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About Ghana

Known as the ‘Gateway to Africa’, Ghana’s friendly people will welcome you to their country, whether it’s your first time in Africa or not.

Located on the coast of West Africa, Ghana is a safe, progressive and interesting country to visit. Its natural attractions include remote sandy beaches and lush rainforests.

We work with several Deaf schools in Akuapem Hills, just north of the lively capital city, Accra. You will see lovely rolling hills dotted with small towns and villages and get to experience traditional Ghanaian life.

There’s plenty to do during your free time. You’ll visit Africa’s largest bead market, test your rhythm with some traditional drumming and walk to an impressive waterfall.

You’ll also learn to make Ghana’s best known dish, fufu, which you’ll either love or hate!

At the weekend we’ll take a road trip along the coast to explore the beachside town of Cape Coast, where we’ll visit the slave fort, head to the nearby Kakum National Park to experience the rainforest from a high canopy walkway, before heading back to the beach to kick back and relax.

Next trip:

  • Sunday 18 October to Saturday 31 October 2020 (subject to international travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic)

Contact us now for information or go ahead and book your place.

Accra, Ghana

2 week Group Trip

Experience one of Africa's friendliest countries during a Deaf volunteering trip to Ghana with VoluntEars

 Trip Highlights

  • Volunteer in West Africa’s friendliest destination!
  • Learn some Ghanaian sign language
  • Help in local Deaf schools
  • Relax on sandy beaches
  • Hike to Boti Waterfall
  • Try your hand at cooking local food
  • Experience the jungle from high in the rainforest canopy
Ghanaian Deaf students signing to each other at school

Daily work & activities

  • You will help at one of our partner Deaf schools in the Akuapem Hills.
  • Mornings (around half your time) will be spent doing practical hands-on renovation work at the local Deaf school. For example, painting a mural, refurbishing a classroom, or improving the outdoor areas like playgrounds.
  • Afternoons are spent doing cultural and social activities such as fun educational games with local D/deaf students, learning to cook some traditional dishes and doing a Ghanaian sign language class, as well as visiting local markets and hiking to an impressive waterfall.

What’s Included

Accommodation

Either in a private rented house or local hotel with the rest of our group, VoluntEars staff and our Communicator.

There is plenty of space to relax during your time off, the neighborhood is quiet and safe and there is normally wifi.

Food

3 meals a day.

Food is either served at our accommodation or in local restaurants. 

We make sure you get to try a variety of tasty local dishes. We know all the places you will eat so we know the food is safe and good quality. 

Tell us if you have any dietary requirements. 

BSL Communicator on every trip

Trip leader from our UK office

Airport transfers on arrival and departure

All local transport; not flights

We have a private air-conditioned mini-bus for the whole trip. 

Our friendly VoluntEars staff will be waiting to collect you on arrival and they’ll accompany you on all journeys in Ghana. 

Ghanaian sign language class

Learn some Ghanaian sign language from a local teacher. 

It’s great fun and it helps communication with the local deaf students during your trip. 

Cooking class

Learn how to make local dishes like fufu, red red, and jolof rice. We hope you like it because it’ll be dinner!

African drumming

Drumming and music is a huge part of African culture so why not test your rhythm on a traditional African drum in our fun drumming class. You can pass on this if you’re not interested!

Bead market

Visit one of Africa’s biggest bead markets! We know this sounds a bit unusual but it really is quite impressive and probably something you’ll never see anywhere else. 

Boti waterfall

Boti waterfall is a great place to get away from it all. A gentle walk leads to a lovely scenic place where you can watch the water tumbling down into a pool.

Weekend trips

Visit Kakum National Park and look for monkeys and beautiful birds from a canopy walkway high up in the trees.

We think it’s good to understand some of the history of your destination so we’ll visit the slave fort in Cape Coast and afterwards you’ll have the evening to relax on the beach where you’ll often see beautiful sunsets.

Comprehensive orientation in Ghana

Pre-trip meeting in Sussex, UK

Meet other volunteers and our staff before your trip.

If you can’t attend the meeting we will email all the information to you and can arrange a video call to explain everything in sign language and answer your questions.

Certificate of completion

References

A volunteer and local teachers at one of our partner Deaf schools in Ghana

Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday

Arrive in Ghana!

We will meet you at the airport in Accra and drive to our accommodation about two hours away in the Akuapem Hills. You can unpack, get to know your fellow volunteers and relax. We’ll run an orientation session this evening about what to expect over the next 2 weeks.

Day 2 - Monday

Our first day at school!

After breakfast we’ll head to the school and meet the Head Teacher who will show us around. You’ll be able to see the differences between Deaf education at home and in Ghana. Then we’ll start our renovation work. We normally refurbish a school classroom, or outside areas of the school. Our staff will show you exactly what to do and no previous experience is required.

After lunch we’ll visit a local bead market. Get ready to learn the art of haggling!

Day 3 - Tuesday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

This afternoon we’ll learn some local sign language in a Ghanaian Sign Language class run by a local teacher.

Day 4 - Wednesday

This morning you will visit Boti Falls, one of the area’s most impressive waterfalls.

Renovation work at the school in the afternoon.

Day 5 - Thursday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

This afternoon we’ll visit a local food market to buy the ingredients for fufu, a traditional dish, before learning how to make it. Be warned, it’s a bit like Marmite, you’ll love it or hate it! Then you can relax at home.

Day 6 - Friday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

Educational games and fun activities with the local Ghanaian D/deaf students in the afternoon.

Day 7 - Saturday

Early in the morning we’ll leave the tranquillity of the Akuapem Hills and head for the coast. We’ll stop on route for a local breakfast, and there will be plenty to see from our minibus, as we travel through the capital Accra and along the coast.

After arriving in Cape Coast, we’ll explore the town on foot, including the beach with its colourful fishing boats and the slave fort at Cape Coast Castle.

Day 8 - Sunday

Time to relax!

After a late breakfast, we will head to one of the local beaches for a relaxing afternoon.

Day 9 - Monday

An early start to visit Kakum National Park and test your head for heights on the canopy walkway through the jungle.

After an early lunch at a nearby restaurant famous for its crocodile-filled lake we will drive back to the hills, arriving late afternoon.

Day 10 - Tuesday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

Educational games and fun activities with the local Ghanaian D/deaf students in the afternoon.

Day 11 - Wednesday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

Try your hand at African drumming and dancing in our masterclass in the afternoon! (Only dance if you want to!)

Day 12 - Thursday

Finish the renovation work at school and present it to the school teachers and students. We hope they like it!

Day 13 - Friday

There will be a variety of things on your last day which can include an optional visit to Accra for souvenir shopping, before our farewell dinner together on your last night.

Day 14 - Saturday

Time for one last breakfast all together before packing up and heading to the airport.

We’ll drive you back to the airport and make sure you start your journey home safely. It’s been a busy 2 weeks and you won’t want to leave but you’ve got a long flight back to think about all the amazing things you did!

Deaf volunteering in Ghana with VoluntEars

Dates & Prices

2020

  • Sunday 18 October to Saturday 31 October (subject to international travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic)

2021

  • Sunday 17 October to Saturday 30 October

Price: £1,395  /  USD $1,895

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Don’t forget our Teaching Add-on

What is it?

VoluntEars Teaching Add-ons enable you to gain classroom-based teaching experience in a local Deaf school after completing a 2 Week Group Trip.

You will work alongside local English-speaking teachers in one of our partner Deaf schools, assisting in classes, helping with vocational training and getting involved with sports.

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Next Steps

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"I had the opportunity to help fellow D/deaf people"

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