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The Republic of Ghana is in western Africa and is bordered by Togo, Cote d’lvoire, Burkina Faso and the Atlantic Ocean. There are currently over 75 ethnic groups coexisting in Ghana, making this country’s culture diverse and exciting.
Accra is the capital, and the largest city in the Republic of Ghana. It stretches along the Atlantic Ocean, making for many beautiful beaches! The accommodations for this project are in Teshie, a coastal suburb of Accra, which is just a train ride away from many popular tourist destinations such as the National Museum, Aburi Botanical Gardens and Makola Market.
As a volunteer on this project, you will work in a school, assisting teachers with English lessons and more. You may take part in games and additional educational exercises, as well as physical school reparations. Your contribution to this project will help to improve the conditions of the local school and help to build confidence of these young children in their English language skills and more.
Some of your tasks may include:
A typical day: The Monday of your first week will be dedicated to the introduction for the project itself, as well as to Ghana. Volunteer work will be Tuesday – Friday, with the weekend free. You will begin the day with a Ghanaian breakfast before heading to the boarding school. Every day, you will have a lunch break and return to teaching before you end your day with a traditional dinner.
Internet: Wi-Fi is not available at the accommodations. A SIM card with data is recommended for volunteers who wish to have more access to Internet services.
Laundry: Volunteers should expect to wash clothes by hand.
Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in single-gender, shared rooms with 3-5 other people. Cold showers and fans are available. Air conditioning may be available at an additional cost.
Food: Three meals per day are included. Typical Ghanaian dishes will be served, including rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish mixed with occasional Western food.
Volunteers have an array of different options for how they would like to spend their free time. The accommodations are in a central location, making it easy for volunteers to explore the bustling city life of Accra. For the volunteer who prefers to relax, there is a stunning beach close to the accommodations and a river for those who wish to explore Accra by boat. There is a train station in Teshie, so for an additional fee, volunteers can easily get to their desired destinations. Some suggested destinations can be found below:
Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is the place for those who wish to explore an enchanting rainforest!
Mole National Park
Get up-close with Ghana’s wildlife – from baboons and warthogs to majestic elephants at Mole National Park!
Cape Coast Castle & the Door of No Return
History lovers wouldn’t consider their trip to Ghana complete without a visit to this historically important building that once held slaves, representing the dark past of slave trading in Western Africa.