Volunteering in an Orphanage in Ghana
In Ghana, factors like lack of sanitation and limited access to advanced healthcare mean life expectancy is much lower than in Western nations. More than a million children are orphaned by disease, financial struggle or abandonment at a young age, and many receive board, meals and an education at orphanages throughout the nation.
Join our orphanage project to work with children at small, private orphanages in Koforidua and make a difference in all areas of their lives.
Orphanage volunteers assist staff at three dedicated facilities in Koforidua, helping out with children with homework, planning fun activities and playing sports. You will encourage routine and teach in the on-site school, as well as inspire youngsters to learn through play, arts and crafts.
Download our information brochure to find out more about volunteering at an orphanage in Ghana.
- Program: Volunteer Ghana
- Location: Koforidua
- Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
- Language Requirement: Int. English
- Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
- Travel Insurance: Not included
- Suitable for Groups: Yes
- Region: Eastern Region
- Project Site: Orphanage School
- Minimum Age: 18
- Accommodation: Volunteer House
- Meals: 2 Meals Daily
- Start Dates: Every Other Friday
- Suitable for Families: Yes
Your role as a volunteer
As an orphanage volunteer in Ghana, you’ll support children orphaned by poverty, disease and abandonment. Working at small, private orphanages in Koforidua, volunteers help children with their daily schedules, organizing fun activities and teaching basic skills in the on-site school to aid development.
Tasks may include:
- Teaching English and other subjects
- Feeding, washing and playing with toddlers
- Helping in the kitchen and supervising mealtimes
- Assisting with homework
- Playing sports with the children
- Leading storytime, reading, arts and crafts
Orphanage volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday, between four and six hours per day. Your schedule may vary depending on where you’re based, the time of year and how many other volunteers are helping out at the same time.
During school holidays, staff will need extra help as the children will be at the orphanage home all day. Volunteers are encouraged to organize both fun and educational activities to keep the children busy during these long days.
Journey to work
The orphanage is around a 30-minute bus ride from the volunteer dormitory.
The orphanages are open year around.