Friendly and safe in the heart of West Africa, Ghana is an ideal destination for first-time visitors to Africa. From the historical Cape Coast Castle and luscious Kakum National Park in the South to Mole National Park’s forest elephants in the North, the country is steeped in rich traditional cultures that volunteering in Ghana gives you the opportunity to explore. Whether you’re learning about the cultural heritage of weaving in the Volta region or sampling scrumptious ‘red-red’ in the bustling capital Accra, this friendly nation has something for every volunteer in Ghana.
With a total of around 80 different languages being spoken nationally and English as the official ‘lingua-franca’ of the country, Ghana is a celebration of diversity. Solo volunteers, friends, groups and families are all welcomed alike, making Ghana a fantastic destination. Alongside the welcoming communities though, there is also stark poverty and there is a great need for volunteers to work on community development, education and building projects. Pod Volunteer is an award-winning non-profit organisation helping people to volunteer in Ghana for as little as 1 week or as long as 3 months.
We find the best volunteer projects in Ghana for you, help you with all the arrangements and provide lots of support before and during your volunteering time in Ghana!
You can get directly involved in diverse community volunteering projects, whilst immersing yourself in local culture, living and working alongside locals. Volunteering in Ghana helps to alleviate poverty, provide safe drinking water, improved education and increased sanitation to local communities.
Volunteers are needed all year round at the projects in Ghana. Climate wise, Ghana’s close proximity to the equator means the temperatures are consistently above 25˚C throughout the year and there is a year-round tropical climate. The dry months are from November to March, with the harmattan winds blowing through from November, cooling temperatures a bit. The green, tropical centre and South of Ghana typically has its heaviest rains falling from April through to June. The more desert like North has rains from March to September. Even during the rainy season, Ghana can still enjoy averages of 5 hours of sun a day.
At Pod Volunteer we love to travel and have visited the projects in Ghana. Here is our insider’s view of our experiences travelling and volunteering in Ghana…
Things we loved: Getting to know the people and becoming a part of village life. Exploring the local national parks, nature reserves, mountains and the lush jungles – Ghana is a beautiful country! Trying the local cuisine – from delicious ‘red-red’ to the more acquired taste of fufu and banku! How rewarding the projects are – you feel part of the bigger picture and are able to see so quickly how the charity is making a difference.
Things we weren’t so sure about! The heat! Make sure you pack a hat, lots of sun cream and rehydration salts. The cockerel ‘alarm clock’ that wakes you up every morning!
Below you’ll find a summary of our volunteering projects in Ghana which you can click through to and find out about the volunteer role, location, accommodation and costs, see lots of pictures and read volunteer reviews!
Cape Coast - this is one of the most historical areas of Ghana. Learn about the old slave trade, take a tour around the impressive castle, forts and dungeons and learn about the history of the Ivory Coast.
Beads - a town in the east of the country affectionately known as Kof-town becomes overrun every Thursday by Ghana’s biggest bead market. Here you can haggle and buy old trade, shell, painted and coconut beads and pretty much every other type of bead that you can imagine!
Beaches - learn how to surf on the Cape Coast or spend a few days taking in the sun and drinking fresh coconuts (a popular weekend treat for our volunteers)! Accra, the capital city in Ghana and Cape Coast both offer some brilliant sandy beaches, our personal favourites being Labadi, Kokrobite and Ada.
Safari - Kakum National Park offers a rainforest canopy walkway, and for those brave enough, an overnight tented camp in the centre of the jungle. Or head north to Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest wildlife park, walk amongst elephants and tigers, but watch out for the cheeky baboons who love to steal fruit!
Ghanaian traditional cuisine - dig in with your hands and try fufu, pounded casava and plantain made into a dough with a spicy soup, or sweet fried plantain with ‘redred’ a mixture of beans and lentils.
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