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Volunteer Orphanage assistant Program (Africa - Ghana)


African orphanage volunteer helping to feed the children at lunch time. VIGS Ghana Volunteering

The program
The volunteer orphanage assistant would be helping to:

  • Maintain children in the orphanage by giving them the necessary care and attention as their mothers would have given them. This is achieved by feeding, bathing and ensuring general cleanliness of the children
  • Supervise day to day activities of the children in the orphanage i.e. sweeping, bathing, fetching of water
  • Keep the girl and boys dormitories clean, plan extra-curricular activities, physical education, music and culture, indoor and outdoor games, morning and evening studies, organize excursions and so on
  • Organize children for extra-curricular activities such as sports and games etc.
  • Organize children fro extra classes after school
  • Organize them cultural activities such as singing, dancing, drumming etc
  • Teach the children any subject that you will be interested in at the school
  • Teach handicrafts, art, music, playing with the children
  • Any other activities related to children

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The institutions
Several orphanages located in the Volta and Northern Regions of Ghana.

A volunteer carrying one of the orphanage children in her arms in an African village. VIGS Ghana
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The accommodations
You will be staying at the volunteers guest-houses. Some of the guest houses are within 20 minutes walk of the orphanage. The others are all within a 20-minute bus ride. Two volunteers of the same gender share one bedroom. Volunteers coming as a pair or couple can be placed together. All bedrooms have lockable doors. There are two beds in the volunteers' room; each with a mattress and in most cases a table and chair. It is advisable to bring along a mosquito net and a spare bed sheet. Many homes have a shower and flush toilet. In others you would have to manage with a bucket of water and a pit toilet - more likely in smaller towns and villages. Laundry is usually done with a couple of buckets.
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African orphanage volunteers' accommodation. VIGS Ghana Volunteering

The feeding
You will be served three meals daily. Breakfast is usually tea/ coffee/ oats or corn porridge and bread with jam/ butter/ egg omelet. Lunch could be plantain or rice or yam with vegetable stew or similar. Dinner could be rice, yam, pasta or plantain with vegetable sauce or stew or soup. For dessert you'd be served an orange or pineapple.
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Entertainment and sight-seeing

Weekends are free days. You may choose to travel out of town to see the many interesting sights and sounds in other parts of Ghana or hang out with your fellow volunteer(s) and/or locals in the neighbourhood. VIGS-GHANA frequently puts together sight-seeing trips: as a volunteer on one of our programs, you'll first be given the option to sign-on to our tours. The remaining slots will be offered to the general public
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VIGS-Ghana volunteer on the Kakum rainforest canopy walkway in Africa

Minimum qualification required of volunteers for the program
Applicants for this program must be able to communicate in simple English since English is the language of communication.
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Rough estimate of total cost involved

  • Flight to and from Ghana: US$800-1250 (Round-trip)
  • Ghana visa: US$50-150
  • Vaccinations: US$100-250
  • Miscellaneous personal items: US$300-900
  • Personal Spending money whilst in Ghana: US$200 upwards
  • VIGS-GHANA Program fee: starts from US$420

So, a rough estimate of the total cost for a two-week program duration (the minimum duration) would be about US$2,000 - 3,300. Check the equivalent in your currency.
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Next steps — after you have been accepted and given your Placement information

After you have been admitted to participate in the program, you would now have to execute the following:

Other relevant facts on the program

  • We will send you a document on how to fund-raise for your trip - after you confirm your intended participation.
  • We will meet and greet you at the Airport in Accra (ACC) on your arrival day
  • We can loan you a local mobile phone with IDD on your arrival into Ghana
  • The average work day is 3-8 hours for this program
  • Saturdays and Sundays are leisure days
  • We will give you a Certificate of Participation on successful completion of your volunteer work
  • You can contact VIGS-GHANA local staff on cell phones all the time — 24 hours a day — seven days a week
  • You can pay the program fee through any one of the following means:
    1. By Wire Transfer through your bankers.
    2. You can also pay it securely online through our highly-reputed payment processor using any of the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Switch, Solo, PayPal, US Check, Credit Card by Phone or fax with 16 toll-free international numbers.
    3. Through Western Union Money Transfer - using your debit or credit card securely online or by phone.
    4. Cash installments (or full payment) upon arrival into Ghana.

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Apply for volunteer orphanage assistant position

Reserve a place on this program now (valid for one year)

*Volunteering program
*Your Name (first name, last name)
*Country of Residence
*Primary Email (please cross-check)
Alternate Email
*Cell or Home Phone
Other Phone
Home Address
*Highest Educational Qualification
*Preferred washroom type
*Prefer to be paired with another volunteer?
International travel experience
*Do you have a medical condition?
If yes, please state
Any diet restrictions / food allergies? e.g.: vegetarian
*Intended start month
*Intended start year
*Intended duration
*Emergency contact (Name)
*Emergency contact (Phone)
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