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What kind of visa do I need to volunteer?


You will need a special voluntary visa which covers you volunteering for the duration of your stay. Please check with the Ghanaian commission in your country for the details and cost of your visa.

You cannot get a visa on arrival in Ghana and must apply in advance in your home country. We recommend that you apply for your visa at least 6 weeks before your departure

Can I use my debit card in Ghana?

Yes, you can use a debit card to withdraw money in Ghana. The majority of ATM’s only take VISA debit cards, but Barclays and Stanbic Bank also accept Cirrus network cards (Switch/Maestro and Mastercard). The nearest ATM to Camp 2 is in Nungua, about 10 minutes away by taxi.

Can I change money in Ghana?


Yes, you can change money in Ghana. There are many Forex exchange centres which will change pounds, dollars and euros. The nearest Forex to Camp 2 is at Lascala, about 5 minutes away by taxi. Please get in contact with us to find out the current local Forex exchange rates or to see if your currency can be easily exchanged.

Can I bring any resources for the school? Yes! We welcome donations from volunteers, as many resources for the classroom and sports projects cannot be easily purchased in Ghana, or are very expensive. Airlines usually allow two pieces of luggage weighing at least 20kg each, so volunteers usually find they have space to bring things for the centre. Please visit our Wishlist here to see what kind of things you could bring to help us.

Do I need to bring a mosquito net?

 

Yes, we do not provide mosquito nets for volunteers so you will need to bring your own.

What kind of power plugs are used in Ghana?

 

Ghana uses three-point power plugs, the same as the UK. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Ghana usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC

Will there be a real toilet?

 

Yes, there is a ‘proper’ toilet for volunteers to use, although there is no running water so it is bucket flush. There is no shower so you will learn how to wash using a bucket and pail.

What kind of clothes should I wear?

 

Ghana is hot, with temperatures usually around 30C and dropping very little at night. That means that most volunteers wear thin t-shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses and flip flops. It is respectful to make sure that shorts, skirts and dresses are not too high above the knee and your midriff is covered. You won’t need to bring a jacket. During teaching please dress smartly and appropriately no spaghetti straps and short shorts; you are a role model for the children.

What kind of food will I eat?

 

Our cook Bernard prepares a mix of Western and Ghanaian dishes. If volunteers have any suggestions to the menu then we can always add them in, and we welcome volunteers who wish to get involved in the kitchen. To get an idea of what you will be eating please have a look at an example week’s menu here. We can cater for food allergies and vegetarians.

I am a parent. Can I bring my children?

Yes, providing they are supervised at all times by a parent /guardian. One of our dormitories can be provided as a family room depending on availability. We will provide cheaper rates for children under 18 accompanied by an adult.

Can children under 18 volunteer?

 

Yes, providing they come with a responsible adult and written consent from their legal guardian.

What happens if I get sick?

In the event that you fall ill during the week then we will accompany you to a local hospital. Our nearest hospitals are Lekma hospital and Family Health hospital, both within a 10 minute taxi ride. There are also a number of private hospitals that we can take you to. If you fall ill while you are travelling on weekends we will advise you via phone of what to do and endeavour to meet you or organise for your return to the centre. We can also liaise with your insurance company until you are able to do so.

What vaccinations do I need to come to Ghana?

 

You will need a Yellow Fever vaccination and certificate to enter Ghana. Please check with your travel nurse for up to date details of other vaccinations needed. You will also need malaria prophylaxis for the duration of your stay.

Where can I travel in Ghana?

On weekends our volunteers usually travel to local tourist destinations like Kakum National Park, Cape Coast, Wli Falls and Kokrobite beach. If you want to explore further afield it is a good idea to plan for extra time to travel after you have volunteered. In two weeks you can visit most of the popular tourist sites including Mole National Park and the beautiful beaches on the west coast. Please note that Ghana does not have the same safari experience that you can find in East Africa. At Mole National Park (which is 20 hours from Accra by bus) you can expect to see elephants, baboons and antelope but lions, zebras, giraffes and rhinos are not found in the park.

We recommend that you do some research about travelling in Ghana before you come. The Bradt Guide to Ghana travel book is a useful resource for this.

Can I come alone or do I need to bring a friend?

About half of our volunteers come by themselves, but find travel buddies at the centre. However your friends are also welcome to apply and we can let you know if we will have room for them to stay at the same time as you.

How many volunteers will be at the centre whilst I am there? We have space for up to 12 volunteers in our accommodation. The number of volunteers at the centre varies throughout the year, with numbers being highest between May and September. Volunteer companies also send volunteers who teach at the centre in the mornings but do not live here. Please email us if you want an indication of how many volunteers will be here during your proposed dates of stay. We may be able to put you in contact with other volunteers who will be here at the same time as you? Our staff Brendan, Kirstie and Laura also live at the centre and will keep you in good company.

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