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Volunteer Abroad in Ghana with IVHQ

Volunteer in Ghana

Volunteer in Ghana with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of trusted volunteer abroad projects, including Teaching, Childcare, Medical and Construction. Volunteers are based in and around the Accra region, on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organisation in Ghana.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 7 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in rural villages and townships within the Greater Accra Region
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in Ghana each month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$270 (approximately £225) for 1 week
Words cannot describe how unbelievably amazing my experience was! I spent my time between the local clinic and helping with the children at the school. The people and children I met have changed me, they were the most welcoming people you could meet. The IVHQ team were an amazing team.
IVHQ Volunteer - Emma Graham
Emma Graham
Nationality: Scottish
Age: 26
Destination: Ghana

Volunteer opportunities in Ghana

Agriculture in Ghana
Agriculture volunteers in Ghana with IVHQ

Volunteering with nature

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Hands-on volunteer work

Help crop and animal farmers with all aspects of their operations, with the resulting food going towards local childcare placements.

Suited to:
Active volunteers Teachers College students Solo travelers

Agriculture in

Agriculture is a central source of food in Ghana, and this project aims to be a sustainable food provider for IVHQ’s Childcare volunteer placements. If you’re someone who’s passionate about sustainability and is looking for some hands-on volunteer work, this project will be perfect for you.

As an Agriculture volunteer, you’ll be based on local farms, helping with both crop (corn, eggplants, capsicums and palms) and animal farming (pigs, rabbits, goats, chickens). You’ll be involved in clearing and developing land for crops, fertilising, planting, nurturing, teaching farming techniques to locals, fencing, and assisting with purchasing, moving and caring for stock.

Agriculture volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ

Your work will depend on the season and your exact placement, which will be determined based on the needs of the local community.​ ​You aren’t required to have previous agricultural experience to participate on this project, but you should come expecting physical work. More experienced volunteers may be able to assist in developing the project and teaching new techniques to locals, helping them to farm their crops and animals more effectively.

Work on the Agriculture project usually stops during the hottest period of the day, and during this time you can assist with teaching in local schools to ensure you have sufficient volunteer work.

Please note, resources and machinery are extremely limited on this project and most work is labour intensive. You should bring a flashlight, a lightweight scarf for sun protection, a hat, insect repellent, gloves, working boots and a water bottle.

This project has an extra cost of US$49 (approximately £41) per week for extra supervision, materials and logistics. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help with the supply of crops and food for local children
  • Work alongside locals with crops and animals on farms based 2-3 hours from Accra
  • Suitable for volunteers who like physical work
  • Additional {% usd_approx 49 %} per week surcharge for additional supervision, materials and logistics required
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Ghana at a glance
  • Based in and around Ghana’s largest and capital city, Accra
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, a daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation is in a volunteer house for most volunteers, though families can stay in a local homestay
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in Ghana each month
Also available in Ghana
Our project options
Agriculture Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Childcare Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Healthcare Outreach and Education in Ghana - Accra Region Medical Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Sports Teaching Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Teaching English Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region
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Childcare in Ghana
Volunteer on the Childcare project in Ghana with IVHQ

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Awesome variety of volunteer tasks

Volunteer with young school children in rural parts of Ghana before and after school, assisting with meals, providing care, assisting with homework, and informal teaching English through play therapy and games.

Suited to:
Students Early childhood teachers Mature volunteers Gap year Families

Childcare in

Rural communities in Ghana often don’t have access to proper childcare facilities, and volunteers on the Childcare project can provide education, care and attention to children from low-income families. The aim of this project is to ensure these children are given the best possible opportunities and are supported in their health and learning. This is done in an informal manner, with less classroom time and more support outside lessons.

Volunteers on this project contribute to the community by helping with food preparation and meal distribution, ensuring children receive proper meals each day. Work also involves providing care and entertainment by assisting with homework, providing exposure to casual English language and playing games after school. There may also be the opportunity to introduce your own educational activities and lessons.

Childcare volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ

You’re welcome to bring along books, pencils, basic first aid supplies and musical instruments to help your volunteering. These supplies can generally be purchased in Ghana, which also supports the local economy.

This project is well suited to volunteers with a warm and caring nature, who love working with children and are passionate about supporting early childhood development.

Please note the school year ​is broken up into three terms, with four week breaks in between. ​Because you generally work with children in schools, if you apply for the Childcare project during ​holiday ​breaks, it may be unavailable. During these times, you’re able to work with school directors and placement staff on school holiday workshops​.

School Holidays 2020:

  • April 8th - May 5th
  • July 30th - September 8th
Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help in schools in rural communities, working particularly with younger children
  • Placements based 2-3 hours from central Accra
  • Help with education, games and meal times
  • Provide exposure to English speaking
  • Suited to enthusiastic, lively volunteers who are good with children
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Ghana at a glance
  • Based in and around Ghana’s largest and capital city, Accra
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, a daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation is in a volunteer house for most volunteers, though families can stay in a local homestay
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in Ghana each month
Also available in Ghana
Our project options
Agriculture Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Childcare Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Healthcare Outreach and Education in Ghana - Accra Region Medical Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Sports Teaching Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Teaching English Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region
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Construction and Renovation in Ghana
Volunteer on the Construction and Renovation project in Ghana with IVHQ

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Hands on volunteer work

Make a lasting impact in rural towns by contributing to construction and renovation projects at a range of community facilities including schools, centers and clinics.

Suited to:
Active volunteers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Spring break College students

Construction and Renovation in

Helping to build and renovate in local communities is a tangible way of making a contribution for the people who live there. By volunteering alongside locals to improve the infrastructure in rural townships, you know you’ll be making a lasting impact for years to come.

This project focuses on the construction and renovation of clinics, community centres, toilet facilities and schools. Your tasks can include painting, brick laying, plastering, digging, block shaping, carpentry, steel bending and mortar mixing. Keep in mind that projects and volunteer roles will vary from community to community, so come prepared willing to help out wherever your support is most needed.

Construction and Renovation volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ

You may also have the opportunity to meet chiefs and community elders, and learn about Ghanaian culture through music and dance.

If you are passionate about being outdoors and have a good level of fitness, this will be a perfect project for you. You aren’t required to have experience in construction to participate, as you will work closely with members of our local team who will guide your work each day. Volunteering hours are in the morning and evening, to avoid the hottest part of the day. You can supplement your time by contributing to other projects between shifts if you like.

Please note that this project has an extra cost of US$49 (approximately £41) per week for the additional supervision, materials and logistics required. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply. Volunteers should bring a flashlight, a lightweight scarf for sun protection, a hat, insect repellent, gloves, working boots and water bottle.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help with renovation and maintenance projects in rural communities, three hours from Accra
  • Assist with renovating, painting, building and other work as required
  • Suited to volunteers who enjoy physical work and using their hands
  • Additional {% usd_approx 49 %} per week surcharge for the extra supervision and materials involved
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Ghana at a glance
  • Based in and around Ghana’s largest and capital city, Accra
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, a daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation is in a volunteer house for most volunteers, though families can stay in a local homestay
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in Ghana each month
Also available in Ghana
Our project options
Agriculture Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Childcare Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Healthcare Outreach and Education in Ghana - Accra Region Medical Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Sports Teaching Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Teaching English Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region
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Healthcare Outreach and Education in Ghana
Volunteer on the Healthcare Outreach and Education project in Ghana with IVHQ

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Tasks to match your experience

A medical project with a difference. This is a one week roving medical workshop, visiting rural communities and helping to provide malaria treatment and prevention, as well education around nutrition, sexual health and hygiene.

Suited to:
Qualified volunteers Medical students Solo travelers Pre-med students Gap year Spring break

Healthcare Outreach and Education in

For those who really want to take healthcare to as many people as possible, this is the project for you. The Healthcare Outreach and Education project is a special one week project that offers volunteers a chance to contribute to the health and wellbeing of Ghanaian people living in rural areas.

As a Healthcare Outreach volunteer, you’ll spend the week visiting rural communities where healthcare is inaccessible for many people, helping with malaria testing and treatment, as well as education around sexual health, hygiene and nutrition.

Healthcare Outreach and Education volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ

Your tasks can include community education and prevention and malaria testing. If you’re trained in a particular medical specialty, such as dentistry, it may be possible for you to do a specialised outreach.

As the project focuses on malaria testing as well as education and prevention, you do not need to have any medical training or qualifications in order to participate, though volunteers with professional experience can use their expertise. All volunteers will receive training and guidance in administering malaria tests.

This project is well suited to volunteers who are passionate about healthcare, who are adaptable and open to learning new things. It’s also open for those who don’t have formal medical training.

The project begins on the 15th of each month and runs for one week. The program fee of US$520 for the week covers accommodation, three meals a day, basic first aid supplies, malaria testing kits, malaria medication, transport and supervision.

For alternative medical volunteering opportunities in Ghana that are suitable for pre-med and pre-nursing students, as well as healthcare students and professionals - see our Medical volunteer project in Ghana.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • A special one week roving health workshop visiting rural communities
  • Help with malaria testing and treatment and prevention
  • Suitable for experienced professionals and specialists or those with no prior training
  • Outreach based in a rural village three hours from Accra
  • Program fee of $520 to cover additional supplies, training, transport and supervision
  • Volunteer for up to 7 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Ghana at a glance
  • Based in and around Ghana’s largest and capital city, Accra
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, a daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation is in a volunteer house for most volunteers, though families can stay in a local homestay
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in Ghana each month
Also available in Ghana
Our project options
Agriculture Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Childcare Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Healthcare Outreach and Education in Ghana - Accra Region Medical Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Sports Teaching Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Teaching English Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region
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Medical in Ghana
Volunteer on the Medical project in Ghana with IVHQ

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Tasks that reflect your experience

Help to bring better healthcare to rural clinics Ghana and on mobile wound care outreach. Duties are a mixture of hands-on, administrative and observational.

Suited to:
Qualified volunteers Medical students (two years minimum) Gap year Spring break Solo travelers

Medical in

The healthcare system in Ghana is considered fairly good in relation to other African countries, however there is still considerable need for volunteer assistance. Once you leave the major cities, the standard of healthcare drops considerably and there is a real shortage of trained medical professionals to work in these communities and provide basic healthcare services.

When volunteering on the Medical project in Ghana, you can help in small clinics in under-resourced, rural areas for two days a week, and with mobile wound care outreach for the remaining three days. You should expect to be working with limited resources, and understand that the healthcare environment you’re volunteering in will be different to what you’re used to.

Medical volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ

Volunteer duties will depend on your experience and how much time you’re spending on your program. Longer term and qualified volunteers are more likely to have hands-on tasks, though this should not be expected. Initially at least, your tasks are likely to be mostly observational or administrative. Outreach clinics are more hands-on than clinic-based volunteering.

This project is well suited to pre-med and medical students, as well as qualified healthcare professionals with an interest in expanding their global medical perspective and gaining first-hand experience in a new healthcare medical environment.

This project is open to qualified medical or nursing professionals as well as volunteers who have completed at least two years of medical or nursing training. You will need to provide a copy of your qualifications, or a letter and transcript from your school to the local team in Ghana on arrival. Midwives are also able to work within one of our rural clinics on this project.

A US$49 (approximately £41) per week surcharge applies to cover additional transportation and materials required.

For alternative healthcare volunteering opportunities in Ghana that are suitable for students as well as healthcare professionals, see our Healthcare Outreach and Education project in Ghana.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Work in rural clinics and mobile outreach wound care clinics
  • Shadow and observe local staff initially
  • Longer term and experienced volunteers more likely to have hands-on duties
  • Suitable for experienced professionals or medical students
  • Additional {% usd_approx 49 %} per week surcharge for additional transport and materials
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Ghana at a glance
  • Based in and around Ghana’s largest and capital city, Accra
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, a daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation is in a volunteer house for most volunteers, though families can stay in a local homestay
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in Ghana each month
Also available in Ghana
Our project options
Agriculture Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Childcare Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Healthcare Outreach and Education in Ghana - Accra Region Medical Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Sports Teaching Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Teaching English Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region
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Sports Teaching in Ghana
Volunteer on the Sports Teaching project in Ghana with IVHQ

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Active volunteer experience

Help local schools and sports teams in Ghana with physical education lessons, playing games with students and encouraging them to enjoy being active.

Suited to:
Active volunteers Teachers College students Solo travelers Sports lovers

Sports Teaching in

There’s a huge amount of enthusiasm for sport in Ghana, and by helping to provide structure around games in schools, fun-loving volunteers can bring a whole lot of joy to students.

As a Sports Teaching volunteer, you’ll be based in schools, helping to develop the interest in physical education and increase students’ skills in a range of sports. It also helps to encourage discipline, and enhances alertness and coordination among the students you’ll be working with. Volunteers help to structure games before and after school.

Sports Teaching volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ

One of the big aims for volunteers is just to help kids have fun. Sport has the added benefit as a platform to teach students about teamwork, bringing the best out of the players, and developing their self-confidence. Football/soccer is a popular sport in Ghana, but you’re also encouraged to introduce new sports from home. To teach these sports, you may need to bring equipment with you, as it may not be available for purchase in Ghana.

This project is well suited to individuals with a love of sport and real enthusiasm for supporting youth development and working with young people. Previous teaching experience isn’t required, but you may also be required to teach other classes, such as math, English, science, geography and history, as sport is usually taught in the outside school hours.

Please keep in mind that during the school holidays, you’ll work on school holiday workshops that will be created by the school directors, placement staff and other volunteers.

School Holidays 2020:

  • April 8th - May 5th
  • July 30th - September 8th
Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help local staff arrange and run sports activities before and after school
  • Schools are based in rural communities 2-3 hours from Accra
  • Play popular local sports or introduce your own games from home
  • Suited to active volunteers who love playing games with children
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Ghana at a glance
  • Based in and around Ghana’s largest and capital city, Accra
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, a daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation is in a volunteer house for most volunteers, though families can stay in a local homestay
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in Ghana each month
Also available in Ghana
Our project options
Agriculture Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Childcare Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Healthcare Outreach and Education in Ghana - Accra Region Medical Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Sports Teaching Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Teaching English Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region
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Teaching English in Ghana
Volunteer on the Teaching project with IVHQ in Ghana

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Guided volunteer experience

Provide a valued perspective as a fluent English speaker in schools that are often under-staffed. Assist with English, music. Math, geography and arts lessons in rural areas around Accra.

Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

Teaching English in

Although Ghana is officially an English-speaking country, teacher shortages mean school children often don’t have the best opportunities to learn the language. Native and fluent English speakers bring authority and expertise to these lessons, which make a huge difference to the learning ability of students.

Volunteers on the Teaching project work in rural communities, either teaching solo or assisting local teachers. As well as teaching English and other typical lesson topics, music, math, geography and arts are also incorporated into the syllabus, and as a volunteer, you can bring your own resources to assist with these lessons.

Teaching volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ

This project is ideal for volunteers who are teachers, aspiring to become a teacher or simply interested in education.

Volunteers will have the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, so don’t need to be qualified or experienced as a teacher to participate. However, volunteers are encouraged to come prepared by completing some relevant training, such as a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Please note the school year ​is broken up into three terms, with four week breaks in between.​ Because volunteers assist children in schools, if you apply for the Teaching project during these ​holiday ​breaks, it will be unavailable. During these times, you can work with school directors and placement staff on school holiday workshops​.

School Holidays 2020:

  • April 8th - May 5th
  • July 30th - September 8th
Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help to teach English, music, math, geography and arts
  • Volunteer in schools in rural Ghana, between 2-3 hours from Accra
  • Volunteer under the supervision of a local teacher or on your own
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education, English and helping disadvantaged students
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Ghana at a glance
  • Based in and around Ghana’s largest and capital city, Accra
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, a daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation is in a volunteer house for most volunteers, though families can stay in a local homestay
  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in Ghana each month
Also available in Ghana
Our project options
Agriculture Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Childcare Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Healthcare Outreach and Education in Ghana - Accra Region Medical Volunteer Program in Ghana - Accra Region Sports Teaching Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region Teaching English Volunteer Project in Ghana - Accra Region
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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Ghana to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Ghana will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Ghana with your new-found friends.

How to get started

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