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Volunteer and Intern in Ghana

  • Location: Accra, Akuapem Hills, and Cape Coast
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Local languages: English & Twi
Country Info

Ghana is one of the most stable and economically advanced countries in Africa, but rural communities are still greatly affected by poverty and lack many modern amenities. The work of Projects Abroad volunteers in these communities is crucial to helping improve the quality of life for many Ghanaians. Our volunteer projects and internships in Ghana are a great place to start for anyone interested in volunteering in Africa, including those on a summer break, gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation.

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. There are modern areas in large towns, with new buildings and thriving businesses. The country’s infrastructure is improving as a result, but still very much developing.

Once the British colony known as the “Gold Coast,” Ghana is renowned for the friendliness and warmth of its people. Ghana has great beaches, wild savannah, and dense rainforests. The Ashanti – the largest tribe in Ghana – built their kingdom from Ghana's gold and banana and cocoa plantations, although Ashanti people are now renowned for their craft-making skills. African traditions combined with British influences have produced an exciting modern Ghanaian culture – open, musical, and diverse.

Where You Will Live in Ghana with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad volunteer spends time with Ghanaian host family

Projects Abroad has many projects in Ghana, based in the cities of Accra, Cape Coast, and the Akuapem Hills. Volunteers and interns can get involved in a variety of projects, from caring for children in orphanages and care centres and teaching English, sports, and IT in schools, to internship opportunities in hospitals, veterinary clinics, human rights organizations, and newspapers and radio stations.

All volunteers in Ghana live with host families. Your host family will make you feel like a Ghanaian. The combination of Ghanaians' strong religious faith and hospitality makes living with a family a special experience.

Living in Ghana you certainly 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 dishes you will have for lunch.

Volunteer Vacations and Voluntourism in Ghana

Volunteer at a mountain in his leisure time in Ghana

Living in vibrant, colourful Ghana will feel like an explosion - an enchanting sensory overload. Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture, so in the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out.

There are many attractions and places to visit. You will want to see the haunting slave castles and visit the rainforest at Kakum Rainforest Reserve, feed wild monkeys at The Boebeng Monkey Village, or elephant watch at Mole National Park.

Travel across Ghana is cheap and easy, whether it be in a taxi, a tro-tro (a type of minibus), or on a lake boat. There are clean, affordable places to stay and eat in all the main towns.

Ghana is a superb location for bird watching and is developing a good ecotourism philosophy. It’s also an interesting place for history lovers and, once your project is over, a great stepping-off point for exploring West Africa.

Projects for All Ages in Ghana

High School Specials for Teens in Ghana

Alternative Spring Break Trips for University Students in Ghana


Projects for professionals available in Ghana

Most recent blogs from Ghana

A month later

Still worried about how I will raise money for my trip. Ive come up with a few ideas of ways I can fundraise but im still worried and im starting to feel overwelmed. I know this what I am called to do but it just seems like so much and kinda feel like it's all on me.  Asking God to see me through this. ...

Ghana life

Last weekend some volunteers and I traveled to Cape Coast for the weekend. It was only suppose to take 4 hours but as the tro broke down twice it took more like 7 hours. Travelling in Ghana is very different from home, in 1 tro they try and squeeze as many people as possible in and it is not comfortable. ...

Reflection on the last few days

Now that I have returned from Ghana, there is an aspect to my trip which I wanted to postpone mentioning until after the trip due to the sensitive topic material. One area of Ghanaian culture which surprised me was that they beat children still. On one particular occasion, when the toddler at the host ...

Doei doei Ghana

Dat waren ze dan mijn laatste dagen in Ghana. Ik heb deze week nog in het ziekenhuis mogen werken op de verloskunde afdeling. Dit waren leerzame maar ook vooral erg indrukwekkende dagen. Maandag werkte ik niet in het ziekenhuis maar in een kliniek. Hier was een vrouw die moest bevallen, maar doordat ...

Reizen in Ghana: Beach en Tro's

In het weekend heb ik hier altijd vrije tijd, wat betekend reizen maken! Dit heb ik alle drie de weekenden dan ook gedaan. Het ging niet altijd helemaal perfect maar ze waren alle drie de moeite waard. Het eerste weekend ben ik met Sam, het meisje uit Canada en Anja, het meisje uit Nederland naar Krokobite ...

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