Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Ghana from $270

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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!

IVHQ Volunteer Projects Available in Ghana:

  • Teaching
  • Childcare
  • Sports Education
  • Medical
  • Agriculture
  • Construction and Renovation
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 80,000+ 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!

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based on 47 reviews
  • Impact 8.8
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.6
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Laura
10/10

Ghana Orphanage Work

Not once did I hesitate in choosing International Volunteer HQ as the organization that would provide me with an unforgettable, life-changing experience. After heavily researching other volunteer abroad programs online, I stumbled across IVHQ and knew it was the perfect fit for me. Not only were the prices extremely affordable compared to similar programs, but the staff was also very accessible and prompt in answering numerous questions and sending out more information. I was also able to get involved in the IVHQ Facebook page, which connected me with previous volunteers and played a big role in my ultimate decision to go with IVHQ.

I knew that I was drawn to orphanage work in Africa, but wasn't sure exactly which country I wanted to work in. After talking to past volunteers via the IVHQ Facebook page and seeing their pictures, going to Ghana simply felt right in my heart. From the moment I signed up for the Ghana Orphanage Work Program, I was confident that IVHQ cared about me and my experience because of the apparent dedication they have to their volunteers. I was given all of the information necessary in order to have a successful volunteer experience in Ghana.

From January to March 2012 I was lucky enough to be placed at the Green Program: Achiase Children's Home located in the Central Region of Ghana. Mama Sarah and Mr. Sam are currently providing for 34 children ages 4-18 years old. The Sams also run Bethel Academy, the school that is located behind the home.

There really is no such thing as a "typical day" when volunteering. Sure, some things we did were routine, but other events come up that you have to deal with spontaneously. Every morning we would wake up early to help bathe the young kids, brush teeth, dress them in their school uniforms, and get them off to school on time. During the school day, the other volunteers and I tried to keep as busy as possible. There is always endless amounts of dishes, laundry, sewing, cleaning, and maintenance to do around the children's home. Sometimes we'd unexpectedly have to care for a sick child or take someone to the clinic. Other times we'd go into town to purchase food or other items that Mama Sarah needed for the children. Part of being a volunteer is being proactive and helping even when help is not asked for. In addition, it was nice to sit down for a while and get to know Mama Sarah and have her share stories with us. When the children got home from school it was like a rush of energy. They would come running back to the house, change into their play clothes, and we'd play games or help with homework. At night we held tutoring groups in order to supplement the children's math and English skills at school. On special occasions the kids loved watching movies or having dance parties. They could so easily put a smile on your face! The younger kids usually end up falling asleep on your lap, while the older kids eventually trickle off to bed on their own.

When 2 months was over and I was forced to realize that I had to leave this wonderful place, I didn't know what to do with myself. The way of life in Ghana became so normal and comfortable to me and I absolutely did not want to say goodbye to Mama Sarah and the children. Through this experience, I learned so much about myself and what's really important in life. After coming back to the United States, the things that were once important to me are just that--"things." The people and places I encountered during my two months in Ghana are forever in my heart and I thank IVHQ for providing me with such a meaningful experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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ME93
10/10

Memories that last a lifetime. Orphnage Program, Ghana.

Volunteering with IVHQ was a truly a life changing experience. Prior to deciding to volunteer in Ghana I had numerous questions which were promptly and patiently answered by Daniel Radcliffe. From the moment I was picked up from the airport as a wide-eyed and somewhat vulnerable 18 year old girl, I knew I was in safe hands. The fact that IVHQ were able to place my three friends and I together for our volunteering experience proves how accommodating the staff are for all ages and numbers as well as individuals.

We spent our first three days in country at the main volunteer house in Accra with Edward and Eric where we were able to get a taste of Ghanaian life and take part in orientation activities and language lessons-we were even able to attend a wedding with Eddie! We were lucky enough to spend our three months at Achiase Children's Home located in a small town surrounded by dusty orange roads and magnificent greenery, yet only a short two hour bus ride from the capital city (where we were able to satisfy our chocolate cravings).

From our first bombardment of hugs from both the children and directors, Sarah and Frank Sam, we knew immediately they had stolen our hearts and that we would forever have a place with this gigantic family. We spent the mornings getting the children ready for school; helping the younger ones shower and dress, find their missing shoes and chasing them around the home until we ensured their teeth were sufficiently cleaned! After the children had walked the 60 odd meters to the school (missing doors, windows and colour) we helped wash clothes, clean dishes and prepare lunch.

We also had the opportunity to head down to the school and assist the teachers in their lessons or merely carry the sleeping two year old students home for a snooze. After school it was play time! From dancing the 'hokey pokey' to cooking toffee to playing intensely competitive ball and card games, afternoons always seemed to fly by and before we knew it we were called 'home' for dinner (the volunteer house next door ownded by a local woman). It truly was a race to see how fast we could eat so we could head straight back over to the kids to help with homework, have a good old chat and joke with the older kids and Sarah and have the little ones fall asleep on you; like monkeys with their arms clinging around your neck.

Although our days were fairly basic each one was unique and so rewarding. After familiarsing ourselves with the running of the home we were able to see how we could make some improvements to their livelihoods. Through generous donations sent from back home in Australia, we were able to paint the existing school, build a brand new colourful, cement brick classroom equipped with desks rather than planks of wood, purchase a water tank to store water for the dry season and buy LOTS of chicken and fruit in an attempt to fill our children's bellies and supply them the vitamins and nutrients their bodies craved. Not only did we have fun painting the school and classroom but the kids had an absolute BALL; although most of the paint ended up on their faces and bodies rather than the walls.

Other highlights included numerous parties-fried rice party, fruit salad party and fufu party, dancing for hours to Ghanaian pop music with kids as young as 18 months and taking the older children to a national park to walk over canopy bridges. These big events and simple everyday moments instilled in our brains and hearts memories that will last a lifetime. Leaving my Achiase family was by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do. When Sarah and the older girls were crying it was bad enough. But when 'tough' boys aged 9-12 cry uncontrollably because you are leaving them, you know you have made a difference and had an impact on their life. Needless to say the long journey back to Accra was a tearful one.

On weekends we had the opportunity to travel throughout Ghana where we visited some truly amazing and picturesque places such as waterfalls, slavery prisons, beaches and monkey sanctuaries. This was a great opportunity to meet other volunteers from other programs, where we realized how fortunate we were compared to those with other companies who paid thrice the amount as us for half the support and services we received.

Our trip could not have exceeded our expectations to such an extent without the 24/7 support and guidance of the IVHQ staff in country. Our safety was there absolute, number one priority and if ever we felt uneasy they were available to help us. We were also incredibly lucky to have a cook live with us from IVHQ, Florence or our 'Flo Flo.' Not only did Florence prepare our three delicious meals a day but was always up for a laugh or chat, looked after us when we became ill and was our surrogate mother. Bottom line- she became our best friend who we still keep in contact with six months later, along with Sarah Sam and the children. I cannot speak highly enough of my trip or express how grateful I am for this experience with IVHQ. Not only is the program highly affordable but the staff truly care about their volunteers and the Ghanaian people they are placed with.

Thank you IVHQ!

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