Environmental Project in Ghana

Environmental protection and recycling on Ghana's coast

Address local environmental problems with our environmental protection program. Recycling, leading educational workshops and protecting animal habitats is all in a day’s work, as well as beach clean up's and planting trees along the coast to protect against erosion.

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The Project

The Issue

Ghana is graced with a rich variety of flora and fauna, but sadly, a lot of it's wildlife is fast becoming endangered due to pollution and erosion. With waste management failing across the country, the ocean and beaches are heavily polluted with rubbish and now local villagers of the coastal region find their homes seriously in danger due to erosion. Villages set back from the coast are now based directly on the beach and cabins are swept away by the sea daily.

Most residents have nowhere else to go, and the state of the beaches is now having an impact on wildlife too. Large sea turtles, long threatened with extinction in other regions, set up home on the beaches of Ghana between September and January, but now they are threatened by the environmental pollution, causing their numbers to drop even further, and fast.

The Location

You’ll be working in Axim, an endangered coastal region, home to a small oasis - a paradise beach resort. The largest of its kind in Ghana, this 45 hectare resort has been committed to environmental protection, education and sustainable development for over twenty years. The resort has become an indispensable institution for the local population, with its vital educational work teaching locals about the importance of conservation, and providing jobs in the area.

Your Tasks

You’ll undertake a variety of tasks on this project, depending on the time of year. One of your main responsibilities will be conducting beach patrols, where you’ll collect rubbish and driftwood, which is often used at a local joinery to prevent waste further. You may also undertake some night checks with the security team.

To help protect the coast from further erosion you will be responsible for planting trees and palm trees and you can also get involved in educating the locals on the usefulness of sea turtles, and how to protect them, and other endangered fish species. Sea turtles are the largest known algae eaters, so are important for the coastal ecosystem. If you take part in the program between September and January you’ll also get to monitor the turtles as they nest on the beach, putting protective measures in place to keep them safe.

The Hours

Your working hours depend on the tides, seasons and the moon, but typically you will be working around 40 hours a week across five or six days. Staff and volunteers will eat lunch together each day at the beach resort, which gives you time to get to know one another and form friendships. In your free time, or on your days off, you can relax on the beach, take a break, or go on excursions - the resort plans excursions for its visitors and it is a great way for you to see more of Ghana. Another popular choice with our volunteers is surfing lessons!

Accommodation
Volunteer Placement
Meals Included
Airport Pickup
Full Country Orientation
Assistance with Travel Preparation
Age

From 18 years.

Requirements

Creative, flexible and initiative.

Language

English of a good level.

Location

Axim, Ghana.

Duration

From 4 weeks to 48 weeks. If you require longer than the 6 months available on the registration and booking form, please speak to our team and we can add the additional number of weeks/months to your account after booking.

Accommodation

Accommodation is at the Shared Volunteer House. Please see our 'What you get' section for more information.

Meals

Breakfast and dinner.

Airport Transfer

Airport transfer to first nights accommodation.

Work Clothing

Important to bring clothing that covers at least knees and shoulders.

What You Get

For your RGV project work in Axim, you first land in Accra, the capital of Ghana. If you arrive very late, it makes sense to spend your first night in Accra, as you can then relax and continue your journey on to Axim the following day.

For your onward journey to Axim, you have two options: Book (with our help!) a domestic flight to Takoradi (around £50 to £70) or a bus (£10). The bus ride takes about 4.5 hours and the bus station can easily be reached by taxi.

Your orientation will take place in the first few days, after your arrival at our Axim site. This consists of a welcome to everyday life in your project, a briefing in the house, code of conduct rules and a tour of the area where the project will take place. You'll also learn about some of the work that goes on within the project.

Our on-site team will show you to your room in a bungalow in the "Volunteer & Staff Village" and give you time to set up. The rest of the day you have time to look around the grounds, meet your new colleagues and to enjoy the six-kilometer-long sandy beach!

A note about Housing & Accommodation...

Here in Axim, you will be accommodated in the "Volunteer & Staff Village" together with other volunteers, as well as the staff of the project. The Village consists of bungalows located directly on one of the most beautiful beaches of the west coast of Ghana. In addition, the village is located near the mysterious Mangrove River, Ankobra!

You usually share your room with one to three other volunteers. All rooms have Ghana's 'above-average' standard, fan and electric light. There are gender-separated shared bathrooms for women and men.

Your breakfast and dinner are included in our services and are prepared for you on site. During your down time, you can go for a walk on the nearby beach, learn to surf, and rest in the shade of the project's pretty gardens.

What's Included
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Airport Pickup
  • Accommodation
  • Volunteer Placement
  • RGV Ghana Orientation
  • Personal Contact Person in RGV
  • 24Hr Emergency Number
  • Assistance with Travel Preparation
  • RGV Family Family T Shirt
  • Participation Certificate
  • Extensive RGV Travel Documentation
Additional fees
  • Flights (request a quote to include flights)
  • Visas & Vaccinations
  • Public Transport/Extra Transfers
  • Beverages
  • Tours/Accommodation Outside of Stay
  • Travel Insurance
  • Private Expenses

Cost

Total Cost: £999 (4 Weeks)

Additional Weeks Cost: £160 per week (up to 48 weeks)

Initial payment consists of a £200 deposit, with the remaining balance due 8 weeks before departure. There is also an option to pay the full amount up front at time of booking.

There is also an option to pay the full amount up front at time of booking.

Additional weeks can be added on through the ‘profile’ area of each applicant, which is created upon initial booking.

Types of skills
  • Energetic
  • Determined
  • Environmentally Aware
  • Adaptable
  • Versatile
  • Initiative
Types of Tasks
  • Useful Garbage Recycling
  • Erosion Management
  • Planting
  • Garbage and Wildlife Monitoring/Reporting
  • Garbage Collection

Trust us - The Team

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Our team in Axim run a beautiful facility in the coastal region. For many years, they have been involved with charitable projects. Let them teach you to surf, play the guitar or take a pilates class with them!

Our team in Axim always offers you their support and welcomes you!

Reviews

Don't Just Take Our Word For It...

Our programmes have been running for many years now, and we've had countless numbers of happy and inspired applicants join us in making an impact. The best way of understanding our projects are through the words of our previous volunteers, so check out a few of their experiences below!

"My Experience As a Beach Cleanup Volunteer in Ghana"

Felix S.
Have a look through Felix's thoughts on his trip to Ghana and his important role in helping the environmental efforts in Axim!

FAQs

When should I register?

Ideally, you'll need to register at least 4-6 months before your desired departure date. Of course, short-term registrations of 1-2 months before departure are possible - but it may then be that your dream project is already full. In this case, we will try together to find a suitable alternative for you.

Important:

Lead time is especially important for the countries in which a visa has to be applied for in advance.

For medical projects as well as for internships, short term registrations are not possible.

What happens after I sign up?

Our UK team will send your registration through to the Germany headquarters as soon as possible, who will then confirm your booking as soon as possible, after liaising with the relevant in-country team. They will contact you to ensure you’re fully prepared for your stay abroad. Our headquarters in Germany has 20 years experience in organising successful stays in Africa and Asia and are more than happy to answer your questions.

What documents do I need to participate?

You'll need a few documents (which are listed below), but only once you've signed up. Our team will happily talk you through what is needed and when it is needed.

CV with photo, letter of motivation, copy of your passport (identity card is not enough), copy of your extended police certificate (no older than 3 months), simple proof of an existing health insurance abroad (name of insurance and insurance number are required), your signed code of conduct.

Is there an age limit?

You must be above 18 to make a booking through us, but there is no upper age limit set by RGV (however, you must check that you fit the required visa criteria for the country you wish to go to).

Who is my contact person at RGV?

Pre-booking, you have a customer service team in the UK. Once you have booked, you will have a dedicated contact within our RGV Head Office team in Munich.

Before you leave, you are in direct contact with one of our coordinators. You can find out about the program coordinators through our ‘The RGV Team’ page, and there is also a dedicated local team in each country.

Can I plan my volunteer work in a flexible way?

Our organisation works in the countries exclusively with our own RGV teams. That means maximum flexibility and planning freedom for you. You can choose a travel date to suit you, because we are not dependent on collection dates.

If you want to fly together with a further participant, you can inform us about this upon booking.

What is the minimum/maximum stay?

The minimum duration of volunteer work in Africa or Asia is 4 weeks for most projects (with a select few being 2 weeks) and can be extended weekly. This gives you the freedom to adjust your length of stay to what suits you.

Maximum duration of volunteer work is based on visa restrictions (Ghana: 12 months, South Africa: 6 months - up to 12 months through an extensive visa procedure, Thailand: 12 months).

Do I need a visa?

For all our destination countries, a visa is required. However, we distinguish between visas that must be issued before departure and visas that are issued automatically upon entry. Our Head Office team in Munich can guide you through every step of the way.

We have sorted our destination countries by visa type for you:

Apply for a visa before departure: • Ghana and South Africa (for over 90 days stay) • Thailand (for over 30 days stay)

Visa on entry: • South Africa (only up to 90 days) • Thailand (only up to 30 days)

What vaccinations do I need?

The required vaccinations vary widely from country to country. In the tropics, more vaccinations are needed than in the extra-tropical latitudes. In health care we recommend to use several information channels:

Consultation with the doctor, personal counseling of RGV (you benefit from our many years of practical experience in our target countries), forums and travel reports on the Internet

Attention: For the countries Ghana and Togo, you also need the yellow fever vaccination - this is obligatory upon arrival.

Do I need insurance?

The proof of a valid foreign insurance is a basic requirement for all volunteers and trainees abroad.

Can I choose my own project?

In volunteer work, you always have free choice and you can pick your dream project according to the job description - if there are still places available!

If you have signed up for a specific position and we can not offer you this position, then you can either take advantage of an alternative, or you can withdraw from your application absolutely free of charge.

Can I extend my stay when I'm there?

Yes you can, but there may be some additional costs that need to be covered. Our team in Germany can advise you of this in advance.

Can I choose my accommodation?

At locations where both options are available, you can choose whether you’d prefer to stay in a host family or in the shared volunteer house. For some places, however, only one or the other is appropriate due to the distance from the project. We will give you a recommendation as to what fits best in your case.

How are host families checked/selected?

The host families in our target countries are, in most cases, part of the family environment and circle of close friends of our local team leaders. Selection and review is regularly undertaken by our teams.

Can I share accommodation/project with a friend?

We are always happy to give our participants the opportunity to work together with friends in a project, and to also place them in the same shared accommodation. Shared occupancy requests for the project and accommodation must be indicated at the time of registration.

Since some of our countries are traditionally conservative, it is often not possible to accommodate male and female participants in the same room. However, this is country / site specific and our Head Office can talk you through the options.

When do I find out the exact project/accommodation I'm in?

No later than 4 weeks before departure, our Head Office will send you the specific location with description and associated accommodation, provided that we have your exact departure date and all necessary documents have been submitted by you in good time.

In exceptional cases, it may take a little longer to confirm your project and your accommodation - for example, if the internship placement is particularly complicated, for special project wishes or changed conditions on site. You can always ask us for the current status of your placement.

How will I prepare for my time abroad?

In addition to the extensive information material that you receive, our coordination team in Germany is always there to help you with advice and answers.

Do you have a packing list/info sheet?

You will receive a travel ABC (our complete travel guide) from us before your departure. It contains everything you need to know about your trip, specific to your destination country.

Why do I have to call RGV 3 days before departure?

This phone call is important to discuss last points and to coordinate the progress of your trip and arrival in your destination country. For example, it will explain where you will be picked up from your destination airport and brought into your project.

Will I meet other volunteers?

Yes you will! You will generally meet a range of volunteers who come from Europe at each project.

Can I travel on the weekends?

Almost all of our participants are very active in their free time and use the weekends to travel! Nobody should travel alone, there is no need, as at most locations there are always several participants on site, so you can go on tour together. Our local teams have plenty of insider tips for you and are happy to advise you on organisational issues, such as public transport.

Can I travel after my project?

Yes, you should always plan your travel for the time after your project work, so that you can concentrate fully on your work during the placement. You have to pay attention to the expiry date of your visa. This is the perfect time to enjoy breathtaking nature, diverse wildlife and unforgettable experiences.

Do I book additional activities in advance, or in country?

Most additional services can also be booked flexibly on site, as well as in advance.

Is there internet?

Often there is Wi-Fi in our accommodation, but might not be at the speeds you’re used to in western countries. If this is not available, the mobile network is developed enough in order to browse the internet. SIM cards can be bought very cheaply near all accommodations and come with some great data passes (your team leaders can give you tips here).

What happens if I have a problem when there?

In your destination country, our RGV teams will assist you with all your problems. If your problem can not be solved with the help of the team leaders on site, contact the RGV team in Munich.

How much money should I take?

We have already covered most of the costs with your contribution. Nevertheless, you should plan additional costs of an average of 75 to 125 pounds per week. The biggest additional costs usually arise from your own personal expenses, as well as your leisure time activities.

Here is a list of possible additional costs on site:

• Private expenses • Leisure activities • Use of public transport or rental vehicle (during the week to the project and back to the accommodation, or on weekends for travel) • Extension of your visa • Telephone costs (prepaid)

What rules are there?

With your RGV registration, you will receive important behavioral guidelines to follow. You should also adapt to country-specific practices so as not to appear rude. For example, in Africa and Asia, it is particularly important to treat older people with respect.

Will I receive a certificate of participation?

Yes, after your successful participation in an RGV project, you will receive a confirmation of participation.

Environmental Project in Ghana
from £999 4 weeks

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