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Volunteer In Ghana
BPDC offer volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals in Ghana. These give you the chance to contribute to one of BPDC’s valuable projects, whilst experiencing life as part of a community in Ghana.
Volunteering in another culture, in a different setting to your own country benefits you, the volunteer. You will be seen, not as a tourist, but as part of the community. Not only will you be experiencing a different culture in a close and personal way, but also you will be working with some amazing children appreciating every little help.
It’s easy to apply to volunteer with BPDC – just fill out the form below and we will contact you soon. Most questions that you may have will be answered on our FAQ page, but you can also contact us if you need further information.
If you are not able to travel to Ghana, you can still make an important contribution to BPDCs projects. We have several projects that can be participated in from anywhere in the world. You can help us in our fundraising efforts, sponsor a child, or donate.
At BPDC, we have a few key areas you can get involved in as a volunteer on-site in Ghana:
As part of our efforts to support schools in the Sekondi-Takoradi Municipality of Western Region and the Tarkwa Municipality of Ghana, BPDC engages volunteers to offset a shortfall of teachers in the local schools.
If you are interested in volunteering in the Education sector you could work as a teacher at one of our partner schools. Volunteer teachers are also employed to fill gaps in any specific subject areas that need support.
You will be able to teach any of the classes and any subject, thus it would be good if you could indicate your preference when applying so that you can be allocated to something that interests you most. You do not need to be a certified teacher to be able to volunteer on this project and will have no problem teaching if you have just finished secondary school.
As a volunteer teacher in Ghana, you will receive assistance from the local school teachers about lesson plans and teaching the curriculum. You will receive a Teaching Guide Book which gives you the advice to assist you in your daily work with the children. You will also receive a timetable displaying when each class and subject is taught throughout the week. Volunteers are asked to assist with lessons Monday to Friday (8:00 am -2:30 pm)
The children are all very excited and curious and want to find out more about the volunteer and their home country. By providing them with an overview of life at home you are expanding their world awareness. Also, volunteers reaffirm the value of education and motivate the students to concentrate on it.
The engagement of volunteers to arrive in Ghana to teach in our schools which continues to see an unprecedented shortfall in teacher to child ratio will help improve teaching and learning as volunteers who arrive continue to share best practices from their home countries.
Also, volunteers are a great assistance to the teachers that often have to teach the students for many different subjects and the entire day. They can also share their teaching ideas with the teachers and show them how schools are run elsewhere.
BPDC offers volunteer opportunities in local hospitals and clinics in Ghana. Depending on your level of knowledge, experience, and skill the work can range from observing doctors to offering basic assistance. Please note, without an appropriate license, you are restricted on what you can do in a hospital or clinic.
Access to basic healthcare is one of the most challenging issues that low-income populations face. Community-level intervention and health clinics offer services to local families at minimal or no cost. With the introduction of medical insurance in Ghana, attendance at these healthcare facilities has rocketed making additional support from volunteers indispensable.
If you are interested in volunteering in the Health sector you will be able to work at a local hospital, help with consultations and basic health services or help co-organize and run one of our local health-screening events. Volunteers can also help the centers by recording patient attendance, patient history, temperatures, performing patient examinations, providing prenatal care, assisting in deliveries, and educating patients and community groups on how to help prevent the diseases that most affect them.
If you have more experience in this area and perhaps even a medical qualification you could be working alongside the nurses and doctors and applying/teaching your skills. During your time you will be able to identify any problems you see in the health providers in the hospitals and you will be able to help tackle them with any solutions you may have.
Working on health projects offers a wonderful opportunity for our interns and volunteers to become familiar with the health challenges facing developing countries.
Working conditions are likely to be quite different from those you are accustomed to. Medical equipment is often basic and the quantity and variety of medicines can be very limited.
People applying to be health volunteers must be professionals in this field or students currently studying courses related to medicine, nursing, or public health.
If you are planning to study medicine and want to gain some field experience, you can also apply for this position, although you must demonstrate strong commitment and competence.
Services provided by the local hospitals and clinics include the following:
- General health consulting
- Child welfare clinic
- Surgical care
- Family planning
- Nutritional care
- Cervix care
- Community psychiatric clinic
- Anti-natal and post-natal care
- Dental clinic
On arrival in Ghana and after orientation by the Health Directorate, volunteers are dispersed to work in the communities within which their peculiar interest lies and where their skills are most needed.
BPDC is continuously working on other projects where volunteers can take lead or contribute alongside other volunteers or local BPDC members.
Here are some projects:
- Child Support & Sponsor Experience enhancement
- Orphanage and Child Care Project
- BPDC first Food Bank project
- BPDC Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation project
- BPDC Women & Girls Empowerment project
- BPDC Microfinance project
Program Fees & Details
- At least 18 years or older
- Good spoken and written English
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
- Strong support and advocate for NGOs
- Should be able to work independently and in teams
- Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity
Duration & Cost
- Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
- Cost: USD 350 (Additional week costs USD 130)
What's included ?
- Application Review and processing
- Pre-departure information
- Airport pick up
- Accommodation and evening meals during the volunteer placement period
- A local SIM Card
- Certificate of Recognition
- Utility bills (extra Electricity, Water, and Gas)
- Contribution towards our child sponsorship programs and communication costs with volunteers
- Continual assistance and contact from members of BPDC
- In-country 24/7 volunteer support from BPDC
- In-country administration costs
- Program marketing costs
- Travel costs to BPDC programs
What's NOT included ?
- Flight Tickets
- Travel insurance
- Vaccinations and immunizations (please speak to your local GP)
- Personal insurance (required)
- Personal expenses (Your pocket money)
- In-country travel
Notes & Recommendations
- Certificate of Recognition; Given to hardworking volunteers, as well as the opportunity to serve as BPDC ambassador in your city, college, or community. Before we issue it, you need to write a volunteer report covering the period of placement to qualify for the certificate.
- Personal Expenses; It depends on you and your lifestyle! But we advise that you come with an additional $50-$100 a week to cater for your personal needs such as; Lunch, Phone bill, Transportation, Snacks, Entertainment, Drinks and excursions if preferred, and any other things you may wish to buy.
- Mobile phone SIM card number on arrival, so that you can inform family and friends of your number in Ghana.
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