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Work with orphans and vulnerable children and give vital love and support to young children who have lost their families. As a volunteer, you will provide essential early developmental care and nurturing that is so important in the lives of young children. With your care their lives can be improved.
In Ghana some children’s homes are owned by the government whilst others are privately owned.
Government-owned children’s homes typically house over 150 children. This sector really struggles with very meager resources to care for the children, especially toddlers and babies. The ages of these children can range from one day old to 18 years, but all require your care and support.
Orphanages and foster homes in Ghana are basic and under resourced in both material and human resources. They have very few school supplies, toys and very little food. You will be helping to contribute to the growth and quality of the services provided by orphanages throughout the country.
The main role of a volunteer on this project is to provide love, care and attention to the vulnerable children living at the home. You may also get involved in teaching the children, as many of the children go to school during the day or attend schools attached to the orphanage.
Some of the typical activities you may be involved in include:
Before starting on the volunteer project, you will receive an the orientation which will include all of the essential information needed for your stay in Ghana including; local language and dialects, staying safe in Ghana, work place ethics, security and safety tips as well as staying healthy in Ghana, a visit to the local bank or forex bureau to exchange currency etc, a visit to the town and use of public transport. You will also be transferred to your project area and met by the project co-ordinator, where you will be shown around and the area taken to meet your host family.
During your project, you will have the fantastic opportunity to live with a local family close to where you will be working. You will find all of the families warm and welcoming, though you may be a little surprised by the accommodation standards compared to those you are used to!
Home-stays provide the unique opportunity to fully integrate and experience a cultural immersion by living with a local, English speaking Ghanaian family in their home. They will be on hand to help you and also show you around the local area and make you feel perfectly at home.
The accommodation in Ghana will vary; from very basic with outside taps and long drop toilets (possible in more rural areas), to sofas, showers and televisions. There may well be water shortages or electricity power cuts at times. All of our homes have been carefully inspected and you will have your own bedroom and a fan, though in a few instances or upon request you may also be sharing with another volunteer. When in the village, volunteers feel extremely safe and will be treated like one of the community members.
During your stay you will be provided with two meals per day, breakfast and dinner. Lunches will depend on where your project is located. If you are only a short walk from your accommodation, then your host family will be more than happy to provide food for lunch at the house. However, volunteers that need to take a taxi or short bus ride to your project, typically buy some fresh fruits and snacks from the local vendors near the project.
After your booking has been confirmed, arrange your return flights to Kotoka International Airport. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hostel or host family depending on the arrangement and project.
Throughout your stay in Ghana you will have the support and guidance of the Ghanaian project leaders and team. They will provide you with competent field support and assistance and help you with any questions, or support, you may need during your stay.
Volunteers aged 18 to 50 years will be accepted onto this programme.
Below is some feedback from a recent volunteer on the Ghana Orphan and Vulnerable Children Volunteer Project.
“I really enjoyed my time in Ghana. Had an amazing time and is definitely an experience I will never forget. The combination of being able to teach and visit the orphanage was a nice mix… ours days were always busy! At the school we were given free reign to teach or organise games. At the orphanage we got to do fun things with the kids after school or help them with their homework!
The whole experience was so enjoyable. The highlight was definitely just spending time with the children. They were wonderful and full of life, they took nothing for granted and were the happiest kids I have ever met despite having so little. Being immersed in the heart of Ghana’s culture was eye opening and experiencing the African way of life was great!
The accommodation was way beyond expectations. Very comfortable and host family were great. We were provided with really good meals for breakfast and dinner. We were able to try lots of traditional Ghanaian dishes.”
Arrival dates are the second Friday of every month.
You should arrange your flights to arrive into and depart from Kotoka International Airport, Accra for the set dates.
4 weeks – £799
8 weeks – £1049
12 weeks – £1299