VOLUNTEER IN GHANA
Journey to equatorial Ghana, known for its coastal landscape of unspoiled, palm-lined beaches, magnificent lakes and rivers surrounded by fecund tropical forests teeming with butterfly life, birds and Mona monkeys swinging through the treetops. Ghana also has a rich cultural heritage stretching far into the early medieval ages, and it is here that we aim to support communities in their efforts to improve the quality of basic education offered at schools and provide women with the support they need to become more financially independent and socially empowered.
In your free time, take a walk around a nearby market to try on kente garments, known by the people of Ghana as ‘the cloth of kings’ and sample Ghanaian delicacies like freshly roasted plantains and cocoyam chips at the food stalls, while enjoying the rhythms of local musicians.
Where Does GVI Work in Ghana?
Ever since Ghana gained independence in 1957, the government has been investing heavily in sustainable development. While the country has become more prosperous, access to education has improved, and women have gained more independence, yet inequality is still prevalent.
In 2017, we were invited to set up education, gender equality, and community development volunteer programs in Ghana. Since then we have been in discussion with various stakeholders including governmental organisations, local NGOs, schools, and women’s rights groups to create a platform for international volunteers to contribute to local sustainable development projects that assist these organisations to achieve their goals.
GVI does not support orphanage volunteering. For more information see our stance on orphanage volunteering. We also support ChildSafe, a global child protection initiative, and regularly review our comprehensive Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy. All our staff and participants are required to complete a police background check before arrival on the program, and on-site child protection training is provided once they arrive in the host country. We also protect children from cyber and real-world threats by ensuring that our marketing follows child protection best practices.
GVI volunteers will be working in Kokrobite, near Accra and will have the option of teaching English and a broad range of other subjects to primary and secondary school children or facilitating educational play activities for nursery and kindergarten aged children. They can also choose to work with gender equality organisations that promote women’s social and economic advancement through classes and demonstrations.
Meet the team - Senior Field Management
This is Matt, the Program Manager for GVI’s base in Accra, Ghana. Matt has a vast array of experience in Ghana, having lived there for over 11 years. He considers his beachside village to be his new home, as he is originally from the UK.
Matt completed his Masters Degree in International Development, back in 2008. He has since put it to good work, working with a variety of NGO’s before finding GVI. He loves Ghana, its music, dance, beaches as well as the cats and dogs at the base!
Regional Director for Africa
Meet Richard. Within GVI, he is the Regional Director for Africa. This covers both Ghana and South africa. He is currently based in Limpopo, South Africa, near our wildlife conservation base Karongwe Game Reserve. This is perfect for Richard as it allows him to carry out his passion for wildlife conservation, education, and the process of linking the two together. Further Richard has a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Ecology.
An interesting fact about Richard is he loves bird watching, and labels himself as being a bit of a bird nerd!
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