Volunteer in Ghana and contribute to the sustainable development of the local community. Alongside our community leaders, you will work towards their long-term goals while experiencing life the Gahanna way.
This two-week immersive experience focuses on education, sports, health, wellbeing and character development and will cover a variety of amazing task that include:
> Teaching and Educating. Working within local schools, you will help children aged between 4 and 15 by assisting staff in the classroom and work one on one with students who are struggling, need extra help or looking for a challenge directly.
> Coach football to disadvantaged students from Tuesday – Friday.
> Provide basic healthcare in rural areas.
With a passionate, dedicated and experienced team, you’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in the Ghanaian culture, make a positive and lasting impact, change lives, develop relationships with communities, build friendships and use your skills to inspire others.
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE -You can be sure that with our booking flexibility and complete financial security, you are in safe hands if you need to change your plans due to international restrictions.
REFUND GUARANTEE - We will refund you if we have to cancel the trip for any COVID-19 related issues.
30 DAY NO-FEE FLEXIBILITY - Transfer your trip date free of charge up to 30 days before departure.
COMPLETE FINANCIAL PROTECTION -Your trip is protected though our PTS & ATOL membership.
Teaching: Through our education project we can ensure bright futures and better opportunities for children in Ghana. As a teaching volunteer, you will work in local schools in basic education with children aged between 4 and 15 assisting local staff in the classroom or working one on one with students who are struggling, need extra help or looking for a challenge. We work with a number of schools in our community including government schools and schools for underprivileged children. As a volunteer, you will help us to ensure that every child gets a rewarding and positive classroom experience and gets the opportunity to get the best education that we can give them. Regardless of teaching experience, we have rewarding hands-on opportunities for everyone that can make a real impact on the communities that we are working with.
Coaching Football: The “Street 2 School Soccer Programme” is a community sports development initiative that aims to use the power of sport to encourage young people to invest in themselves, their education and the sport they love. The goal through this project is to allow as many children as possible to gain proper access to education, sports, character development and create pathways for every individual (through sporting excellence, education or vocational training) to end the cycle of poverty and “Brighten the future of the next generation”. Focusing on education, health and wellbeing and character development, the "street 2 school" initiative offers training sessions for all children who have attended a school that day between Tuesday-Friday and organise community run matches over the weekends. S2S also provides all players with boots to train in, kits to wear, health insurance, family support for those who need it, educational scholarships so we can ensure every child is going to school and support from our amazing team of coaches.
Many of the children we are working with cannot afford basic materials needed to attend school or to play the sport they love; but with the help of ‘S2S’ we are able to provide these things to ensure every participant is fully immersed in the programme. By working closely with our community we have created a programme that is supported by parents who now encourage their children to come to training, learn, and play sports in a safe and developmental environment. The programme started with 30 children in one age group and there are now over 100 girls and boys that come to training daily. 90% of participants are registered in formal education and 99% of programme participants get extra-curricular education with us at ‘S2S’.
Through the “Street to School Soccer Programme” we are using sport to tackle issues in our community including gender equality, period poverty, teenage pregnancies, school drop outs and substance abuse. By introducing Sexual and Reproductive health and Mental health education into our programme we can end prejudices and the stigma surrounding these areas and give young people the support they need to “Brighten their future”
What about social life?: There are a lot of things to do when it comes to social life in Ghana. Your project is your priority and can take anywhere between 2 and 5 hours however we have also made provision for you to relax and enjoy this vibrant country. In-country staff will organise regular social activities/events for you which will be listed on the weekly schedule in the volunteer house. Activities include visiting markets, museums, t-shirt making, bike tours, dance or language lessons, sports, beaches, pool and nights out.
> Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
> Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
> Passport (required) (With photocopies)
> Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
> Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
The official unit of currency in Ghana is the Cedi (GHC) and it can only be attained in the country. There are limited opportunities to access banks and ATMs are only available in cities only. We recommend bringing cash in either £ (GBP) or $ (USD) that can be changed during your orientation. Alternatively, you can bring a currency card or your debit card as there are ATM’s close to the volunteer house – if you choose to do this please make sure you alert the bank of your travel plans so your card does not get blocked.
Ghana uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
The official language of Ghana is English.
1. WIFI: Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in Ghana as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.
2. YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATE: It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country visited. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.
Your health and wellbeing are of great importance to us during your trip.
You must speak to a medical professional/doctor who specialises in travel medicine before you depart. Advice on your current level of fitness, pre-existing medical conditions is important. You will also need to discuss where you will be travelling to and undertake an appropriate immunisation programme and other medical requirements. Preventative measures as advised by your doctor are very important, such as applying DEET mosquito repellent from dusk to dawn as well. We also recommend that you carry a small personal medical kit.
Malaria tables may be needed during this trip, therefore, we suggest you consult your GP on which Malaria tablets to take. Risk of malaria can increase during periods of heavy rain, during the rainy seasons, and in densely populated areas of Africa. To prevent malaria, we recommend speaking to your doctor about taking preventative medication (prophylaxis), combined with regular use of insect repellent spray/cream. Please check updated travel health advisories specific to malaria before your departure.
While we intend to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, therefore, on occasions, there may be some alternations. While we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel, we are sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after the commencement of your trip. In this event, your Tour guides have full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.
We ask you to please bringing your own reusable water bottle to refill along the way.
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact GoKo Travels or your Tour leader on the numbers provided in the contact selection of this document (bottom).
If you are unable to get in touch with us via the details given on our website, please refer to our emergency contact details.
You do not need to pre-booked an airport transfer, as your tour leader will collect you from outside the airport and will take you to your accommodation.
Passports and Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity) and entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
Your "Tourist Visa" application must be done online – via the Ghana high commission.
The visa fee is different for every nationality, so please check this with your agent or closest embassy.
** Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.
GoKo Travels doesn't currently have the facilities to book your external/international flights. Therefore, you will have to prearrange your own flights to the required destination. We are always looking to improve our services, therefore, are planning to implement this solution as soon as possible.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Tour leader/ local representative, who will take note of your insurance details and emergency contact number. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability of luggage, cancellation, curtailment and loss and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. Some prefer to spend all their money on alcohol, while others prefer souvenirs. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also, make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier.
The local currency in Ghana is the Cedi (GHC). For the latest exchange rate refer to https://www.xe.com
There are limited opportunities to access banks during parts of the trip. Although you will not need large amounts of cash, we highly recommend you withdraw what you need upon arrival at Accra Kotoka International Airport (ACC).
Credit cards are generally accepted in tourist shops and some restaurants across Ghana. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only. Foreign currency is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.
With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries.
We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra GBP£300 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved.
All accommodation is included in the price of this trip
The house is located in a very quiet and very safe area, the house itself is comprised of shared single-sex rooms with a large communal living area and a large compound. You will be sharing the house with other volunteers doing a wide range of different projects that we offer. Volunteer coordinators stay in the house to ensure volunteers have 24/7 access to information and help if necessary. Meals will be freshly prepared and cooked every day by our in house chef.
3 meals per day made by private in house chef.
Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking. If you do not inform us before departure date, it may be impossible to source special dietary requests.
You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements beforehand.
The below dietary can be easily catered for:
Dairy-Free (soy available )
Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.
You will need to purchase any alcohol and other drinks separately unless otherwise highlighted in the itinerary.
ALL Transport is included.
Upon arrival in Ghana you will be met at the airport by one of our volunteer coordinators, please lookout for a sign with your name on. When you alight the plane please make sure you have your passport and yellow fever certificate to hand as these will be checked first in the airport, there are often long queues for immigration and waiting for your baggage to come through – please don’t worry about taking a long time, our coordinators know the process very well and are happy to wait for as long as it takes. Please do not accept any help with your luggage from anyone inside or outside the airport from anyone other than our volunteer coordinators!
As you may well know, adventures always carry an element of danger. Our GoKo trips are not just package holidays, they are immersive experiences that go off the beaten path and push can you beyond your comfort zone. That’s what makes them awesome, and that’s why we take safety very seriously.
Different countries have their own infrastructures, laws, regulations, transport systems, cultures, political situations, climates and ecosystems so the nature of an adventure means it carries genuine risks. With this in mind, we are dedicated to ensuring all reasonable precautions are made to provide trips that are safe.
We closely monitor all the countries we travel to, keeping in regular contact with our operators and suppliers for their local knowledge and expertise.
If you have any concerns about travelling to a particular country, most governments provide their own travel advice. Here are some useful links regarding foreign travel: UK citizens; US citizens; Canadian citizens; Australian citizens; New Zealand citizens. If you are not from one of the following countries, please visit your official government advice page.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling.
Water-based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities, have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our guides to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by a guide(s).
All GoKo travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our tour leader / local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, GoKo Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. Information should be gathered round necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure.
For legal reasons, our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group guides or local representatives straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/ local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
If for whatever reasons, you wish to contact GoKo directly regarding changes to your scheduled trip or make a complaint while you are already on your trip, or need to contact us in cases of an emergency, please use the following details below:
Emergency Contact Number: +44 7305027666