Film and Photography

Ghana

Volunteers are needed to capture and document the award winning charity’s vital community work.

Use your photography and/or film skills to promote the community’s achievements and produce media to directly support the charity’s current building and educational developments and initiatives. You will work with the team to produce interactive health sessions to help educate the community on health care and social issues.

Experience local Ghanaian life while supporting development. Visit the stunning local sights including waterfalls, national parks and the vibrant and beautiful markets.

Support the vital work being done by the award winning charity!

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Rural village in Eastern Ghana
  • Start dates: Throughout the year - see role section
  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (11+ for families or groups)
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £795 / €930 / $1020 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers live in the heart of an African village and play a vital role in the charity’s life changing development work.

Use your photography or film skills to promote community achievements and produce media to directly support the charity’s community initiatives. You may be asked to help capture images of the local people, the village and local lifestyle. You will be given a specific project to complete by the charity on arrival.

Current photographs and films are needed for promotional purposes including the charity website, school sponsorship, fundraising and other literature, with the vital role of engaging supporters and donors. They are used to publicise the charity as well as providing a means of feedback for current donors so they can see the project developments, helping to form an important link between supporters and the community.

The charity also creates locally produced films to educate the community on health and social issues, so volunteers work with the local team to help with scriptwriting, casting, producing and editing short educational films. The team then tours schools in the local area and uses the films to educate children, teachers and the community. The films may even be shown on a large screen using a generator; a big local event!

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work 5 days a week with 2 days off. Generally volunteers start at 8am and finish at 4pm, however this can vary. The filming can take place in and around the community and transport will be arranged when needed. The school and kindergarten are located within a few minutes’ walk of the volunteer accommodation. There are lots of fun free time activities to get involved in on your day off.

Other volunteers

Film and Photography, Child Care, Building, Teaching and Sports Coaching volunteers in Ghana all live together. A two week volunteer will focus solely on Film and Photography, however volunteers who would like to join for longer can combine with another role. There are usually 1-5 volunteers with a maximum of 20 when there are larger groups, but this varies considerably throughout the year.

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) award

This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.

Child Protection

Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.

Volunteer Reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Ghana volunteer reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers provide essential assistance that enables the charity to achieve both long and short term development goals. Volunteers are needed to capture the charity’s current building or educational developments so that donors can see the latest achievements.

Since the projects began, new school buildings and resources has led to the children having an increased pride and enthusiasm to attend schools. The children are achieving better results at school and have brighter futures ahead of them.

Without funding from volunteers, the community would not be able to afford the local building developments which have improved the local standard of living through access to safe drinking water, toilets and much needed health clinics.

“We love our volunteers and the community welcomes them with open arms! They are a key part of the charity and the team in Ghana. They help the local team assist and reach more communities by giving their time and energy”
Neil, Charity Director

Start Dates

2017

21 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov, 2 Dec

2018

6 Jan, 20 Jan, 3 Feb, 17 Feb, 3 Mar, 17 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr, 28 Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 23 Jun, 7 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 18 Aug, 1 Sep, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov

Closure Dates

Closed from 15 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Location, free time and accommodation

Ghana

Ghana is widely regarded as one of the most friendly and safe destinations in western Africa. It is an ideal destination for first-time visitors to Africa. In the heart of West Africa, it is an exciting country to volunteer in and experience traditional life in a beautiful relaxed environment. Popular activities in Ghana include:

  • Shopping at the vibrant local markets
  • Exploring the fascinating local sights such as Umbrella Rock
  • Visiting Accra and learning about the history of the city

To find out more see Lonely Planet Ghana

Local area and free time

The projects are based in a friendly village in the heart of rural, tropical Africa. The village is 2.5 hours’ drive from Accra, the capital city. The village is home to 400 members of the community and most are subsistence farmers. It is a very welcoming community and they love having volunteers helping in the village. Culturally it is very important to take time to greet the members of community and talk to them.

Volunteers usually spend afternoons reading in the hammocks and evenings relaxing around a camp fire, visiting the local vibrant market or making a trip to a local bar once a fortnight. You can see the local area on your days off such as the nearby city of Koforidua which has a weekly bead market that draws bead buyers and sellers from all over the region. Boti falls and umbrella rock in the Yilo Krobo District and Aburi Botanic Gardens are also popular destinations. These activities are best booked locally once you are at the project.

Accommodation

The accommodation is clean but very simple, volunteers sleep in bunk-bed dormitories with shared bathrooms and there is a traditional mud hut available for couples. At the volunteer base there is a common room and simple kitchen area. There is intermittent 3G internet access in the village.

Read volunteer reviews from the Film and Photography project

Charlotte

“I loved the time I spent in Ghana at my volunteer placement. I loved the tasks I was given to complete during my time in Ghana and it was so great to meet so many amazing people, who lived in Ghana and also other volunteers like myself.

I spent two weeks there and by the end I felt as though I could have easily spent another two. I have returned home feeling very positive and I know I will never forget this fantastic experience! Most rewarding was the film and photography work I completed, as well as spending time with the local children. In particular working at holiday club and teaching dance and yoga.”

Paige

“I was completely amazed by how professional the charity was. As soon as we arrived the manager made us feel extremely comfortable and safe as we were informed straight away about health and safety and how to respect the local culture so as not to offend the villagers. I loved the fact that no two days were the same and that the projects were incredibly flexible as it allowed me to grow in confidence and learn to take my own initiative.

Volunteering has been a really humbling experience as it’s made me incredibly grateful for simple luxuries that we take for granted like electricity and running water. It really shocked me that the cost of a night out drinking with my friends is the same price as an 18/19 year olds education for a year - I know which is far more valuable!”

Abbie

“Go into it with an open mind. It may be hard work at times and you may get fed up with the heat but being able to witness the difference you are making makes it all so worth it! It was actually surprisingly nice to not really have any electricity and I really enjoyed the bucket showers they were great. The head of the charity is so lovely and fun to work with, he is so passionate about what he does. I am already planning my next trip to return to the village.

It will also probably have a big impact on your outlook on life. It helped me to grow as a person and to realise what I wanted to do with my life and to also realise that the most important thing is to just enjoy it. I also made some amazing lifelong friends and had some experiences that I will never forget. Now go and get out and see the world!”

Angela

“I really enjoyed the placement and whole experience. Ghana is a very friendly country, especially once out of Accra. The small charity works directly with the people, ensuring they provide what is needed and also sustainable in the long term. Their policy of not just giving but working collaboratively means that local people feel involved and keep their dignity and independence. For example local people are taught new skills which they can use in the future.

There was a great feeling of community and Brendan, the coordinator was always helpful and also good fun. There is a good balance of work and also encouragement to explore other areas. As well as helping a little, you gain a lot for yourself and a real insight into a different culture and way of life.”

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What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Lucy is your dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • In-depth volunteering and planning your trip guides
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Community volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Accra)
  • Accommodation - shared
  • Food - all main meals
  • Induction and training, including health & safety and culture
  • Local introductions and tours
  • Local language lessons given by the Headmaster of the school
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod Volunteer is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
1 week £795 GB Pounds
2 weeks £895 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £95 GB Pounds
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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • Ghana Film and Photography volunteer – Katherine

    “My time in Ghana was better than I could have ever imagined. The people were friendly, and I felt safe and looked after the whole time I was away. I only wish I could've stayed longer!”

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  • Ghana Film and Photography volunteer – Paige

    “I loved the fact that no two days were the same and that the projects were incredibly flexible as it allowed me to grow in confidence and learn to take my own initiative. It's an unforgettable experience!”

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  • Ghana Film and Photography volunteer - Christina

    “I am really grateful that I participated in the project! The month I spent in Ghana was one of the most significant in my life. It was a unique experience and I am really grateful that I participated in the project.”

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal