Journey to equatorial Ghana, known for its coastal landscape of palm-lined beaches, magnificent lakes and tropical forests abundant with life – and adventure. Learn the true meaning of hospitality, solidarity, and generosity by living and working in communities rich with cultural heritage and brimming with a spirit of possibility.
We aim to support communities in their efforts to improve the quality of basic education offered at schools, improve the health and wellbeing of all community members, and provide women and girls with the support they need to overcome gender discrimination and become more socially empowered. We also work in local schools supporting curriculum-based education.
In your free time, take a walk around a nearby market to try on kente garments, known by the people of Ghana as ‘the cloth of kings’, or browse the bead and jewellery stalls. You can also explore the forts from the colonial era or sample Ghanaian delicacies like freshly roasted plantains, while enjoying the rhythms of local musicians and basking in the sun.
We are based in a small village on the outskirts of the capital of Accra, where many of the local communities are sustained by fishing. Here we work with various stakeholders including governmental organisations, local NGOs, schools, and women’s and girl’s groups to create a platform for international volunteers to contribute to local sustainable development projects that assist these organisations to achieve their goals.
GVI does not support orphanage volunteering. For more information see our stance on orphanage volunteering. We also support ChildSafe, a global child protection initiative, and regularly review our comprehensive Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy. All our staff and participants are required to complete a police background check before arrival on the program, and on-site child protection training is provided once they arrive in the host country. We also protect children from cyber and real-world threats by ensuring that our marketing follows child protection best practices.
GVI volunteers will be living and working at our base in Kokrobite, near Accra. Depending on the program, you will have the opportunity to assist classroom management and early years education development in local kindergarten and schools, work in women’s empowerment or contribute to global public health programs.
Participate in a cultural food exchange
Join an evening of West African dance and drumming
Learn to make Ghanaian fruit smoothies
Trek up Kokrobite Mountain
Learn to surf on Kokrobite Beach
Enjoy a Ghanaian fish BBQ on the beach
Learn the history of the transatlantic slave trade
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cape Coast