Street Children Project in Ghana

Make a difference to kids in Accra

Our street children project helps children and adolescents who have no access to education. As a volunteer you would support the existing local team to make an impact in the local community. This program allows children to learn important life skills as well as get to have fun and take part safely in different activities.

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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.

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!

Your Tasks

Your focus will be on caring for and supporting the wellbeing of the children. Many of them lack any kind of care of attention at home, and a safe space and friendly face is so important to their development. On a daily basis you may be teaching them English, helping to prepare their meals, teaching them the importance of hygiene (such as hand washing), playing games and feeding the babies. The older children pick up so many important social skills from our volunteers too. For the youngest children, ensuring they are looked after and cared for will be your most important task, and for the older children, it will be ensuring they have all the help they need with their schoolwork, teaching them about the world and encouraging creativity and free play.

The Hours

Although the children may arrive at the premises very early, activities don’t start until after breakfast, which is at around 8am. You’ll work from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 1pm, but if you wish to spend your afternoons organising further activities for the children then that is encouraged. For example, some volunteers run games afternoons, craft classes or English lessons on Fridays. There is no limit to your creativity and the children love seeing what new ideas their volunteers come up with! Each project site has different working hours, which will be discussed with you at the start of your program. In your free time and your days off you may wish to go on excursions, visit the local beaches or take a tour to the nearby national parks. Many volunteers like to organise group events so that you can all explore together.

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

From 18 years.

Requirements

Self-initiative, teamwork, enjoy educating and interacting with young children.

Language

English of a good level.

Location

Accra, 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

Please see our 'What you get' section for more information. Your options are: Host Family / Shared Volunteer House (you are welcome to select your preffered choice of accommodation, subject to availability).

Meals

Breakfast and dinner.

Airport Transfer

Airport transfer to first nights accommodation.

Work Clothing

Important to bring suitable and proper clothing.

Other

Please note holiday periods.

Donations such as pens, paper or writing pads are always needed, as well as care and hygiene items. For yourself, please bring disposable gloves and disinfectants.

What You Get

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.

A note about Housing & Accommodation...

Living with an RGV host family will really allow you to dive deeper into the Ghanaian culture. The Ghanaians are so warm and they will quickly integrate you as a new family member. If you are not at your volunteer work or internship, you can follow the daily routine of your family. Living with the host family will allow you to learn more about the traditions of the locals, to exchange ideas and maybe even learn a little bit of the language!

In Ghana, a blackout is nothing unusual. You should prepare for that and take it like the Ghanaians themselves; relaxed! Apart from that, all our host families have running water and electricity. Only very few host families have a washing machine, so the laundry needs to be washed by hand. For a small fee you can also leave your laundry for cleaning.

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
  • Beverages
  • Tours/Accommodation Outside of Stay
  • Travel Insurance
  • Private Expenses

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.

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

Trust us - The 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!

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.

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.

Street Children Project in Ghana
from £999 4 weeks

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