Be prepared to celebrate as a volunteer in one of Africa’s most stable countries, known for lively festivals and hospitality. Ghana’s economic development is largely due to its export of gold, diamonds and cocoa. It is home to people from a vast array of backgrounds, and more than 250 languages are spoken across the country. Volunteers will also find that Ghana has a rich history. With a tropical climate and abundant natural beauty – from sandy coasts to dense rainforests – volunteers here enjoy immersing themselves in this bountiful culture.
United Planet is the US and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Ghana, you will be hosted by ICYE Ghana, ICYE’s partner organization here. ICYE Ghana was the first ICYE volunteer organization in Africa, and they have more than 50 years of experience with volunteers and volunteer projects in Ghana alone.
Volunteers work in local schools to assist teachers and enhance the learning experience of the children. Work includes assisting teachers, tutoring children, organizing games and activities, helping with homework, and more. Volunteers may also focus on programs that encourage at-risk children to stay in school.
Volunteers help and interact with children from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. The work can include supervising play, constructing games and activities, and assisting the organizations with fundraising.
Accra is the capital as well as the most populated city in Ghana. Anything you are searching for while you are visiting Accra can probably be found in Makola Market, a large marketplace in the city. Another thing to do while you are visiting Accra is going to the National Museum which has wonderful exhibits about Ghana’s history and is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm.
The Kakum National Park is one of the most famous National Parks in Ghana. There are around 40 different species of animals that inhabit the park, some of which include Forest Elephants, Yellow Backed Duiker, and Red River Hogs. You can walk along one of the canopy walkways that are suspended between the trees. This is a perfect way to see numerous species of birds, butterflies, and monkeys.
Busua is a small fishing village along the Atlantic coast of Ghana. Busua is also known as a great place to surf, so if you have ever been interested in learning, give it a try. You can also hike to the top of a hill in Busua where you’ll have wonderful views of the beaches in Busua, this would be a great place for a picnic that includes some of the wonderful seafood Busua has to offer.
Kente cloth is beautifully colored fabric that is hand-woven by using a horizontal treadle loom. One of the places where Kente cloth is made is in Kumasi. Take the opportunity to observe and learn how much time and effort goes into creating Kente cloth. Some of the designs and patterns used to create Kente cloth have been used since the process was created.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|August 2017||$7,850||$11,325||Monday, March 6, 2017||Monday, May 8, 2017||Monday, May 22, 2017|
|January 2018||$7,850||$11,325||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.