At a glance
- Live and work in a quiet, rural village and help youth engage with politics and community development
- Get real-world, on the ground insight into global issues of freedom and democracy
- Experience cultural exchange by learning from the diverse groups you work with
16 or over
The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our application form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
Work on political campaigns
You’ll actively research human rights issues in Ghana and help to organise campaigns for change. Child slavery is a huge focus for us since it continues to be a significant issue. 21% of 5-17 year old Ghanaians are working, and the majority are ages 5-7.
Through your campaign work, you’ll:
- Learn how social norms and poverty contribute to issues like child slavery
- Gain the insight needed to work towards a solution to human rights violations
- Become part of a movement that actively protects Ghanaian youth
- Engage in activism that is safe and legal
Find fair solutions to the flow of money in the cocoa trade
Ghana’s economy is largely dependent upon trade. However, unfair practices cause poverty, which contributes to an unstable democracy. By understanding the problems and potential solutions in trade, you can help to increase prosperity among the youth.
You’ll focus on cocoa, which is Ghana’s largest export. It’s grown in the rainforest, and most farmers have an extremely low income. Unfortunately, the West Africa cocoa trade relies on the labour of two million unpaid child workers, and most profits go abroad, or are distributed among a small number of elite farmers. It’s critical that regulations are strengthened to ensure fair pay, so you’ll work on issues like this.
Work with nurses to do basic medical care
There’s a strong link between the health of citizens and the health of their democracy. A strong and fit youth will have the energy to focus on high level political projects. This is why we have volunteers like you do public health work in the community.
You don’t need previous medical experience, as you’ll be working under supervision to do things like:
- Dress minor wounds
- Carry out simple tests for hearing and respiration
Participate in excursions to learn about nature and politics
The work you do is tailored towards your students’ ages, so activities will always be age-appropriate. We don’t believe that learning is only for classrooms, so you’ll also venture out into nature. Together with your students, you’ll get real-world experience of the issues you’re debating.
You’ll do things like:
- Observe conservation efforts at local monkey sanctuaries
- Walk among the birds along the canopy bridge at Kakum National Park
- Watch elephants in their natural habitat
- Take a tour of Parliament and see democracy in action
Where will I work?
You’ll work in Akokoa Village, which has become Ghana’s own “Tore Community”. It’s the place where we’ve chosen to begin implementing Tore Eikeland’s ideals on freedom and democracy. Here, you’ll experience a more peaceful life, surrounded by fresh air and lush greenery.
It’s a small and quiet village, and many of the children who grow up here will go onto work in Ghana’s political centre, Accra. By empowering the young, we can open the door to help them fight for a more democratic and free political system as adults.
You’ll teach at the Tore Eikeland School. Your students will be eager to learn from you, and you’re bound to learn from them in return!
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.
Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.
For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.
We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.