With its stable democracy and fast-paced development, Ghana is one of Africa’s great success stories. Boasting a rich history, diverse wildlife, vibrant cities, beautiful beaches and friendly inhabitants, Ghana is a great place for groups to volunteer and explore.
Projects Abroad offers a range of projects in multiple locations around Ghana. These include building school buildings and helping in a local community centre in a village in the Akuapem Hills, working with patients in a hospital or on outreach programmes in Winneba or on the Cape Coast, or even working as a sports volunteer coaching children in Accra.
General information on Ghana
Situated on the West coast of Africa, Ghana combines the diverse landscapes of wild savannah, dense rainforests and stunning golden beaches with the warmth and friendliness of its English-speaking people. Due to the country being safe, affordable, politically-stable and rewarding to visit, it is a great introduction to Africa and perfect for new and returning volunteers.
African traditions, combined with British influences, have produced an exciting modern Ghanaian culture – open, musical and diverse. Although Ghana is a poor country, in recent times it has attracted new money and many Ghanaians are now returning home from abroad, bringing new investment and ideas with them.
Certainly, life in Ghana will enable you to encounter some unusual situations, from the unpredictable electricity and water supply, to seeing even the poorest families dressed up in their best clothes for church on a Sunday morning. You will also need to adapt to the bizarre and the unfamiliar, whether it be the car-shaped coffins or the banku and fufu you will have for lunch.
Where we are Based in Ghana
Projects Abroad volunteers usually stay with local host Ghanaian families. Their hospitality and strong religious faith make living with a family a special experience, however groups usually stay in a local hostel or hotel to make organisation and safety more manageable. The friendly staff will make you feel at home and will always be able to provide you with invaluable knowledge of the best places to visit and eat in the local area.
Travel and Tourism in Ghana
Ghana is known for being vibrant and awash with colour; a sensory overload with a rich culture to match. At the heart of Ghanaian culture is the music, which can be heard in every town and village. In the bigger towns such as Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out.
Groups will get free time in the evenings and some afternoons to go to the beach or to visit some of the local attractions around town, as well as having the weekends free to integrate any trips that the group want to go on. This could include visiting the old slave forts on the Cape Coast, exploring the rainforest at the Kakum Rainforest Reserve, feeding the wild monkeys at The Boebeng Monkey Village or watching elephants at the Mole National Park.
Travel across Ghana is cheap and easy, whether it be in a taxi, a tro-tro (a sort of minibus) or on a lake boat. There are clean, affordable places to stay and eat in all the main towns.
For groups visiting Ghana, it is a superb location to bird watch and an interesting place for history lovers. Ghana is also developing a good ecotourism philosophy. Once your overseas voluntary work is over, it’s a great stepping-off point from which to explore West Africa.
“We saw so many remarkable sights, waterfalls, three-headed palm trees, caves, botanical gardens… I would definitely go back to Ghana.”Ruth Malthouse