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Volunteer opportunites in Ghana

VIP invites you to explore Ghana and to learn about its people and culture while also contributing to its growth and development. Since March 2001, when the Government of Ghana took the bold step of taking advantage of the Enhanced Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, more funds have been released for social sector spending and poverty reduction programs. However, an enormous amount of work still needs to be done to bring about an improved economic future for the majority of Ghana's citizens.

In selecting community service projects, VIP has focused on areas of greatest need where not much assistance is available from the government or other NGOs. These areas include Rural Education, Rural and Urban Healthcare Delivery, Orphanages and children's homes, fundraising, Afforestation and Administrative support for Non Profits.

One of our past volunteers wrote to us and stated:

"When I decided to volunteer abroad, Ghana appealed to me as one of the most promising countries on the African continent and I wanted to be part of this growth in my own small way. IYEP did a tremendous work of placing me at a rural basic school with high potential and yet inadequate staff. My interactions with the children in the lower primary school have informed my decision to become a teacher after I graduate from the university. I feel really fulfilled."

(S. Zobus-Germany 2010)

Volunteer Abroad Program Overview — Ghana

Following orientation you will begin your volunteer service. If your assignment is outside of Accra you will be accompanied by one of our staff or a local guide to facilitate your safe and timely arrival at your destination. Each volunteer is assigned a supervisor who will deal with matters such as culture shock, concerns of the volunteer or host project, project understanding and resolution of any problems or disputes. Volunteer service programs may last from 3 to 12 months depending on the program you choose.

Typical volunteer assignments may include teaching English or computer skills, developing library facilities, assisting with income generating activities, helping in a rural health post, working with abandoned children or AIDS orphans, teaching art, music, dance or sports. Accommodations may be with a Ghanaian host family or on-site, depending upon the location and nature of your volunteer assignment



Volunteers will arrive in Accra and will be met by one of our friendly staff members and brought to their hostel/accomodation.

Where you'll be staying


A two-day orientation program begins the day after arrival and includes the social structure of Ghana, lectures on political and economic history, survival language lessons, cultural do’s and don’ts, health matters, socially accepted behaviors, work ethics in Ghana, expectations of the institution and the host project.

Two girls in Ghana

Program Fees 2016*

Length of Stay Fee
*Note: Published prices remain subject to change in case of major currency fluctuations. Contact your sending office.
2 weeks US$ 919
4 weeks US$ 1,478
6 weeks US$ 1,622
8 weeks US$ 2,055
12 weeks US$ 2,444
24 weeks US$ 3,136
36 weeks US$ 3,713
52 weeks US$ 4,146

What the program includes

Extras (at additional cost)

What the program doesn't include

Payment Schedule

A deposit of 20% of the total program fee is required with your application. It is non-refundable upon notification of acceptance and is applied to the total program fee. The balance of the program fee is required 30 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

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