Atlas Volunteers

Atlas Volunteers

About

Atlas Volunteers is a fairly small volunteering group based in Abetifi, Ghana. We are ran by a mixture of British and Ghanaian staff who have all volunteered previously in the local area before meeting each other and creating a new group to focus on social impact and bringing a change to the people of our community.

Our low cost placements include accommodation in modern, clean housing with all utility bills covered and on site support staff.

We work with the local government and organisations to ensure that your visit is meaningful to both you and the local area with the highest social impact possible.

2021 Placements Resumed!

We are happy to confirm that our COVID safe placements have resumed as of January 2021 and we now have a team of volunteers out with us throughout the rest of year. Don't miss your chance, find out more today ;)
Founded
2017

Reviews

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Pippelijn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have been lucky enough to spend almost five weeks with atlas volunteers and I absolutely had an incredible time! I loved every minute of my stay in Ghana and I would recommend going there to everyone! I have been taken under the wing of atlas volunteers from the moment of my arrival until the end of my stay. The combination of teaching during the day and exploring the area in the afternoon or in the weekends with the other volunteers is perfect. The house where the volunteers are staying is located in a truly beautiful environment. Therefore, going for a little walk to get some bananas, eggs or avocados is always a fun activity to do during the afternoons. In other words I loved living in the volunteer house in Pepease! Concerning the teaching program; working at the school was a challenge in the beginning since the children’s level of English was not as good as I expected it to be. However after a week I found myself getting more comfortable teaching and together with one of the other volunteers I started focussing on stimulating the creative side of the kids. So we started giving music lessons, creative arts classes and PE lessons. Doing this was heart-warming and really fun to do. I loved how the children and even the teachers got excited when for example making music with a cup. The freedom that the organisation offers you makes the volunteering special and unique and gave me the idea I actually made an impact. The support given by atlas volunteers proved itself again when I asked them to help me purchase new uniforms for the school with money I fundraised at home. They guided me throughout the whole process making sure everything was taken care of. So once again thank you atlas volunteers! Hopefully I will be able to come back in the future because I am missing life I Ghana already!

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Jolanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time at Atlas was one of the best experience in my life. The accommodation and the environment was just amazing. Everyone was really helpful and supportive and whenever you have new ideas you will definitely get good support. You will get help from day one and whenever you need help or you have unanswered questions Frank, Sam or Libby will always be there to help you out as much as their can. I really loved how relaxed everything was and how everything worked out at the end. Even if you work a lot and you are busy you still have enough time at the weekends to explore the area and Ghana. You can plan some nice weekend trips to Accra, Kumasi or you can explore Abetifi and the whole area. If you have any questions about travelling Im sure one of the lovely coordinators can help you out. All in one it was more than worth it to go and experience the culture and learn more about the way of teaching and learning. All the kids are very lovely and all of them are really excited to meet you and have you as a teacher. So I highly recommend to join Atlas Volunteers :)

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Laureena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I arrived in Ghana on the 5th of October and stayed there for about 4 months. If I wanted to tell the story of my stay in Ghana, it would take hundreds of pages and i don't think it's a good idea anyway because every experience is unique. However, what I can say is that these 4 months deeply changed me. First of all, I met so many incredible people, including volunteers from all around the world who will remain friends forever. I was teaching to 4 different classes in primary school, from P3 to P6 and I met kids with a deep desire to learn and such inspiring personalities. During the Christmas national holidays I got the opportinity to travel around Ghana with other volunteers and it will always be one of my best memory of Ghana. In the day to day life, I really enjoyed spending time with the other volunteers in the house, going shopping in the towns near our village to buy tasty fruits (pineapples, mangoes, papaya ...) and vegetables (avocados, yam, plantains...) or the beautiful colored fabrics, or relaxing in the pool of the hotel near the house. I'm feeling so grateful for all the good things that happened to me during this trip and all the people I met. Thank you AtlasVolunteers.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't forget your mosquito net ! (and for the rest : just enjoy !)
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cathal
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely amazing project to be a part of, felt as though there was a real contribution made to the local community and that the work we did was greatly appreciated. The volunteer group & staff were brilliant, very compassionate & really helpful in adjusting to the new environment . There's no doubt in my mind i'll be back in Abetifi again someday, you'll understand why as soon as you arrive, such a beautiful place, with the people to match. Great times were had & great memories made, I can't recommend this programme enough.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Hand on heart, the skewered mystery meat you can get cooked roadside & drowned in that seasoning was some of the best scran i've ever had.

Beware of the women selling boflot, that is easily the most addictive snack out there, replaced most of my daily meals.
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Louise
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the chance to join a beautiful building and renovating project in Suminakese, in a remote village. Indeed I built with my colleagues a new school and managed the whole construction site whilst meeting people of the village, collaborating with local artisans and playing with the children. This was a great opportunity to learn a lot from each other and witnesss directly on the field the incredible impact of our project. Finally this amazing exprience allows you to share unforgettable memories.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Roll your sleeves up! Here youth shakes the world!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Frank Ofori

Job Title
Volunteer Support
Frank Ofori is a volunteer support staff at Atlas volunteers with 5 years experience working within the intricacies of people and project management for a number of charities and volunteering companies. Outside of work, he likes to read and play football.

What is your favorite travel memory?

A 7 day trip to the western part of Ghana, a country in the West Africa region. I enjoyed the beautiful, quiet and clean Busua beach in Axim which had activities such as surfing, hiking through a nearby forest and a night party organized by the Busua beach resort on weekends. A visit to the Kakum canopy walkway, the Cape Coast slave castle was an eye opener about some of the activities and the barbaric treatment suffered by the slaves during the slave trade period. The most striking moment of the trip was to witness the local festival with all the colorful and beautiful sense of fashion and the great hospitality I experienced from the local people. All the above mentioned experiences coupled with the calm nature of the people, makes it my favorite travel so far.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Yes because I have been handed a bigger and a more challenging role by my current employer and that has enabled me to grow and improve upon all my professional qualities associated with my job as a volunteer support staff. Moreover, the focus and ambitions of my current company aligns very well with my thoughts and vision and hence has helped me to be able to bring forth and incorporate my ideas into that of the company which in turn has given me great confidence because of the recognition given me by the company.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

A return student was able to write her own story about Africa and most importantly about Ghana as one of the most peaceful countries she had visited with the best hospitality after her trip to Ghana. Before coming to Ghana, she was made to believe that it was a poor, rough and a violent country based on news she read on prominent news sites and the internet. Based on the projects she took part in whiles volunteering with my company, she decided to start her own blog to paint the real and beautiful picture of Ghana.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Reforestation and Tree Planting Activist. This is because the issue of climate change activism in Ghana is close to non-existent. So leading the charge of the fight against climate change through reforestation, tree planting and educating the locals on the importance of forest conservation create awareness about the threat of climate change to the environment.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The ability to design and execute projects which reflects the real needs of the beneficiaries whiles at the same time engaging volunteers to bring forth and shape their ideas and plans to align with that of the company to give them desired voice. I was especially proud of the team during the launch of our reading club and school support project because of the readiness, eagerness and the commitment shown to make the project a success.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Having a clear vision and focus. Making the needs of the staff and all other necessary partners a priority as I believe that brings out the best in them and encourages the team to work with great commitment and enthusiam to propel the vision and target of the company to the desired and appropriate level. Also, implementing necessary instruments to ensure a successful information flow throughout the entire company structure.