If you can
stand the thought of spending hours when not acting as a
volunteer on the golden beaches of Ghana, then give some
thought to volunteering in the former "gold coast"
country with its population of some 24 million.
Seriously though, its a great place to volunteer not
least because its a relatively stable democracy and
there is always a warm welcome for those prepared to
stay there, share its culture and contribute to its
development. Ghana does have problems though. It ranks
in 135th place out of 186 countries and territories in
2013 in terms of life expectancy,
literacy, access to knowledge and living standards and
has serious issues in education, with, in some areas, as
few as 1% of children attending school.
It also has a serious malaria and preventable disease problem with 20,000 children a year dying from malaria and 160,000 children orphaned through HIV/AIDS (with 17,000 children under the age of 15yrs being
infected themselves.) To compound matters, Ghana suffers from a relatively short rainy season affecting subsistence farming creating food shortages that result in malnutrition. The fragile water supply also leads to outbreaks of waterborne diseases ranging from bacterial and protozoal diarrhoea, to hepatitis A and typhoid fever. Although Ghana is developing a
buoyant oil industry to add to its already thriving gold and cocoa export
industries, poverty is rife mainly in the north of the country where monies generated don't seem to penetrate.
Volunteer work placements in Ghana focus where they are needed most. In
education, fighting malaria, caring for orphans and supporting women and families affected by trafficking which is rife in West Africa. If undertaking volunteer
work in Ghana leave time to explore this West
African country with its secluded beaches, old colonial
forts that remind visitors of the old slave trade and of
course the Kakum National Park with its renowned treetop
walkway deep into the rainforest. A visit to the Volta
Region, which is dominated by Lake Volta, is also highly
Volunteers will be glad to hear that accommodation when
touring in Ghana is relatively cheap with single hotel
rooms being available for as little as £3.00 a night!If you run or
know of a volunteer work project in Ghana let us know by
contacting here. We look forward
to hearing from you!