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Centers for Street Children and Orphans in Cape Coast

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In Cape Coast, we work with three organizations that care for orphans and "vulnerable children" - children whose primary care at home cannot be guaranteed for various reasons. At all organizations you can look after and educate children, furthermore there is the possibility to participate in HIV/AIDS prevention.
 

Project Details

 
A lot of children in Ghana lose their parents or are expelled from the family due to poor economic backgrounds. Many people in this country work in the mining industry, where not only gold, but also aluminum, manganese and diamonds are mined. In addition to the precarious working conditions, which often result in fatal accidents (rockfall by blasting), landowners are often expropriated by the state, because of a suspected vein of gold on their farm, and they lose the means to feed their families. There is also the matter of environmental pollution; chemicals such as cyanide and mercury, which are used for gold recovery, enter the water cycle and endanger the health of people, fauna and flora.

These circumstances lead to children being orphaned or to parents being unable to work due to illness and having to give away their children. Also, living in this region are many fishing and farming families; they have a large number of offsprings and most often, do not have the time or the money to adequately look after them and the children resort to begging on the streets to survive.

The work of Interns and volunteers has the aim to improve the lives of children in these institutions, cope better with everyday challenges and pursue their educational ambitions.
 
Sankofa Orphanage and School
 
Sankofa has a home and a school for orphans and street children. Volunteers and interns can choose to teach morning or afternoon in the school or get involved in the home for orphans and street children, or combine both for a full-day activity. During weekends and school holidays (from late June to early September and every 3 weeks over Christmas and Easter) the children are in the home throughout the day.
 
a. Activities in the home for orphans and street children
 
The activities in the home start Monday to Friday from 3.00 p.m., when the children come back from school.
 
Responsibilities of interns and volunteers include care of the children - particularly those with strong reading and writing difficulties - to help with homework, to support them in their daily drum and dance exercises, to accompany them in dance and drum performances and help them in craft work. In addition, participants can involve themselves in the agricultural project of the orphanage and the construction of new buildings.
 
Led by David Kwesi Acquah and supported by two house mothers, the orphanage houses 15 children between 8-17 years of age. The children go to the adjacent school at 7:30 a.m. and return at 3.00 p.m., from Monday to Friday. From 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., the daily drum and dance exercise takes place, in which the children practise for their performances; they are good enough to make money through performances. If the children do not dance, drum, or do homework, they make handicrafts to hone their fine motor skills and deliver the art work in the markets. Saturday morning is when everybody washes linen together.
 
Very close to the orphanage, there is a piece of agricultural land where corn, cassava, and various vegetables are grown. The land can be used more effectively to increase the yield and to provide balanced meals for the children. This would reduce expenditures on food for the home. Interns and volunteers are also welcome to help with this project.
 
Another project, is the construction of a three-story building at the orphanage, adjacent to the school grounds. It was started a few years ago, but the progress was curbed due to financial and skill shortages. The plan is to increase the capacity of the classrooms and create more rooms, in which community members are trained in handicrafts, like bags or jewelry, which find good sales in the market in Cape Coast. In addition, space will used for professional HIV prevention training by adequately trained staff, so that the education of the children goes beyond the prescribed curriculum by the State. Ideally, a computer room could be set up to provide students with practical experience and thus, give them good prospects in the labor market in the future.
 
During school holidays, the children still have family members to take them home, so that they do not lose touch with their roots. But often, they return to the orphanage after a short time, because the conditions are often not viable for them at home.
 
The participants are given free accommodation and food along with the orphans (sharing a room with four other volunteers/interns with simple meals), or can choose to reside in a hotel near the work site (single or double sharing). In this case, lunch can be had at the orphanage.
 
An insert in the orphanage (afternoons) can also be combined with a voluntary service/internship in school (mornings).
 
b. Activity in the school
 
The simple school, "SANKOFA MbofraFie", offers an education to children from Nursery School to Junior High School (until the 9th grade). Interns and volunteers assist the teacher in teaching subjects like English, mathematics, science, computer science, Ghanaian culture classes, RME (Religious and Moral Education), as well as sports. Art lessons can be conducted independently by the participants.
 
For the 500 students, classes start at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 3.00 p.m., from Monday to Friday. The 19 teachers teach in a class size of 20 to 30 children. In addition to English, mathematics, science, sports and arts, instruction in Fanti, Ghanaian culture and a mixture of religion and ethics are taught (RME = Religious and Moral Education). Computer science is taught only in theory, since no computer is available for practical exercises. In addition, every Friday morning there is a worship service.
 
The school's philosophy is that every child deserves a good education. David Kwesi Acquah grew up in a poor family on the streets of Cape Coast. Once he completed his degree, he worked at a youth center for a year in Belgium, and then, began to take into in his home, disadvantaged children, to offer them a safe space, good spiritual and physical development and the prospect of a good future. Since the school does not take tuition fees, it is financed solely by donations. The Farm Project was started to ensure that in future, each student has a nutritious meal everyday.

Holidays are from late June to early September, during Christmas and Easter. During this period it is possible for participants to stay all day at the orphanage.

A volunteering/internship in the school can be combined with an insert in the orphanage.

The participants are given free accommodation and food along with the orphans (sharing a room with four other volunteers/interns with simple meals), or can choose to reside in a hotel near the work site (single or double sharing). In this case, lunch can be had at the orphanage.
 
Alliance of Youth Development Orphanage, HIV/AIDS-Prevention Program and School
 
The NGO "Alliance of Youth Development" operates a home and school for street children and orphans in Asebu, a village just outside of Cape Coast. The NGO also runs a comprehensive HIV education project in 20 rural schools.
 
Volunteers and interns can teach either in the mornings at the school or participate in the HIV education project and work at the facility for street children and orphans in the afternoon.
 
In addition, volunteers with medical/nursing knowledge are needed in order to give first aid to people in the surrounding communities.
 
a. Activity in the "Children's Home of Hope”, a home for street children and orphans
 
The activities in the home start at 3.00 p.m., Monday to Friday, when the children come back from school. On weekends and for 3 weeks over every Christmas and Easter, the children are full time in the home.

Interns and volunteers help the children with homework, lead indoor and outdoor activities with them (sports, games, etc.) and organize weekend trips for the children.
 
Most of the 22 children in the Children's Home of Hope are between 14 and 16 years old; the youngest is 2 and the oldest is 16 years old. In addition to the leader Elvis Morris Donkoh (who is also committed to Social Affairs within the community), there are two local volunteers, Joe and Steven, and two employees as home mothers in the facility. Children attend school from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m., at the nearby free Pathfinder School, also started by Elvis.
 
Sports activities are held Monday to Friday afternoons, from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., including football tournaments, as it is one of the most popular sports in the country. Children who do not wish to participate, are engaged with homework help, crafts, art and games.
 
Occasionally, spontaneous projects are carried out under Elvis’s leadership, with the focus on the development of nearby communities, such as developing a library, building a fountain, distributing rice to needy families and the like.
 
b. HIV Prevention Program
 
Alliance of Youth Development leads a professionally organized HIV prevention program in which interns and volunteers are first introduced to content, and then can visit with a local colleague (on a fixed schedule), 20 cooperating schools and enlighten them on HIV/AIDS every morning from Monday to Friday.
 
The project is designed for a school year cycle and divided thematically into 10 - 11 teaching units. A unit comprises, for example, the aspect of the sources of infection and prevention, another, the handling and care of infected relatives and so on. The idea behind this project is that school children as spokespersons, share the knowledge imparted with their family, friends and neighbors; and the discussions will sharpen the awareness and mindfulness about HIV. They use didactically elaborate teaching aids and training media.
 
c. Activity in the Pathfinder School
 
Volunteers and interns can teach French, English, mathematics, science and art at the Pathfinder School. You can also work with workshop leaders who offer Drumming and Dancing, singing, theater and environmental education. Classes are held Mondays to Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. There are usually two volunteers/interns required in a class to help the teacher so that more time can be spent on each student according to their needs.
 
Since it is difficult to find French language teachers in Ghana, classes can be offered in this language, provided, the volunteer has relevant expertise.
 
Free teaching time is during Christmas and Easter for three weeks each, during which volunteers and interns can teach by themselves at the Home of Hope. During major holidays (late July to early September), summer lessons are available for students; volunteers can also teach at this time and assist the teachers. During these months even children who would otherwise go to other schools (and which are closed in summer) attend the Pathfinder School, which makes the number of students attending more than during regular school months.
 
Path Finder is in close proximity to the Children's Home of Hope orphanage and is visited both by the children from Home of Hope and 100 other children from the nearby community, who can afford to pay school fees. Since about 60 % of the children are exempted from paying fees, the school is also called “Free-School” in the area.
 
Participants should stay at least three months and are expected to spend not less than four hours on school days. For a three-month internship, the cycles offered are from September to December, January to April and May to July.
 
Interns and volunteers can stay at an accommodation in Cape Coast or sleep in a volunteer-residential space in the orphanage, sharing with seven participants.
 
d. Medical/Nursing Volunteering
 
The Alliance of Youth Development seeks doctors, nurses, medical students and paramedics to assist Elvis and his volunteers with primary medical care at the community. Here, simple wounds are cleaned and sutured, check- ups and malaria tests performed and patients taken during an emergency to the hospital, where they receive professional treatment. Since no materials are available, participants are asked to bring gloves, bandages, disinfectants, instruments and all necessary equipment.
 
About Elvis Morris Donkoh, founder of "Alliance of Youth Development”
 
Elvis Morris Donkoh founded the NGO "Alliance of Youth Development" at age 16. At the age of 6 years, Elvis was orphaned and was alone through the rest of his life . He managed independently to go to school and graduated with 15 years of HIV education training in Uganda, after which he became the first coach on the topic in Ghana. Since then, he trains people to draw attention to the risks of the infectious disease and also, family members of victims to make them experts in dealing with infected people. In 2005 and 2006 he won the MTV Stay Inga Live Award for his work and was able to establish the orphanage and the school with the prize money.
 
New Life International Orphanage and School
 
New Life International operates in Efutu, a village just outside of Cape Coast and is a home and school for street children and orphans. Volunteers and interns can teach either morning or afternoon in the school, involve themselves in the home for orphans and street children, or combine both for a full-day activity. On weekends, for 3 weeks over every Christmas and Easter and during the summer holidays (late June to early September), the children are in the home full time.

a. Activity in the home for street children and orphans
 
The activities in the home start at 3.00 p.m., Monday to Friday, when the children come back from school.
 
Interns and volunteers at "New Life International” lead workshops in sports, drawing and painting, outdoor activities, games and the like. Children also need help with homework. Your fluency in English will be an advantage.
 
Currently 30 children, aged 3 to 22 years, live in the orphanage; they are taken care of by four house mothers and a professional nurse. The facility is run by Derrick F. Gaisie. From Monday to Friday the children go to the Newness Preparatory School, adjacent to the orphanage, a little before 8:00 a.m., and return between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Seven of the children go farther to Senior High School.
 
Some of the children have exceptional learning disabilities. New Life International continues to offer in-house training in craft for these children. Skills are taught in areas such as carpentry, masonry, sawing trade, batique knotting techniques, electro-mechanics and repair, soap making etc. Interns/volunteers with relevant expertise can offer workshops in these areas.
 
During the school holidays (late July to early September, and for 3 weeks over every Christmas and Easter) various activities and workshops are offered to the children, during which other children from the village also attend.
 
Few children at New Life International are full or half-orphans; more are rejected by their families because they do not have the financial ability to provide for their children.
 
New Life International was founded in 1998 by the now retired nurse, Ruby Ayivorh, in order to provide good education, medical care, meals, shelter and care to orphans and children from underprivileged backgrounds. In 2005, Derrick took over.
 
Volunteers and interns should participate for at least 2 weeks and can stay a maximum of 6 months. A monthly contribution of 200 cedis (about 45 Euros) is payable to New Life International.
 
An insert in the orphanage can also be combined with voluntary service/internship in the school.
 
b. New Life International School
 
The New Life International School has a nursery (Nursery School) for ages 4 to 6, and a primary school with grades 1-6 for 6-12 year old children.
 
Interns and Volunteers can assist teachers in the subjects of English, mathematics, science and sports. Art lessons can be taught independently by the participants. In addition, computer classes are offered at the beginner level.
 
Eight teachers teach the eight classes (Nursery = 2 classes; Primary = 6 classes) from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. until 2.00/3.00 p.m. The class size is 15 to 25 children, the lower grades usually with more students than the higher grades . The age of the students in a class can vary widely as the children are classified according to knowledge rather than by age. A total of about 155 children attend the school, 125 of whom live in the village. The pupils are taught English in the Nursery School from the age of 4 years, so they are able to communicate with the participants easily.
 
The interns and volunteers assist teachers and observe the teaching style in the beginning. Depending on the capability and interest, they can then take a class independently.
 
The standard of the school is comparable to that of a public school, but is better equipped with books and computers; so computer lessons can be taught practically and the students have better prospects in the labor market in the future. The monthly school fees for the children of the village is a symbolic 15 Cedi (3 euros). The salaries of teachers and materials are financed by various NGOs and local churches.
 
During the holidays, various workshops and recreational activities are offered for the children, where there is active participation. Here participants can let their imagination run wild by bringing together a variety of projects on topics such as sports, theater, games, computer and arts and crafts for the children.
 
In late July, shortly before the holidays, students write their exams.
 
Derrick's vision of the future is to further lift the standards of the school, to create more classrooms in order to increase the capacity of the school and to start a junior high school, so that older students do not have to commute and pay higher school fees.
 
The stay should last at least 2 weeks and can be a maximum of 6 months. A monthly contribution of 200 cedis (about 45 Euros) is payable to New Life International. An insert in the school can also be combined with voluntary service in the orphanage.
Info Box
General
Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks (New Life), 4 Weeks (Sankofa), 3 Months (Alliance of Youth Development)
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Fanti, French
Accommodation:
Sankofa: At the orphanage, 4 sharing a room (all meals provided), Cape Coast House, Host family
Alliance of Youth Development: In orphanage, 7 sharing a room (all meals provided), Cape Coast House, Host family
New Life: Cape Coast House, Host family
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor Teacher, Social Worker
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: None
Further Contribution To Project: Alliance of Youth Development (Supervised internship): 150 USD per quarter. ; New Life: 200 Cedis/Month
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: Alliance of Youth Development (Volunteering): 150 USD one-time contribution. New Life: 200 Cedis/Month
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

More Info

 

Accommodation

 
As mentioned in the text, at Sankofa and Alliance of Youth Development, we offer simple accommodation at the orphanage, where a room is shared between 4-7 volunteers and interns. Alternatively, it is possible to choose "Most Popular!" and "Comfort +" to live in Cape Coast in a shared accommodation, or with a host family or in a hotel.
 

Accommodation in Cape Coast

 
In Cape Coast, you can choose between accommodation of different standards:
 
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Most popular! - This is the choice of most of our participants. You live in a shared apartment of average standards with other students, or with a host family.

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Comfort+ - For those who place more emphasis on comfort: accommodation in a hotel or room with high standard with a host family

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Adventurer - For simplest and cheapest deals: Dormitory Accommodation (only for certain projects)

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Shared Accommodation:

You share a house or an apartment with 2-5 other participants. These are homes that are in the good neighborhoods of Cape Coast, from where you can reach your employment place by foot or by public transport. The houses are, for local conditions, of good standard; they have functionally furnished rooms, all with ceiling fans and mosquito nets, functionally equipped kitchens with refrigerators and cooking facilities, bathrooms with western toilets and (mostly cold) showers and usually a communal lounge and garden. The houses are equipped with safety features such as barred windows and high surrounding walls.

Host Family:

The host family housing offer is of similar standard as described for the Shared Accommodation; the only difference is that you live with a local family, who provides 2-3 meals per day. You have a lockable single room (Two people can share the room if possible). The bathroom with shower is shared with the family. The families are carefully chosen. Accommodation is safe, the families are friendly and interested in the culture of the guests. At least one family member speaks fluent English.

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Hotel-Accommodation and Room in Apartment of High Standards:

Samrit Hotel
 
The Samrit Hotel is a city hotel of good standards in a central location of Cape Coast. All emergency services are easily accessible by public transport. You get a comfortable room with private bathroom and air conditioning and get breakfast served in your room every morning. The hotel also has a swimming pool, Wifi Internet, a restaurant, a bar and a laundry service.
 
Room in a House of High Standards
 
In a residential area on a hillside overlooking the sea and the beach, we offer a high standard accommodation option. Each room has air conditioning and private bathroom with hot water. Since the house is not well connected to public transport, the connectivity may be low; you can however, use private vehicles.
 

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Dormitory accommodation ( only available for certain projects)

Some institutions offer a simple dormitory accommodation for foreign volunteers and interns. Here, you share the room with 3-6 other participants. It is not usually separated by gender. There are bunk beds and simple sanitary installations. This is the most cost-effective option.
 

Rate

 

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 10,000 TSH 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

 
You can choose between the following options:
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 Short-time stay
(1-31 Days)
Long-time stay
(32-365 Days)
(You pay proportionally per day)
Shared House or Hotel   
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House shared with other participants
1 Person
(Single Room)
60 USD/Week
(min. 2 weeks)
200 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
45 USD/Week
(min. 2 weeks)
150 USD/Month
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Room in House of High Standard
1 Person
(Single Room)
90 USD/Week
(min. 1 week)
300 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
70 USD/Week
(min. 1 week)
250 USD/Month
Optional: Car Rental (not including fuel)   30 USD/Week 30 USD/Week
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Hotel Accommodation on Full Board
1 Person
(Single Room)
30 USD/Day 750 USD/Week
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
15 USD/Day 375 USD/Month
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Dorm Room Bed
(only available for Sankofa & Pathfinder)
per person 6 USD/Day 150 USD/Month
       
Host Family
     
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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:

 
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.
 

Extras

 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
 
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

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

 
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.
 

FAQs

 

Häufig gestellte Fragen (FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from the Accra airport at any time. In some projects, it is better to start at a specific time (e.g. beginning of the academic year in schools). This will be mentioned along with the project details.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course, you can do this - most of our participants do so. However, when the travel destination is too far away (especially the norther region), it may not be possible over a weekend; these, we would recommend you keep for before the projects begins or after the completion, or during holidays.
Is it safe to travel in Ghana alone as a single female traveller?
Ghana is one of the safest countries in the African continent and women here enjoy great respect and are free to move anywhere. As long as you keep in mind certain safety rules that are applicable to almost any location, it is absolutely safe to travel around in Ghana as a single female traveller.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Ghana?
Ghana is a popular country for volunteering and internships. In Cape Coast and other places, there are other foreign volunteers and interns, with whom you can easily get in touch.
 
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants at the location, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
It is your choice, whether you want simple dormitory living or an apartment with other participants, with a host family or in a hotel room (only for certain projects). There are various categories like Adventurer, Most popular! and Comfort+ available.
 
The houses and apartments are located in safe and relatively upscale neighbourhoods, and are either fenced or guarded by a security guard. You can either share a room with other participants or stay alone. The host families are carefully selected and most have years of experience with hosting Western participants. They integrate you into the family and look forward to introducing you to the Ghanaian cuisine and language; but you can also have your space.
 
We can alternatively, offer you a room in a centrally located hotel in Cape Coast, for which we have negotiated a good price.
How free or bound am I in my accommodation with the host family?
Ghanaian families are very caring and interested in you and treat you like family. They will integrate you into their family and usually invite you to parties, excursions and church programs and ensure that you are always safe. However, it is perfectly fine if you choose to have your privacy. The families, in most cases, have a lot of experience with interns/volunteers and know that you will need privacy. However, it is expected that you give them prior notice, if you choose to travel and you seek their consent when you invite guests into the house. Due to the religiosity of Ghanaians, it is a taboo to bring home casual acquaintances overnight.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
Landline internet connections are common in Ghana. If you have a smartphone, you can buy prepaid credit and convert this into an internet data package. Alternatively, there are USB modem sticks for laptops on which to charge credit. The speed is satisfactory.
How can I do my laundry?
In Ghana, there are very few laundromats. In Cape Coast, you can, for example, bring your laundry to University Hospital, where they are washed in a washing machine, and you can pick them up after 1-3 days. More common, however, is to hire someone to wash your clothes. Everyone knows someone who does this and the women are happy about a little extra income. It is considered stingy when you wash your own laundry by hand and not leave it for someone who needs the money. Normally, you have washerwomen at very affordable prices.
Can I cook in the accommodation ?
In the apartments, housing communities and host families, there are kitchens that you can use. In the host families, meals will usually be cooked for you but, you are allowed to help (especially women, as in Ghana, there are classic gender roles) in the kitchen. In the apartments and shared accommodations, you cook yourself. If you live in a dormitory with other participants (e.g. in an orphanage), there is usually a covered simple outdoor burner that is available to you. In hotel accommodation, there is no possibility of cooking. Details are in the tab "Accommodation".
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes, this is possible. The Ghanaian cuisine is very diverse, and even more vegan than vegetarian, because dairy products are among luxury goods and it is very difficult to find milk, cream or cheese. While in Ghana, a lot of fish and meat is eaten, you can order at most restaurants and stalls, vegetarian/vegan diet dishes.
What language skills do I need?
The official language of Ghana is English. Most Ghanaians, at least in urban areas, speak very good English. You should be able to communicate in English.
 
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