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At Vocational Impact, we understand that each volunteer has unique skills and goals. That’s why we offer personalized volunteer programmes that can be tailored to fit your specific needs. Our dedicated programme coordinators work closely with you to design a programme that aligns with your skills, interests, and aspirations. Whether you’re interested in healthcare, community development, education, or environmental conservation, we have a wide range of opportunities available. By customizing your volunteer experience, you can make the most of your time abroad and contribute to the causes that matter to you.
Our volunteer programmes are specifically designed to make a meaningful impact in developing communities. By joining our programmes, you’ll have the opportunity to work directly with local communities, NGOs, and organizations to address pressing social issues and contribute to sustainable development. Whether you’re involved in community empowerment projects, education initiatives, healthcare support, or environmental conservation efforts, your contributions will empower communities, foster economic independence, and promote positive change. Together, we can create a better future for those in need.
We believe in providing comprehensive support to ensure a seamless and rewarding volunteer experience. From the moment you commit to the programme, we take care of every detail, including airport pickup and drop-off, secure and comfortable accommodation in dedicated volunteer cottages/rooms, and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll also receive 30+ hours of interactive cross-cultural training and practice to enhance your global perspective. Additionally, you’ll receive a certificate of learning to validate your experience and showcase your commitment to making a difference. With our support, you can embark on a life-changing journey of personal growth and cultural immersion.
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About the Programme
Our Tailor-Made Volunteer Programmes in Ghana are designed to give practical on-the-ground work experience. Volunteers will work with local and NGO organisations whilst learning from professionals operating in all types of different fields. As well as skills-based learning, volunteers will give back to the community by helping with ongoing initiatives. You will also work on important community outreach projects to raise awareness about gender inequality, literacy and access to healthcare.
You will be volunteering from Monday to Friday and will report to the head office each morning. Although times and duties may vary from day to day, you should expect to be at your placement between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Weekends and free time: The weekends are free time off from volunteering. This is a great opportunity to explore Ghana and plan weekend trips and activities. You can read our Volunteer Travel Guide to Ghana for great tips on places to visit and things to do. If you just want to relax, enjoy the nearby beaches and hang out at the local spots you are welcome to stay at the volunteer accommodation over the weekend, but most volunteers will plan to go on trips together. Our local team can help you organise weekend activities.
There are a number of different partner projects we have in Ghana. These range from small rural placements working with local communities to promote sustainable development, right through to legal and clinical placements that are based in the capital city of Accra.
For more information about the different options available to you with a tailor-made volunteer experience please get in touch.
Ghana faces many challenges and community development volunteers can make an impact by supporting the work of local and international organisations working to help promote sustainable growth. You’ll be working alongside and learning from industry professionals by supporting their daily work. Volunteers will assist with casework, media duties and research, and will also contribute to vital education and awareness projects in the community. By developing an understanding of some of the social, economic, political and legal challenges to sustainable community development, volunteers can make a meaningful difference.
You should expect to be learning and working with local professionals to impact change but be aware that there are cultural differences in the way things are approached. Volunteer duties will vary during your time on the programme depending on the daily needs of the organisation, your levels of experience, the department you are working in and how long your programme is. Initially, your tasks will be observational and administrative. The longer you are on the programme and begin to understand the workload, duties and routine the more hands-on and practical your role will be.
First and foremost, as a charity organisation, we operate on a not-for-profit basis. This means your fees don’t go into someone’s pocket, but directly back into the projects you’re supporting. This is something that not many other placements can offer.
Our collaborations with various organisations and institutions ensure that you gain hands-on experience, offering a chance to work alongside seasoned professionals. Complementing your academic journey, you’ll work alongside professionals, local leaders, and counsellors, benefiting from their shared knowledge and experiences.
Furthermore, our placements encompass more than just the day-to-day tasks. Engaging in community projects provides a broader view of societal development, and it’s a chance to apply your skills in varied, often challenging, environments. The exposure to different cultures and practices will not only widen your perspective but equip you for a diverse work environment in the future.
We’re able to tailor each of our volunteer experiences to fit your goals and experience so get in touch to start your adventure.
Our volunteer experiences are flexible enough to fit your own requirements or specialisations. This means even if you’re not in full time study or don’t have the necessary formal qualifications for a specific programme you should still get in touch to see if we can create a programme that fits your goals and gives back to developing communities.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or older to participate in our placements. Importantly, all applicants should show a strong commitment to learning, a desire to develop and grow, the ability to work in a team and a positive approach to helping people.
Volunteers from all over the world are welcome to join this programme.
All our projects are founded, managed and developed by locals. We provide essential funding to support community programs, development projects, running costs, local salaries and sustainability. We work with partner organisations that are specialists in the areas they operate. Our partner organisations are selected because of the important work they are doing and they are run by impressive humanitarians and professionals in their fields.
The team is committed to a cultural exchange of ideas and approaches, sharing professional insight and experience with volunteers, training you in legal and penal processes in Ghana, engaging volunteers in policy change research and working on community outreach projects to help with local sustainable development.
Vocational Impact operates under UK registered charity, Arms Around the Child. Our core mission is to offer ethical volunteer abroad programmes that provide international skills exchange, career development, work experience, and practical support to international NGOs, and to donate directly towards projects that volunteers work with.
Ghana is perfect for a first visit to Africa, it’s considered one of the safest and most stable of African nations. Programs are based in the rural coastal town of Senya Beraku, a 2-hour drive West of the capital Accra. Volunteers in Senya can really take advantage of the stunning coastline, tropical beaches, lush jungles, historic forts and the vibrant Ghanaian culture.
Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana deserves its place in the sun. The country is benefiting from its stable democracy in the form of fast-paced development, but rural areas where volunteers are most needed still face challenges with poverty, education, health, stigma and access to services.
Rural volunteer placements are where volunteers can really make an impact. By helping local initiatives and organizations you can make a big difference in the community. Rural life gives you the chance to learn and immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana. You can live like a local whilst having easy access to the rich experiences Ghana has to offer.
In Ghana, volunteers can expect friendly and welcoming faces, laidback local culture, historical landmarks and natural beauty. Among the highlights is visiting the capital Accra, with its markets, museums, bars and bustling city life. The Atlantic coast forts along the Gold Coast are significant for understanding the painful history of the slave trade. Kakum National Park is home to wildlife, plants and forests, best experienced from the canopy walk through the trees 30 meters above ground. The many tropical and paradise-like beaches are the perfect place to unwind.
This is a truly special country to volunteer in for an authentic African experience!
During the course of your placement, you will stay at a specifically designed volunteer house located in the local village of Senya-Beraku. You will therefore live like a local Ghanaian. The accommodation is of very good quality by local standards and has running water, hot showers, and electricity, but it can be inconsistent. There is a large and well-maintained forecourt, well-sized bedrooms and living spaces, and although basic, the house is clean and comfortable. There is a caretaker/ security guard who attends to the gate of the accommodation, the protection of the property and the safety of the volunteers. You will have staff that will cook and clean for you, and there are basic amenities for you to use.
The house can host up to 4 volunteers at one time. There are 2 rooms, each with 2 beds, and if you are with a group of four you will share a room with another volunteer. If you are with a mixed group rooms will be separate for male and female volunteers with a shared common room and toilet facilities. There is a communal kitchen, supplied with basics: fridge, freezer, kettle and hob. Pillows and sheets are provided, however, it is recommended that you bring your own towels and mosquito nets. You can only drink bottled water, which will be provided for you.
There is no Wi-Fi at the home or in the village, however, you can buy a local SIM card with data (your phone needs to be unlocked) to stay connected. The VI team in-country will help you purchase a local SIM Card.
Senya Beraku is a small village community where you will be welcomed and made to feel at home by the locals. During your free time you can visit the local beaches, hang out at the fort overlooking the sea or head to one of the local bars (we recommend Tom’s Garden) for a drink and a bite to eat. There are several small shops around the village as well as a local market where you can purchase some snacks and other essentials.
You will be provided with three meals per day cooked on-site at the accommodation. This is your chance to experience local, authentic and traditional Ghanaian food. Carbs, meats and vegetables are all staple parts of the diet in Ghana. Here is an example of meals served:
Breakfast: Toasted Bread, Eggs, Milo, Milk, Coffee, Pancakes, Omelette, Salad, Fruit, Cereal, Butter, Chocolate Spread.
Lunch / Dinner:
Rice with tomato sauce / Yam chips with shito and chicken / Rice with cabbage stew and egg / Noodles / Jollof with salad and chicken / Beans with fried Plantain / Fried rice with salad and chicken / Red red beans with Jollof / Yam chips with Shito and chicken or fish / Rice with Tomato sauce and chicken / Boiled yam with vegetable stew and chicken
Meals can be made Vegetarian and Vegan dishes can be provided upon request. Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements.
We aim to begin programmes on the first Monday of each month. Once you register for the programme we work closely with all volunteers to map your dates together. Volunteers will need to arrive one or two days before orientation.
After you have registered for the programme you will need to book flights to arrive at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. Upon arrival in Ghana, you will be met at the airport by one of our volunteer coordinators. We will provide you with a Vocational Impact T-shirt which makes identification easy. Our team will then transport you to Senya, you can then expect a travel time of anywhere between 1-2 hours.
Orientation is hosted by our local team where you will receive an introduction to your programme. This will cover information about Ghana, the culture and customs, expectations, safety, staff members, organisational partners, and an overview of the placement itinerary.
Depending on when you arrive you will get a guided tour of Senya with our volunteer coordinator a day before the programme begins. This gives you the chance to familiarize yourself with the local village, landmarks, beaches, town centre, some hang out spots and bars etc.
On your final day of the programme, usually a Friday evening we will host a leaving BBQ for you and the other volunteers also departing to thank you and say farewell to all the friends you’ve made and the people you’ve worked with.
1 week – £325
2 weeks – £650
3 weeks – £975
4 weeks – £1300
5 weeks – £1600
6 weeks – £1900
8 weeks – £2400
10 weeks – £2900
12 weeks – £3300
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