Environmental Project in Ghana

Help protect the environment by volunteering on the beaches of Ghana

See first-hand the devasting effect that plastic pollution can have across the world and help address these issues with our environmental protection programme. Recycling, leading educational workshops and protecting animal habitats are all in a day’s work, as well as beach clean up's and planting trees along the coast to protect against erosion. By highlighting these issues and ways to prevent/solve them, we hope our volunteers can take what they learn and share it with the wider world to further make a difference.

All Accommodation Included in Shared Staff Village
Full Volunteer Placement of 4+ Weeks
Every Breakfast & Dinner Included
Airport Pickup & Transfer to 1st Night's Accommodation
Full In-Country Orientation
Complete Pre-Departure Travel Preparation
Placements Available from 4 weeks to 48 Weeks
Weekly Start Dates
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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.

In your spare time, there's loads to see and do, whether you want to check out local tourist spots, or even try your hand at surfing!

Skills Required
  • Energetic
  • Determined
  • Environmentally Aware
  • Adaptable
  • Versatile
  • Initiative

Types of Tasks

  • Useful Garbage Recycling
  • Erosion Management
  • Planting
  • Wildlife Monitoring/Reporting
  • Garbage Collection
  • Assisting Local Team
Age Range & Requirements

Age Range

We are able to take applicants who are aged 18+, and although we do not set any upper limit on age, it is important to check if you're eligible for a visa with the relevant immigration authorities.

Requirements

A good level of physical fitness, and an enjoyment of being busy in the outdoors! There is no specific background required, but a desire to to work to make a positive change for the environment is preferred.

Location

The project is based in Axim, Ghana. You will initially land in the capital, Accra, where depending on time, you may decide to spend one night, and then travel on towards Axim the following day.

Duration

Duration

Volunteer placements are available from 4 weeks up to 48 weeks. If you require longer than the 10 weeks available on the registration and booking form, please speak to our team and we'll happily discuss the duration with you and get it sorted for you.

Availability

Understandably, there are a few 'down' times, where there may be public holidays or religious dates, where no work will happen. This will affect arrival dates, but if you're in the country on project already, it will simply mean that it will result in some down time until the project starts back up.

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation

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.

Meals

You'll certainly fully fed during your stay! You'll eat in a similar way to the locals and the local cuisine, so expect to get to know new foods and delicacies! If you do have any dietary requirements, please let us know about them as far in advance as possible, and we will do our best to accommodate them, or we will inform you if the local area can't.

Airport Transfer

There is an airport transfer available to your first nights accommodation, if you stay in Accra for the first night. If not, you will have to organise your transfer to Axim, which is a short flight away (approx £50), or a 4 and a half hour bus away (only about £10). Our team can talk you through the best options and how to go about booking them.

Work Clothing

Important to bring clothing that covers at least knees and shoulders, if required out of respect of local custom. However, most of the time, your standard shorts and t-shirts will be fine.

Documentation - What do I need?

There are certain pieces of documentation that RGV require during the application process, to ensure you're a suitable applicant to work at one of our projects. They are:

  • Copy of Passport - A pretty standard request for all volunteer companies!
  • Letter of Motivation - This is a one page letter stating why you want to do the programme. The people that use these projects need it's support, so it's super important we send committed and determined volunteers, who really want to make an impact.
  • CV - This just gives us a bit of a better understanding of your background and your past work roles, as again, this is a work placement and not a vacation!
  • Criminal Background Check - With nearly all of our projects, you'll interact with either children or wildlife, so an up-to-date (within 3 months of departure) clean, criminal background check is required. We suggest ICPC, as it is internationally recognised.
  • Travel Insurance - Travel insurance tends to be mandatory for most visas, and we also require it to ensure that you are completely covered in case of emergencies.
  • Flight Itinerary - We need to know when you arrive! By having this, we can keep up to date with where you're at. If you need help with flights, we will happily point you in the right direction.

What's Included

Pre-Departure Prep & In-Country Orientation

Before you even depart, our friendly UK team will take you through every step of the process, from answering your questions about the programme, through to adivsing you where to go for your visa. We are here to help you and to ensure that you feel totally comfortable (and prepared!) before departing.

For your RGV project work in Axim, you’ll 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!

Accommodation & Meals

Here in Axim, your accommodation will be in the "Volunteer & Staff Village" together with other volunteers. The Village consists of bungalows located on one of the most beautiful beaches on the west coast of Ghana. In addition, the village is located near the mysterious Mangrove River, Ankobra, which makes for a good spot of sightseeing!

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

Your breakfast and dinner are included in the programme and are prepared fresh for you on site, and you'll really get to know the local delicacies and cuisines (please inform us ahead of booking if you have any dietary requirements). 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 picturesque gardens.

Meet The RGV Axim, Ghana 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! They'll also be able to give you local tips on where you should go on your days off, the major tourist attractions in the area and must-do activities before you leave

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

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.

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
  • Travel Insurance
  • Private Expenses
  • Criminal Background Check

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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!

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