Volunteer in Ghana

Are you searching for an economic way to travel and explore Africa, while also lending a helping hand where a helping hand is greatly needed? Global Crossroad has a lot of great volunteer opportunities in Ghana.

  • Best prices guaranteed; starting at just $135 a week!
  • All program fees go directly to your host family and project
  • Safety is our number one priority
  • Highly reviewed and reputable volunteer programs in Ghana since 2003

The hot African sun and the warm African people will embrace you when you step off the plane to start your volunteer work in Ghana! Nestled in the western bend of Africa, the "Gold Coast" boasts beautiful beaches, magnificent national parks, and the vast Lake Volta.

Ghana is one of Africa's most rapidly modernizing countries, a place where over sixty ethnic groups live peacefully with each other. It is a land of music and dance. The official language is English, but seventy-nine other dialects ring in the air.

Global Crossroad makes it possible for you help the people of Ghana in a number of ways and though a number of volunteering opportunities in Ghana. Sign up for a volunteer program in Ghana; open your eyes to a world in need.  Create memories that will last a lifetime. Form relationships that are like no other. Explore a unique part of the world. Send for information today.

Volunteer in Ghana Programs

Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs such as summer volunteer travel (4 weeks), mini volunteer travel (2 weeks), hands on medical camp, family volunteering, among others, to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information:

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Ghana

All volunteer programs in Ghana start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Prices: Volunteer in Ghana

Most affordable prices are offered through Global Crossroad. Global Crossroad is also committed to providing the highest quality volunteer work in Ghana. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer abroad in Ghana application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

    Duration Orphanage/Teaching/Medical/HIV
    1 Week $135
    2 Weeks $261
    3 Weeks $348
    4 Weeks $435
    5 Weeks $522
    6 Weeks $609
    7 Weeks $696
    8 Weeks $783
    9 Weeks $870
    10 Weeks $957
    11 Weeks $1,044
    12 Weeks $1,131
  • Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day
  • Language and Culture program fee $250
  • Airport pick up $50
  • Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include safari) $1899
Fees do cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Fees do not cover:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The volunteer trip in Ghana program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Ghana

During your volunteer trip to 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.

Our volunteer program in Ghana 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 completing volunteer work in Ghana, most volunteers will stay in our home base. This concept is a permanent residence set up especially for international volunteers. There are several bedrooms at our home base 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 cafes, grocery stores, restaurants, and mass transit stops.

If there are a large number of volunteers during your volunteer work in Ghana timeframe, you may stay with a host family. Volunteers staying with a host family 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 to those having a volunteering experience in Ghana will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs.

Unless you are traveling with your husband or wife, opposite gender rooming will not be permitted. You will either have your own private room or will be sharing with a same gender roommate. You can request to room with your travel partner if you are of the same sex.

When you join a volunteer program in Ghana, it is highly advised that you do not eat food from street vendors and do not drink the tap water. You are responsible for paying for bottled water and or asking your host family to boil you water to drink for the day.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Ghana

When you join a volunteer program in Ghana you will be located in and around Accra. You can visit Kumasi, which is known as "The Garden City" due to its many beautiful species of flowers and plants and explore the capital city of Accra. Projects are also located in Akatsi, Vakpo, Hohoe, and other regions like Greater Accra, Central, and Volta.

You will have a wide range of activities available to you during your free time during your volunteering experience in Ghana. There are beautiful rainforest canopy tours that offer breathtaking views of Ghana’s dense forests. There are stunning white sand beaches where sea turtle sightings are common. Wildlife is abundant throughout the country!

The urban experience is composed of cathedrals, museums, theaters, restaurants, and so much more. Check out the Cape Coast Castle or the Kejetia Market. There is no shortage of things to do in Ghana! When you do volunteer work in Ghana, you will have plenty of free time to experience all that Ghana has to offer!

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Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Ghana

Global Crossroad has all the answers to all of your questions about volunteer programs in Ghana.

APPLICATION - INFORMATION

  • 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?

VISA INFORMATION

  • What are the visa procedures?

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer in Ghana projects?
  • What are the daily schedules while volunteering in Ghana?
  • Where are the projects located?
  • What is the language spoken in Ghana?
  • When are volunteer in Ghana projects available?
  • How long can I do volunteer work in Ghana for?

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 after my volunteer work in Ghana is complete?
  • 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?
  • Is it possible to do laundry?
  • 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?

MONEY

  • Are ATMs easily available while I am on my volunteer trip in Ghana? 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 when I volunteer abroad in Ghana?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact the Global Crossroad's local coordinator while volunteering in Ghana?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Ghana?
  • How can my family members contact me while I am on my volunteering trip to Ghana?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?

CULTURE & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering 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.

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