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Ghana Orphanage, Teaching & Community Health

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Ghana is renowned for its friendly people, tremendous natural beauty, and fascinating culture, and you're sure to feel right at home in this wonderful country. Experience a true Ghanaian welcome from the children of Ghana, surrounded by the natural beauty of Africa, and truly integrate yourself into a friendly and hospitable culture. In your spare time you could swim in waterfalls, spot elephants, baboons, crocodiles, and antelope on the African plains, dance and socialise to the Ghanaian beats.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit this country of tremendous natural beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Carry out vital work within the community

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years
  • CV Required
  • Intermediate level of English
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Hotel Homestay Meals Teaching Qualification CV
FAST FACTS
Location Ghana
Activities Teaching
Caring for the children
Healthcare education
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Visas & equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate

In-country Airport pick-up & drop-off
2 meals a day
Accommodation
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

 


 

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

There are very few recognised charity homes for neglected children in Ghana, and these intelligent children miss out on the opportunity to attend school and develop their education. Volunteer teachers and carers are vital to ensure these children can build a future for themselves. Although English is the national language of Ghana, many Ghanaian children grow up with the local tribal languages of their families, such as Ga, Twi and Ewe. However, to communicate with fellow Ghanaians in education, business, and all official areas of life they must have a good command of English. You could dance, sing, and play games with children as well as teach them English. Literacy is key to education and future jobs for poor children, enabling them to move beyond subsistence farming. Illiterate children have few educational options, and your presence in the school gives them the gift of the language of commerce, allowing them to access stable and secure jobs, and high school and college scholarships. Many orphanages in Ghana rely entirely on volunteer support in order to remain operational and your work will be invaluable in maintaining the ongoing educational opportunities of the local people. You can also help support and educate the local community in much needed areas where a lack of knowledge in malaria, family planning and other health issues presents a very real problem. The time you put in to working with the community is greatly appreciated and hugely beneficial.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The Ghana Orphanage, Teaching and Community Health project is a fantastic opportunity for caring volunteers to make a great impact on the local community and really integrate themselves within Ghanaian culture. Volunteers should be ready and willing to get stuck in to the varied work, a flexible and positive approach is essential! Whichever projects you take part in you can be sure that the children and people you help will be extremely grateful for having someone there to support and care about them. Your work programme will usually run five days a week, mornings and afternoons, with evenings free to enjoy as you wish. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help in various areas within the local communities, depending on current need at the time of your project. Areas of work may include;

Orphanage

Volunteers may help with caring for and teaching children living at the orphanage as well as others from the village who may visit for classes. Volunteers are instrumental in keeping the children engaged with games after school hours and helping with cooking and cleaning in the orphanage.  

Teaching

Volunteers may work in basic community schools, day care centres and the special school for the deaf helping out in the classroom and with any other aspects of school life. Please note that school and public holidays may affect the schedule so please check for the time of year in which you are taking part.

Community health

Volunteers may help in assisting people with disabilities, working around the hospital, patient and customer care, Malaria and the need to keep our environments clean to avoid disease or even administration - basically a variety of different aspects required to keep the hospital or health centres running.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected from Accra airport by a local staff member, but please aim to arrive before 8pm as we prefer not to have volunteers travelling at night time. You will be taken straight to your homestay accommodation where you will receive introductions and briefing on your project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be offered accommodation with a welcoming Ghanaian host in a comfortable house attached to the community school in which the project runs. You will be provided with a bed and bedding and there are Western style toilets and basic facilities.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

During your stay you will enjoy three delicious meals a day sampling national dishes such as fufu, a delicious treat of mashed yams, rice, or corn. Try this with the thick soup which is a national staple and you will experience a truly authentic glimpse of life in Ghana. Vegetarians are welcome and can be catered for.

I WAS ABLE TO MAKE AN IMPACT  | 26 Jan 2015
I felt that I was able to make an impact on the children's lives by helping them to learn and...

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Where else could I have experienced all this and more?  | 25 Oct 2013
The whole experience has been truly brilliant. The welcome from the children, their instant curio...

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Life changing experience  | 4 Jul 2013
I chose this project because it offered three types of volunteering; teaching, helping in an orph...

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Ghana Colours  | 30 Jul 2012
Ghana is a great place to volunteer. I spent there four weeks, working in a school and in an orph...

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Great times in Ghana  | 30 Aug 2011
Ghana is incredible! At the start of my trip i needed a bit of time to get used to the different ...

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Colour, life, warmth and spontaneity  | 23 Aug 2010
After an eventful and fun weekend at Cape Coast, two of us depart today for British soil. Althoug...

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Baptism of Fire  | 9 Aug 2010
Our arrival in Ghana was a culture shock from the start, but the heat, the dust, and the much to ...

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My Ghanaian Experience  | 26 Jul 2010
Sitting in Hans Cottage Cafe, a picturesque setting by a beautiful lake surrounded by green veget...

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Thirteen Obruni’s land in Tutu  | 12 Jul 2010
The minute we stepped off the plane we were hit by a wave of humidity, followed by a man acting a...

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Ghana Has Changed Our Lives  | 24 May 2010
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time you may explore your local area as you please, or arrange a tour around a village or to a particular site, taking in the many spectacular attractions Ghana has to offer. Attractions include five spectacular waterfalls, the Volta estuary and numerous archaeological caves with evidence of historical settlements.

A range of adventure and cultural activities like visits to remote villages, wildlife safaris, and river rafting trips are available. Talk to our in-country project representatives on arrival or during your stay to organise your trip! Book direct with in-country operators and help to support the local economy.

COSTS

2 weeks £ 449

Extra week £ 145

Jun-Aug £ 495

Jun-Aug £ 195

DEPARTURE DATES

Please aim to arrive during the day on the first Monday of the month.

 

2015/16 TERM DATES

School term dates are as follows:

  • 18th September - 17th December 2015 (1st Term)
  • 12th January - 14th April 2016 (2nd Term)
  • 10th May - 28th July 2016 (3rd Term)

DURATION

2 weeks & longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel and medical advice & documentation
  • Visas & equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Food (minimum of two meals a day)
  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Accra (ACC)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.