Living & Cost Information
Volunteering in Ghana is an eye-opening and rewarding experience for both young and the old. Here we have some living and cost information to help you better understand the experience of volunteering in Ghana before you apply for a position.
Volunteer work in Ghana will not be without its challenges. As a VPWA volunteer, 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.
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.
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.
The 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
VPWA placements are mostly within the Greater Accra Region, Eastern Region, Ashanti and Volta Region of Ghana. If your chosen programme 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 (north-middle section of Accra).
VPWA volunteers are required to donate some money to cover the cost of administration, accommodation and dinner.
What do my Fees Pay For?
Registration Fee (Non-Refundable) – administration costs, Visa Support letter, 24/7 emergency support from VPWA, programme marketing costs, pre-departure information, travel costs to inspect programmes, VPWA Education & Health Fund and communication costs with volunteers.
Fees Do Not Include?
The following services may also be offered depending on availability: