Volunteering in Ghana with Projects Abroad
- Placement location: Accra, Akuapem Hills, Cape Coast, Kumasi and Koforidua
- Project lengths: From two weeks
- Accommodation: Host families
- Prices: From
- Top places to travel: Mole National Park, Wli waterfalls, Busua beach
- Projects available: Agriculture & Farming | Building | Care | Community: Anthropology, HIV/AIDS, IT Projects | Journalism | Law & Human Rights | Medical Electives: Dentistry Electives, Medicine Electives, Midwifery Electives, Nursing Electives, Physiotherapy Electives | Medicine & Healthcare: Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Public Health | Micro-finance | Sports: Basketball, Community Sports, Football, Rugby | Teaching | Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care: Veterinary Medicine | Language Courses: Twi | 2 Week Specials: Care & Community, Medicine, Sports
Ghana is an exciting and popular place to spend some time on a volunteer project or work experience placement. Our voluntary projects in Ghana are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a gap year, career break or as summer work experience while studying.
Volunteers in Ghana work on a wide range of projects including Teaching, Care, Community – including Building and IT Projects, Medical & Healthcare Projects – including Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Midwifery and Dentistry, plus Journalism, Veterinary Medicine, Sports, and Human Rights.
Where we are Based in Ghana
Projects Abroad has many projects available to volunteer in Ghana, based in Accra, Cape Coast, Koforidua, Kumasi and the Akuapem Hills.
There are overseas voluntary work opportunities in hospitals, orphanages, newspapers, schools, sports clubs, veterinary practices and radio stations around Accra, Ghana’s capital city. We also have teaching, care and medical volunteer projects based along the coast in Cape Coast, in the ancient Ashanti capital, Kumasi and in Koforidua, the capital of the Eastern region. The Akuapem Hills (a more rural location) hosts further medical, care, culture & community and many teaching projects.
General Information on Ghana
Ghana is an intensely colourful land on the West coast of Africa. Once the British colony known as the 'Gold Coast', it is renowned for the friendliness and warmth of its people. Ghana has great beaches, wild savannah and dense rainforests. This English-speaking country provides volunteers with a wonderful introduction to Africa; it is politically-stable, safe, affordable and rewarding to visit.
All Projects Abroad Ghana volunteers live with local host families. The combination of Ghanaians' strong religious faith and hospitality makes living with a family a special experience.
African traditions combined with British influences have produced an exciting modern Ghanaian culture – open, musical and diverse. Although Ghana is a poor country, in recent times it has attracted new money and many Ghanaians are now returning home from abroad, bringing new investment and ideas with them.
Certainly, life in Ghana will enable you to encounter some unusual situations, from the unpredictable electricity and water supply, to seeing even the poorest families dressed up in their best clothes for church on a Sunday morning. You will also need to adapt to the bizarre and the unfamiliar, whether it be the car-shaped coffins or the banku and fufu you will have for lunch.
Travel and Tourism in Ghana
Living in vibrant, colourful Ghana will feel like an explosion; an enchanting sensory overload. Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture, so in the bigger towns - especially Accra - you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out.
There are many, many attractions and places to visit. You will want to see the slave forts and spend a night in the rainforest at Kakum Rainforest Reserve, feed wild monkeys at The Boebeng Monkey Village or elephant watch at Mole National Park.
Travel across Ghana is cheap and easy, whether it be in a taxi, a tro-tro (a sort of minibus) or on a lake boat. There are clean, affordable places to stay and eat in all the main towns.
Volunteer in Ghana for a superb location to bird watch and Ghana is developing a good ecotourism philosophy. It’s also an interesting place for history lovers and, once your overseas voluntary work is over, it’s a great stepping-off point from which to explore West Africa.
Projects available in Ghana
Take part in an intensive stand-alone Twi language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular placement.