Volunteer Agriculture & Farming in Ghana
- Placement locations: Akuapem Hills
- Role: Volunteers will be involved in helping local communities start businesses and secure a sustainable future for themselves
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
The Agriculture & Farming Project in Ghana offers Projects Abroad volunteers the opportunity to work on a small organic farm, based in the Akuapem Hills, our most rural region in Ghana. Whether you are on a gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation, you will be able to make a significant contribution to the farm and the community.
Volunteer in Agriculture
The farm is located just fifteen minutes away from the Akuapem Hills regional office. As a volunteer, you will be responsible for helping to maintain all aspects of the farm including animal care, crop growing, flower production, and land management. The farm produces a variety of crops, including small quantities of plantain, papaya, carrots, onions, yam, coco yams, and sweet pepper. The farm is also home to rabbits, guinea pigs, and chickens.
You will also assist with arranging school trips to the farm to educate local children. Children are then educated on the process of growing crops in a sustainable environment. They also learn how to take care of animals and how to identify seeds. Volunteers receive training from local specialists in the different techniques involved and have an agricultural text-book which is part of the curriculum to use with the school children.
Due to the heat and the physical nature of the work, volunteers on the farm typically work from 8am to 12 noon. Those who want to work in the afternoons are encouraged to help out at the local village school.
In the future we hope to develop the garden into a sustainable, organic farm and we will continue to work closely with the local community, passing on a vital awareness of conservation issues to a new generation of African children.
Our times of getting the food for the animals often introduced me to new aspects of Ghanaian life, such as seeing how the meat was prepared after the animal was killed and skinned, seeing how they go about fixing cars and using the parts of totaled cars that are still good, and much more. Read more...
This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.