Volunteer In Ghana
- Why choose Ghana?
- Why should I choose Ghana?
- Is Ghana safe?
- What is the program duration?
- What age do I have to be a volunteer?
- Do I have to speak a foreign language?
- What is the language spoken in Ghana?
- Why should I pay a registration fee?
- Is the program fee tax-deductible?
- Are MasterCard, Visa and other credit cards accepte
- What is the local currency?
- How much extra money do I need?
- Who organizes my flights?
- Do I need travel insurance?
- What should I bring for myself?
- What should I bring for kids in project?
- Will there be any other volunteers present during orientation time?
- Will there be other volunteers at my placement?
- What is the daily routine of the project?
- What are the existing conditions of my placement?
- Will there be someone to pick me up from airport?
- Will I have time to explore Accra and Kumasi during my stay?
- Will I have communications access?
- Can I work with other volunteers?
- Is it possible to change placement if I get dissatisfied?
- What happens if I decide to return home before the placement is over?
- Vaccinations and Medication
- Are New Hope Volunteer programs only for international volunteers?
- Where is the arrival and departure point?
- Clothes and Climate in Placement Areas
Rich in both cultural and natural heritage, Ghana is full of natural resources, beautiful landscapes, lush green palm trees, great beaches, wild savannah, dense rainforests, hills, and many streams and rivers. As a mixture of African traditions and British influences, Ghana has its own modern and diverse culture. In Ghana, you can achieve the most exciting abroad experience and explore everlasting memories of culture and beauty of the distinctive African society. You work with various organizations in their effort to help the neediest communities. You will have the great opportunity to explore various popular destinations while serving the needy people.
New Hope Volunteer places participants in safe environments while volunteering in Ghana. Ghana is quite safe country for travelers. However, be cautious, as there has been an increase in armed robbery. You should be careful if traveling in rural areas and be suspicious of strangers offering tours and “special deals”. In addition, be cautious with your possessions, especially money and cameras. Please consult your own government on latest safety issues before participating in our program.
Our volunteer programs start on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month and run for 1 to 12 weeks. Please arrive on Sunday to begin your program form the next day. Because of the increasing volume of applications, participants are requested to apply at least two to three months in advance.
You must be at least 18 years old to join our program and you should be in good health; there is no upper age limit.
Volunteers on our short-term (2-3 week programs) do not need foreign language skills. Those volunteers interested in participating on one of our long-term programs need to have intermediate language abilities in the spoken language of the program country. Orientation will include an intensive introduction to Ghanaian language.
English is the official language of Ghana.
The registration fee is required to run the organization (office space, computers, Internet, supplies and salaries of staffers). New Hope Volunteer has country office in Ghana to run the coordinated program. Part of the fee goes to maintaining these offices. The remaining money of the program directly goes to support the programs.
New Hope Volunteer is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The program fees and all expenses related to your volunteer program, including airfare, are tax-deductible for US taxpayers. However, any amount given by donors for your specific volunteer program is not tax-deductible for the donors. Please consult a tax professional regarding your individual tax situation.
There are several banks and money exchange services. You can bring MasterCard, American Express and Visa credit cards, cash—dollars or euros—and travelers checks, all of which are accepted in the main cities. However, facilities may be limited outside major cities. Traveler’s checks may also be difficult to exchange in small towns and villages. You can also withdraw cash from most international banks from ATMs and you can exchange at the airport, but $2-4 surcharges apply for each transaction.
The currency of Ghana is Ghanaian cedi (GHC).
We manage food and accommodation for volunteers from the first to last day of program so there will not be need of more money for basic necessities. Living costs in Ghana are inexpensive as compared to those of the West. US$150 will be sufficient to cover the first 2-3 weeks for petty expenses and travel to/from your project. You may need some extra money if you plan to take part in activities outside the organization or if you want to buy some souvenirs.
You will have to arrange your flights to and from Ghana since you are not charged for airfare.
Our program does not cover liability and insurance for our volunteers. Therefore, volunteers must have appropriate insurance before joining the program. Please obtain necessary health and travel insurance before coming to Ghana. Talk to your travel agent about this or search on the Internet to see what offers are available, and make sure you look into the details of the policy. Find out if it covers airfare in case of a medical emergency.
This will vary depending on what activities you want to participate in and how much you need to be comfortable during your placement. With the exception of medicine and a first-aid kit, you can buy everything that you would need for your placement in Ghana. Here are a few suggestions:
- Sleeping bag
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun cream
- Water purification tablets and/or good quality water purifier
- First-aid kit
- Flashlight (torch)
- Books about your country
- Photos of your family/friends/home
- A few examples of your local currency
- Colored pencils and pens, drawing books, stickers
There is no obligation to bring gift for project but they would appreciate it if you bring any gifts. You could bring toys, books, chocolates, pencils, etc.
We receive 5-10 volunteers a month (depending on season) most long-term volunteers join the language and culture program. We offer language and culture program in fixed dates to make a small group. Usually there are between 3 and 7 volunteers at the orientation.
This depends on the exact placement and your preference in this issue. If you want to stay with other volunteers, pleases inform us in advance.
Since we have been working in different projects in Ghana, the schedule of the project varies from one another. Most projects are from Monday to Friday for 5-6 hours a day. Volunteers will have the weekends off and can explore Ghana on their own.
You will be provided food and accommodations; your volunteer program fee covers them. During the language and cultural orientation, you will stay at our hostel with other volunteers. We offer food and accommodation from the first day of the program to the last day. Local food thrice a day is provided for you while training and volunteering. You are advised to buy your own bottled water once you arrive in Ghana. For the volunteers who arrive earlier or who want to stay longer, it is not possible to offer accommodations and food, but we will help volunteers to find a quality, inexpensive place to stay. The living conditions of the placement depend on the area. You will be placed within a family setting with your own room.
One of our representatives will be waiting for you at the airport, holding a sign with your name on it. Please do not forget to send your detailed flight itinerary in advance.
You can arrive several days earlier or even up to a week early for your project, however, you will be responsible for these arrangements (including accommodations and food), and must still meet the coordinator at the airport on the designated date.
You will have plenty of time to explore Accra and Kumasi during orientation. As a part of the language program, we offer a full-day tour. You will also have weekends off and can explore places on your own.
Internet centers, telephone booths and post offices are easily available in cities and most localities around the project where you will be placed.
We allow people to come with a friend or even in a large group. We can place any volunteer near to another volunteer already working in the field. Please be reminded that two members of opposite sexes are not allowed to stay in same room unless they are a married couple. In this case, it is better to arrange a private apartment so that you will have complete freedom.
New Hope Volunteer will seriously consider the request of a volunteer for a change of placement to meet the expectations of volunteers. We cannot change placement without genuine reasons.
Once the volunteer makes a decision and pays for the program fee, upon receipt of invoice, New Hope Volunteer does not refund the program fee under any circumstances. Nevertheless, if the volunteer have unavoidable circumstances (such as illness, death of in the family etc) may request to leave the program, we will consider to return 30% of the host family cost, if volunteers are registered for more than 30 days program. No refund will be made if program is less than 30 days and if volunteers leave program in their own decision.
New Hope Volunteer does not offer airport drop-off service. You will need to arrange a taxi or bus ride to the airport after your project is finished. This is an easy process and our in-country coordinator in Ghana or your home stay family will assist you.
The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to West Africa including Ghana. We would also advice you to discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever (MUST)
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into Ghana.
We mobilize national volunteers along with international volunteers as their counterparts.
A tourist visa can be obtained at a Ghanaian embassy or consulate or at the airport upon arrival for 30 days. If you decide to stay longer than this, you can extend your visa after you arrive. Extension is obtained from the immigration department. New Hope Volunteer advises all volunteers to contact the Ghanaian High Commission or Consulate before travel to Ghana. Please remember that it is the volunteer’s responsibility to manage their individual tickets and visa. We suggest volunteers to acquire visa in their home country to avoid any redundant disturbances at the airport. You will have to pay airport tax upon your departure from Ghana.
Volunteers are requested to make Kotoka International Airport in Accra their final destination. Our representative will meet you at the airport. Your departure will be from the same airport.
Volunteers should dress modestly when at their projects. We suggest female volunteers not to wear short skirts or shorts in villages. Do not wear revealing clothing and try to cover your shoulders at all times. Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jacket/sweater). Weather in Ghana varies from place to place. Ghana is very close to the equator, and so the weather is quite warm and tropical. Ghana experiences two rainy seasons, one from April to June, and the other from September to October.
You have three parties available to you 24/7 in case of emergency, health-related or otherwise: New Hope Volunteer staff, your host family, and your program supervisor. Bring contact information for all three before you arrive.
If you have attributes like independence, patience, a sense of humor, tolerance willingness, flexibility, self-motivation and open-mindedness, you get the most out of your stay in Ghana.