At a glance
Try an Alternative Spring Break Project and volunteer in Ghana. You’ll help us improve the lives of disadvantaged young children. You’ll also assist local teachers and caregivers in a kindergarten, daycare center, or special needs school.
Your work with children in Ghana will be divided into four main categories:
- Help teachers pay attention to children equally
- Work with other volunteers
- Present hygiene awareness workshops
- Assess children and identify specific placement needs
Although Ghana is one of the most stable and economically advanced countries in Africa, many rural communities remain deeply affected by poverty and a lack of resources. As one of our volunteers on the Early Childhood Development Project, you can use your spring break to help children in care centers and schools.
The maintenance and renovation work you do will go a long way in improving quality of life at the placement. These activities could include putting in a new floor or painting a bright mural on a blank wall.
Getting involved in this project is a great practical experience for volunteers majoring in:
- Social Work
- Child Development
It is also suitable for any college student who wants to do meaningful and fun volunteer work over their spring break.
Fixed dates during spring breakSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
Where in Ghana will I work?
You will be based in either Cape Coast or the Akuapem Hills. Here, your time will be split between working with children and helping to improve living conditions with some basic maintenance and renovation.
What was once the largest slave trade centre in West Africa during colonial rule, is now a vibrant fishing town with a rich history. Cape Coast has become a hotspot for tourists and history buffs. Historical museums and the worn colonial buildings that stand tall along the streets are a few of the things that give away the city’s once sordid past.
Located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Akuapem Hills is characterised by vibrant green vegetation and rich red earth. As one of the quieter regions, children calling 'Obroni’ (foreigner) as they try to catch your attention will be unmistakable. The villages are welcoming and know how to entertain! Join in on the street festivities or try dried fish and yams at a food stall on the main street.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to improve early childhood development in Ghanaian communities by helping give young children a well-rounded educational experience. Projects Abroad has elected not to work with children in orphanages in Ghana, but rather focus on promoting education through community-based programs that allow children to remain within their families.
With elementary school classrooms, kindergartens, and daycare centers often being overcrowded, local teachers and caregivers struggle to divide their attention equally. Because of this, certain children may have trouble learning certain skills, depending on their interests, strengths, and weaknesses.
As laid out in our Childcare Management Plan for Ghana, we’ve identified five sustainable goals we hope to achieve with our volunteer project in Ghana:
- Promote early childhood development
- Increase literacy
- Improve hygiene levels
- Increase numeracy
- Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
Help us achieve these long-term goals by joining us as an Early Childhood Development volunteer in Ghana.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food And Accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in Accra, Akuapem Hills, Cape Coast, or Dodowa. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana and have a truly unique experience.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your program fee includes three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Safety And Staff Support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team
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