Location
  • Ghana
    • Accra
Length
1 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Guesthouse
Travel Type
Budget Family Senior Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
$270 USD
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $270 for 1 week - this includes accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 06, 2021
Jun 18, 2021

About Program

Trusted by 113,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's most popular volunteer programs in Ghana and 50+ other destinations around the world. Choose from seven meaningful projects including Teaching, Childcare, Medical, Construction and more.

Our Ghana programs span 1 to 24 weeks, based in rural villages and townships within the Greater Accra Region. When you’re not giving back to the local community, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and join exhilarating tours.

Your fully-hosted experience includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer house with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ offers a multi-layered support network, so even before you depart, you’ll receive outstanding service from your IVHQ Program Manager and gain exclusive access to volunteer training and preparation tools.

Ready to make a difference?

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Program Highlights

  • IVHQ’s Ghana program is available year-round, starting on the 1st and 15th of every month and you can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.
  • Fully-hosted volunteer experience from only $270 for 1 week - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining a global network of 113,000+ volunteers backed by the world’s leading team of volunteer travel experts with an outstanding safety system and track record
  • Support impact-driven volunteer projects run by locals within your host community
  • Flexible booking and free changes so you can register with confidence

Popular Programs

Volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ

Childcare volunteers in Ghana work in both rural and urban communities, providing education, care and attention to children from low-income families. This program is well suited to volunteers with a warm and caring nature, who love working with children and are passionate about supporting early childhood development. Tasks include helping children with morning and evening routines, assisting with food preparation and providing care and entertainment.

Agriculture Volunteering in Ghana

Are you passionate about sustainability and looking for some hands-on volunteer work? As an Agriculture Volunteer in Ghana, you’ll be based on a local farm 2-3 hours from Accra. Tasks involve clearing and developing land for crops, fertilizing, planting, nurturing, teaching farming techniques to locals, fencing, and assisting with purchasing, moving and caring for stock.

Construction & Renovation in Ghana

Based in rural Ghana, this Construction & Renovation project offers volunteers the special opportunity to work alongside local people to help improve infrastructure in small rural communities. Projects focus on clinics, community centers, toilets facilities and schools. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to meet chiefs and community elders, and learn about the local culture through music and dance.

Volunteer in Medicine in Ghana

As a Medical Volunteer in Ghana, you’ll help support small clinics in under-resourced, rural areas for two days per week, and then mobile wound care outreach for the remaining three days. You’ll play a pivotal role in providing basic healthcare services to communities who often don’t have access to these resources. This project is open to qualified medical or nursing professionals as well as volunteers who have completed at least two years of medical or nursing training.

Sports Volunteering in Ghana with IVHQ

Are you an energetic, enthusiastic individual? Ready to give back to a local community in need of extra support and resources? As a Sports Teaching Volunteer, you’ll put structure around local sporting programs that help children develop their physical capabilities outside of school. This program is well suited to individuals with a love of sport and real enthusiasm for supporting youth development and working with young people.

Teach English in Ghana with IVHQ

As a volunteer on this English Teaching project, you’ll work in rural communities across Ghana teaching English directly to local students and assisting teachers. If you’re an aspiring teacher or you're interested in education, this is a great opportunity to get some practical experience while making a difference to those in under-resourced communities. You'll play a pivotal role in helping children develop their verbal and written skills.

Program Reviews

9.61 Rating
based on 92 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 95.65%
  • 7-8 rating 3.26%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 1.09%
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.5
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Bianca
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An experience of a life time!

Literally the best decision I made this year. I’m Nigerian and going to Ghana to help the people in the village made me feel closer to home and gave me a chance to impact people who don’t have the same healthcare system I grew up with. I was blessed to meet so many people and touch as many lives as I could. Luckily, with my group we were able to buy malaria tests, testing 744 people for malaria and raise over $5000 for school and medical supplies. If I had to choose, I’d do it all over again. ♥️

What was your funniest moment?
Definitely when we sung for karaoke night at a restaurant called Sahara in Cape Coast
10 people found this review helpful.
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Malaika
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Frankadua: my second home!

Just wanted to make a post for anyone thinking of going to Ghana. I just got back a week ago and I was there for 5 weeks. Honestly the best experience! The IVHQ staff are amazing and meeting and helping my friends has been the best. I did the agriculture, teaching and medical outreach programs. I also played some sports and a couple of days childcare. It is very flexible and you can do more than one program at once. Joe Senakey was amazing and helped me fulfil all my goals within the programs, getting medical supplies, fundraising and building a water pump and building a house for my friend’s family. He is truly an inspiration and will take good care of you all! Due to Covid there were only three of us volunteering but it didn’t matter at all because I made so many friends with the locals. I will never forget my family in Frankadua and want to go back soon! So GO!! These people are beautiful and need our help so you may return broke but feeling rich in happiness ❤️
Thank you xx

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
No regrets! I would totally stay longer!
Feel free to message me about the programs! Insta: malaikamae
13 people found this review helpful.
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Joshua
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ghana is Amazing!

I came to Ghana as a medical student on my Christmas break from med school. It was an amazing experience! Being able to go out to the communities to treat various wounds and test for and treat patients with malaria was extremely satisfying! The local team (Joe and Millie and everybody) are great and always very helpful. We even went and fed some monkeys at a sanctuary and went to an amazing waterfall! Definitely recommend this trip for anyone considering a medical career - it will change your life! So go make a difference!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
“Kinkay” - a maize dough dipped in hot sauce and usually eaten with fish - delicious!
14 people found this review helpful.
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Tonja
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Safe and Memorable Experience Even During COVID-19

I've volunteered through other programs and this is probably one of the best.

I was originally set to volunteer as a Health Outreach and Education Worker in April, but my plans were delayed because of COVID-19. Thankfully, I was able to go as soon as Ghana re-opened, and I'm so glad that I did. I was the only volunteer because of the current situation, but I don't regret a minute of it.

Edward, the Founder of Volunteer Corps, IVHQ's in country partner, as well as the rest of the team, made sure that I was taken care of and followed safety measures due to COVID-19. There was no reason for me to fear or be nervous.

I was already in country and Benedict, a Program Manager, made sure that my transportation to the volunteer house in Accra was in place. When I arrived at the volunteer house, I was warmly greeted by the team there.

The next day, I had orientation (language, customs, health outreach/education program overview, discussion about excursions) and commuted with the Purple Program team to the Eastern Region, about 3 hours away from Accra, and stayed in the village of Frankadua which was the central location to the villages where work took place.

The volunteer house was clean and I felt safe because of the security guard. The food was great and Mary, the chef, can make food based on your diet. The team went above and beyond to make sure that I was taken care of. When I arrived, I was even greeted by respected community members

The night before volunteering, Joe, the Purple Team Manager, led the team meeting where we discussed more details about the work that I would be doing. Because I was the only volunteer due to COVID, I was asked to do blood pressure screenings (I brought my own monitor), teach on health topics based on my knowledge, conduct malaria tests, and provide first aid (I do have American Red Cross First Aid training, but it is not a must if you are not comfortable). The malaria tests are easy to perform especially if you already have lab experience. It is advisable to bring at least 3 - 4 boxes of your own gloves. So many people would show up (at least 75 per village) to learn and receive testing and care that the staff stepped up to assist in reading malaria test results, educate about malaria treatment, conduct blood pressure screenings, and assist with the flow of the day. They constantly made sure that I had everything I needed, inquired if I needed to take a break, and made sure that my overall health and wellbeing were taken care of.

During my time in the Eastern Region, I was able to provide health outreach in different villages near the volunteer house in Frankadua. The other villages are about a 20 minute ride from the volunteer house.

The team is organized, worked well together, and made me feel like family. There's so much that a volunteer can do. Overall, I was also able to teach about hygiene at a secondary school, teach a community about COVID-19, conduct over 200 malaria tests where treatment was provided (the tests and medication are covered in the program fee), conduct blood pressure screenings and education, and provide first aid care to people who aren't able to access a clinic.

Safety measures were taken because of COVID-19 like wearing face masks, using hand sanitizer, and sanitizing equipment (tables, chairs, etc.).

The need for volunteers is great and there's so much work to do. I will return again.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go with an open heart and an open mind. Be willing to think outside of the box, be ready to use your skillset, be ready to make a difference even if it's small. There really is so much that you can do while working on this program. People were grateful just for what we could do in such a short amount of time.
14 people found this review helpful.
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Jaime
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Outreach

I went to Ghana to volunteer for medical outreach and I enjoyed my time in this program. I was supposed to go to schools to do malaria testing, but schools were all closed due to Coronavirus. Instead, I went to local communities to do malaria testing and wound care. The program allowed me to do meaningful work and see communities I would not otherwise be able to see. The volunteer housing was good, and the food was great! Ghana has friendly, welcoming people and I felt at home right away! I recommend this medical program to those who enjoy going into communities and doing hand on wound care and testing.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Getting on a motorbike to go to other communities! I was so scared to get on the motorbike and drive in a dirt road. But I got on and actually enjoyed the experience once I got over my fear
14 people found this review helpful.
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Ingrid
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience doing Construction and Renovation in Ghana

Had the best time volunteering in Ghana! IVHQ had a great program in which I got to live close to the locals, work on a meaningful project in which I felt like I made a difference, and I made a lot of new friends! By volunteering I got a unique insight into the culture in Ghana and since we had weekends if I also had time to explore the country. The team was helpful, project was great, and location was ideal. I also got a lot of help after I organized a fundraiser! The teachers at the school helped me by telling me what they needed, and the IHVQ staff helped me buy it! Over all a fantastic experience and I would recommend it a lot!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be prepared that living conditions aren’t as good as most of us aren’t used to. However considering the area you get access to everything you need and more, and it would be more unnatural if volunteers care and got to live way better than the locals. Make the best out of it and your trip will become amazing!
15 people found this review helpful.
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Crystal
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ghana

I spent 2 weeks in Ghana (Frankadua) and had no idea what I was in for, what an experience! My only regret is not staying longer. I started out in childcare then switched to medical. Both programs were incredibly rewarding, childcare perhaps the most exhausting, though I loved it. People soak up any help you offer, while I hoped to go to Ghana to make a difference and help people, I am the one who left changed and so impacted. I cannot forget this village. The people are welcoming, the program safe, the food (rice, beans, and plantains I still crave!) they want to make sure things are running smoothly for you and that you are happy. They’re quick to fix any kinks. I recommend this program to anyone looking a for a wonderful, eye opening, volunteer experience! Thanks Joe, TT, the Millies, Mary, the security guards, and all the local staff.

Go to Ghana, I will return myself!

What would you improve about this program?
They do a wonderful job! My only suggestion would be that the tailor give more precise estimates! Otherwise the program is wonderful, I will definitely come back!
16 people found this review helpful.
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Erin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Outreach Program

My week in Frankadua was one that I will hold close to my heart forever. I am a senior nursing student in the US, and myself with 5 other students traveled to Ghana for the medical outreach program. Over the course of just a week we were able to test over 1000 children for malaria and treat those who tested positive.in addition we provided wound care and infection control/prevention. Joe, from the purple program was beyond helpful in many ways and made us feel at home for our stay. Tee Tee from the medical outreach program specifically helped to keep things running smoothly, and made us feel safe and welcomed. Each night we had a meeting about our day, and the plan for the next- the staff was consistently asking how they can improve and making sure we all felt comfortable. They genuinely want to help make this a good experience for you, even though you are there to serve. The people were unbelievably welcoming. I met so many new people- some staying one week others staying 6 months, and those who life there that I will continue to be friends with for life. The volunteer house is inviting and there will never be a dull moment. I recommend the medical outreach program to fellow nursing students who wish to make a difference during their breaks from school. This is an experience that you will not find anywhere else, and you have the opportunity to really impact a community, no matter the length of the stay. As with anything, you get out of it what you put in. If you want to work with amazing people, staff and spend your breaks meaningfully then I recommend this program to you!

13 people found this review helpful.

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