Do community volunteer work in Ghana and work with people your own age to support disadvantaged children. You’ll focus on running fun and educational activities at care centres, and doing light renovation work. This is a great way to add volunteering to your CV, and to help people at the same time.
In Ghana, the care centres we work with are overcrowded and understaffed. We need your help to give local teachers and caregivers the support they need. You’ll do this by helping children learn through play, and doing fun activities and games. You’ll also get involved with community work, like painting a mural or building a playground.
You’ll live and work with other teenagers in Akuapem Hills, and stay with a local host family. Our staff are with you every step of the way to guide and help you when you need it. When you’re not working, we’ve organised social and cultural activities, as well as weekend sightseeing trips. Seize the opportunity to travel and make friends with teens from around the world!
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school break
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Transport to and from your work placement
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organized weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
In Ghana, you’ll get involved in practical work with children and the local community. Here’s what you can expect to do:
- Help children learn through play with fun, educational games
- Renovate schools to give children a more stimulating learning environment
- Meet like-minded volunteers your age from around the world
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Help children learn through play
By encouraging children to learn through play, you’ll support the work of local teachers. Your main focus will be on playing games and running other fun, educational activities. This can include:
- Reading books
- Drawing and colouring in
- Arts and crafts
Your supervisor will have plenty of activities planned for you to do with the children at your placement. But if you’re feeling creative, you’re welcome to come up with your own ideas for lessons, games, and activities.
You and the other volunteers will work together to make physical improvements at schools and care centres. You can paint classrooms and create colourful educational murals. Or, you can help with building desks or playground equipment. You can also make use of coloured cardboard and crayons to make flashcards, posters, or any other educational materials you can think of.
Everything you do is for the purpose of improving the children’s learning environment. This is important work, as the kids will continue to benefit from your efforts long after you’ve completed your project.
Expanding your horizons
On this project, you’ll get to travel to a different country and meet like-minded high school students from across the globe.
During your free time, we have a range of activities planned for you to make the most of your time abroad. You’ll take a trip to the Cape Coast, with a visit to the old slave fort and the canopy walkway at Kakum National Park. You’ll also do social or cultural activities together in the evenings, like a cooking class and drumming lesson.
Where interns work
This project is based in the Akuapem Hills. This is a rural area not far from the capital city, Accra.
You’ll work in a small community care centre or school. These centres and schools often struggle with limited resources and staff to care for the children. They’ll appreciate having extra pairs of helping hands to assist with the children’s education.
You will learn a lot about another culture as you explore and get to know different areas of Ghana. You will be hosted by a local family, which allows you to become fully immersed in the Ghanaian way of life.
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
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
I would recommend this experience without a doubt and to those waiting with anticipation to set off, I say: make the most of it and don’t hold back. Embrace every opportunity you are presented with and, most of all, have a good time!
Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers
The whole two weeks was a beautiful, fun, rewarding experience. I often find myself wishing to be back.
Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers
Meet the team in Ghana
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