Ghana General Building Project
- Placement locations: Small villages in the Akuapem Hills
- Role: Helping to construct and renovate buildings for local communities
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
If you’re on a gap year, summer placement, or career break and want to get your hands dirty, our General Building project in Ghana may be right for you.
Volunteers are based in the Akuapem Hills, just over an hour north of Accra. You will join a team of Projects Abroad volunteers and local people constructing and renovating simple buildings in the local communities.
Constructing Houses and Schools in Ghana with Projects Abroad
In many areas of Ghana, thousands of families live in inadequate accommodation and children attend school in crumbling buildings. Our construction project allows them to move to new, better quality homes and for the children to receive an education in secure, new classrooms.
The buildings are usually made from mud bricks that are produced by using a press, some mud and water, and then left to harden in the sun. Volunteers help in this process and also with building walls, plastering, and painting. Each building takes an average of one month to construct.
In addition to the basic project, you may also help with landscaping the surrounding area, painting local schools, and renovating classrooms. In the past, volunteers even built a library for Kwamoso village school.
Volunteering on the General Building Project in Ghana
This is a great opportunity to get involved in a rural project and become an integral part of the local community. Our full time regional coordinators live nearby and visit the placements regularly, so you'll always have full support from Projects Abroad.
Building work takes place early in the morning and late in the afternoon to avoid the hot midday sun, so you'll have plenty of time to get involved in Ghanaian life. Many volunteers immerse themselves in the local community by helping around the kindergarten class or playing soccer with some of the school children once the building work has finished for the day.
Catherine Hughes volunteered with Projects Abroad on this project. She tells us:
"Yes the volunteers provide welcome helping hands on the building site; enabling the projects to reach completion before the rains come and wash any unfinished structures away, but the projects would not be possible in the first place without the money coming from volunteers' fees through Projects Abroad. These not only help to supply tools and materials to the building site but extend beyond the building site into the communities we are placed in. For a rural family, reliant on agriculture and market forces to make a living, a steady income from taking a volunteer into their home can also make a real difference to their lives, as can the seemingly small amounts of money the volunteers themselves bring with them and spend in the community."
Read more about Catherine's experience
Volunteers who join the Building project in the Akuapem Hills may also be interested in spending a few hours a week working on the Agriculture & Farming Project’. If you are interested in this please make a note on your application when you apply.
This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.