Ghana Action Project

  • Minimum age

    17

  • Departs

    May & July

  • Duration

    6 Weeks

Situated on the coast of West Africa, Ghana is a country full of beautiful beaches, lush vegetation and the world’s largest artificial lake – Lake Volta! Hailed as one of Africa’s great success stories, Ghana is reaping the benefits of a stable democracy in the form of fast paced development.

 

Although a stable country, many Ghanaians live in poverty, so volunteers really do make a difference. English is learned at school and widely spoken, but a little effort to learn a few phrases in one of the local languages will go a long way. With so many opportunities to make a difference, spending your summer in Ghana is a truly rewarding experience.

Ghana

Project Partners - Abrobriano

Abrobiano M/A Primary School is a public basic school from Kindergarten to Primary 6. Ages of enrolment start from age 3 to age 15 (although there are few who are more than that, because of not starting school early). 99% of the pupils in the local school live within the Abrobiano community and that makes it an easy proximity for both teachers and pupils alike in walking back home during break times or even after school hours. There are currently about 300 pupils in the school and the average class size is 40 pupils. Class teachers teach all subjects that include English, Maths, Social Studies, Integrated Science and Religious and Moral Studies.

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Volunteers will be teaching in the primary school classes. There is flexibility around the particular subjects volunteers would like to be teaching. Volunteers will be asked to observe all classes within the first week to decide on this. The Head Teacher will also sit down with the volunteers in arranging class time tables and lessons and also to introduce teachers to them.

Project Partners - Football For Hope

Sports Coaching

Lattitude works in partnership with organisations such as the Football for Hope (FFH) movement which uses sport to re-engage young people. FFH builds on the historic hosting of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and harnesses this enormously popular sport to address education and health challenges in underserved communities across Africa. One of the first FFH centres was built in Cape Coast in Ghana and Play Soccer Ghana (PSG) was selected to be the Centre Host.

Football is hugely popular in Ghana, making our sports coaching work placements a great experience

Volunteers on this placement will be helping to educate the users through a range of different sports. Volunteers on this placement should have an interest in sports and will be focusing on raising awareness, training, peer education, resources development and teaching.

What To Expect

Need to know

  • A supported group volunteering project
  • Pre departure briefing – all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
  • On arrival – all volunteers have an orientation in Accra
  • Programme debrief at the end of the 6 weeks

Accommodation

Volunteers will live with a host family providing a unique opportunity to live with local people. Ghanaian society is far more traditional than western society and your hosts will expect you to live as a family member and spend time with them, whilst welcoming you with open arms. Your host family will also provide you with food which is a another great opportunity to become immersed in the Ghanaian culture.

Free time & travel

Free time and travel

As one of the region’s more prosperous countries and with over 50 ethnic groups, Ghana offers visitors a diverse and welcoming introduction to the African continent. Explore the country by boat, bus, train or air and witness a range of sights, from beautiful beaches and stunning national parks to lively cities. At weekends or during your holidays from work, you could travel to Mole Park in the North of the country, and find yourself face-to-face with forest elephants, gazelles and baboons. Alternatively, head south to Lake Volta: this vast body of water is the world’s largest artificial lake and provides Ghanaians with hydroelectric power.

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Ghana is situated just a few degrees above the Equator, so in the past volunteers have chosen to spend some time cooling off on one of the country’s many handsome beaches. Ghana is blessed with hundreds of kilometres of picturesque coastline, and the two fishing villages of Busua and Dixcove are particularly favoured for their sandy assets. History buffs will also find fodder for their curiosity in the country’s ruined European forts, such as Cape Coast Castle. If you have a spare weekend but do not want to travel far, you can also explore the local culture and traditions. Music and dance are highly diverse in Ghana, and each ethnic group and occasion has its own individual dance. Also, you cannot travel to Ghana without noticing the importance of textiles to its culture. Locals buy their preferred cloth first then ask a tailor to make them into clothes. Past volunteers have also taken advantage of this and enjoyed getting some one-off garments made up for them at very reasonable prices. With so much to do, Ghana is the perfect place for an inspiring, memorable gap year.

Dates & costs

Costs

Lattitude Global Volunteering fee:
All UK national departures: £1,230 

What’s included?

  • Matching process
  • Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all your pre-departure information, advice and guidance
  • Links with returned volunteers
  • Relevant DBS/police check fees
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Airport pickup on arrival
  • In-country 3 day orientation
  • Designated Team Leader
  • Day to day support from your project staff
  • Accommodation and meals with a host family
  • 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from the Lattitude Country Manager
  • Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
  • End of Project Evaluation
  • Returned Volunteer follow up in the UK
  • Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni
  • Certificate on completion of project
  • Employment reference provided

Other costs:

  • £25 application fee
  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Inoculations (if applicable)
  • Pocket Money for free time activities

Fundraising

As a charity we always recommend our volunteers fundraise to help meet the costs involved in volunteering overseas. In many ways it is part of the whole experience. For more information and fundraising ideas please click here.

Planning your trip

We always recommend applying as early as possible in order to secure your place.

Please note that the application deadline is the last possible time allowed to get an application form in that allows us enough time to match volunteers and begin sorting out visas.

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PlacementLengthDepartureApplication DeadlineStatus
Ghana Action Project6 WeeksMay 201831st December 2017Limited Spaces Available
Ghana Action Project6 WeeksJuly 201831st January 2018Limited Spaces Available
spend some of your gap year abroad in Africa in Ghana

I have to admit my heart is still in Ghana. It was a life-enhancing and truly unforgettable experience.

Lucy, Teacher