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Ghana?
- What should I know about religious conduct in Ghana?
- How do I respect the people of Ghana?
More Information about Ghana
NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.