Community Farming Volunteer Projects in Ghana
- Placement location: Akuapem Hills
- Role: Volunteers will be involved in helping local communities start businesses and secure a better future for themselves
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, travel and medical insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
The Community Farming Project is based in the Akuapem Hills, our most rural region in Ghana. This project is in the early stages of development and currently should be combined with another project like teaching, care or building work.
The project consists of a small farm, located just fifteen minutes away from the Akuapem Hills regional office. Volunteers are responsible for helping to maintain all aspects of the farm including animal care, crop growing, flower production, and land management. They also arrange school trips to the farm to educate the local children.
Produce which is grown in the farm includes small quantities of, plantain, papaya, carrots, onions, yam, coco yams and sweet pepper. The farm is also home to rabbits, guinea pigs, and chicken.
Volunteers arrange trips for local schools to visit the site. Children are then educated on the process of growing crops in a sustainable environment. They also learn how to take care of animals and how to identify seeds.
Volunteers receive training from local specialists in the different techniques involved and have an agricultural text-book which is part of the curriculum to use with the school children.
In the future we hope to develop the garden into a sustainable, organic farm and we will continue to work closely with the local community, passing on a vital awareness of conservation issues to a new generation of African children.
Due to the heat and the physical nature of the work, volunteers on the farm typically work from 8am to midday. Those who want to work in the afternoons are encouraged to help out at the local village school.
You can join the Agriculture & Farming project in Ghana for one, two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.