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 the second largest cocoa exporter in the world). Ghana 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 – it was a hub of the gold and slave trade dating back to the 15th century. Ghana’s climate is tropical and natural beauty abounds from sandy coasts to dense rainforests.
As a volunteer in Ghana, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in this bountiful culture. You can teach Ghana’s future leaders through school programs, build much-needed relationships with youth through orphanage partnerships, or help heal as part of our medical center or rural health care teams.
Recommended for premed, medical, dental, and nursing students and professionals. Volunteers in Ghana will work at a teaching hospital in the city of Ho or at a Community-Based Health Planning Services center in the rural village of Putubiw. Observation is the primary focus for students; however, depending on the skill level and knowledge of the volunteer, you may assist with basic tasks such as checking patients’ vitals, dressing wounds, removing stitches, and more. This Quest is a fantastic opportunity to learn how an international healthcare system functions.
Volunteers have the opportunity to work with children at a local orphanage or teach subjects such as English, math, and science in local schools. Projects are located in the Volta Region of Ghana and no prior teaching experience is required.
During your orientation in Ghana, you’ll take a city tour of Accra, the nation’s capital. This is a great introduction to the country you’ll be living in for the next few weeks!
As a volunteer in Ghana, you will participate in a two-hour language class during your country orientation to help you settle in to your new surroundings. You’ll be able to practice your new language skills with your host family and at your host project.
During orientation, United Planet Ghana volunteers select a cultural excursion to participate in during their stay. Possibilities include a visit to a monkey sanctuary, a trip to Elmina Castle and Cape Coast, or a boat ride on the Volta River. Volunteers staying longer than a month may select two!
Most volunteers in Ghana live with host families during their stay – this way, you’ll be completely immersed in the culture of the area. Many volunteers stay in touch with their host families long after their Quest is over.
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.
United Planet provides emergency travel and medical insurance for all volunteers. All Ghana staff members participate in extensive health and safety training, and are available at all times by 24-hour phone line. Upon enrollment, you will receive a full emergency contact list. In addition, we register all of our volunteers with US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). We recommend booking a doctor’s appointment or visiting a travel health clinic a few months out to update your vaccinations. Read more about health and safety.
Due to varying airline prices, United Planet does not arrange or cover the cost of flights to and from Ghana. However, we arrange all ground transportation to and from the airport in Ghana and will ensure that you arrive safely at your host house. You will either walk or take public or private transportation to your host project, both of which are very affordable. Daily commuting costs are covered by volunteers.
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.