Volunteer in Ghana and help us improve the lives of disadvantaged young children. You’ll assist local teachers and caregivers in a kindergarten, daycare centre, or special needs school. Volunteering with children in Ghana is a great opportunity for you to gain practical childcare experience and learn new skills. Best of all, you’ll be helping where it’s really needed and working on sustainable, long-term goals.
This project focuses on early childhood development and learning through play. Your work will help us achieve our goals of promoting literacy, numeracy, and hygiene practices among young Ghanaian children.
You’ll be based in one of three stunning locations, and will live with a local host family. This will be your home away from home and you’ll learn all about Ghanaian hospitality, culture, and traditions.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
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.
Completely flexible dates
Akuapem Hills , Accra , Cape Coast (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged over 16 can join
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
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
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
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Volunteering for Professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
What will I do on this project?
You'll work in a kindergarten, daycare centre, or special needs centre. However, you won't be on your own! Your main role is to support local teachers and caregivers with early childhood development work.
Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:
- Run educational activities like helping children learn to read
- Share ideas with other volunteers to create new, fun activities
- Run hygiene awareness campaigns to help keep the children healthy
- Track the development of children and placements using special tools and techniques
You’ll enjoy loads of opportunities to take initiative, while having a strong support system and reliable curriculum to guide you along.
Your work with children in Ghana will be divided into four main categories:
Help teachers pay attention to children equally
Classes are often full beyond capacity, so teachers and caregivers don’t always manage to attend to each child throughout the day. You will play a huge role in being an extra pair of hands and eyes to help pay attention to children who need it most on any given day.
Give teachers and students a break from regular class routine by offering to lead a fun creative lesson. This could include arts and crafts, reading, or even introducing them to a new game. After classes end and before their parents collect them, you can help children with their homework or arrange sports activities outside.
Work with other volunteers
One of the best things about joining one of our volunteer programmes is the fact that you get to meet other volunteers from all over the world. Make the most of this opportunity by sharing ideas for activities, lessons, and games you can play with the children. You can also share these ideas with placement staff who can add them to their existing class routine to add a bit of variety.
Present hygiene awareness workshops
Some of the children you will work with may never have learned about the importance of basic hygiene. You can help improve this by teaching them how to brush their teeth properly and to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Make this fun with songs, games, and little class challenges.
Assess children and identify specific placement needs
One of the ways in which we keep track of the children’s development and the specific needs of placements, is through specially designed checklists. We will train you on how to use these checklists. You will assess the status of each child on a daily basis in areas related to:
- Fine motor skills
- Emotional abilities
- Social skills
During regular workshops with our local team, you will upload this information to our Global Impact Database. This database enables us to keep track of each child’s development and track the work we do throughout the world on all of our different projects. Read more about how the database works.
Where in Ghana will I be working?
Depending on your interests and/or skills, you will work at one of the following placements:
- Daycare centre
- Special needs schools
Most of our volunteers work in the Akuapem Hills, but we also offer placement opportunities in Accra and Cape Coast.
Located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, the Akuapem Hills form part of the Togo mountain range and are characterised by vibrant green vegetation and rich red earth. This is where most of our childcare placements are located.
With a population of 2.7 million people, Accra is the largest city in Ghana and also the country’s capital. If you would like to experience the humid buzz of this burgeoning West African city, there are a number of placement options here, including a special needs school.
Cape Coast is a large fishing port in the Gulf of Guinea with a history of British, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, and Dutch rule prior to Ghana gaining independence in 1957. There are a number of placement options here, including a special needs school.
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.
I was primarily helping build a new classroom block but I also got the opportunity to teach English and Maths to the children. (...) I was definitely made to feel involved and that my work meant something, even only being there for 2 weeks!
Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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