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VOLUNTEER IN GHANA

Volunteer in Ghana with Plan My Gap Year, an award winning, international volunteer abroad organisation. PMGY provides safe, meaningful, affordable projects overseas with a wide range of programmes in Ghana, including Childcare, English Teaching and Medical & Healthcare opportunities.

 

“I spent 3 of the most interesting weeks of my life in Ghana. I was working in the medical placement and it was vastly different in practice compared to anything comparable I’ve witnessed back home, it showed me a whole different side to how medical care is practised. You are not only let into a hospital you are let into local culture and life as well. When you embrace it and throw yourself into this adventure you get a truly unforgettable experience.” – ALEXANDER HADDON | UNITED KINGDOM

KEY FEATURES

FROM £250 + £149 (REGISTRATION FEE)

PROGRAMMES FOR 17+ YEAR OLDS

Easy, friendly & gorgeous African destination


Incredible local support team


Flexibility in project choices


Breakfast, lunch & dinner included daily


Great projects for medical students

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN KUMASI

STARTING ON 1ST & 3RD SUNDAY EVERY MONTH

West Africa's golden child


Based in a urban neighbourhood of bustling Kumasi


PMGY accompanied weekend trips


Immerse yourself in the madness of Kejetia Market


Visit Cape Coast, Elmina & Mole National Park

GHANA DISABLED CHILDREN VOLUNTEERS

Do your bit to help care for Ghanaian children with special needs. Assist local staff by getting involved in various essential education and rehabilitation sessions.

From £250

2-24 WEEKS

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GHANA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Help young children in Ghana develop the skills that will help improve their future job prospects. Teach a variety of subjects such as English, Maths and Art.

From £250

2-24 WEEKS

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GHANA MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

A fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into the Ghanaian health care system. Learn from local staff and get involved in supporting them.

From £310

2-24 WEEKS

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GHANA MENTAL HEALTH & PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIENCE

Designed for those currently studying mental health or psychology, this is an opportunity to gain insight and awareness within a hospital based setting.

From £310

2-12 WEEKS

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GHANA ORPHANAGE VOLUNTEERS

Brighten up the lives of vulnerable children at an orphanage in Ghana and make a vital and important contribution to their daily lives.

From £250

2-24 WEEKS

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REAL AFRICA ENCOUNTER

Spend a life changing 12 weeks of volunteering across the world’s second biggest continent in gorgeous Ghana, fascinating Tanzania & epic South Africa!

From £1630

12 WEEKS

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ULTIMATE ROUND THE WORLD ENCOUNTER

An epic 36 week journey across 9 enthralling destinations. If are looking for the ultimate gap year experience, then this Encounter is the one for you!

From £4850

36 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER WITH PMGY?

PMGY provide a sociable structured meaningful experience across need driven community projects in Africa and Asia. Each year, we have thousands of volunteers working across a range of our projects from teaching and childcare to wildlife, medical and more. Our volunteer reviews are testament to the extensive pre-departure support and legacy our team provides to match the unbelievable in-country experience our volunteers engage in.

 

We are transparent and affordable with our fees, committed to long-term sustainable community development, all our local programmes are fully vetted and offer some great travelling and cultural opportunities to ensure that your time with us overseas is the best it can be.

 

A combination of all these reasons and more are why so many of our volunteers choose to come back to us and volunteer year after year with PMGY!

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Book your flights as early as possible after confirming your place on the programme to ensure you get the lowest airfare possible.

 

You should book your flights to Kotoka International Airport in Accra on the Sunday. The airport code is ACC.

 

PMGY work with various partners in the aviation industry to offer our volunteers competitively priced flights. If you would like any assistance in booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during the online application or feel free to call us or drop us an email.

 

PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority.

 

Travel Insurance really is a travel essential. It is mandatory for all of our participants to have adequate travel insurance in place across all their trip dates incase anything goes wrong when overseas.

 

PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional travel insurance policy specifically designed to insure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 75 and covers you for any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada).

 

Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

 

If you’d like to purchase Plan My Gap Year Travel Insurance, you can add this option on during your online application.

PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Before you begin your programme, we provide extensive pre-departure support on the build up to your volunteer project with us whether it is a month or a year away. This all begins from an online chat or a telephone call that develops into a regular email chain of next step communications to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip with us.

 

Further to this we provide a forty page plus Volunteer Handbook that provides all you need to know once you confirm your place on the programme with us; from visa guidance and how to get a background check to what to pack and more information on the culture and preparing for your project.

 

For all our destinations we have Facebook groups made up of our local teams, past, present and future volunteers that provides a great forum for volunteers to network and to also share project updates and community updates across the year.

 

We have also generated a range of informative and action packed videos to bring some tangibility on what volunteers can expect when travel volunteering with us. This can be accessed on our PMGY Vimeo channel.

 

Our pre-departure and programme preparation webinars are not to be missed either. They run on selected Tuesdays at 1pm (GMT) and will provide you with some invaluable advice on your upcoming trip. The first webinar covers all the essential pre-departure information you need to know and things you need to do before you go and the second webinar is more programme specific with advice and information for whilst you’re on your placement.

 

For those looking to go one step further, we introduced a 60 hour online TEFL course to really strengthen volunteers project preparation. This really is the perfect introductory course to teaching English abroad and enable you to acquire some key skills along the way as well as an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION & DURATION

Our projects are based in central Ghana in Kumasi around 6 hours away from Kotoka Airport. Kumasi is Ghana’s second biggest city and the capital of the Ashanti region, the cultural heartbeat of the nation. It is a vibrant city that will keep you entertained on so many levels. Kumasi is a bustling city with so much going on. The surrounding area is made up of rolling hills and small communities which adopt of a more laid back way of life – our local team can take you to these villages during your spare time. You will find all the amenities you may require such as international standard hospitals, banks, supermarkets, restaurants and lively bars.

 

Kumasi’s central location makes it a bus transport hub, and so the perfect point to explore Ghana during your weekends.

 

Every sixth Sunday of the year, Kumasi celebrates the Adae. This is a celebration where the king of the Ashanti Region opens the palace gates to accept homage from his people. The event showcases the Asante lifestyle at its most traditional. Drumming displays, elaborate dancing and rainbow robes make up the general air of fantasy of the Adae celebration. Visitors are welcome and this a really fun experience to be part of. It’s not everyday you get to meet a king!

 

Our programmes in Kumasi run from 2-24 weeks beginning on the first and third Sunday of each month. Our Real Experience programmes that combine volunteering and travelling run for 4 weeks and start on specific start dates across the year.

PMGY GHANA LOCAL TEAM

PMGY’s programme in Ghana are ran by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams who have been fully vetted by our UK team.

 

Such a committed local staff network provide the structure for your stay with us when working on our Ghana project. The support structure includes providing accommodation, meals, airport pick up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support.

 

So whether you are teaching in schools, working at the orphanage or interning at the hospital with us, our local team will also allocate you to your project as well as providing a great framework for you to enjoy a unique cultural experience with us in Ghana.

ORIENTATION

Your orientation will begin on Tuesday. We’ll kick the day off with refreshing your knowledge of the local area, how to locate the nearest shop, ATM, bus stop etc.

 

We’ll then head into town to show you around Kumasi city centre and the market as well as checking out the Manhyia Palace. We will assist you with any currency exchange, help you pickup anything you may need and show you around all the main points of interest such as western restaurants, banks and tourist areas. We will also visit the project that you will be working on and introduce you to the staff. After a traditional Ghanaian lunch in the city we will make our way back to the Volunteer House for the theoretical part of your orientation.

 

In the afternoon we’ll go through the important health and safety information you should follow during your time in Ghana. We’ll teach you more about the Ghanaian way of life, cultural differences and teach you the basics of the main language in Ghana – Twi. We will then give you some tips on what to do in your free time.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Kotoka International Airport in Accra (ACC) on Sunday.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival

 

Akwaaba! You will be collected from Kotoka International Airport in Accra by a member of our local team who will be holding a name sign. You will be taken straight to our partner hostel near the airport. The journey will take around 20 minutes and will allow you to gather your first glimpses of this amazing country. The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing and getting to know your fellow volunteers as and when they arrive. Dinner at the hostel is not included so you should budget around £5 for this if you arrive in time for dinner.

 

Day 2 (Monday) – Travel To Kumasi

 

After a good nights rest and a good breakfast at the hostel we will take a taxi to Accra central bus station. We will be taking the VIP bus from Accra to Kumasi. The VIP buses are air-conditioned, have a TV and are a very comfortable and safe way to travel. The journey takes around 5 hours and our local team will accompany you. Some of the views along the way are really amazing. On-arrival into Kumasi, we will take a taxi to the Volunteer House. The rest of the day is very relaxed. We’ll show you around the local area, help you pickup any amenities you may need and introduce you to life in Ghana.

 

Day 3 (Tuesday) – Orientation

 

After a good first night rest in Kumasi, its now time to begin your induction into life in Ghana. The orientation will be a mix of theory, culture and visits to local points of interest.

 

Day 4-6 (Wednesday-Friday) – Volunteering Begins

 

Wednesday is your first day at the project. One of our local coordinators will travel with you to the project showing you how to get there and introducing you to everyone. Your first day is all about introductions, understanding your schedule and what is expected of you at the project. Our local team are always on-hand to assist you should you encounter any problems or just need some help. They live at the same accommodation as you, so are on-call 24/7.

 

Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) – Weekend

 

Weekends in Ghana are never dull! Whatever you plan to do, our local team can advise you on the best places to go! Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

The following weeks

 

The volunteering week is Monday to Friday. You will find as time passes you will really come into your own at your volunteer project. It’s important to remain proactive and make the most of your time in Ghana. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your passport, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last day (Saturday)

 

Sunday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect and many volunteers (and their loved ones) are concerned for their safety and security.

 

Although we can never fully guarantee your safety, we do everything in our power to ensure your volunteering programme is as careful, safe and secure as possible. Every programme that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a Director of Plan My Gap Year. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation, worked on the projects and built strong trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, volunteers have various layers of support that they can go through (and people who will help them in the case of an accident).

 

1. In-Country Project Coordinators & Support Staff
2. Project Staff
3. PMGY UK Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteers’ experiences and we are continually improving our placements and projects through this feedback. Security and safety of our programmes is constantly being reviewed and if you have any concerns we encourage you to discuss these with the local staff at your orientation. During orientation, project staff will also provide guidance in the area of safety and security.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips.

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery you wear in public.
• Do not drink tap water.
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents of theft often occur when there are crowds and confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public.
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night.
• Use reputable taxi firms only. Our local staff will recommend some specific companies during orientation. If you are unsure – ask local staff who to use.
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets. If possible use transport from door to door after dark.
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high risk areas for pickpockets and thieves.
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town.
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road.
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers.

WEATHER

Ghana has a tropical climate. The temperature is generally warm with temperatures between 21-35°C throughout the year. There are two rainy seasons, March to July and September to October, separated by a short cool dry season in August and a relatively long dry season from mid-October to March.

 

The most moderate weather comes during December to February when it is dry and relatively cool. The worst of the rain comes between April and June. However, when the rains do come its usually in short, sharp bursts and then it clears up, so you shouldn’t let the rainy season put you off coming to Ghana.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Volunteer House

 

Your first night in Ghana will be spent at a hostel near to Kotoka International Airport in Accra. Our partner hostel offers basic but comfortable accommodation. You will share a room with fellow volunteers. Rooms are air conditioned here. A member of the PMGY Ghana team will also stay at the hostel to ensure you have 24/7 support and will travel with you to Kumasi the following day.

 

During your time with PMGY in Ghana you will live in our Volunteer House located in a friendly neighbourhood, 45 minutes drive from Kumasi city centre. You will find restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs in the centre of town. There is a small shop opposite the Volunteer House. The local community are extremely friendly. As soon as you step out of the house you’ll be greeted by smiling children! Just one of the amazing experiences you’ll have with PMGY in Ghana.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 6 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with fans in the room and their own mosquito net and bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem as Ghana is hot all year-round!

 

The house has free Wi-Fi (although intermittent) and a communal area for volunteers to hang out. There is a lounge, TV and DVD player and an outside seating area. Volunteers are welcome to use the kitchen to prepare meals or even help out when meals are being prepared. We also have a refrigerator where you can store your personal food items but please remember this is dependent on electricity and power cuts can be a frequent occurrence in Ghana!

 

Clothes can be hand-washed or you request a local maid to wash them for you. Living in the PMGY Volunteer House offers a great social experience. Volunteers are given their own privacy and locks to their rooms, so it is a very laid-back atmosphere.

 

A member of our local team will also live at the house. The house is gated and secure and our local coordinator lives on-site ensuring you have around the clock support and security.  

 

Please note that power cuts and water shortages are very common in Ghana. Whilst we have backup measures to combat this, there maybe times where the power cuts out or there is no water for a while so its important to be aware of this in advance.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

MEALS

Volunteers will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day during their time with PMGY. Breakfast and dinner are served at the Volunteer House, whereas for lunch we provide you with a packed lunch or the project may provide you with lunch.

 

Please note most meals will incorporate lots of carbs and not so much dairy or meat compared to the UK so please be open minded around this! It may take you a few days for your body to accustom to the local food as well.

 

Pork, lamb and beef are difficult to source in Ghana and usually quite expensive. The main meat is chicken, fish and goat. There is also a real lack of fresh dairy products, so you should be prepared to live without milk and cheese etc. Most milk is tinned.

 

There are a number of western restaurants around a 45 minute drive out from the accommodation should you fancy picking up some home comforts. There are also some Chinese and Indian restaurants in Kumasi. Our local team will tell you all about the options available to you during your in-country orientation.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

Transport to and from your volunteer project is not included in your Programme Fee. All projects will require you to take public transport everyday. The daily cost of getting to and from your project by local transport is £1 – £3. Our local coordinators will provide you with an induction into local transport during your orientation and first day or two at the project. We will also indicate how much you should be paying for transport, so that you do not get ripped off. The main form of public transport you will use are tro tros. They are cheap and easy to use.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome volunteers of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the programme is 17 and there is no upper age limit. All volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does NOT need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Ghanaian, although learning a few words in your days with us in Ghana will go a long way!

 

We require a clean background check from all our participants in advance of volunteering with us abroad.

 

In general no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation. Medical and healthcare projects usually require additional documentation before participation begins in country.

 

Registration Fees must be paid within 7 days of the application being successful to confirm your place and Programme Fees are due at least 60 days before the programme start date.

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