Ghana

Situated on the coast of West Africa, Ghana is a country full of beautiful beaches, lush vegetation and the world’s largest artificial lake – Lake Volta! While Ghana is a politically stable country, social inequalities remain and many Ghanaians live in poverty, giving volunteers the chance to really make a difference.

Placement Locations

The majority of placements are located along the south coast between the capital Accra and west towards the two medium sized cities of Cape Coast and Takoradi. Placements on the south coast range from urban to suburban and even more rural.

Is it for me?

Ghana placements are be rewarding, challenging and full of surprises. Volunteers must be aware that the Ghanaian way of life is very different to life in North America and volunteers must therefore be flexible, mature and respectful. Lifestyle, weather and food will be different and volunteers must be willing to forgo modern comforts. Placements in Ghana offer an opportunity to directly contribute and become a part of a new community. If you are up to the challenge of teaching in a completely different environment and becoming immersed in a new culture then an exciting time awaits.

Roles Explained

A variety of our placements in Ghana are based in schools. These schools are both primary schools (6 to 12 years) and junior secondary schools (13 to 16 years). One of our placements has a nursery school as well. Volunteers will be teaching English as well as other subjects like Maths, Science, Geography, etc. This will depend on your strengths and the school’s needs. Volunteers working with pre-school children will also do some care work and help with any extra-curricular activities. Schools are very under-resourced – talk and chalk – but you will find that the students are eager and willing to learn and the more effort you put in the more you will be rewarded.

An exciting alternative to the traditional school environment would be our Football for Hope placement. There volunteers assist the staff of Play Soccer Ghana, an organisation that uses soccer (football) as a means to teach young people about health and education in under served communities. You would teach a variety of subjects and help students with their homework as well as assist with soccer activities.

Accommodation and Food

All volunteers live with a host family which provides a unique opportunity to share in the lives of local people. Ghanaian society is far more traditional than western. You will live as a family member and to spend time with them. They will welcome you with open arms.

Occasionally volunteers live in staff accommodation or have a room in a boarding school. This gives you more independence, but you will still be living close to teachers and students.

You are free to travel away at weekends and school holidays, provided that you let your host know that you will be away.

Food will be cooked for you and provided at your accommodation or in the school. Due to the economic limitations of the placements volunteers are required to provide a one-time contribution of $300 CAD to cover the cost of food. This will be added to the Lattitude fees and given to your placement.

What’s Included?

Pre-departure briefing
Airport pickup
Accommodation
Food* (additional $300CAD)
In-country orientation
In-country support
24/7 support

Need to know

Pre departure briefing – all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
On arrival – all volunteers have an multi-day orientation in Accra

Costs

Our current fees are as follows:

Interview fee $100
Contribution fee $3850
Tax $15


You will also need to budget for:

Travel insurance
Airfare
Visa
Teaching skills course (teaching placements only)

Travel

Volunteers have the opportunity to travel around Ghana at weekends and during holidays.  Many spend time at the coast, visiting the castles and forts left behind by colonial powers engaged in gold, ivory and slave trading.  Heading inland, volunteers take safaris in places such as Mole National Park where elephants, hippos and buffalo abound and elusive lions may be spotted.  Ghanaians love festivals and wherever you go you are sure to find something exciting and unusual happening.

Program overview

Minimum age:
17
Departs:
February, September
Duration:
5 months

Roles available:

Local support in Ghana

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Quick facts

Language:
English is the official language, many others are also spoken
Population:
26 million
Timezone:
GMT
Climate:
Warm, tropical
Currency:
Ghanaian Cedi

Testimonial

“However big or small the input I had into the children’s lives, I feel fortunate to have had the chance to meet and interact with them all. Although time has passed, I have to admit my heart is still in Ghana. It was a phenomenal, life-enhancing and truly unforgettable experience. Volunteering in Ghana made 2009 the most special and memorable year. I truly feel privileged to have completed a placement in such a fantastic country.” Lucy, Teacher

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