Film and Photography

Ghana

Use your photography or film skills to promote community achievements and produce media to directly support the charity’s community initiatives. You will work with the team to produce interactive health sessions and live in the heart of the community in the tropical village.

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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+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £795 / €955 / $1075 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers will be be involved in capturing the charities current building or educational developments so that donors can understand the latest achievements. Depending on needs of the community when you join your volunteer role may involve:

  • Documenting building progress
  • Capturing educational and community developments
  • Producing educational community films on health and social issues alongside the local team
  • Filming volunteers in action
  • Providing updates to donors for the charities child sponsorship scheme

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.

Other volunteers

Film and Photography, Child Care, Building, Teaching and Sports Coaching volunteers in Ghana all live together and there are generally 1 to 5 volunteers in total however this may vary. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in Ghana.

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.

Start Dates

2017: 11 Mar, 25 Mar, 8 Apr, 22 Apr,6 May, 20 May, 3 Jun, 17 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 7 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov, 2 Dec

2018: 7 Jan, 21 Jan, 4 Feb, 18 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

Volunteer Reviews

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

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers bring their skills and experience to the community and capture up to date photographs and films that are needed for promotional purposes including the charity website, school sponsorship and fundraising. They are used to publicise the African charity as well as providing a means of feedback for current donors so they can see the project developments, helping form an important link between supporters and the community.

Volunteers are part of the charity’s life changing development work which aims to provide safe drinking water, improved education and increased sanitation to local communities.

“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

How is the project making a difference?

The Film and Photography project in Ghana engages with current and potential supporters to highlight the achievements of the charity’s work in Ghana.

The charity that you will work alongside in Ghana started their work in 2006 when they completed their first well which allowed a village of more than 300 people to access safe drinking water. Since then, they have helped many other villages to alleviate poverty with the help of volunteers on projects which include building wells, a clinic, schools, toilets, improving education and health initiatives.

Where will I be living?

Ghana is regarded as the one of the friendliest African countries. You will be based in a small village, nestled in a jungle in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The village has no running water and there is electricity around 70% of the time.

In the village volunteers sleep in bunk-bed dormitories. Although efforts are made for each dormitory room to be shared on a single sex basis, this cannot be guaranteed. There is a traditional mud hut available for couples. At the volunteer base there is a common room and simple kitchen area. The accommodation is clean but very simple, with long drop toilets and bucket showers.

Volunteers can visit a colourful bead market in nearby town of Koforidua, Boti falls or umbrella rock at weekends.

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 - Sarah is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • 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 placement manager
  • 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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Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

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"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian

Sarah

Pod UK Manager

Sarah has visited the project, apply and you'll hear from her soon!

We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information.

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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

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

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