Volunteering in Ghana is an eye-opening and rewarding experience. You will live in a country where family and the community are the most important things in life. You will learn how resourceful people can be and how much can be done with seemingly so little, and whatever project you are part of, you will see what a difference a small amount of help can make in someone’s life.Volunteering in Ghana is not without its challenges. As VPWA volunteers, you will have to adapt to conditions that may be dramatically different from yours at home and you will learn to develop new routines. Many of the volunteers who come to Ghana find the pace of life slower, which is tough when you have deadlines to meet. The public transport you will use can be unreliable and communication can sometimes be challenging. However, by successfully adapting to your new environment and integrating with the community, you will be richly rewarded with a deep understanding of a new culture, new and potentially lifelong friendships, and a profound sense of humanity.
For most VPWA volunteers, living and working in Ghana is quite simply the experience of a lifetime.
Ghana's geography and climate
Ghana is located on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa and extends about 450 miles from north to south, and 250 miles from east to west. Geographically, the country can be divided into three zones: the southern narrow coastal strip of savanna; a broad tropical rain forest extending 150-200 miles north; and the northern savanna area. Lake Volta, formed by the construction of the Akosombo Dam, is the largest manmade lake in the world and is an important geographical feature of the country.
The climate in Ghana is tropical with two main seasons, the dry season from November through March, and the rainy season from May through to August. During the dry season, the Harmattan affects the northern and southern regions with days of continual cool air, haze, and fine dust.
Health and safety
Ghana is one of the safest countries in Africa. In the Global Peace Index it is ranked above both the United Kingdom and the US. It is the perfect introduction for first time volunteers to Africa. It has a democratic electoral process and a stable economy. VPWA team shall ensure your health and safety at all times and you'll have emergency support 24/7. All VPWA Volunteers live in a very safe community with friendly people.
Accommodation & Getting to Work (Below: VPWA Pokuase Residence-Accra)
VPWA placements are mostly within the Greater Accra Region, Eastern Region, Ashanti and Volta Region of Ghana. If your chosen program is in Greater Accra, you shall be living in either our apartment in Pokuase(North of Greater Accra) or our house in Achimota Mile 7 (Middle Belt of Accra) . Volunteers placed in the Eastern Region will live in VPWA Centre in Darmang Anhuntem (a small village about 60 minutes away from the capital). Most programs require volunteers to commute by local transport (Taxi or Bus-Trotro) from their residence.
VPWA volunteers are requested to donate some money to cover the cost of accommodation and dinner.
All other services are provided by VPWA to its volunteers at no fee.
The cost for accommodation and dinner starts at 400Euros for up to 4 weeks. Each additional week is 100 Euros.
(VPWA reserves the right to change it policies and review cost and inform volunteers accordingly before their arrival. Please note information on cost and living arrangement on this website remain final.)
(Below:VPWA Achimota Residence-Accra)
VPWA volunteers receive the following services at no cost...