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Why I would love to volunteer in Ghana
Why do I want to do voluntary work in Ghana?
For the past year, I have wanted to travel to Ghana as a volunteer. The more I read about it, the more I want to go. My ideal trip trip to Ghana would be one where I could volunteer in an orphanage and/or school for young children, but also have time to do a bit of travelling around in the evening.
Apart from that, another thing that really appeals to me is the idea of staying with a host family! I would love to stay with a Ghanaian family and experience how they live and what their daily life is like in Ghana.
I have made this lens to share with you all the reasons of why Ghana appeals to me and why I would love to go there one day as a volunteer.
What is your opinion of Ghana?
It's a peaceful country
Actually, the most peaceful African country!
According to the Global Peace Index (GPI) released by Britain's Economist Intelligence Unit, Ghana is the most peaceful country in Africa and the 40th most peaceful country in the world.
And if you think that's not peaceful enough, then listed to this: Ghana ranked HIGHER than the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Russia and China.
The report also included that Ghana had only a few internal conflicts, and had generally very good relations with the neighbouring countries. The crime level is also very low in Ghana.
The Festivals and Celebrations
Ghanaian celebrations are a colorful and vibrant part of the Ghanain culture. Each year, several festivals are held across the country. Below are a list of the festivals that take place in Ghana.
- Akwasidae festival, takes place in Manhyia, Kumasi every six weeks
- Dodoleglime festival, takes place in Ve Traditional Area in November
- Dipo festival, takes place in Odumase in February
- Gmayem festival, takes place in Manya Krobos in October
- Gologo festival, takes place in Talensi in March
- Aboakyer festival, takes place in Winneba on the first Saturday in May
- Asafotufiam festival, takes place in Ada in July/August
- Damba festival, takes place in Tamale in July/August
- Bakatue festival, takes place in Elmina on the first Tuesday in July
- Akwambo festival, takes place in Agona Nyakrom or Agona Swedru in August
- Epor festival, takes place in the Lolobi-KumasiVolta Region at any time of the year
- Fetu Afahye, takes place in Cape Coast on the first Saturday in September
- KLOYOSIKPLEM festival, takes in Yilo Krobo (Somanya) in November
- Kobine festival, takes place in Lawra in September
- Homowo festival, takes place in Accra in August/September
- Kundum festival, takes place in Axim, Tokaradi in August/September
- Odwira festival, takes place in Akropong in September
- Apoo festival, takes place in Wenchi/Techiman in October
- Fofie Yam festival, takes place in Nchiraa near Wenchi in October
- Hogbetsotso festival, takes place in Anloga on the first Saturday in November
- Mmoaninko festival, takes place in Offinso in November
- Fiok festival, takes place in Centime in December
- Fao festival, takes place in Navrongo in January
The People of Ghana
Ghana is regarded as the most peaceful African country, and the people of Ghana are arguably the most friendly African people. They come from six different main ethnic groups; the Akan (Ashanti and Fanti), the Ewe, the Ga-Adangbe, the Mole-Dagbani, the Guan, and the Gurma.
What other volunteers have said about the Ghanaian people they met in Ghana
"The first thing that struck me, and indeed the thing that continued all through my stay, was the incredible friendliness and hospitality of the Ghanaian people." - Friends of Ghana Volunteers Report, Becky's thoughts
"I loved my volunteer placement in Ghana. The people were so friendly and welcoming." - Hannah Steadman, Volunteer to Ghana
"People are so friendly here and you often hear calls of "Obruni" ("white person", but not meant offensively!)" - Bryony Middleton, Volunteer to Ghana
"The people were so friendly. I was made to feel welcome and looked after fantastically the whole time I was there." - Caroline Anderton, Volunteer to Ghana (ghanadrumschool.com)
"I will always remember the amazing Ghanaians - the teachers and the locals - who welcomed us into their lives so readily." - Alanna Maguire, ghanadrumschool.com
"My host family were very welcoming and friendly." - Netta Beardsmore, Volunteer (www.yearoutgroup.org)
The kids in the orphanage or school
And the help I could give them
In 2007, there were 1.1 million children orphaned in Ghana, and another 81,000 died of starvation, malnutrition or malaria. I would love to be able to help just a tiny handful of the orphans in Ghana, if only for a few weeks. I think it would be one of the most amazing things ever!
Like the people of Ghana, many volunteers have commented on how gorgeous and loving the Ghanaian children are.
Most children begin their education at age three or four, and learn simple number, rhymes and shapes. There are over 18,000 schools in Ghana for children up until the age of 18, but of course, not all children have the opportunity to attend school unless they have parents or sponsors who can pay for them.
Lots of schools want volunteers to offer their services in teaching whatever subjects they can and helping in any way possible. In the orphanages, help with the children's homework is very welcome from the volunteers.
Organizations that help you volunteer in Ghana
TIP: You can find orphanages and schools that you can contact directly if you are interested in volunteering at them, however, it is highly recommended that you do it through a registered organization, as it is much more secure and there is insurance.
A great travel guide - read the customer reviews if you want to hear the stories of other satisfied customers!
Although not Ghana, this is a great book about a volunteer who visited Zambia. It is a good read and contains some lovely stories about voluntary work in Africa in general.