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Atlas Volunteers

Why choose Atlas Volunteers?

Atlas Volunteers is a 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.



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Amazing experience!

Where do I even start?! I came to Ghana for the volunteer work with the sea turtles. Unfortunately I was at the end of the hatching period and the eggs that were in the hatchery did not survive the crabs. So this means I did not get to see any turtles, of course that is nature so Atlas could do nothing about it and it just tells me that this project is very pure. But not for a minute did I feel bad about the turtle project because there was already a lot of other things to do for us. We did a lot of very different and fun projects such as recycling in many different ways, we got to clean the beaches (what was very much needed), we spend a lot of time with the kids who live in the village and got to help out at the local school, we also did local farming. Our ‘guide’ from Atlas was Rii and he was very kind and had lots of things for us in mind to do in our free time. He also let us meet a lot of people, other volunteers but also locals. At all times we had one or two, we called them our bodyguards around us so I always felt very safe and these guys really felt like our friends. What we did in our free time let us see a lot of Ghana, we went to a festival (which was real fun!), we went to Cape Coast to learn about the history of the country, we had a cooking lesson from a lady from our village, we learned a bit of Twi (the local language) and we got to do surf lessons. For me it was a really special experience and I will recommend it to everyone! You get to really see Africa and how the life is here and you get to be a part of that and meet lots of very nice people!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Have an open mind, the program was so much more than I could ever imagine! I only came for turtles and instead I got the experience of a lifetime
  • Great variety of volunteer work
  • In the middle of the local community
  • Meeting amazing people
  • The crabs who destroyed the eggs
  • End of the breeding season
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My trip to Abetefi (Ghana) was a great experience.
The local contact persons of "Build an Education" were a great help to get me settled and well connected with the other volunteers and colleagues.
I was happy supporting the teachers with their reading club, helping the children struggling with English reading and writing.
Next to the volunteering work, there were lots of opportunities to get out and see the country. The local contact persons often joined and were always available to help organizing the trips.
If you're in for some adventure and want to make a difference in the community, I can strongly recommend this volunteering program.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go with an open mind and expect some hurdles to get settled in. After all, you're in Africa, where there's more time to get things done... :-)
  • Very friendly, helpful people
  • Less stress to get things organized on time
  • Not guaranteed that you will do that day what you planned for
  • Less comfort and luxury at the hostel and the school than what you may be used to
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My second stay with Atlas Volunteers

I came back in March this year to spend another 7 weeks with Atlas Volunteers. First time I came with a friend for three months and I highly recommend this organization if you’re thinking of coming by yourself. It’s so easy to make friends and doing reading club at the local schools is great for anyone who’s interested in working with kids and wants to help them improve their English skills. Despite the work you got more than enough time for amazing free time activities such as hiking, city trips, surfing or exploring new waterfalls! Ghana is such an amazing country with beautiful people. Thank you Sam, Dom, Rii and Frank for your incredible work :)

What was your funniest moment?
Reading fun stories with the kids, dance battles at school, bar nights with lots of dancing, 6 hour hike to a waterfall
  • You can help the community
  • Work and free time
  • Beautiful people
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A change of mindset

The people in Ghana are great and really sweet, they are always helpful and besides what everybody would think, really happy with the few things they had. Their energy is contagious!
The country is beautiful, and the people of the program make you feel at home from the very beginning, always taking care of you.
It made me realize the importance of a good conversation and a good time, not so much stress always planning what it is next, if you have food and a ceiling to sleep under, with people you love, all is good.
The volunteers are around the same age what it is great to create connections!
Totally recommended

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't go with an expectation, just enjoy the ride. Everything can be different everyday, and feel free to go outside the house and explore and talk with the local people, it is the best way to know them
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Will be back

The Atlas house is based in a beautiful area, it's safe and easy to get around and there's plenty to do in your downtime. There's lots of projects to choose from, something for everyone. Spending time in the schools is an amazing experience, the kids are so much fun and so eager to learn. The support you receive from Dom and Frank is fantastic, there's always someone to turn to if you need it.
On weekends it's easy to go and explore further afield, if you're there for some time make the trip to Mole, it's worth it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just make the most of it, get to know people, speak to locals and those you meet through projects. Everyone is super friendly and helpful.
  • Location
  • People
  • Variety of projects


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Staff Interviews

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

Dominic Nyarko

Job Title
Project Coordinator
Ghana or go home
Dominic Nyarko

What is your favorite travel memory?

It's hard to choose as I've been to different places for different vibes.
I've been to Kokrobite for the party vibes with the rastafarian community, and also going to Keta (meet me there) which was incredible. To stay in this eco friendly hotel was really relaxing.
Then Busua, one of my favourite place to go, surfing, even though I'm not great at it but it didn't matter because there were people who are always there to teach you and it was an incredible place to spend a weekend. Day trips to the volta lake is always great too

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

I'm opened minded to The idea of working on sustainable projects. Working with people from different backgrounds with different ideologies has made me become the person I always wanted to be. Being open minded and being able to tolerate other people no matter their gender,race or sexuality. I'm glad to work on sustainable projects which makes almost a lifetime impact.

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

Leaving a current job to do a humanitarian job just because she came to Ghana for six weeks. Meeting strangers who became best friends and with some I can call family. The simplicity of life in Ghana is the reason why I'm going to move there, the people there are so welcoming and always with a smile on their faces and most of them always ready to help.

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

Any project that is sustainable, A gender equality programme, or Women empowerment programme.

Sustainability is key to most of the projects we do because most volunteer projects has been designed to satisfy the volunteer and after they are gone back to their various countries, some projects doesn't continue.

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

Working with people from different backgrounds but always making it feels like a family.
Measurement of impact is our key objective.
Creating a bond between our volunteers and the locals. Also, it's cheap.We engage out volunteers in projects that impact can be measured. We would rather a short term volunteer plant trees whiles a longer term volunteer helping with teaching in local schools.

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

Passion, Transparency, Making client feels very important, and Hard working workers.

Every company wants hard working workers but when they are passionate about the work they do, it makes it easier and success will be assured.
And after being passionate about your job, you have to make sure everyone understands what the company is about without hiding anything from anyone.