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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

New Life in Ghana

So it's already my third day here! It is so nice here and the people are probably the most welcoming people I have ever met! Little kids playing outside are always waving to us "Obroni's" and the vendors on the street always stop us as ask us how we are doing and complimenting us! It's quite different ...

Dag 13 en 14

De laatste dag mogen we……. Uitslapen. Tot 10:00 uur, wat een luxe! Dan gaan we richting het centrum om de souveniermarkt te bezoeken. Zelf vond ik het allemaal niet heel bijzonder, vooral omdat deze dag toch meer draait om de finale van het toernooi om 16:00. Als we rond 12:00 klaar zijn met kijken ...

Arrival and First full day

For the first night we stayed in a hostel in Accra as we arrived late along with 4 other American girls who were travelling back the next day as they had just completed a trip with Projects Abroad - one of which cried herself to sleep as she didn't want to leave.  We were abruptly awaken by a shouting ...

Travel day

Besides the prospect of traveling to Ghana for two weeks with people I had never met, the idea of a 3am start made it seem more daunting - nevertheless, my dad genuinely offered to leave me at the airport at midnight (4 hours before check in opened) "so I could have a nice rest". Fortunately I was able ...

Vervolg Mijn werk in Ghana

S middags na de Welfare gaan we naar schooltjes of weeshuizen. Als we aankomen worden we meestal eerst besprongen door alle kindjes en krijgen we de vraag wat onze naam is een honderd keer, alle kindjes zijn zo schattig dus het is soms moeilijk om meer met het project bezig te zijn dan met de kindjes. ...

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