Is community volunteering in Ghana with a group right for me?
If you’re eager to work with children and you’re ready to use your own hands to support local communities, then this project is an ideal fit for you. Better still, you’ll be working with a group of like-minded people, and you’ll have constant support from Projects Abroad staff. It’s one of our Team Trips, where we run a project on fixed dates so individuals from around the world can come together to form a group. It’s a great way to make a difference while meeting new people.
On this project, everything is organised for you from the moment you step off the plane. Your group will have a full schedule of volunteer work, activities in the evenings, and a weekend trip to Kakum Forest. You’ll work and sightsee together.
You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to join this project. You'll work alongside local teachers and caregivers, and Projects Abroad staff are there to provide guidance and answer questions. You can also brainstorm ideas with your group.
Joining a project like this could help your future career. You’ll gain childcare experience, and the project will give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews. You’ll also develop personal skills, like communication and working with people from different countries and cultures.
This is a fixed-date trip that runs at specific times during the year. You can choose the dates that best fit your schedule.
Your work will be divided into five main areas:
Promote early childhood development
Your main role will be to support the work of local teachers and caregivers by focusing on early childhood development. Through games and educational activities, you’ll help with their physical, social, and cognitive development. The skills they learn, like improving hand-eye coordination, will help them cope with the demands of formal schooling.
Help improve literacy and numeracy
You will also work towards improving literacy and numeracy in children. Reading, writing, and counting are essential skills that everyone needs in life. By focusing on these skills at a young age, we can give children a head start for when they start school.
Encourage children to practice good hygiene everyday
You will also focus on encouraging children to practice good basic hygiene. Poor hygiene is the cause of many illnesses and diseases. By getting children to practice good hygiene everyday, we can reduce the rate of infection and improve the overall health of the community.
In Ghana, you’ll help with gardening or light renovation work such as painting or decorating. Feel free to voice your creativity and share your own practical, low-cost ideas for renovation work. Assisting in this way will mean the local community with benefit from your contribution even once you’ve left.
By doing this kind of work as a group, you’ll be able to accomplish a great deal in the short time you’re in Ghana.
Explore Ghana with a group of people your age
In Ghana, you’ll get to explore and experience life in West Africa accompanied by a group. When you’re not working, you’ll have plenty of social and cultural events and activities to keep you busy. You’ll also have constant support and guidance, as Projects Abroad staff will accompany you throughout your stay. We’ll also take you on a trip over the weekend.
Where in Ghana will I be working?
Your group will be based in Cape Coast, where you’ll work in the local community and at a care centre. Most of the care centres in Ghana look after children from families where both parents work. In most cases, funding is limited so the centres are under-resourced and, at times, under-staffed.
When you are not working, you will be able to explore this historic seaside town with your group. Ghana is a safe country renowned for its kind and friendly people, making it an ideal country for those visiting Africa for the first time.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is bring a group of likeminded people together to improve early childhood development and education in Ghana.
In Ghana, the care centres we work with have limited resources and staff. They need extra support to make sure that each child learns the skills they need to thrive when they start school. Your group will become part of our ongoing efforts to help local teachers and caregivers do this. Each member of your team will be a welcome pair of helping hands. You’ll work together to improve early childhood development, literacy, and numeracy.
Your group will also help improve the learning environment. You’ll do this by adding a fresh coat of paint or colourful mural to a classroom wall, or build a vegetable garden.
And our secondary aim is to encourage the exchange of cultures, knowledge, and skills between members of your group and local people.
Join our Childcare & Community Work Team Trip in Ghana, and be part of our efforts to support disadvantaged children and their communities.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Ghana
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