At a glance
- Work with qualified social workers and gain a deeper understanding of social issues prevalent in a developing country like Ghana.
- You’ll work in a shelter for abused children, a correctional centre, and local schools.
- Observe how these centres are run, focusing on assisting the local staff in giving the children the support they need.
16 or over
You should be studying social work or a related subject.
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Gain social work experience working alongside professionals
You will spend most of your time shadowing and assisting your supervisor and qualified local staff. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt through your studies to real world situations and cases. The experience will give you a deeper insight into the particular social issues that affect people in a developing country in West Africa.
Provide children with the support that they need
As an intern, you’ll support the work that local social workers do with children. This may include interacting with victims of abuse, and assessing their conditions and needs. If you choose to stay longer than three weeks, you may also get the opportunity to provide one-on-one counselling to victims and facilitate group sessions under supervision.
Share your knowledge and skills
Knowledge and skill sharing forms a big part of this internship. While you’ll be learning from supervisors, you will also be able to share your own knowledge. You’ll work on improving counselling and therapy methods by providing seminars and workshops for local staff. This means that you will need to spend time planning and preparing these presentations. You will also need to review the routines present in your placements and suggest any alternative improvements.
Research social issues alongside a local social worker
Under the guidance of your supervisor, you’ll need to use your knowledge of social work to research social issues and common abuses in Ghana. Then you’ll work together to try and come up with culturally relevant solutions that could help solve these problems. Throughout your time in Ghana, you’ll also need to focus on raising awareness of the prevalent social issues in local communities.
Assess the needs of local centres
As many of the placements in Ghana are under-resourced, you’ll also assess the needs of the rehabilitation centres where you’ll be working. This will help with the development of long-term childcare plans and healthy practices for these institutions.
Where in Ghana will I be working?
Located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Akuapem Hills is characterised by vibrant green vegetation and rich red earth. As one of the quieter regions, children calling 'Obroni’ (foreigner) as they try to catch your attention will be unmistakable. The villages are welcoming and know how to entertain! When volunteering in Ghana, join in on the street festivities or try dried fish and yams at a food stall on the main street. The bustling city of Accra is within easy reach for a day trip.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
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.
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.
Meet the team in Ghana
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