Volunteer Care & Orphanage Work in Ghana

Put a spark in the lives of vulnerable children at an orphanage in Ghana and help out to the diligent local staff. Turn out to be the children’s friend, mentor and carer as you make an important contribution to their daily life.

The orphanages where volunteers are place are basic, under resourced and in need of volunteers backing. Not all children at the orphanages have lost their parents, some are taken into care as their parents cannot afford to look after them and others arrive from abusive homes.  Like so many developing nations, Ghana has a large number of children who find themselves in the care of an orphanage.

You will work alongside local staff to help out with teaching the children, general childcare and the daily outfitted running of the orphanage. Providing the children with the necessary skills in life will help them on their way to thriving futures free from poverty and filled with the same opportunities as others. As a volunteer you will turn out to be a big sister or brother to the children. The children will have their food and accommodation provided for them, but with limited staff resources, it is individual attention that the little ones yearn for so much. OGVO also encourage volunteers to instigate their own activities by organising structured activities and games for the children.

OGVO volunteers are placed across the ten regions of Ghana including Ashaiman Orphanage/Home in Kumasi – in the Ashanti Region. The Ashaiman Orphanage has 40 beds for children and 35 for adults. This orphanage/home is run by Catholic missionaries. The home conducts programs for both children and adults. Most of the adults have mental development difficulties and enjoy the art and crafts program at the center. The children are mainly babies and toddlers.

 

At the Ashaiman Orphanage they admit children from new born to 3 years of age, as well as some adults. Many of the children are mentally challenged and have been abandoned by their families, while others are strictly abandoned children. When families are known, some of these children are able to be reunited with them through the efforts of this organization.

The Orphanages operated by the Missionaries of Charity help people from all over Ghana but especially those people in the northern part. In this region, more than other places in Ghana, most of the children born with disabilities or mental illnesses are considered a curse to the family and therefore are frequently abandoned into the streets.

When and if these children are found by caring individuals and/or organizations, they are frequently taken to the orphanages operated by the Missionaries of Charity who welcome them with open arms and take good care of them.

This organization is affiliated to the Catholic Church and prayers are conducted every morning before the activities of the day start. Volunteers of the Catholic Faith and those of any Christian Faith can pray with them. However, if you are not a believer in Christianity or if you do not wish to participate in any religious ceremonies or prayers it is not necessary that you do so. All volunteers are most welcome and the most important requirement of these volunteers is a desire to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the daily operational tasks in the home, (due to the current lack of adequate staff), thus enriching the lives of the individuals whom live there.

A childcare volunteer at this placement would be expected to participate in many different activities within the facility. One of the volunteer’s main duties would be in the overall care of the small children. Since the Orphanage accepts new born to three year old, these children require much personal care and attention. However, the volunteer would also be expected to devote some of his/her time towards the needs of the adults whom reside in the facility, as well as help the staff with routine chores necessary to maintain the centre.

Volunteers are encouraged to develop and implement programs and/or projects that would help the residents to enjoy some of the long hours of each day.

A childcare volunteer at this placement does not require having any specialized training but must enjoy caring for the needs of others, especially very young children. A volunteer should be a mature individual who realizes that when caring for people who are mentally challenged, a lot of patience and understanding is sometimes required. If the volunteer is considering a career in the health care profession this placement would offer much hands-on experience.

A childcare volunteer’s help is always welcome by the staffs at the centre that are constantly busy. Volunteers may be asked to assist with the bathing of the children, dressing them, feeding them, as well as helping to keep them entertained and happy. The staffs are incredibly busy, so they appreciate any help they can get from childcare volunteers with the general cleaning of the orphanage and home, as well as helping in the kitchen, especially at mealtimes.

Highlights

  • Earn international volunteering experience working with children at an orphanage or a community in Ghana.
  • Share stories with orphans and act as mentors to them.
  • Guide children in acquiring a variety of skills, such as household chores and proper diet and hygiene.
  • Improve you understanding of the world
  • Live and work in Ghana for a few weeks to a few months and immerse in the local culture.

Qualifications

There are no special qualifications needed for a person to become a volunteer in an orphanage but you should have passion, enthusiasm and care for children. Most of all, applicants must have the willingness to share their time and space as well as to show their compassion, patience and flexibility.

Location of OGVO Volunteer/Intern Programs

We have volunteer and intern work placements in both urban and rural areas in Ghana including Accra, Koforidua, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Kwamoso, Salt Pond,Swedru,Tepa, Boaben-Fiema, Bibiani, Boako, Wassa Akropong, Wale Wale, Mampong, Asafo, Buduburam, and many more.

Start Dates and Durations

We pride ourselves for our flexibility. Volunteers or interns can arrive any day of the year with advanced notice. You can volunteer or intern for periods of 1 week to 6 months. Extension can be arranged with advanced notice as well.

OGVO Program Prices

Our fees are extremely affordable as compare to other organisations. Our program fee starts as small as US $250. Program fees mainly help us cover the variable costs, such as food, accommodation, airport pick-up, placement, program orientation, etc. Program fees vary according to the length of your program. To see program fees and what it covers, please click here.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS ARE INCLUDED

Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local host family, and will gain the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. Ghanaian families are renowned for their kindness and hospitality and they love to learn about different cultures. Living with a local family truly is the best way to throw oneself into the local culture and to meet people who will often become lifelong friends!

All families have been fully vetted by our team and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Bedrooms are private but generally shared with volunteers of the same gender. Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom. Generally, your host brother, sister or mother assist you with your laundry but it is not an obligation, learn to wash your clothing’s with your hands in several buckets, enjoy the sun drying your clothes and odor the African fragrance in your clothes.

Host families will provide volunteers with breakfast, lunch and dinner during the working week.

Breakfast is usually ready by around 7am; however you can eat later if you prefer to get up late. Lunch is usually packed by your host family in a lunch box so that you can eat at your project if you wish. Dinner is usually served around 6pm.

If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.

It is important to remember that the living conditions in Ghana are different from home. Most families have running water, but hot water is still uncommon in some areas. Although the accommodation is basic, this is part of the challenge and experience of volunteering in a developing country. With a little patience, and a flexible attitude, you will quickly get used to your new surroundings.

Working days and hours

You will work 5 days a week, leaving you two free days (Saturday & Sunday) to explore the area. You’ll work around 4 – 9 hours per day.

FREE TIME

During weekends Volunteers/Interns have the opportunity to visit all that Ghana has to offer. Weekend trips available include visits to Mole National Park in the Northern Region of Ghana. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest Elephant Sanctuaries in Africa with the chance to spot Lions, Leopards & Antelopes in their natural habitat.
Volunteers can also take a trip to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana to relax in the beautiful beaches and see the famous Cape Coast castle, the Kakum Canopy walkway and Elmina castle, where slave trade begun.

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Quick facts about Ghana

  • Arrival airport …………Accra (ACC)
  • Capital City …………… Accra
  • Religion ……………………Christian
  • Currency …………………Cedi (GHC)
  • Population ……………… 24 Million
  • Language …………………English (official)
  • Time Zone ……………… UTC + 00:00
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