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Kakum National Park

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Kakum National Park in Ghana is a humid tropical rain forest, home to several endangered animal and plant species. Internships are possible here in the areas of biological, botanical and sociological inventory and data collection, development of tourism, park management, community work and environmental education. Volunteering is possible in manual labor, such as creating hedges, reforestation, pest control and renovation/maintenance of facilities such as hiking trails.

Project Details

The 375 km large Kakum National Park lies 33 km north of Cape Coast. It has had the status of national park since 1992. The park is home to endangered Mona monkeys, Diana monkeys, African Forest Elephants, a smaller subspecies of the African elephant, bongo antelope, forest buffalo, civet cats and 56 species of birds. 105 species of plants have been recorded.
The 330-meter-long tour of suspension bridges (Canopy Walkway) between the 45 meter high canopy of the forest, is unique in Africa. It provides a view of the rainforest from a perspective that is otherwise impossible for humans.
The park is managed by a partnership between the private Ghana Health Trust and the State Forestry Department of Ghana.
The Ghana Health Trust takes care of the resources in the Visitors Centre and the main attraction of the park, the Canopy Walkway; it is responsible for the safety of these facilities. The Visitor Centre and Canopy Walkway are available daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. (longer if there are a large number of visitors). All other staff are provided by the Forestry Department.
The Forestry Department is divided into the Tourism Department, Law Enforcement and Collaborative Resource Management . Internships and volunteering assignments are possible, guided and supervised by qualified personnel.
The Tourism Department has ten employees who are the guides for tourists (early morning tours between 6.00 a.m. and 8.00 a.m. need to be booked in advance by visitors) and are responsible for the eight campgrounds in the park. You can also work on developing the offerings to tourists and provide ideas to improving the experience for them. Walking routes are planned and designed for multiple day treks through the forest; visitors can camp there. Ideas to best recycle and regulate waste while people visit are constantly thought of.
An internship is possible in guiding tourists through the park. Interns and volunteers who wish to work on the development of walking routes should be familiar with the use of GPS systems.
The region of Kakum is economically weak and tourism was introduced to improve conditions.
The Law Enforcement Department has 55 employees whose job mainly consists of daily inspection tours. They sift through the National Park for poachers and traps, and inspect the population of animals and plants. Since there are heavily armed poachers in the park, volunteers and interns are advised not to participate in these activities.
The Law Enforcement Department is also responsible for statistics and data collection of any kind, including visitor data and animal and plant resources. Visitors are classified as 7 Categories (indigenous adults, local students, local school children, children, foreign adults, foreign students, foreign children) and are interviewed regularly to understand and meet their needs better. Interns and volunteers can help by creating questionnaires, surveys, and implement and evaluate these with STATA. The park receives about 180,000 visitors per year, of which 70% come from Ghana and 30% from other countries. In biological/botanical/zoological field, data is collected on microorganisms, insects, butterflies, vines and creepers.
The department of Collaborative Resource Management has four employees and tries to merge the interests of all affected by the National Park. The main issue is human-wildlife conflict . Unfortunately, there is no buffer zone between the National Park and the adjacent population, so the resident wildlife, particularly the forest elephants, enter the farms and plantations, and eat crops such as cocoa, palm trees, rubber trees, citrus trees and corn and destroy them. Farmers are hence, trained in how to protect their crop. Environmental education activities are carried out in schools.
In addition, the Collaborative Resource Management develops income generating activities such as beekeeping for honey extraction and promote them in the surrounding areas of Kakum.
You can do your thesis here at an additional cost.
Volunteers and interns can also carry out practical work in the National Park. This includes the creation of hedges of peppers plants that will help keep elephants away from the bordering farms, renovation and maintenance of buildings and maintenance of visitor facilities such as roads, fences, bridges and water supply and improving accessibility for wheelchair users. There is also regular work in the areas of reforestation and pest control. No previous experience is necessary for these activities.
Info Box
Location: Kakum, Ghana
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Month
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
House, Host Family
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Biologist, Ranger, National Park Managers
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: None
Further Contribution To Project: Yes, 250 USD for each commenced month to the National Park
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: Yes, 250 USD for each commenced month to the National Park
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?



Accommodation in Kakum



Host Family:

In walking distance to the visitor center and entrance of Kakum National Park, there is a settlement with houses for the employees of the National Park. There you have a single room in the house of a family (two people can share the too if possible). The elders in the family work in the administration of the National Park.



I. World Unite! Service Package

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  up to 31 Days
32-60 Days
61-90 Days
91-120 Days
5 Months or longer
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1 Person
450 EUR 600 EUR 700 EUR 750 EUR 850 EUR
2-4 Persons
(Rate per Person)
400 EUR 500 EUR 600 EUR 650 EUR 700 EUR
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Arrangements of the Documents you need for your Visa Application and (if needed) assistance with extension of the visa in Ghana, but not the official government fees for it (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Accra (ACC) on arrival and departure
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Cape Coast
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project
  • Local SIM Card with 10 USD air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Ghana (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.

II. Accommodation Costs

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 Short-time stay
(1-31 Days)
Long-time stay
(32-365 Days)
(You pay proportionally per day)
Host Family
Host Family of Middle Standard
on Full Board
1 Person
(Single Room)
10 USD/Day 250 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
10 USD/Day 250 USD/Month
For incomplete months you will pay the exact amount proportionally per day.
In case of 3-4 person: Same rate as in case of 2 Persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates.

Overview of other costs:

  • Visa typically 100 EUR/110 USD for 30 days, which can be extended locally for around 10 EUR/13 USD per extra month (Visa needs to be applied for prior to your trip)
  • If meals are not included: around 80-140 USD/Month for self-catering (eating out at affordable yet good restaurants and/or cooking by yourself; you are much more flexible in this way compared to if we would serve food at your accommodation)
  • Small local expenses (e.g. Internet, local transport): around 30-50 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month


How do I pay?

Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.



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Cape Coast


Cape Coast

Cape Coast is a city of about 170,000 inhabitants, on the coast south of Ghana. It is relatively easy to find your way through the city and public transport is cheap and good; this makes the city an attractive location for volunteering and internships. There are tropical beaches and locations for excursions, such as Kakum National Park. Cape Coast has a humid-tropical climate with nearly identical temperatures all year around, of about 30 degrees. May and June see the rainy season.

Our coordinators in Cape Coast

Our coordinators in Cape Coast are Sampson and Paschal, who collaborate with other team employees.

Getting There


Getting To Ghana

You book your flight to Accra (Kokota International Airport Accra, ACC) and share with us your flight details. At the airport, we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation in Cape Coast, Accra or Kakum.
The drive to Cape Coast takes about 2 hours and to Kakum, about 2.5 hours.



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