Special Needs Volunteer

Special Needs center is a well managed educational, physical,sensory development/ rehabilitation center that caters in a holistic manner for

the needs of children and young adults experiencing developmental and life challenges caused by disability.

Specific duty & Requirement:

·         To provide support for pupils/students under the supervision of the teacher

·         Be dedicated and passionate about persons with special needs and about inclusion.

·         Have the patience and understanding for persons with needs and regular children.

·         Have at least a years experience teaching children and/or young adults with special needs.

·         Preparing learning materials

·         Helping pupils/students to understand instructions

·         Helping pupils/students during therapy

·         Carrying out a child’s care plan: behaviour, social etc

·         Supporting children during social activities and outings

·         Keeping records

·         Giving information and help to teachers

·         Recognizing how a child communicates

·         Helping toileting needs      

·         The volunteer will serve as a support teacher in the classroom. Where they have other abilities in ICT and sports they will be requested to help.

·         Knowledge in speech and language therapy is desired.

General Volunteer requirements

Further details

What’s included in the project fees?

Registration Fee (Non Refundable if you choose not to go) – Application Review and processing, administration costs, Visa Support letter, 24/7 emergency support from VPWA, Program marketing costs, Pre-departure information, travel costs to inspect programs, VPWA Education & Health Fund and communication costs with volunteers. 

Program Fee – Airport pick up, orientation, Supervision, accommodation and meals(dinner) during volunteer placement period, In-country 24/7 volunteer support and In-country administration costs.

What’s not included?

•    Airfare to Ghana

•    Visa Fees

•    Vaccinations and immunizations (please speak to your local GP)

•    Personal insurance(required)

•    Personal spending                                                                                   

•    In-country travel


Volunteers working on VPWA projects live in Greater Accra and Eastern Region. Please confirm your project location with our coordinator. Volunteers live in shared rooms with bunk beds. Couples are advised to inform us if they wish to share a room in advance. The rooms have comfortable beds with pillows and covers, so there is no need to bring sleeping bags. The volunteer apartment has a kitchen with fridge, as well as toilet and shower facilities.

The following services may also be offered based on availability

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 provides a perfect introduction for first time volunteers to Africa. It has a democratic electoral process and a stable economy. Our team will ensure your health and safety at all times and you'll have emergency support 24/7.


Volunteers must arrange their own flights to Accra Airport (ACC). Please be aware that you should communicate your arrival date and time to Volunteer Coordinator. The following airlines fly into Accra:


You must obtain a volunteer visa for travel to Ghana. Once you have secured your place on the project and made a deposit. We will then send you a letter confirming your placement which you can use for your visa application. 

What can you bring to the center?

We often receive emails from volunteers on what they could bring as donation to our projects. If you are participating on this program, here is a few items you can bring along if you can:

Giant Legos

Hardy Toys

Giant puzzles

Floor Jigsaw - 2-5 year old

Sensory items


Theraband - for physiotherapy

Boardmaker and other educational software

Visual aids