Care Volunteer Projects in Ghana
- Placement locations: Accra, Akuapem Hills, Cape Coast
- Types of care projects: Care centres and special needs schools
- Age of children: 0 - 14
- Number of people cared for: Varied
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, providing emotional support and helping to improve hygiene practices
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
Voluntary Care work in Ghana is an ideal way to get involved and help improve conditions for local children. You can contribute towards this vital development work during a gap year, career break, or just a holiday. Volunteers with qualifications and experience are welcome but you do not need to have either to volunteer. Energy, passion and commitment to the work at hand should see you through.
Ghana in West Africa is a country of rich natural resources and ancient traditions. However, an ever-growing disparity between rich and poor has resulted in a large percentage of the population still living in poverty. Poor health and sanitation have contributed to the low life expectancy and high infant mortality rates. Problems such as violent methods of discipline, child labour and poor education means that childhood in Ghana can be a real struggle, which is why our volunteer Care projects are so important.
In the centres that do exist, staff struggle with limited resources to feed, clothe and educate the children in their care. More often than not, staff find themselves not having the time to provide the individual attention and emotional support that these children need so they can have as normal a childhood as possible.
Voluntary Community Development work with Projects Abroad
We have different volunteer options for you in Ghana, such as working in day care centres. Most of the placements are based in the Akuapem Hills, but there are also Care placements available in Cape Coast and Accra.
Some volunteers work in larger state-run care centres, whilst others may be placed in smaller care homes, day care centres and homes for mentally and physically disabled children. Volunteers can also work with HIV/AIDS patients on a challenging HIV/AIDS control programme.
During term time, the majority of children at care centres attend school during the day. Most volunteers choose to accompany the children and help out at the school or kindergarten during these hours, assisting the teachers with basic numeracy and literacy education. If you’re happy to get your hands dirty it may also be possible to stay at the centre and assist the house mother with cleaning and general house duties whilst the older children are at school, however, the level of interaction with the children will be less if you do this.
Day care centres often struggle with the limited resources and limited staff available to care for the children. Extra sets of hands can be extremely valuable to assist the care givers in their duties and organise daily activities with the children including basic learning (numeracy and literacy) along with early childhood development and hygiene awareness activities.
The Projects Abroad team in Ghana organise regular workshops for our care volunteers. The workshops will provide you with a valuable insight into the local care system and the background of the placement where you’re working. You will receive advice and suggestions regarding activities to carry out at your care placement. The workshops may also cover topics like Ghanaian culture, your role at the placement and useful resources to use.
In whichever volunteer Care project in Ghana you find yourself, you need to be ready for a challenge. Many of the children are desperate for attention and there will undoubtedly be children present who have health problems and who need special attention due to disabilities.
It is in your role as a volunteer - spending time with the children, playing with them and putting a smile on their faces - that Projects Abroad volunteers are so valuable.
Whether you are helping older children with school homework or teaching the alphabet to the younger ones, you will be an essential part of their development. Any extra interests or skills that you have can be put to good use, and please let our local staff know about them when you apply.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ghana Care Management Plan.
You can join the Care project in Ghana for one, two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
If you would like to get more involved in a local Ghanaian community and some building work consider the Community Building Project. If you are interested in combining sports with some social care, check out our Multi-sports Project.
Anyone who has completed at least one year of studies in social work, psychology or a related field also has the option of working at a special needs school, where it is possible to take on a social work focus within the placement and receive supervision from a local social worker.
If you have further qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Ghana.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Ghana
Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in Ghana. They have done incredible work at these placements, improving living conditions there and creating opportunities for children by supporting their education and care. However, we have decided to move our focus away from orphanages and homes toward community and family-based care. This is because we believe stable family environments are best for the children we work with. Read more about orphanage volunteering and our position on it. This means that instead of volunteering in orphanages in Ghana, volunteers will work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.