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Ghana Volunteer Quests
You can help rural communities in Ghana, and enjoy the warmth and spark of the local families
What makes a United Planet Short-term Quest unique?
United Planet’s Quest volunteer abroad programs are 100% cultural immersion experiences. United Planet Quest programs run year-round and are available to individuals and groups of all ages, skill levels and nationalities. We have no doubt it will be life-changing and provide lasting memories. Read on for more detailed information about volunteer opportunities in Ghana.
- Flexible start dates and lengths of stay (2-12 weeks)
- Personalized attention from Coordinators
Local home stays
- Exciting excursions, cultural activities and/or language lessons
- Optional: Add on a great Wildlife Excursion to Mole National Park and Paga Crocodile Pond
The first African country to gain independence from colonial rule, Republic of Ghana is unique in so many ways. Roughly the size of Britain, English-speaking Ghana is smaller than many of its neighbors but also densely populated. Each of Ghana’s ten regions offers a unique experience - including historic slave forts, indigenous crafts, game parks and the only jungle canopy walk in Africa. On the southern border, miles of beautiful coastline invite you to relax on its beaches. "Feel Free" is an expression you hear often in Ghana. It means that you are free to be yourself and to explore what interests you. Ghanaians are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality! Volunteering in Ghana means jumping in and immersing yourself in Ghana’s laid-back culture through a village placement in Putubiw or Biakpa.
Volunteer Opportunities in Ghana: 2 - 12 Weeks
United Planet currently offers volunteering opportunities in partnership with local organizations in and around Accra, Ghana. Click here for Long-Term Quests in Ghana.
What's Included and Program Details
- City tour of Accra
- Tour of the Slave Fort ‘Elmina Castle’
- Cloud Forest Canopy walk
Quest Program Briefs
Medical Center Quest
Volunteers will be placed at a teaching hospital in the beautifully scenic Volta Region. The aim of the hospital is to provide quality and affordable medical care for the people of the Volta region and its surrounding towns and villages. Volunteers will be matched with a doctor or nurse for daily observation and rounds. The primary focus of the placement is observation; however, depending on the patient population at the time and skills and knowledge, the volunteer may be given tasks such as taking patients’ vitals, dressing wounds, etc. This placement is ideal for a pre-medical or medical students who are interested in learning about a healthcare system abroad.
Rural Health Care Quest
The Health Centre is one of the Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) that has been introduced by the Ghana Health Service to help with the treatment and diagnosis of common health problems such as malaria, diarrhea and respiratory diseases, while giving prompt and timely access to health services in remote communities. The primary focus of the placement is observation; however, depending on the patient population at the time and skills and knowledge, the volunteer may be given tasks such as taking patients’ vitals, dressing wounds, etc. This placement is ideal for Nurses, Nursing students, and pre-medical or medical students who are interested in learning about a healthcare system abroad.
You can volunteer at primary and secondary schools in one of three villages in Ghana. The schools lack teachers and are in need of volunteers. There are around 300-400 students at each school but only 15-20 teachers. Therefore class sizes are very big.k Volunteers are sought after to teach English, science, mathematics, geography, or even vocational skills.
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Three Easy Steps to Apply
Questions about applying?
Call one of our friendly regional Quest coordinators today. We will walk you step-by-step through the application process and answer any questions you may have.
Step 1: Choose your Quest. Contact us at any time for help! We'd love to talk to you. Email or call 1-800-292-2316.
Step 2: Enroll online. Please fill in the online application. At least 60 days before you depart, you will need to reserve your spot with a deposit.
Step 3: Meet your Quest coordinator and iron out the details. Once you've applied, someone from the United Planet Team will contact you, and arrange a time to talk about your Quest of interest. THANKS!
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