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We want you to feel at home in Ghana, and the Future Leaders Underprivileged Children’s Centre is the perfect environment to relax, make friends and experience local culture.

Our clean and comfortable volunteer accommodation for up to 12 volunteers is above our founder Billa’s home and next to the teaching classrooms. You will stay in large four-bed dorms, with your own cupboard and locked drawer, and a shared toilet and bathroom. Volunteers have their own spacious common room, with internet access, book shelf and lots of teaching resources for lesson planning. There is a great view from our balcony, where volunteers can sunbathe, read and enjoy weekly BBQ’s. Our Ghanaian cook Bernard will look after you well, preparing a menu of both Ghanaian and Western food (you can view an example week's menu here). But don’t forget, this is Ghana, so there is no running water and frequent power cuts.

The UCC is home to a big family; Billa, his wife Phyllis, Bernard (our cook), Martha and Princilla who are training at the salon, Abeku and the fostered children Asana, Akua and Abu (Billas nephew), who will all welcome you into their home and make you a part of the family during your stay. It’s a great chance to experience some Ghanaian culture – learn how to make jollof rice with Bernard or go to hear him singing in the local church, pound fufu (a traditional Ghanaian dish) with Martha, play ampe with Akua or oware with Phyllis.

The UCC is situated a short distance from central Accra, with public transport passing just outside the door to take you right in to the centre for less than 30 pesewas. Beaches, pools, galleries, markets, bars, live music venues and restaurants are all close enough to keep you busy in the afternoons and evenings. Free weekends give you the chance to visit tourist attractions further afield; these are some of our volunteers’ favourites:

  • Cape Coast – tour around Cape Coast slave fort, chill out at Oasis beach resort, pet the monkeys at Doolittle’s Animal Sanctuary and stroke a crocodile at Hans Cottage before going to sleep in Kankum National Forest and walk the rope-bridge through the trees at dawn.
  • Wli Falls – walk through the lush Volta region to see and swim at the beautiful Wli Falls, visit the Tafi Atome monkey sanctuary and then relax and enjoy live reggae and delicious vegan food at Roots hostel.
  • Green Turtle Resort or Ada Foa – spend a few days doing nothing on a stunning beach. White sands, blue seas and palm trees, what more could you ask for?

Or you could just go over the road to Champions Bar and watch the football with Steve, Albert, Charles and 80 frantic football supporters – an experience not to miss!

Why wait? Apply today!

 

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