Ghana Childcare Volunteers
2-12 weeks from £419
- Volunteer in a childcare centre in Accra, the capital of Ghana
- Help make a difference to the lives of local children
- Immerse yourself in Ghanaian culture as you live and work alongside local people
- Gain fantastic teaching & childcare experience in a unique setting
- Relax on a beautiful nearby beach during your time off
- Experience one of Africa’s most exciting travel destinations
Make a difference in the lives of children on this exciting and thoroughly rewarding volunteer experience in Ghana. Help out at a childcare centre in the capital city of Accra and provide much-needed assistance to local staff. Like many countries in the developing world, Ghana has a large number of abandoned children and children from very disadvantaged backgrounds across the country, many of whom, for a variety of reasons have been left to fend for themselves. This programme gives you the opportunity to help and care for these children and give them the extra support and attention that they need. Plus, during your time off from the project you can chill on the beach or explore more of Ghana!
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What to expect at the project
You’ll be based in a combined care centre and school in the capital city of Accra, working with both children who come to the centre and school on a daily basis. Some children live permanently at the centre. The ages of the children who live at the centre and attend school range considerably, with anything from 3 to 16 years of age.
Your role as a volunteer on this programme will primarily be acting as a carer or as a teaching assistant at the centres. Your help and support is invaluable to both the staff and the children that you will be working alongside.
For the first few days of your programme, you will have a fantastic orientation to really help you get settled in to your new surroundings and get to grips with how things work in Ghana. You’ll receive an orientation briefing covering lots of useful information relating to your programme and Ghana in general. In addition, you’ll also be taken on a tour of Accra including visits to the craft markets, shops, bars, banks and of course the lovely local beach!
You’ll then be introduced to the combined care centre and school. With smiles aplenty from the children, a very warm welcome is sure to await you on this Ghana Childcare programme!
Transport between your accommodation and chosen project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.
Day in the life
Your volunteer project will normally run from Monday to Friday with a typical day at the project starting at around 8:30am and finishing at approximately 2:00pm, giving you plenty of time in the afternoon to prepare and plan your activities for the following days.
Creativity is key on this programme, every child has varying needs so classes can be very unpredictable; the more interactive and fun you can make each day, the more you and the children will get out of it. Each day will be different, but as you get to know the children and start to develop your own teaching methods, you will soon reap the rewards and benefits. You’ll be joining in with games and fun activities with the children and hopefully introducing some of your own new ideas along the way, as well as giving them some basic English lessons; you’ll really be helping to enrich the classes and care that the children receive. You may also have the opportunity to get involved in some renovations at the school, repairing classrooms or giving them a new lick of paint and maybe the odd mural or two to brighten everything up.
In addition to your main placement, you may also have the opportunity to help out with after school homework help sessions in the afternoons too.
As with any volunteering around the world, we ask that you remain flexible and open minded throughout which will help you to get the most out of your time away
Please note: During August schools are closed for the holiday period, which means normal lessons do not run. If you are volunteering during this month you will be helping out on the recess program which runs throughout August and will also give volunteers a chance to get involved with teaching. Over Christmas, teaching does not take place, but volunteers can help out in other roles. If you wish to guarantee teaching experience, it is advised that you avoid the Christmas period.
Transport from your accommodation to your project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro using local transport. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
Like in many developing countries worldwide, Ghana has a large number of children who have been either, abandoned or neglected or whose parents have died or are struggling to support them, and as such are in desperate need of care and support. There are a growing number of care centres and schools across Ghana which are full to bursting point with children who are in need of your help. With staff often over-worked and stretched to the limit, they are unable to give the children in their care any extra support, attention or one to one time that they need and deserve. This is where you come in, as a volunteer you’ll be giving some much needed support and assistance to the children at these centres.
By volunteering on this programme, you are helping to free up some of the time of the staff and enable the children to give children extra support and some one-to-one attention that they may otherwise go without. As a fluent English speaker, you can also help out with English lessons for the children, giving them an extremely valuable skill for life as well giving them a huge confidence boost!
As well as getting the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of young people, you’ll also gain great teaching and childcare experience in a unique setting. This’ll help prepare you for future teaching and childcare roles, and certainly make your CV stand out from the crowd!
- Accommodation throughout your placement in a shared volunteer house
- 3 meals per day at the volunteer house during your placement
- Volunteer placement
- Support during your placement
- Arrival airport transfer
- Assistance of in-country team
- Comprehensive orientation, including a tour of Accra
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Snacks and drinks
- Optional activities
- Project T-Shirt
- Transport between your accommodation and project
Throughout your placement in Ghana you will be accommodated in a shared volunteer house in Teshie, near the capital city of Accra. Centrally located, you are in easy reach of local shops, banks, bars and even the beach!
You’ll be sharing a dormitory style room with other volunteers of the same gender, each room accommodates between 2 and 12 volunteers. There are also shared bathroom facilities including toilets and showers (cold water).There are fans in each room and air conditioning is available at night time only for a fee which can be arranged locally.
The house is basic but comfortable and has some lovely communal areas where you can chill out during your free time and socialise with fellow participants. The house does not have wifi, but local sim cards with data packages can be also be bought very cheaply locally (for around 15p for a SIM card and 90p for a GB of data) and there are local internet cafes that can also be used.
Three meals per day will be provided for you, the food will be basic but nutritious. Meals are a combination of western and local Ghanaian dishes, please ensure you inform us of specific dietary requirements prior to departure.
Transport from your accommodation to your project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.
Your flight to Ghana should arrive at Accra Kotoka International Airport (airport code ACC) on your programme start date. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date.
To book your flights, please contact our flights team on 01892 277037 or [email protected] who will find you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.
The minimum age for this programme is 18 years.
A tourist visa is required for entry into Ghana. British passport holders can obtain their visa through the Ghana High Commission. For this programme you will be required to obtain a 3 month tourist visa, this can be applied for online and then submitted to the Ghana High Commission for processing. The application process takes 10-15 working days, so please allow plenty of time for your application. All other nationalities should consult their nearest Ghana High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.
Visitors to Ghana will be stamped in for 60 days on arrival, if you are staying for more than 60 days you will need to extend your entry permit for a small fee payable locally, permits can be extended by 1 month intervals. For stays of more than 90 days, you will be required to obtain a non-citizen ID card, this can be arranged locally for a fee of approximately US$120.
Please also note that a valid Yellow Fever Certificate is required for Ghana and this will be inspected on arrival into the country and also need to be submitted with your application for a visa for Ghana. It also needs to be submitted along with your passport for your visa application.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS check and will need to have a clean criminal record.
DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.
There is an additional cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in three stages:
1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.
2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS will need verification of your identity – to do this you will need to take three original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.
3. It can take up to two weeks for your DBS to be processed, which will be sent to you directly in the post.
Do I Need A Visa For Ghana?
Yes you do! You must obtain your Ghana visa prior to departure as it is not possible to obtain a visa on arrival. You are required to have a tourist visa for this programme. British passport holders can obtain a Ghana tourist visa from the Ghana High Commission in London. You will need to apply and pay for your visa online and send off your passport and valid yellow fever certificate for your visa to be issued. It takes 10-15 working days for Ghana visa applications to be processed, please allow plenty of time to apply for your visa.
What Vaccinations Do I Need?
As we are not medically trained, we are unable to give advice on which vaccinations you may need for your travels. However, please note that a valid Yellow Fever Certificate is required for entry into Ghana and will be inspected immediately on arrival. Malaria is also present in Ghana so please you ensure malarial prophylaxis options with your GP prior to travel
Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?
No, you won't need to take a sleeping bag with you, however it might be a good idea to just take a sleeping bag liner or a thin sheet for night as it can be very hot.
Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?
All of the house windows and doors are netted and the rooms are frequently sprayed for mosquitoes. When you travel during your free time, mosquito nets are normally provided in guesthouses etc when required. It is possible to purchase a mosquito net locally if you would like to have one.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
Yes, this is available at the volunteer house. The local team will give you more details when you arrive.