Street Children Project in Ghana

Volunteer in Ghana and make an impact on the lives of local children

Volunteer with children in Ghana, and contribute to the warm and friendly environment that they get at our Street Children project in the capital of Ghana, Accra. You'll be an energetic, playful person, who's love of kids will shine through whilst on programme, working tasks such as play-time, feeding and education. The kids who come to this project are those that really need it and your valuable input can leave a lasting impression on their growth and development.

All Accommodation Included (Host Family or Shared Volunteer House)
Full Volunteer Placement of 4+ Weeks
Every Breakfast & Dinner Included
Airport Pickup & Transfer
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 Goal

RGV launched this project, with Youth New Foundation, because, in the wider area of Accra, there are numerous families living below the poverty line. Children who grow up here have little contact during the day and are left to take care of themselves. Our goal is to help these children and create conditions that will open up opportunities for them in the future. We provide the children with solid structures and a way for them to receive schooling regularly.

Volunteers play an important part in this project, as it is a super hands on role, and you'll be directly contributing to the growth and development of the children, at such an important and influential age.

The Workplace

Our street children project takes place predominantly outdoors in the garden of our host mother, Mama Mina. Her garden acts as a playground, a place for the little ones to rest, and a school for the older children. The children can play, learn, enjoy a meal and have access to proper sanitary facilities; all things they may not have at home. The garden has a summer hut with a shady canopy in case of bad weather or hot sun.

You’ll be committed to support children who often have difficult family relationships. Our full- time supervisor and volunteers provide support and security to these children, typically aged between six months and twelve years old. The project is funded by RGV and donations, and receives no state funding, so sending volunteers over to help is vital to the success of the centre!

Skills Required
  • Energetic
  • Friendly
  • Outgoing
  • Adaptable
  • Good with Kids
  • Patient
Types of Task
  • Helping with Food
  • Organising Games & Play Time
  • Skill Development
  • Monitoring and babysitting
  • Assisting existing 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

You must be an energetic and friendly person, who has a real passion for working with children. A background or education in working with children is beneficial, but not essential.

Location

The centre is located in the capital of Ghana, Accra, at the home of Mama Mina (one of the original founders of RGV Ghana, back when it very first started).

Duration & Availability

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 Accra, the choice of accommodation is up to you, depending on what you want to get our the experience. Your options are: A Host Family or Shared Volunteer House (you are welcome to select your preferred choice of accommodation, subject to availability). A host family really gets you to experience 'the real Ghana', where you'll be interacting with your Ghanaian host family on a daily basis and joining them for family meals. The Shared Volunteer House brings the volunteers together to live under one roof, where you can meet other people at the projects. There are multiple bedrooms and the home comforts you'd expect, including electricity, wifi, showers and more.

Meals

You'll certainly fully fed during your stay at either a host family or the shared volunteer house! 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

As part of the programme, there is an airport transfer to first nights accommodation included. So you'll have one of the friendly RGV Ghana team there to welcome you at the airport!

Work Clothing

Important to bring some clothing that covers knees and arms, which is at times expected in certain areas due to local culture and customs. However, most of the time, you'll be completely fine with shorts and t-shirts.

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.

When arriving in Accra, you will be picked up directly at the airport by one of our RGV team members. We bring you to your accommodation, where you’ve got time to look around and settle in. Your onward journey to the final project location is done according to the introduction arrangements.

Before your project starts in Ghana, our team will prepare you for your work. During the RGV introduction, you will mostly be accommodated in the RGV shared volunteer house. The introduction usually takes place over two mornings. You will receive information about your future tasks and activities in the project, and the customs of your host country, so that you can settle in well. The activities and topics covered include things to do in your spare time, a tour of the area, tips on withdrawing money, where you can buy a Ghanaian SIM card, the history and culture of Ghana as well as the rules of conduct.

Accommodation & Meals

Living with a RGV host family, you will allow you to dive deeper into the Ghanaian culture. Living with a host family will allow you to learn more about the traditions of the locals, to exchange ideas and also learn a bit of the regional language, Twi! All our host families have running water and electricity.

There is also our shared volunteer houses. Here, you live in the house together with other volunteers and our team leader William. In addition to six bedrooms, the volunteers have three bathrooms and a fully equipped communal kitchen (where your breakfast and dinner will be prepared and ready each day!) There is also a large living room with satellite TV and our on-site cook keeping you fed.

It has a spacious veranda where you can play table tennis, listen to music, read and relax. William always organises small social events for the residents too. There is a lot to discover around the volunteer house, as it is close to the beautiful Coco Beach. In addition, after work you can take a relaxed stroll in a shopping mall not far away.

Meet the RGV Ghana Team

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Our team in Ghana has been welcoming RGV Volunteers since 1999. William is the leader of the RGV team in Accra and will accompany you at your voluntary work in Ghana. He is supported by our host mother Mama Mina and other helping hands from the area. Mama Mina was the driving force in setting up the location in Ghana with RGV.

At the beginning of 2016, she handed over the leadership to her nephew William. William is your local contact and is always available for a chat.

Mina continues to be the good soul of all our projects in Ghana and is dedicated to our Street Children Project.

Our Rainbow Family in Ghana welcomes you!

Cost

Total Cost: £999 (4 weeks)

Additional Weeks Cost: £125 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.

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 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

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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!

"Volunteering in Childcare in Accra"

Lina F.
Read through Lina's report of her time in Ghana working on the Street Children project, and how you can make a difference by doing the same.

"My Time with the Kids in Accra"

Kim S.
Kim spent time working with the kids in Accra, and wrote her report about her day to day in Ghana and why it was a fantastic experience for her,

"My Wonderful Memories and Experiences in Ghana"

Alina, E.
Alina had 'the best time of her life' whilst working on the project, so read through her review and why it had such an impact on her.

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Street Children Project in Ghana
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