Volunteering in Ghana
Throughout Ghana there is a need for volunteers to help provide and improve basic needs like education, health care, business development skills training. As a volunteer in Ghana you will get to experience the music and dancing that Ghanaian people practice in everyday life and of course the warm hospitality of the people.
Our volunteer opportunities in Ghana include a fantastic project to Empower Marginalized Slum Dwellers. We also have a hard working Business Skills and Deveopment Programme and a Clincial Medical Placement helping to support, nurture and nourish communities in and around Accra.
For other volunteer opportunities in Africa please take a look at Bostwana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Ghana, a developing country on the west coast of Africa, lies a few degrees north of the equator and is considered the country closest to the centre of the world. Ghana has a fantastically diverse landscape with hundreds of miles of beaches, rainforests, mountains and the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Volta. Wildlife can be seen up close in the likes of Mole National Park in the North, a habitat to lions, antelope, elephants and many bird species. This English-speaking country provides volunteers with a wonderful introduction to Africa; it is politically stable, safe, affordable and characterised by its warm friendly people.
Ghana Travel Highlights
Safari in Ghana
Compared to the likes of Kenya or Namibia, Ghana is lesser known for its wildlife safari, but its diversity of species is no less impressive. It has 16 National Parks and several natural reserves and protected areas, comprised of varied ranges of habitat. These include wetland lagoons, salt pans along the Gold Coast and tropical guinea rainforest. Ghana is home to about 99 species of mammals including the largest land mammal, the African Elephant; there's also the hippopotamus, lion, leopard, hyena, chimpanzee, baboon, buffalo, antelope, 7 species of monkey, and much more. One can also spot about 750 species of birds in Ghana.
Wli, the highest waterfall in western Africa, is one of Ghana's most unforgettable sights. First admire the sheer grandeur of the fall itself - the spectacular white water of the Agumatsa River thundering over 60 meters down steep cliffs into a large pool below. Second are the massive mountain formations comprised of soaring peaks and rock walls, which are part of the Akwapim-Togo Mountains.
Surfing in Ghana
Due to the Southern ocean swells that hit the Western coastline of Ghana, surfers can find some of the cleanest, most orderly and thus rider-friendly waves on earth. The combination of perfect waves, warm water and no crowds, as well as the endless activities to see and do in and around the picturesque fishing village of Busua, creates the ideal place to learn how to surf.
Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world, covers 45% of Ghana's total land area.
70% Christian, 16% Muslim and 14% other
78.5% live on less than $2/day
• Average Temperature: 26°C
• Wet Season: May - October
• Dry Season: November - April
• Hurricane Season: June - November
• Is a visa required?: Yes for both UK and US nationals
• Allocation of Tourist Visa: At destination airport
• Duration of Tourist visa: 1 - 3 months
• Cost of Tourist Visa: £30
• Tourist Visa Extension: Possible for 6 months – 2 years
• Cost of Tourist Visa Extension: NA
• Passport validation: 6 months required before expiry
• Return/onward flight ticket: Required
• Confirmation of Funds: Not required
• For more information: Ghana High Commission in London
• Currency: Ghana Cedi (GHC)
• Inform Banks: Give the dates of travel and destinations to prevent security blocks on your bank and credit cards.
• Cash: Always take enough cash to cover your expenses for the first week in case there is a problem with your bank cards or access to ATM’s is limited.
• Credit Options: Good idea to have at least two different credit/debit card options i.e. MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, or Cirrus.
• Travellers Cheques: Will only be able to exchange in major cities and best to take them in Dollars.
• Western Union: If at any time you have any problems in accessing money you can use Western Union transfer. Money can be sent from your home country and received in Ghana the same day.
• Vaccinations: Yellow fever vaccination certificate required
• Malaria medication: Required
• See local GP: If vaccinations or medication is required see the doctor 4-6 weeks before your departure.
• Less than 4 weeks before you leave: you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while travelling.
• Check the following for up to date information: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention