The average Ghanaian wage in villages is 1-2 dollars a day, most communities find it difficult to find the funds needed to repair their schools and build further facilities which are necessary for a healthy and standard learning environment for their children.
Join like minded volunteers to experience and contribute to daily life in rural Ghana. Split your time between a building project and teaching at a local school. There is always the opportunity to get involved assisting teachers in the classroom and after school activities especially sports clubs. Working alongside local builders, staying in the community and spending time with the kids, you’ll become an essential part of the community. This project will tackle needs that have been identified by your host community to ensure that your financial and physical investment is sustainable long into the future. Take part in a unique experience where you can really make a difference to a Ghanaian community.
There is a need for building works at Maranatha Community School in completing restrooms for the school and replacing bamboo classrooms that have little protection from the elements and poor facilities with new concrete structures. Aflive, another local school, is currently in need of a kitchen structure for the preparation of school lunches as well as a playground for the students.
The type of other building projects we get involved in varies and depends on volunteer numbers. In the past we have helped to build sanitation blocks, water storage tanks, school classrooms, clinics, community halls, basic housing and much more. Depending on the time of year, the number of volunteers and funds available for building work may vary from painting a classroom to building a school block.
Your usual working hours are 8am-2pm with breaks throughout the day. You will also have the opportunity to take a morning and lunch break. Throughout the day we will rotate classroom assistance if you choose to take part in some teaching. When not teaching, you are able to return to work on the building site or to plan future class lessons. Each phase in the building work reaches a two-week milestone so your contributions will be recognized at the end of every milestone. Volunteers will work 3-5 days a week. The volunteers’ mornings are either spent helping in a school or building in the community.
Location: Ghana/Ada Foah
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
- Basic level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Acceptance subject to availability
Francis Muscat – 09/29/2014
I recently returned from completing my second trip to Ghana to take part in the project. The project itself is very well organized and our tribe leader, Cathy, supported us every step of the way from Gibraltar to Ghana and back.
Maranatha beach camp where we volunteer is a beautiful part of the world. It reminds me a bit of the Caribbean with palm trees on the shore line. It is not a holiday resort however and make no mistake about it, you are in the middle of nowhere where there is no running water or constant electricity. But to my view the resort is all the better for it as this allows you to enjoy the beauty around you more and become part of the community that much easier. You will be practically living like the locals: from showering in the river; to drinking out of plastic bags instead of bottles; to working shoulder to shoulder with them; to dancing to the small hours of the morning on the beach beside a camp fire.
Make no mistake about it, the manual work is tough, but as your time there progresses you will be amazed at what is achieved by people who have never done manual labour before. It will bring out the best in you.
This second time round I could really notice the impact that our first trip has made to the local community. Not only had the school attendance more than doubled in a year, but I could see a marked improvement in the academic level of many of the children. Which brings me to the best part of the whole experience…the local children. They are very excitable, very loud and above all very very fun to be around. You,ll have to fight the urge to take one home with you once the programmer has finished. They love being around the volunteers and help wherever possible.
In conclusion, I cannot recommend this project enough, and if I have an opportunity I will be back for the third time next year!
Daya – 09/28/2014
Ghana is my birthplace and my trip there had a twofold purpose…go back to my roots and involve myself in the lives of some fantastic people.
The work experience was great despite the odd obstacle…no one ever let anything get in the way of the service they were there to provide….socially , everyone had a great time discovering about other cultures and to some degree even discovering themselves…
My trip to Ghana came at an opportune time to deepen my wonderful relationship with my 17 year old daughter….it certInly did…
I feel blessed to have been able to be some small part of ‘make a difference’…..to have met some wonderful people and to have reconnected with my home.
Alastair Sanchez – 09/27/2014
Had an amazing time. It wasn’t all easy but altogether an amazing experience. Also extremely rewarding. I highly recommend this journey to everyone. Maranatha is beautiful and so are its people. If interested in gainning further insight into this project watch ‘The Tribe’ a 6 part documentry about 25 MADventurer volunteers would on the building community project in Marantha. https://vimeo.com/user31311019/videos
- Airport pick up
- Orientation and welcome BBQ
- Three meals a day
- Transport to and from the projects
- 24 hour support and supervisor on project
- Donation to the NPO to assist with projects
- Certificate of appreciation
Volunteers will be staying at Maranatha Beach Camp. The thatched houses are located on the beach and sleep 1 to 2 people per room. The beds consist of a basic mattress and a mosquito net. There is no electricity and volunteers can use a shower (cold) or swim in the lagoon.
You will receive 3 meals a day. We usually employ a local cook to provide meals, but you will be encouraged to help with cooking so that everyone is involved. The meals will be mainly traditional dishes such as Fufu (cassava), jollof rice and plantains (green bananas). The Ghanaian diet is full of starchy foods with rice, beans, maize meal and root vegetables served with simply prepared meat and locally available vegetables. If you do independent travel at the weekends you will need to budget separately for food. If you stay at the project site on weekends then you are free to use the facilities to cook your own food or eat out at local spots to try more dishes.
Volunteers are responsible for cooking their own food at weekends. Please help our crew by ensuring that if there are any foods items that we are running low on that they are notified in time for the weekly shop at the market, which you may enjoy visiting with the cook.
We can cater for most dietary requirements and it’s important that you let us know before you go. However we do not cater for picky eaters so please be respectful of the local food, cultures, traditions and give everything a go, you may even enjoy them. If you do some independent travel on the weekends you can try a number of other foods including more westernised’ dishes if you wish particularly when you are heading to tourist spots.
10 Night / 11 Day Ghana Independent Adventure Itinerary *(or make this an 11 Night / 12 Day journey by adding on 2 days in Togo!)
Our Project Leaders at your volunteer project can run through this suggested itinerary that you may want to do following your volunteer project. Read up on the following places in a Lonely Planet, Bradt Guide, Rough Guide, or whatever travel guide suits you best to get a full description of the history and culture of the areas you will visit.
Backpacking in Ghana is fun and cheap and hundreds of our volunteers have done this and recommend it if you do not need to rush back home! You may want to split the following itinerary up, or just choose to do a section of it – simply ask your Project Leader for more information when you land in Ghana.
For budgeting purposes the latest costs we have to hand are as follows:
Exchange Rate as of March 2014: 1.00 GC = 0.25 GBP = 0.30 EURO = 0.40 USD
Accra (1 night)
At Osu Oxford Street you will find nightclubs and bars or you can enjoy some western food. Learn more about Ghana’s first President and Ghana’s road to independence at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial park (6GC entry). Right beside Memorial Park at the sea you will find the Art Centre, you can go here and learn drumming and even buy a drum and other souvenirs. You can climb Jamestown Lighthouse (5GC) for at great view of Accra and you will find one of Accra’s fishing villages. It is one of Accra’s poorest areas, so it is best to avoid at night, but it makes for a great day trip.
Kokrobite (1 night)
Here you will find a beach and big reggae party’s on Saturday nights and very good Italian restaurants. You will sleep at Big Milly’s Backyard dorm for 15GC or double room for 60GC.
Cape Coast (2 nights)
From Accra to Cape Coast on the public bus is 3 hrs for 18GC. Here you will sleep at Oasis for 15GC per bunk or 50GC for a double room on the beach. It has a central location, big parties on the weekends and great pizzas. Things to see include Cape Coast Castle for 20GC for vols/students, One of Ghana’s most important historical sights and central fort to the transatlantic slave trade. Global Mamas workshops Half or full day workshops for drumming/dancing/batik/cooking for 17 – 25 USD. You can also go from Cape Coast to Elmina, it takes 30 minutes for 2 GC, here you can visit Elmina Castle for 20GC for vols/students, the Dutch equivalent of former British’s Cape Coast Castle. Or you can go from Cape Coast to Kakum which is 1 hour away for 5 GC. Kakum offers Canopy Walk for 20GC for students/vols, and 40GC for adults. Guided walks are also available. Try to go early morning to see wildlife. On the way back to Cape Coast you can stop at Hans Botel Cottage for lunch with crocodiles in the surrounding water.
Busua (1 night)
Cape Coast to Takoradi takes 3hrs, for 20GC and from Takoradi to Busua, which is another 20km, you can charter a taxi for 40GC, as no direct tro tros can change at Agona Junction to use public transport. (2 nights)
The main attraction in Busua Small village is Black Star Surf shop where the waves are good for beginners and intermediates. For 50GC you can get a 90 minute surf lesson and they also hire out surf boards. You will sleep at Alaska Beach Resort for 40GC for double room with fan.
Accra (1 night)
Head back along the coastline to Accra or head north to Kumasi, Ghana’s cultural capital.
In Accra you can sleep at Pink Hostel for 45GC for a bunk bed or you can get a double room at the coast for 40GC for Rising Phoenix, which is beside Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. See excursions listed for day 1 for ideas of fun things to do.
Then head back East for islands, waterfalls and mountains!
Ada, Dzita and Keta (2 nights)
From Accra to Ada in a tro-tro, which is a public minibus, takes 2 and half hours. Then go from Anyanui to Dzita, takes 30 mins, and from Dzita to Keta, which takes 1 hour. Spend 1 night in Ada, have lunch at Dzita and stay 1 night at Keta.
You can relax on the beach and go on a boat tour from Ada to see islands and where apateshie is made, but be careful it is very strong! The boat costs 60GC per hour, but more people makes it cheaper. Take the market ferry to Anyanui on Wednesdays for 1GC and carry on by tro tro to Dzita then Keta. Keta to visit the slave fort Slave park and fort, dont forget to tip the caretaker. At Dzita if you pre arrange you can visit the fetish priest Mamie Rasta for drumming and dancing and seeing more of the religious traditions.
In Keta you can sleep at emancipation beach for 20GC for a hut. In Dzita at Meet Me There for 45GC for a double room and in Ada Foah at Maranatha Beach Camp for 20GC for a hut.
*Keta to Aflao (1 night in French-speaking Togo)
Takes 2 hours and costs 8GC. Take the Aflao border crossing into Togo to experience life in Togo. See the markets and take in some fine French foods. Stay at Coco beach for 7000CFA for a double room. A taxi from the border costs around 2000CFA, then head back to the Ghana border (Alfoa).
Togo Visa which you can get in one day in Accra cost 10,000 CFA (1USD = 470CFA) – However when you organize your travel visa back home in your own country you need to get a multiple entry Ghana visa and you must take your yellow fever vaccination certificate to re enter Ghana.
Ho / Hohoe (1 night) – back in Ghana
Go see Wli waterfalls. From Aflao to Ho takes 3 hours, then from Ho to Hohoe takes 2 hours and Hohoe to Wli waterfalls takes 45 mins. You can stay at Bob Kofi Hotel in Ho for 60GC/80GC for a double room or Grand Hotel in Hohoe for 30GC for a room.
Make an early start from Hohoe to the waterfalls as it takes 45mins from Hohoe. The largest waterfalls in West Africa, you can do 1 and half hour easy walk to lower falls or start the 6 hour round trip hike to the upper falls. It is a hard path so make sure to take good walking shoes but you can swim in the waterfalls to cool off! Waterfalls entry is 14GC for volunteers and you will want to tip your guide a small amount.
From Hohoe to Koforidua takes 3 hours (1 night) and Boti falls is a short trip from there. You can stay in Koforidua guests hotel. Once in Boti Falls pay 20GC for guide to umbrella rock and waterfalls. Having an early morning is best if you want to hike to umbrella rock as it takes around 2 hours.
Accra (1 night)
On the road back to Accra or as a day trip out of Accra go to the Shai hills or Aburi Botanical gardens. From Boti falls return to Accra via Shai hills to see baboons, ostriches and perhaps gazelles. Entry and guide at Shai hills is 35GC for a walking tour or hire a taxi for a driving tour. Aburi entry to botanical gardens is 5GC and about 45 mins out of Accra. You can have lunch in the gardens and learn more about trees and plants native to Ghana.
In Accra you can sleep at Pink Hostel for 45GC for a bunk bed or you can get a double room at the coast for 40GC for Rising Phoenix, which is beside Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.
Arriving in Ghana
Staying in Ghana
Project dates 2016
28th May – for 2 or 4 weeks
11th June – for 2 weeks
A.M: Building work
P.M: Building work
A.M: Teaching lessons at school
P.M: Building work
A.M: Helping in the classrooms
P.M: Building work or sports
A.M: Computers lessons at school
P.M: Building work
A.M: Settlement visit
P.M: Building work