Location
  • Ghana
    • Accra
Length
1 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
17
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Host Family Lodge
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)

Pricing

Starting Price
399
Price Details
The costs include:
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup from Accra
- Orientation
- Food - 2 meals a day
- Accommodation
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Visa
Nov 16, 2023
Mar 08, 2024
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About Program

Volunteering Solutions, in association with local organizations in Ghana, has been aiming to improve the lives of the underprivileged societies by making a real impact in the lives of the people. If you are a high school or college student looking for the perfect program for your summer break, then you can be a part of the Summer Volunteering Program in Ghana and spend 3 weeks in the country, working & traveling!

There's a wide range of projects available, including Orphanage Volunteering Program, Sports Coaching Volunteering Program, Healthcare Program, Girls' Education Program, Teaching Program and Community Development Program. Other than that, those who have a time crunch yet wants to volunteer in Ghana, can join the 2 Weeks Special Program. All the projects in Ghana are available throughout the year and you can choose the one that suits your interests and preferences.

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Program Highlights

  • Make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged people living in and around Tamale, Ghana.
  • Learn more about the culture and traditions of the Ghanaian community while living with the locals.
  • Gain first-hand work experience and boost your career.
  • Meet some like-minded travelers from other parts of the world and create memories that would last for a lifetime.

Program Reviews

4.50 Rating
based on 10 reviews
  • 5 rating 80%
  • 4 rating 10%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 10%
  • Impact 3.9
  • Support 4.6
  • Fun 4.3
  • Value 4.4
  • Safety 4.7
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Federica
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!!

The experience with VolSol in Ghana was incredible. I followed the program for 4 weeks at the girls' school. I became very fond of them and a lot was done together. Frederick, the buddy, took care of me in every way. I had a great time with him and his family (with 4 children). The spirit of adaptation is very important, both for the lack of running water, for the hygienic conditions (different from Western standards), and for the relative perception of time (in Ghana time does not exist and there are no clocks). I spent an extraordinary month, got to know a culture that was totally different from mine, met people who became friends and helped the girls at school a lot (thanks to donations from a fundraiser that I set up for the school). Tamale is a very simple, rapidly growing city with a prevalent Islamic religion. Ghanaians are an extremely kind, welcoming and friendly people. I really recommend going to Tamale to volunteer: there is a lot of need and the experience is life-changing. I recently returned to Italy and I already want to go again!

9 people found this review helpful.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hello Fernanda,

Thanks a lot for your kind words and leaving a lovely review of your experience in Ghana. We are so happy to know that you had a great time in Tamale. You really did a commendable job for the project and the students would would be thankful to you always. Thanks once again for sharing your feedback. We look forward to having you back again in the program soon.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Catherine
1/5
No, I don't recommend this program

Volunteering Solutions Tamale Ghana DO NOT GO

I am pre med and signed up to volunteer for four weeks at a hospital in Tamale, Ghana. My host family was amazing. The program director in Tamale is NOT amazing. He is total chaos. He is 100% in it for the money and demanded I set up a campaign for the school there as soon as I got there. The money raised never went to the school. The program director used it for lots of other things. I spent a total of 3 days at the hospital and then was told I would have a better experience teaching at the school. This was done so that I would raise funds for the school, because if I raised funds for the hospital, the director wouldn't get the money. The director invents "fees" that you have to pay. Please do not chose this program. You will need at least $500 more than you think. Plan on an extra $1000. They are VERY aggressive in their fundraising efforts at the end of your journey and come up with money you did not pay them- like "oh, that was $50 more than what I originally said." ETC. DONT GO!

Pros
  • Amazing host family
  • Vibrant culture
Cons
  • Extortion
  • You wont do what you signed up for
  • Feeling like your safety is dependent on the money you provide
18 people found this review helpful.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hello Catherine,
We are so sorry to hear about your negative experience with the program in Tamale. We have taken necessary steps and immediate action regarding this complaint. I can assure you that the program director in Tamale has been working for the welfare of the community at large and has done lot of good work for education of girls and had no bad intentions. However after receiving your complaints we have taken corrective action about this. Thanks for sharing your feedback. We value your feedback a lot and it is very important for us to make improvements
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Alvaro
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun talking with ghanians and other volunteer.

We are a family of 4 adults from Spain which only one week in August, stayed in a house together with another volunteers, in this case a post degree student from China. We enjoyed a lot with the friends from the programm coordinator who help preparing breakfast and dinner but also talking wirh us and the other volunteer after dinner.
It was very interesting to speak with them about people different ways of living and joking with them who were joyfull. Also we practice our english languages as in Ghana this is the official language.

What would you improve about this program?
Besides the book information, which is very good, it would be better if specific information is provided in advance to prepare the field work.
102 people found this review helpful.
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María
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Beautiful Ghana

My stay in Ghana has been undoubtedly the best experience I've ever lived.
I went as a medical student and a had the pleasure to work in the Tamale Central Hospital.
I'm so grateful to have this unique opportunity and to learn from it. I can describe ghanaian people by their permanent smile and kindness even if you are not one of them. They make sure you feel like home and happy with them.
Also I was very lucky because the other volunteers were very nice and funny and we all support each other. I learned a lot from them too and I will never forget it!
The landscape is breath-taking and the trips the program offer us were really good.
Just something important if you are like me... Careful with the spicy food!

What would you improve about this program?
I think the only detail I would change is to suggest to bring more money with you because the recommended amount by the program is not enough at all.
96 people found this review helpful.
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Jamie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Trip To Ghana March 2018

My experience volunteering in Ghana was absolutely incredible. It exceeded all of my expectations greatly. It was my first time in Africa and first time volunteering in another country and I was not disappointed. I volunteered at Maltiti School for Girls, mainly in a class of ten year olds. The children were amazing and I became very close with them. I miss them so much. I taught all subjects to the children and it took me way out of my comfort zone. It was such an amazing experience. All of the teachers and students were very kind and welcoming. The students all sang a song to welcome me when I arrived the first day. Frederick Addai, the in country worker from Volunteer Solutions, was nothing but kind, generous, and supportive with anything I needed. Him and his wife provided me with breakfast and dinner each day, and I got to spend time with their two amazing children as well. The treated me like I was a part of the family, without hesitation. Frederick also organized a trip to Mole National Park for myself, another volunteer, and four girls from the school, which was an incredible experience. I would 100% return to Ghana and reccomend this program to others who are interested in volunteering. It was an eye opening and experience and changed me as a person in a good way. I will definitely return back to Ghana, as I met so many wonderful people while I was there who I will never forget.

95 people found this review helpful.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Jamie,
Thanks for sharing your wonderful review about your experience in Tamale - Ghana with Volunteering Solutions. It was great to have you on the program and we look forward to your participation in our other programs in the near future :)

Gabriela
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My wonderful Ghana experience

Work as a volunteer in Ghana made me discover a new world
As a PhD. student focuses in education issues. Students taught their different ideas about how economic development will be around the world.
The interaction with volunteers around the world makes the volunteer experience even more interesting.
The culture, country and people are something that I won't forget.

I would highly recommend this program.

99 people found this review helpful.
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HawaiiJill
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Seniors can have a worthwhile, affordable and interesting Vacation...AND make an impact.

Please read my interview under Alumni Interviews.

I most certainly have NO hesitation picking up my backpack in Hawaii and head to Cambodia for another experience with Volunteering Solutions. Yes I am 60+ but I am always treated by staff and other volunteers as a valuable volunteer. I have made many friends through my experiences.

Love the organization, communication and the staff are THE best!

Any 60+ thinking of a cruise...think again. VS can give you an experience WAY better than sailing on the seas!

Jill Watt Torrance

What would you improve about this program?
In Ghana. Maltiti School needs a more definitive curriculum that incoming volunteers could follow. Many young volunteers are very capable but they "do their own thing" ...which ultimately does not have as much impact as it could. There should be a curriculum structure to which they could adhere.
101 people found this review helpful.
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solange
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Time in Ghana

I really loved my time in Ghana because I was given the opportunity to teach a classroom all by myself. While it was exceptionally challenging, I also truly enjoyed it and it was quite rewarding. I would recommend to any volunteers who will be teaching to bring some exercise books, and perhaps some paper and pens, as the supplies are not quite adequate.
Aside from the volunteering, the chance to explore a whole new culture and meet a ton of different people was also invaluable. After school, I would often go into town and observe the marketplace and the people.
My host family was also incredible, I really felt at home and welcome and I miss them every day.

What would you improve about this program?
I would change the fact that it was so difficult sometimes to communicate with the children, as they speak little to no English.
One other thing, I thought was that the cost of going on short trips on the weekends was a little too high. Since there is no real volunteering opportunity on Saturdays and Sundays, I wish the trips were a little more accessible and affordable.
96 people found this review helpful.

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