Volunteering in Ghana with Projects Abroad
- Placement location: Accra, Akuapem Hills and Cape Coast
- Project lengths: From 2 weeks
- Accommodation: Host families
- Prices: From
- Top places to travel: Mole National Park, Wli waterfalls, Busua beach
- Projects available: Agriculture & Farming | Building: General Building Projects | Care: General Care Projects, HIV/AIDS | Culture & Community: Anthropology | Journalism | Law & Human Rights: Human Rights, Law | Medical Electives: Dentistry Electives, Medicine Electives, Midwifery Electives, Nursing Electives, Physiotherapy Electives | Medicine & Healthcare: Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Public Health, Speech Therapy | Micro-finance | Sports: Basketball, Community Sports, Football, Rugby | Teaching: General Teaching Projects, Teach IT | Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care: Veterinary Medicine | Short-term Specials: Care & Community, Medicine, Football | Language Courses: Twi | Christmas Projects: Christmas Care & Community Project, Christmas Medicine Project
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 Agriculture & Farming, 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, and the Akuapem Hills.
In and around Accra, Ghana’s capital city, we offer overseas voluntary work opportunities in print and broadcast journalism, sports clubs, care centres, veterinary practices, public health and our very own human rights office. Most of our medical volunteer projects are based in Cape Coast, and the Akuapem Hills (a more rural location) hosts the majority of care and teaching projects, as well as building, micro-finance, animal care and veterinary projects.
General Information on Ghana
Ghana is an intensely colourful land on the West coast of Africa. The British colony known as the 'Gold Coast’ 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 attractions and places to visit. You will want to see the old slave forts and visit 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
Join us in Ghana and help construct better-quality homes and classrooms for children and their families. Learn how to make bricks from mud and water, before building walls, plastering and painting.
Get involved and help improve conditions for children in Ghana. Volunteers can work in orphanages, day care centres, care homes, with disabled children, or with those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Work in a hospital and in the community on a vital HIV and AIDS control programme.
Use your knowledge in Anthropology to provide information and resources for volunteers at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office.
Work alongside local staff to identify communities and individuals in need of assistance. Areas that you may get involved in include domestic violence, offender's rights, child trafficking and child labour.
Work in local law firms or at the Ghana Legal Aid Scheme and have the opportunity to resolve complaints and specific issues for people revealed as victims.
Teach English in this vibrant West African country and work in primary schools that are often poorly resourced. You can expect to take timetabled English classes for a range of ages.
Share your knowledge of IT with Ghanaian students and teachers. You will teach students how to switch a computer on and off, and explain how to use software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Volunteer in a veterinary clinic in Kumasi and get involved in administering vaccinations, observing and assisting in operations, laboratory work, post mortems and routine treatments.
Take part in an intensive stand-alone Twi language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular placement.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Ghana
In Cape Coast or the Akuapem Hills, volunteers can have a positive impact by caring for children in orphanages or local schools. You can give back by playing games and arranging activities, as well as contributing to the community by renovating and decorating schools and centers.
Contribute to community outreach and public health programmes that provide free treatment to disadvantaged people in Ghana. You can also enhance your medical knowledge by shadowing and observing professional medical staff in hospitals.
In Ghana, volunteers can make a contribution by coaching soccer, the most popular sport in the country. You will work alongside local coaches to help children develop their skills, increase their confidence, and referee matches.