Top ten reasons to volunteer in Ghana

1.        Volunteer and Make a Difference!
Our volunteer programmes in Ghana let you scratch below the surface and gain an appreciation of a culture very different from your own. Time spent teaching, building and living alongside a community also leads to a deeper understanding about yourself, allowing you to see what you take for granted and what you should appreciate back home. It’s a great way to experience Ghana at a level beyond a consumer or conventional tourist perspective.947184_10151787657733060_1761874751_n

2.       Go on Safari

“Safari” means “to journey” in Swahili. While volunteering in Ghana, take three days off and travel to Mole National Park. The park is home to over 93 mammal species,  including elephants, hippos, buffalo, and warthogs. The park is considered a primary African preserve for antelope species, and duikers.. Olive baboons, black-and-white colobus monkeys, the green vervet, and patas monkeys are the known species of monkeys resident in the park.


3.       Relax on a Beach
From the Rastafarian community’s beach in Kokrobite outside Accra, to the fine sand beaches around Cape Coast –such as Brenu, Takoradi’s Busua Beach to the Eastern estuary of the Volta River in Ada,Ghana boasts kilometres of golden sand, palm fringed beaches. Be adventurous, and seek the least populated ones for some unique days in the sun.


4.       Hiking
While volunteering in Ghana you will be staying in a mountainous area, called the Kwahu Ridge; this will offer you unique opportunities to organise half day hikes to mountains such as the Odweanoma Mountain, the Bukuruwa Rock and others. The stunning views of the Volta Lake and the tropical rainforest for miles around you will give you a chance for beautiful mementos of your volunteering journey.


5.       The roads, the cars, your journeys
While volunteering in Ghana, you will have a chance to experience daily the bumpy, dusty roads, and the ‘organised chaos’ as Ghanaians call it, that is called traffic. Get ready to experience riding in tiny Korean taxis that manage to squeeze in six or seven passengers- plus a goat in the boot!; in the back of pick up trucks, in ‘tro-tros’ or mini vans; get ready for the potholes and the off the beaten track roads.


6.       Get Historical
Africa has an often unknown fascinating history. While in Ghana you will have a chance to experience the mark that the slave-trade left on the coast of both East and West Africa, when you visit the old slave castles in Cape Coast and Elmina, built by the Portuguese and used by the Dutch and British. The guided tours in the castles will impact those keen on knowing a bit more about the recent history of the continent.


7.       Thrive in the Adventure of it all….
You could argue that any trip to Africa is an adventure, but there’s plenty more in Ghana, visit and trek to waterfalls, jump from the sunk tree canopies in the Volta Lake, do the canopy walk at the Kakum national park , surf in the strong current of the Gulf of Guinea seas –this is Ghana’s coastline ocean.


8.       Shop in the local markets
Visiting markets in Ghana, is a great way to get a good insight into the country’s culture, food, smells and sounds. Markets also provide brilliant photo opportunities –always ask first! Shop for food and textiles in local markets, such as the Mpraeso and Nkawkaw ones, travel to the large Bead Market on Thursdays in Koforidua,  go to the African Cultural centres in Kumasi and Accra High Street for wood carvings, vibrant colorful clothing, Ghanaian music, and presents to send back home.

9.       Taste the local food, meet the local families and way of life


Aside from shopping for ingredients at local markets –where you will find all sorts of spices, peppers, etc. do try the local food. Street food is safe as long as you stick to the cooked items, avoid raw stuff such as salads or fruits already cut. One of the nicest experiences for volunteers is to visit local families; Ghanaians take pride in their excellent hosting skills; expect to be part of the family meal, usually consisting of strange sounding dishes such as fufu, banku, kenkey and ampesi –all cooked with hot chilli pepper!

10. Attend a Festival/Tour the country
With more than fifty languages, and even more ethnic groups, each celebrating their own rites of passage, religious festivals, funerals, etc. there’s generally music and food being shared on any given night of any given week. Funerals consist of a long weekend of community gathering, music, food sharing, where everyone who barely knows a distant relative to the deceased is invited/expected to attend. Fetish priests also perform their drumming and dancing rites for a whole day every six weeks in various localities in the area.