VOLUNTEER IN GHANA
Journey to equatorial Ghana, known for its coastal landscape of palm-lined beaches, magnificent lakes and rivers surrounded by fecund tropical forests teeming with butterfly life, birds and Mona monkeys swinging through the treetops. Ghana, located in a subregion of West Africa, also has a rich cultural heritage stretching far into the early medieval ages, and it is here that we aim to support communities in their efforts to improve the quality of basic education offered at schools and provide women with the support they need to become more financially independent and socially empowered.
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 browes 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.
Where Does GVI Work in Ghana?
Ever since Ghana gained independence in 1957, the government has been investing heavily in sustainable development. While the country has become more prosperous, access to education has improved, and women have gained more independence, yet inequality is still prevalent.
It is here that we were invited to set up education, gender equality, and community development volunteer programs in Ghana. Since then we have been based in a small village on the outskirts of the capital of Accra, where many of the local community are sustained by fishing. Here we work with various stakeholders including governmental organisations, local NGOs, schools, and women’s rights 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 in at our base in Kokrobite, near Accra. and depending on their program will have the opportunity tion of assissting with classroom management and early years education development in the local kindergarten and schools. They can also choose to work on women’s economic empowerment, women’s health, or international development policy in an aim to promote social and economic advancement through classes and demonstrations.
Meet the team - Senior Field Management
This is Matt, the Program Manager for GVI’s base in Accra, Ghana. Matt has a vast array of experience in Ghana, having lived there for over 11 years. He considers his beachside village to be his new home, as he is originally from the UK.
Matt completed his Masters Degree in International Development, back in 2008. He has since put it to good work, working with a variety of NGO’s before finding GVI. He loves Ghana, its music, dance, beaches as well as the cats and dogs at the base!