GHANA

Get AMPED Abroad: Spirited Hospitality...

Paired with an indomitable people; bustling markets; entrancing drum beats that move even the most rhythmically challenge to dance; rich history; and the melodious fishermen belting out songs as they haul in their catch are just a few of the reasons Ghana is lauded as Africa’s “Golden Child”.

 

Long story short, for the culture - we do it for the culture!

Choose from THIRTEEN (13) community-based projects in or near Accra and Cape Coast beginning the first and third Monday of each month.

Volunteer Placement Options Include:

Conservation


If you love all things nature, there is plenty of work to be done at our conservation project. In the thick humidity that envelops the Kakum National Park tropical rainforest volunteers work diligently to protect the land and the species that are native to the park, including several endangered Mona and Diana monkeys, African forest elephants, bongo antelope, forest buffalo, civet cats, and 56 species of birds; and 105 species of plants.

Here are some possible volunteer responsibilities:

  • Plant pepper hedges to protect farms from elephants
  • Renovate and maintain buildings and visitor facilities – e.g. hiking trails
  • Data collection and inventory: biological, botanical, and sociological
  • Develop tourism, community work, and environmental education
  • Reforestation

Note:

Four (4) week minimum commitment. Additional park fee, $200/month.




Marketing / Tourism (Stingless Bee Research)


Near the entrance of the Kakum National Park is the International Stingless Bee Centre, a research, education, and visitor center dedicated to the study of stingless bees (Melaponini).

Within the immediate vicinity of the rainforest, the center keeps four species of Meliponini educates local bee keepers, tourists, school groups, and other interested guests about the species, their behavioral patterns, and the ways stingless bees benefit people and the environment.

The center is also training ground for rural residents. Residents learn how to raise bees and sell bee products for profit.

Here are some possible volunteer responsibilities:

  • Research behaviors of stingless bees and how they affect people and the environment
  • Educate the local communities concerning stingless bee research findings
  • Train beekeepers
  • Market the center to tourists and locals
  • Improve visitor experience
  • Promote the sale of bee products

Note:

Four (4) week minimum commitment. This project is also suitable for those interested in biology, social geography, and business.




Healthcare / Medicine


In Cape Coast there is a range of healthcare/medical placement options open to pre-med, nursing, and medical students and professionals, some of which are award-winning or have achieved special recognition. Options include teaching, university, and metropolitan hospitals that employ teams of dedicated doctors and nurses. These medical teams specialize in clinical psychology and psychiatry, pediatrics, general medicine, surgery (separate for men/women), orthopedic surgery, oral/maxillofacial surgery, outpatient clinic, intensive care unit, emergency room, internal medicine, gynecology, neonatal intensive care, opthamology, dentistry, and HIV/AIDS.

Here are some possible (supervised) volunteer responsibilities:

  • Administer medications, as approved

  • Perform or assist with suturing

  • Take vital signs

  • Remove stitches

  • Administer vaccinations

  • Assist with childbirth

Note:

Must be a pre-med or nursing student, or licensed medical or nursing professional. Four (4) week minimum commitment. Licensed physicians and nurses require temporary licenses/authorizations so that they can independently assist patients or provide assistance with little to no supervision. Project staff help volunteers obtain the required licenses and authorizations.. An additional $200-$250 is required for healthcare/medical placements.




Orphanage


Pop some vitamins because you're going to need the energy working with these active little ones. From the time you arrive each day to the time you leave you're on "GO", leading fun exercises, wiping dirty mouths, and thinking up other creative ideas to keep their active minds occupied. As an orphanage volunteer, your day is chocked-full of non-stop action as you work alognside staff to take care of infants and children at the orphanage.

Here are some possible volunteer responsibilities:

  • Teach and care for the children
  • Develop and implement educational programs
  • Plan and organize art, music, dance, sports, and other activities
  • Chaperone day trips
  • Help with cleaning, cooking, and administrative tasks

Note:

Two (2) week minimum commitment




Orphanage / Childcare


This project is a true home to abandoned children and children at risk, defending and respecting their rights so that they receive all of the attention they require. It works with 35 children between 3 to 15 years old, offering food, education, and health services.This project provides a home for children in different risk situations: orphans, neglected children, and children from abusive or drug addicted households.

Here are some possible volunteer responsibilities:

  • Assist with homework
  • Teach values, languages, crafts, songs, art, and music
  • Support classes for children from 3 to 5 years old (only in the mornings)
  • Organize group games
  • Assist in the kitchen
  • Help clean the classrooms, dining room, and kitchen
Note: High Basic Spanish level, 3-week minimum commitment, and medical insurance (Please confirm coverage for international travel.) Similar project include home for expectant teen mothers.




Radio / TV


Do you have the gift of gab? A way with words? No matter your niche, the media opportunities are almost endless! In partnership with Graphic Communication Ltd, volunteer placements are possible in radio, television, newspaper, and magazine formats, including the Ghanaian Chronicle, Metro TV, TV Africa, and Joy and Peace FM stations.

Here are some possible volunteer responsibilities:

  • Write article and news story content
  • Report/broadcast TV or radio news
  • Film broadcasts
  • Conduct interviews
  • Research story ideas
  • Photograph news subjects, and capture images for magazines
  • Generate ideas for stories and features
Note: Two (2) week minimum commitment




Teaching


Teach elementary or secondary school students in subjects such as Math, English, and basic sciences.

Here are some possible volunteer responsibilities:

  • Teach curriculum
  • Grade assignments
  • Provide additional educational support to struggling students
  • Plan, organize, and assist with recreational activities

Note:

Two (2) week minimum commitment. Special education placements are also possible.




Wildlife Sanctuary


This project is a refuge for injured, abandoned, and abused animals. Nurse animals, from monkeys to crocodiles, back to health in hopes that they can return to their natural habitats.

Here are some possible volunteer responsibilities:

  • Feed and care for the animals
  • Build and clean enclosures
  • Guide tourists through the park
  • Prepare snacks and drinks for visiting tourists

Note:

Two (2) week minimum commitment. Rabies vaccination strongly encouraged, in addition to the mandatory vaccinations for Ghana. Please consult a licensed travel health professional for advice.





NOTE: Alternate start dates can be accommodated.

MORE INFORMATION

Arrival

You arrive at Kotoka International Airport, in Accra, which is approximately 2.5 hours from Cape Coast by bus.

Orientation

On your first day, in-country staff provide you with an orientation that covers information about, activities, excursions, and general information about Ghana. A separate orientation addreses safety tips.

Accomodations

Shared volunteer guest house, host family, hotel, Upper-scale home,  dormitory (only available for certain projects), or tent (wildlife sanctuary)

NOTE:

Program fees listed are for host family stay options only. Please contact AMPED Abroad for program fee information that includes an alternative housing option.

WEEKENDS & TRAVEL

 

 

Weekends and evenings are usually designated as free time for you to explore the country and to spend time with your host family. 

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

 

  • Registration/application fee

  • Airport pick-up

  • Orientation

  • Host family accommodations

 

  • 3 meals per day 

  • 24/7 emergency in-country support

Longer stays can be accommodated for an additional fee.

Add an additional $200 for conservation placements.  

 

Healthcare medical placements can be an additional $200 or $250, depending on the project site.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

 

  • Additionally, you must provide an official "Certificate of Good Conduct " or official proof of "Lack of a Criminal Record". This documentation (with an official seal and signature) can be obtained for a nominal fee from the local police department, county district clerk's office, or equivalent law enforcement or governmental body. Background checks conducted through online services are not be accepted.

PROGRAM FEES

NUMBER OF WEEKS

 

Cape Coast

-

2

3

-

4

$750

5

$913

6

$975

7

$1,038

8

$1,100

9

$1,263

10

$1,325

11

$1,388

12

$1,450

NUMBER OF WEEKS

 

Accra

-

2

3

-

4

$800

5

$975

6

$1,050

7

$775

8

$1,125

9

$1,375

10

$1,450

11

$1,525

12

$1,600

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