Come and join us in the bustling city of Accra and work alongside local staff and beneficiaries on this hands-on Agriculture volunteering for Education in Ghana project, where crops not only feed local children but are also sold to generate an income towards school fees. Using 6 acres of farmland, the project uses natural practices, avoiding harmful chemicals, to grow nutritious crops. Crops include capsicum, tomatoes, onions, garden eggs, cassava, yams and eggplant. The crops are used to feed the children and any extras are sold at a local market. The profits raised are given to provide school fees for local children, as children in Ghana have to pay small amounts to go to school and many of the families from disadvantaged communities find it difficult to meet these. Bring your enthusiasm and willingness to work hard, and volunteer to support this worthy Agriculture for Education initiative.
Why choose this project?
Volunteers are needed to help the local staff and the local community with day-to-day agriculture tasks, to ensure that as many crops are planted and looked after as possible. Providing a range of crops takes hard work, and it is important to be able to vary the children’s diet. The manual work is time consuming, and with other demands placed on them, the local people really appreciate the support that volunteers offer. Participation of international volunteers can also often generate interest amongst the community which is always a positive.
Role of the volunteer
This is a physical, outdoors placement where volunteers will be asked to clear, dig and weed the land, and plant a range of crops. Volunteers will work under the supervision of a local farm manager, and will learn how best to tend the crops growing in the Ghanaian climate. You will learn about the local crops, why they are needed and even how they are cooked. Don’t be surprised if the approaches are different from at home, especially when dealing with irrigation and pest control.
After school is done for the day, you may be joined by some of the local children. They will be inquisitive and keen to talk to you and practice their English. Be friendly and you will gain an invaluable insight into Ghanaian life.
There are no specific technical skills needed for this project but volunteers should be willing to work hard. It is a physical placement and it maybe warmer and more humid than you are used to at home, so you should be physically fit. You will be working closely with the local community so a smiley face and openness to share ideas and stories with others is a must.
You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project and motivation letter with their application.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To learn local agricultural techniques
To assist with local efforts to enabled children to attend school
Spend time in a vibrant African city
About the Location
Your project is located in the vibrant city of Accra, which is also the Capital of Ghana. This city is one of the speediest growing cities in Africa when it comes to population and its economy. To put this into perspective, some 2.6 million people inhabit this amazing city and the surrounding Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA). Its modern landscape, stretched over the Gulf of Guinea, provides a beautiful waterfront location. Despite this, the majority of Accra’s action happens within the heart of the city, away from the coastline. Recent developments have seen this once scattered village transform into an extensive low-rise skyline city. Resulting in extravagant 19th century buildings, from the colonial era, mixed with a new urban landscape of apartment blocks, offices, and modern hotels. Although Accra is an exciting and busy city, there are still coveted areas of peace and tranquility to be discovered.
Having said this, it’s hard to believe that most people living in Accra are still suffering from unimaginable poverty. The modernized tall office blocks give way to around some 25 slums and communities. These communities are ever growing since in-migration of people from surrounding areas has become a popular concept.
During your time on our project, you will be staying alongside other volunteers in a volunteer house. The house is situated in the west of Accra, in a peri-urban community, along the way to Kumasi. As you will be staying in a residential area, you will have access to a few local shops near by. Inside the volunteer house, there will be a shared bathroom between yourself and other volunteers, which has running water amongst other basic essentials. There is also a common room within the volunteer house that is a great area for volunteers to socialize in the evening or prepare their project work for the day ahead if need be. If you want a bit of peace and quiet then the balcony of the volunteer house is a great place to go to unwind.
What to do in your spare time
If you haven’t already guessed, there are lots of things to do in Accra during your time on one of our Kaya projects. For those of you who prefer to explore, why not take a walk to the National Independence Monument or visit the arty areas and fishing port in Jamestown. We definitely recommend you take a trip down to the Makola Market in Kumasi, Ghana’s biggest market that sells everything from spices to jewellery and more – a place not to be missed whilst you’re in Ghana.
Since Ghana is home to some of the world’s most magnificent wildlife, why not travel to one of the 16 National parks and go on a safari tour. These national parks are significantly further afield from where you are based, but we are sure it will be a worthwhile trip once you lay your eyes on Ghana’s natural wildlife.
There are also plenty of opportunities to take a break from the hustle and bustle of central Accra.
For those of you looking for a more relaxed experience, we suggest you visit the Volta Region or Cape Coast. Ghana has many cultural and natural attractions and we want to make sure you don’t miss them! A great spot to visit is Wli Falls where you can explore the beautiful hills on the Togo border. You should also take a trip down to La Pleasure beach and Kokrobite beach to enjoy the beautiful scenery and relax in your spare time.
Details & Costs
- Cost: £997 / $1745 for 2 weeks
£130 / $228 per extra week
Please note that a deposit of £280 / $490 is required for this project.
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Accra, Ghana
- Project activities: Digging, weeding, planting of crops, interacting with local children
- Working hours 9 -4, Monday to Friday
- Project availability All year round, except
- 15th December – 5th January
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Dorm room for 2 – 4 people in a volunteer house
- Food: Communal evening dinner during weekdays
- Airport pick-up from Kotoko International Airport, Accra
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Fundraising Guide
What is not included
- Airport drop off
- Transport to and from projects
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check
- Breakfast and lunches during the workweek, and all meals on weekends.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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