Children in a school in Ghana

Childcare & Community Work in Ghana for Volunteers aged over 50

Travel to West Africa with a group your age and work together to support early childhood development and do renovation work

At a glance

  • Support local teachers and caregivers by focusing on early childhood development at a rural school.
  • You’ll also improve their learning environments by doing something practical like painting classrooms or planting a vegetable garden.
  • Your group will become part of our ongoing efforts to help children in Ghana by planning and running fun, educational activities and games.
  • This project is specifically for volunteers aged 50+

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates throughout the year

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks

Requirements: 

Anyone aged 50 or over can join


Is community volunteering in Ghana for older volunteers right for me?

If you’re looking to give back through your travels and are eager to explore Ghana, this is the ideal project for you. You’ll get to experience life in a different country while supporting a local disadvantaged community.

You’ll be part of a group of volunteers from around the world, all of whom are aged 50+.  You’ll be able to meet new people, share stories, and experience this incredible country together.

You’ll get the chance to work directly with children, and focus on teaching them the skills every young child needs to learn. You’ll also work on making their environment more stimulating. You don’t need to have any specific qualifications or experience to take part. You’ll assist local staff and Projects Abroad staff will be there to guide you.

This Grown-up Special project runs over fixed dates during the year and has a set itinerary. Once you arrive in Ghana, everything will have been organised for you. This includes cultural and social activities for you to enjoy, along with a weekend trip. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be with you.

A woman plays with a child in Ghana

Your work will be divided into five main areas:

Promote early childhood development

Your main role will be to support the work of local teachers and caregivers by focusing on early childhood development.  Through games and educational activities, you’ll help with their physical, social, and cognitive development. The skills they learn, like improving hand-eye coordination, will help them cope with the demands of formal schooling.

Help improve literacy and numeracy

You will also work towards improving the childrens’ literacy and numeracy. Reading, writing, and counting are essential skills that everyone needs in life. By focusing on these skills at a young age, we can give children a head start for when they start school.

Encourage children to practice good hygiene everyday

You will also focus on encouraging children to practice good basic hygiene. Poor hygiene is the cause of many illnesses and diseases. By getting children to practice good hygiene everyday, we can reduce the rate of infection and improve the overall health of the community.

Community work

In Ghana, you’ll help with gardening or light renovation work such as painting or decorating. Feel free to voice your creativity and share your own practical, low-cost ideas for renovation work. Assisting in this way will mean the local community will benefit from your contribution even once you’ve left.

By doing this kind of work as a group, you’ll be able to accomplish a great deal in the short time you’re in Ghana.

Explore Ghana with a group of people your age

In Ghana, you’ll get to explore and experience life in West Africa accompanied by a group or people your own age. When you’re not working, you’ll have plenty of social and cultural events and activities to keep you busy. You’ll also have constant support and guidance, as Projects Abroad staff will accompany you throughout your stay. We’ll also take you on a trip over the weekend.


Where in Ghana will I be working?

Akuapem Hills

Your group will be based in the Akuapem Hills, where you’ll work in the local community and at a rural school. Most rural schools in Ghana have limited funding, so they are under-resourced and, at times, under-staffed.

The Akuapem Hills is a beautiful place to spend time, with lush green surroundings and a warm and friendly local community.

Ghana is a safe country renowned for its kind and friendly people, making it an ideal country for those visiting Africa for the first time.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Ghana Arrival Procedures page.


What are the aims and impact of this project?

The primary aim of this project is bring a group of likeminded people together to improve early childhood development and education in Ghana.  

In Ghana, the schools and care centres in which we work have limited resources and staff. They need extra support to make sure that each child learns the skills they need to thrive as they grow older. Your group will become part of our ongoing efforts to help local teachers and caregivers do this. Each member of your team will be a welcome pair of helping hands. You’ll work together to improve early childhood development, literacy, and numeracy. 

Your group will also help improve the learning environment. You’ll do this by adding a fresh coat of paint to a classroom wall, or building a vegetable garden.

Our secondary aim is to encourage the exchange of cultures, knowledge, and skills between members of your group and local people.

Join our Childcare & Community Work Grown-up Special in Ghana, and be part of our efforts to support disadvantaged children and their communities.


Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.


Measuring our impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.


Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Ghana. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana and have a truly unique experience.

 

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

 

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

 

Find out more about our accommodation.


Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

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