Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Ghana from $270

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Teaching in Ghana
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Football team
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Preschool class at Silver
Preschool class at Silver

About

Are you ready for a meaningful adventure in Ghana? Then join International Volunteer HQ, the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer abroad organization, in Africa!

Choose from 6 volunteer project options based in rural villages and townships within the Greater Accra Region. Your program fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in dedicated dormitory-style volunteer houses, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Ghana, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager.

If you’re all about authentic experiences, diving deep into culture, exploring a country that moves to a vibrant beat, and searching for opportunities to grow, give back and make real connections, then volunteering in Ghana is for you!

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.
  • Highly affordable program fees from $270 for 1 week - including airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
  • You’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure training.
  • You’ll be joining between 20 and 50 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Ghana each month and you'll be joining a network of 110,000+ volunteers.
  • Weekends are free to explore with fellow volunteers - discover the history of the culturally significant Cape Coast, wander through Kakum National Park and more!

Questions & Answers

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Reviews

96%
based on 84 reviews
  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.5
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michaela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience in Ghana

My experience traveling through IVHQ was something I will never forget. I was blown away right from the beginning by the support from all the staff. My phone was stolen during the beginning of my trip and Evans immediately guided me to get a police report and new phone. If anything ever goes wrong on your trip, you will surely be assisted. Evans is especially helpful and comforting to all volunteers when any problem arises. The programs are very flexible so if you decide you want to change, it will be very easy for you to do so. The people in Ghana are so welcoming and kind. There are also trips that they organize for the volunteers to experience things such as cape coast, the monkey sanctuary, waterfalls, and more. It is an overall wonderful experience of helping others and exploring the world!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Ghana is almost always very hot so I suggest you bring some kind of fan!
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Alister
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ghana

Excellent experience with excellent people!

The staff were very friendly and helpful. The weekend trips were well organised and fun.
The volunteering was very rewarding and fun.
The children out there were just the best and I will miss them so much. They were so happy and excited to meet you and let them into their life and inquisitive about your life. They loved seeing photos from home hearing about your family and life back home.

Overall an amazing life changing experience. I will definitely be looking to go on other adventures with this company as they made everything easy and accessible. The advice given before travelling was very useful and also the Facebook groups with posts from previous volunteers gave good advice for things to bring and things that were not totally necessary.

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Hilary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Purple Program in Frankadua

I can't say enough about the amazing time I had while volunteering in Ghana. I was only able to spend a week volunteering but felt like I made a huge difference in that short of time. Everyone in the village was very welcoming and friendly to us "foreigners" as they would call us. Our main projects in Frankadua were the outreach malaria testing and wound care. I felt very safe while I was there which

A special shout out to Evans took charge in making sure we were always taken care of, would answer any of our questions, made sure we were safe when we visited Cape Coast one weekend, and would check in on us to make sure we were all having a good time and I truly appreciate that. I also can't say enough about the cook we had, Rita, who made amazing meals for us each day, I miss the red red!

I can't wait to be able to come back to Ghana one day.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wish I could have spent more than a week volunteering.
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Malek
10/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Unforgettable experience

It was only two weeks in Ghana, but I've never felt more useful and productive in my life, it was an awesome experience with a lot of exciting stories to tell. The locals were so friendly and welcoming. The staff were helpful, and they know exactly what to do, special thank you to Evans who was really cooperative, understanding and responsible. He helped me a lot even when he's out of work. He did the job and always makes sure that we're satisfied with it. Also Andrew the program manager in the purple program, he got everything planned, and kept each of the medical program members busy. He makes everything clear and organized. And always welcoming feedbacks and listen to the volunteers comments. Last thing to say if you want to experience Africa, Ghana is the right place

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Kelsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ - Ghana

Volunteering abroad through IVHQ was an easy process that lead to an amazing experience. It's an opportunity to meet other like minded people from all over the world who are there to make an impact in the community you travel to. The staff and other volunteers made it easy for an individual to join in and feel welcomed from the start. You are able to emerge yourself into the culture to help in the areas of your choice and are also given time to explore the surrounding areas. The accommodations given to you meets your needs, is safe, and the staff is willing to help you in any way they can. This organization was affordable and available to help you while you prepare for your adventure. I highly recommend IVHQ to anyone who is looking for an opportunity to serve others abroad.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I were to do this all over again, the only thing I would change is the length of my program. I chose two weeks, and I wasn't ready to come home at the end of it.
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Dakota
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When in Ghana!

Having never traveled in my life I was unsure of what to expect when Volunteering with IVHQ Ghana. What I came to find was lifelong friends, community emergence, and a sense of really being able to be apart of the lives of so many beautiful souls. This program is flexible and 100% all about what you make it. You're provided the opportunity to engage in more programs than just your own (and I highly encourage that). Evans and Andrew lead in a way that not only makes the living environment fun, but also takes any requests or help you need seriously. I never once felt unsafe or uneasy with this program. I highly suggest going on all the weekend trips that are offered as well. It makes for an amazing experience both within and without the program. Bring bug stray and sunscreen!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It is Africa so remember it is hot. That may sound like common knowledge but you'd be surprised how many people still complain. Sunscreen and bug spray is your best friends.
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Aaron
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Locals make this experience truly unforgettable

I wrote a ton on http://www.goabroad.com/providers/international-volunteer-hq/programs/affordable-volunteer-abraod-programs-from-usd-10-per-day-60389 but I highly suggest you read what I wrote on this website.

I will add only that the local team made this experience unforgettable: from Day 1, I felt like I was welcomed like family into the community that had me. Whether it was being transported from the airport to a local volunteer accommodation, going on a weekend trip to local Cape coast, provided a language and culture-related orientation, or just joking with the team, Benjamin Ansare, Evans Nakash, Edward Adeli, Benedict Adeli, Godfreid, Tina and Felix, Elvis, and Nana made this experience truly amazing! Not only that, the volunteers I worked with are all super quality people, and IVHQ does a fantastic job at doing a background check on who they bring to the program.

My only regret is not having more than 13 days in Ghana (9 of which were with the program and 4 were on my own), as I really misss everyone! haha. Thank you IVHQ Ghana for being awesome and just making me feel welcome into your community. I am humbled my your respect and open hearts (and funny jokes ^_^)!

What would you improve about this program?
My only improvement would be to show pictures of what the sites look like so that people are aware of how the living quarters look. For me, it was no problem, but I know some volunteers I heard talked about how what they saw (i.e. bunkbeds) was not what they expected.
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Ashley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life!

Highly recommended program! I’m from the U.S. and spent a month in Ghana with the childcare program. It was the best experience ever. I truly immersed myself with the culture and made friends with locals and other volunteers. We were located in Frankadua, Ghana. I loved our location. Close to a main road, markets, farms, bars, churches, and schools. The ivhq staff at the program were awesome too. Shout out to Evans and Andrew for doing an awesome job and being so helpful. Not only did I help kids and the community, but I had fun too. Weekend trips were a great way to see and experience more of Ghana. We spent a weekend in cape coast and visited the beach and castles located there. Another weekend we went to wli waterfalls and visited a monkey sanctuary. Great program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Stay for at least one month! I was originally supposed to stay for 2 weeks but after my first week I realized that was way too short and extended my stay. A month was a good amount of time and should be a minimum if you really want to embrace the culture and make more of an impact.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks for leaving a review, Ashley! I'm glad to hear you had such an incredible time in Ghana and were able to see your impact each day. I'm sure the kids were extremely grateful. We can't wait to have you join us again soon :) Meika - IVHQ Program Manager.

Kate
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very memorable experience!

I thoroughly enjoyed my medical volunteer trip in Ghana with IVHQ. They were very informative with what to expect in the country and were quick to respond to my emails. I felt like I made a huge difference to the community. I got to do malaria testing and dressing wounds out in the remote villages. The only regret I had was not spending enough time in Ghana, another week or two would be perfect. I felt very safe when I was there. The Ghanaians were very welcoming and friendly. Cape coast was beautiful and had a lot of history. Kumasi was another exciting city to visit. One improvement they could make to this program is improving the quality and quantity of food. Best dish I tried was red red. Overall, it was a very memorable experience and I hope to go back someday!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Carry a bucket of water on my head and walk 100 ft without tipping it over.
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Divine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing

Whilst my time in Ghana, I had an amazing experience. Not only did I enjoy my volunteer experience with the children and I also enjoy the people and the culture in Ghana. I was place in the childcare pink program. The children were amazing. I went there and felt like it was my home. The people at organization made my stay even better. I was able interact with Benedict, Evans and Elvis. Each day I miss it in Ghana. That’s the type of effect the program will leave you. You will definitely want to come back. Communication is key over there too. Communicating with guys help me a lot. Benedict was great at giving us insight into the program it self and answer major questions we had. Elvis great at making sure everyone was good and aware of their surroundings and great at also asking questions. Evans was great at making the volunteers feeling welcomed. Gave us some insight to the Ghanaian culture, and he was funny. He truly loves his job and interacted with literally every volunteer. Although I interacted more with Evans, I believe that all 3 individuals made my stay a great one. I will definitely come back without question. Thanks to Everyone back in Ghana!

What would you improve about this program?
Add some vegetables to your meals because I had little costipation problem when I was there and it was not looking good.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks for your review Divine! I'm glad the local team were always there when you had questions and made your time in Ghana an enjoyable one. I really do hope you will return to Ghana with us one day in the near future :) Meika - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Ediphe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Volunteer in Ghana

I am very impressed with the outstanding IVHQ staffing in Ghana and their commitment to maintain an environment that is respectful, team oriented and responsive to the concerns of volunteers, local residents and staff. Evans, Jo, Elvis, Milli, Rita and others work well together to effectively plan, organize, direct and implement a comprehensive center-wide volunteering program. To my observation, they do their best to meet each volunteer's needs. These needs may sometimes be as simple as listening, holding a volunteer's hand during an uncomfortable strenuous downhill hike on a mountain & walking across a cable bridge or as complex as planning, implementing and evaluating the needs of the community. There is a core desire to provide members of the Ghanaian community and volunteers with comfort, and an environment conducive to wellness.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Have an open mind, validates the local's feelings, be a voice at time and invite them to participate in life.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks for taking the time to provide this review, Ediphe! I'm so glad to hear you were impressed with the program and I'm sure you were an awesome contribution to the team while you were in Ghana. I hope you join us on another IVHQ program soon! Meika - IVHQ Program Manager

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Maggie
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Purple Program - Ghana

Villagers and locals were friendly and welcoming. All the staff at the house were really nice. Credit to Benedict, Joe, Michael ( security guard) Millie & Rita ( cooks) & Evans who all tried their best to make sure everyone was comfortable as possible. Lovely people.

On arrival it would be nice to have a quick run down/ tour of the volunteer house by either Joe/ Evans to make sure new volunteers are settled/ aware of what is expected during the program and of the rules/ running of the house.

Future new volunteers please bring as much medical supplies such as gloves bandages, antiseptic cream, gauze etc because it runs out quickly. Lots of Hand gel and even hand soap for washing of your hands is useful to bring as well. Extra money is needed because day trips are not included in the program fees paid. In regards to donations, bring as much as you can because sending things to Ghana if you live very far away is a bit tricky and gets expensive so try to bring as much as you can. You may feel a bit nervous going to the program alone for the first ever time but honestly you will be well taken care of and looked after by all the people involved in the program. Stay safe and have a lovely time!

Overall, it was an invaluable experience and I am looking forward to coming back to Frankadua in a few years time.

What would you improve about this program?
A bit more organisation is needed I think. If meetings are scheduled on a certain day/ time it would be nice for them to happen on that day/ time. It would be nice to have the preparation for the malaria outreaches to be done the nice before to ensure everything is ready for the next day - i.e filling of the forms, making sure enough malaria kits are packed, gloves etc.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you for your comprehensive review on your time in Ghana, Maggie, it will be so useful for other volunteers to prepare for the program :) It can be nerve-wracking volunteering for the first time and I'm so glad to hear you felt well taken care of and looked after by our local team. I can't wait to have you join us in Ghana again soon! Meika - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Jared
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ghana 2019

This was my first time traveling and IVHQ made it very easy.
My 4 week experience in Ghana was amazing! I was placed in the purple program in Frankadua, everyone there were super welcoming and friendly. There was never a moment in Ghana were I felt unsafe. The accommodations provided were simple but luxurious compared to most locals. I volunteered to help teach, but was also able to participate in the agriculture program as well as the malaria and wound outreaches. The IVHQ staff in Ghana were all very supportive, especially Evans as he will tell you "your wish is my command."
The Cape Coast weekend trip is very well planned out, and a must do while in Ghana.
All in all, this program is a great experience I would recommend it to anyone with an open mind as the culture is very different then what we you be use to.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have tried more of the local cuisine, as most of our meals were very americanized.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

I appreciate you leaving a review on your time in Ghana, Jarod! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the Cape Coast trip - it really is incredible. Being able to volunteer on multiple projects must have given you a really broad overview of the needs in Ghana and I'm happy to hear you had an amazing time. I hope you will volunteer with us again soon :) Meika - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Linda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing experience!

I joined the volunteering program in Ghana for two weeks in February and I must say it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I chose Childcare and Teaching as my main focus throughout my stay in Ghana but was very lucky to also be able to join medical teams during their malaria testing outreaches and wound treatments in nearby rural villages. The two programs happened to be in close proximity and therefore allowed volunteers to join forces and work together more closely. The program as such is very well organized in all it’s aspects such as daily activity planning, accommodation or weekend trips. I would highly recommend joining this program if you want to experience real Africa! Big shout out to Joe and Evans for being awesome program coordinators and just amazing people always happy to help. Two weeks definitely wasn’t enough for me. Can’t wait to be back!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be ready for conditions that you might not be used to back in your country such as no running water, power outages or bucker showers. It took me a day or two to completely adjust but once you do, it all seems so natural and I wouldn’t change a this about it! After all, TIA - This Is Africa!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Linda, thanks for your feedback! It's so great to hear you loved your experience in Ghana! The local team in Ghana really are awesome and we can't wait to have you join us again in the future :) Meika - IVHQ Program Manager

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Anthony
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ghana Feb 2019

This experience was amazing. I went in with an open mind and limited expectations as suggested in the program guide and I was happily surprised. The country was amazing. The people were wonderful. The coordinators I was in contact with were Joe and Evans. They were both great and Evans took charge in making sure we were always taken care of and I truly appreciate that. I loved the flexibility of assisting in other programs when appropriate. It made the entire experience much more valuable for me and for the community too I feel. Having the opportunity to explore on our own over the weekends also allowed us to explore the culture of the country and see what beautiful landmarks Ghana had to offer. The only thing I would have changed about my trip is the duration of my stay. 2 weeks went by in the blink of an eye. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone interested in it.

What was your funniest moment?
Taking a bucket shower for the first time in my life. I imagined how my friends at home would react, and with many of them entirely dependent on modern ammeneities I couldn’t help but laugh as I went through it the first time.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Anthony, thanks for your review about your time in Ghana! It's awesome to hear you had such an awesome time volunteering and were able to help out in other projects when you had the chance. Thanks for recommending IVHQ and the Ghana program, I hope you will volunteer with us again in the future :) Meika - IVHQ Program Manager.