Why should you volunteer in Ghana?

Posted on the 24th November 2017

Here at Lattitude HQ we are really passionate about our programmes in Ghana and believe it is a fantastic country to visit! That’s why we have put together a few reasons why you should go to Ghana and explore the success story of Africa!

Welcoming culture!

If you travel to Ghana one of the first things you will notice is how open and welcoming everyone is! People will want to share with you their food, their home and their lifestyle! AKWAABA (meaning welcome) is an expression you will hear several times daily as you travel around Ghana and something you will never forget! You will be met with a smile from everyone you meet and it will be incredibly infectious!

Lively music and fashion scene

For many, Ghanaian culture will be very different compared to what you’re used to. You’ll see people dancing and wearing bright baroque patterned clothing — which you can have handmade for you in a local tailor shop (and we thoroughly recommend you doing this to get some one of jazzy pieces) — as well as streets filled with upbeat music. Music is a huge part of Ghanaian culture, and it’s almost impossible to walk down the street without seeing locals dancing or singing. Whether it’s the traditional Djembe drums or catchy Afrobeats, you’ll hear music everywhere from passing taxis to live performances at beaches, bars, and restaurants in the city. Drumming is also an important Ghanaian art.

Delicious Ghanaian food!

Ghanaian cuisine is probably unlike anything you’re used to. But if you’re a foodie with a love of trying new things, then you’ll love sampling the wide range of dishes available in Ghana. Try some traditional fufu with a peanut-based soup at least once or stop by a street stall for some kelewele (sweet plantains fried with spices). And if you’re a chocolate lover, then you’re in the right place as cocoa is the top agricultural export in Ghana. Be open and adventurous and chances are you’ll discover some new favourites!

Colourful markets

Love a market full of unique goodies? Well Ghana is full of them. No matter what city you visit you’ll be able to peruse the creations of locals (which is also great for those seeking to travel responsibly and put money directly back into the local economy). Popular market items include wood carvings,  local fruits and handmade jewelry. Markets big and small seem to be on every corner of  Ghana!

Rich history

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African nation to gain independence and have a booming economy making it quite the success story. Ghana has been the most peaceful and stable country in sub-saharan africa with values of “Freedom and Justice”. Ghana offers a number of opportunities to learn about the country’s important history. One such place is Cape Coast, as from here one can visit sites like Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle.

Beautiful scenery

From beautiful beaches to majestic waterfalls, Ghana’s varied landscape has something for everyone. You can also spend a day relaxing on Cape Coast’s quiet, laid back beaches or take in the more lively, energetic scene at the beaches around Accra.

Want to experience this lively, welcoming and history packed culture for yourself? We have an exciting new 6 week offer for you to fully immerse yourself in the culture in summer 2018: Ghana Action Project!

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