A group of students built a toilet block as part of their building volunteer work in Ghana

Building Volunteer Work in Ghana

Get your hands dirty and assist with hands-on construction work while volunteering in Ghana

Assist with building volunteer work in Ghana and use your own two hands to provide communities with important infrastructure. You'll work alongside local builders to construct classrooms, toilet blocks, libraries or homes. This is a great way to get actively involved in the community and learn new practical skills.


Because of the building work you do, you will be able to physically see the effort you have put in before leaving Ghana. Everything you do is part of our efforts to improve quality of life for people living in disadvantaged areas.


As a volunteer, you’ll work in one of the many little villages found in Akuapem Hills and stay with a local host family. Try traditional Ghanaian food from the street markets and visit national parks over weekends.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01903 708300 for more info.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:

Akuapem Hills (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

A volunteer is pictured laying the foundations for a toilet block as part of his building volunteer work in Ghana.

Is construction volunteering in Ghana right for me?

Not afraid of hard work and getting your hands dirty? Then our Building Project in Ghana is for you! You don’t need experience, as our supervisors and local masons teach you everything you need to know. This is the perfect placement for anyone who wants to help using their own hands.


Construction volunteering in Ghana is also a great project for those who are interested in construction but it is also beneficial for those who are looking to add skills and experience to their CV. Volunteering on a Building Project in Ghana shows you are dedicated, hard-working, and adaptable. These are all skills you can apply to any job you pursue.


Our Building Project in Ghana is available from as little as a week, and you can choose when to start at any time throughout the year. We encourage you to stay for as long as possible. The longer you stay, the more progress you make, and the more likely you are to see the final results of your work.

The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our booking form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.

What will I do as a volunteer on the Building Project in Ghana?

In Ghana, you’ll help with the construction of classrooms, toilet blocks, libraries, or homes in the Akuapem Hills. During the project, you will:


  • Prepare building materials from scratch using available resources
  • Build or renovate classrooms and community buildings
  • Add finishing touches to the buildings you construct
  • Improve the learning environment for children by adding educational murals to classroom walls

Your building volunteer work in Ghana will be split into three areas:


Create homemade bricks used for construction


You will learn new building techniques from local builders when arriving in Ghana. Instead of regular brick and cement, you’ll prepare your own materials used for construction. We’ll teach you to create environmentally friendly bricks using mud and some water. This involves applying the mud mix to a press and squeezing out excess water to give the brick its shape before leaving it out to harden in the sun.


Get your hands dirty with building and renovation work


You’ll build classrooms or community buildings from the ground up by digging and preparing the foundations before starting on the structure. After the foundation is built, you’ll assist with laying mud bricks one by one and quickly construct the walls of the new building. A new classroom usually takes around one month to complete.


Finalise building work with a few finishing touches


A building is not complete until the final touches have been added. With the guidance of the local builders and your supervisor, you’ll help turn this building into something special. You’ll plaster the walls with a steady hand, assist with the laying of flooring, paint the walls and spend time landscaping or beautifying the outside areas. To help improve the learning environment for the students, you’ll also paint fun educational murals on the walls. This can be anything that will stimulate and excite the children such as ABCs, 123s, and colours.

Where in Ghana will I be working?

Akuapem Hills

You’ll work at various building sites in the lush green mountainside of Akuapem Hills. This more rural region is home to a group of small villages where your project is based. As a Building volunteer in Ghana, you’ll carry out construction work at local schools and renovate buildings that will benefit the community.


Akuapem Hills is one of the quieter regions that we work in. You will get to know the locals as you explore and hear shouts of 'Obroni’ (foreigner) as children try to catch your attention. Although a mostly quiet area, the locals in the village know how to entertain! You can join in on the street festivities or try dried fish and yams at one of the many food stalls dotting the main street.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Ghana Arrival Procedures page.

Projects Abroad volunteers can be seen participating in preparing the building site during their building volunteer work in Ghana.

A typical day on the Building Project in Ghana

The tropical Ghanaian climate is hot and humid with the temperatures reaching over 30 degrees at midday. Because of this, you’ll start your work day at 8.30am and end around 12.30pm, with a 15 minute break around mid-morning.


Each morning, you’ll wake up in your host family’s home and put on old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. To get to the construction site, you’ll catch a tro tro or a shared taxi.


Depending on the building progress, you might dig and set foundations, use a press to build bricks out of mud and water, mix cement using shovels, build walls brick-by-brick or assist with the construction of the roof. After the construction is done, you can plaster and sand the walls, paint the walls and design murals, or help with landscaping in the garden. In the afternoon, you can choose to relax or help out with community initiatives such as the reading club for children or sports activities.


In your free time, you can visit Cape Coast and learn more about the country’s history of slave trade by visiting the castles and museums in the area. With warm weather year round, Ghana is also perfect if you’d like to spend the day relaxing on the beach or exploring one of the many national parks.

Female Projects Abroad volunteer is pictured painting a post on a community day in Ghana whilst on her building volunteer work.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to build important infrastructure in underprivileged communities. In the past, we have built classrooms, accommodation for school teachers, homes, toilet blocks, libraries, bookshelves and more.


Many Ghanaians in the more rural areas live on less than one dollar a day, which means that many families struggle and live in inadequate housing. We have been building sturdier homes for families who cannot afford to build their own.


Public schools also do not receive sufficient funding so there is a limited number of classrooms available. Many of these classrooms are split between two classes. This can prove quite challenging for the teachers and students who are sharing this small space. To improve the learning environment for both students and teachers, we have been helping with the construction of new classrooms.


Through your volunteer building work in Ghana, you’ll provide communities with better-quality homes and the children with safe schooling environments. This will encourage learning and promote a sense of pride in their school.


Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Accra, Akuapem Hills, Cape Coast, or Dodowa. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.

Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.

For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.

We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.


This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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