Orphanage Project

volunteer in orphanage project in ghana
  • Brighten up the lives of children from impoverished background
  • Work with local organizations to provide adequate care and support to children
  • Live with a local family and enjoy the laidback day-to-day Ghanaian life
  • Immerse in the rich history, culture and abundant natural beauty of Ghana in your downtime

Despite the peace in the country and a strong democratic government, orphaned children are still a prevalent problem in Ghana. The orphanages in Ghana are always overcrowded, and the staff struggle to adequately house, feed, clothe and educate the children. Without sufficient financial support, the orphanages continuously face hurdles in trying to effectively run their programs. New Hope partners up with the orphanages in order to alleviate the problem of short-handedness. As a volunteer in Ghana, you’ll be lightening the load for the orphanages so they can reach out to more children. Most importantly, you’ll be providing the children with much love and attention that they deserve. Be a positive impact on the lives of the orphans of Ghana, while soaking up the multi-faceted culture and magnificent beauty of the country’s natural landscape.

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer in Ecuador, you will be working with children from impoverished backgrounds at an orphanage or childcare. You may also work with volunteers or assistants at the center. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching basic English, Math, Science, Physical Education, or other subjects of interest
  • Provide care, love and attention to children
  • Providing daily care to the children such as preparing meals and watching over them
  • Help them with their homework
  • Participate in playtime activities
  • Educating on personal hygiene, and safety rules and precautions
  • Developing stimulating new ideas to interest the children to learn
  • Organizing and leading extracurricular activities such as games, sports, art, music, dancing, story-telling, drama lessons, etc.
  • Assisting the local staff with administrative duties, promoting fundraising activities, and helping to plan events and excursions for the children
How You Can Make a Difference

Due to this project, orphanages are able to stay afloat and provide the children with the necessities. Besides lightening the load of the staff, your participation as a volunteer in Ghana will be helping the orphanage to be financially viable. You'll also be the shining light for the children and bring about a fresh and positive energy in the orphanage. You'll also play the role of a friend and mentor to the children, turning them into confident individuals capable of believing in themselves. The love and attention that these children get from volunteers will uplift their spirits and put a smile on their faces.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications required to volunteer in the orphanage in Ghana project, but your understanding of Ghanaian culture and language can help improve the experience for you and the children. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. Volunteers should have love for children, empathy for their unfortunate circumstances and willingness to share their passion with them while being patient and flexible. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Project Location

The project is based in Accra and Kumasi.

Accra is the capital and the largest city in Ghana. Accra experiences tropical savanna climate with wet and dry seasons. You can find lots of banks, restaurants, and cafes in the city, and during your free time explore National Museum, National Theatre, Independence Square, Jamestown and Makola Market. Kumasi is the traditional home of the Ashanti. The cosmopolitan city is also widely regarded as the cultural hub of Ghana as the vibrancy of Ghana's culture is more apparent here than any part of the country. It is also known as "The Garden City" because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants.

Volunteers will have a colorful assortment of choices on how to spend their free time away from projects. Ghana offers one of four rainforest tree canopy walks in the world, where you can get a literal bird’s eye view and observe the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest down below. You can also explore Ghana’s beaches. Be it sea turtle sightings, water sports or lounging on the white sands; there is something for everyone. Wildlife is abundant throughout the country and Ghana is home savannah elephants and many other mammals, including seven types of monkeys. The urban experiences deliver cathedrals, museums, theaters, restaurants and more.

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