Part of the Experiential Learning model in Ghana for middle school students, is for volunteers to do light renovation and building work.

Service Learning in Ghana for Middle School Students

Travel to Ghana and take your first steps towards volunteering by doing service learning with a group aged 12-15

Join our service learning project in Ghana for middle school students aged 12-15 and travel to Africa with experienced Projects Abroad staff and a group your age. We’ll introduce you to volunteering, and we focus on experiential education. You’ll do service work in the local community, and spend time with younger children at a daycare centre.

Throughout your trip, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side during every activity. We’ll make sure you learn from everything you do, and we’ll teach you about the local culture and traditions. You’ll participate in a range of activities, from playing educational games to encouraging kids to practice good hygiene everyday.

You’ll live in Akuapem Hills, a quiet rural area in Ghana, and stay with a local host family. When you aren’t doing service work, we’ve organised plenty of fun, exciting activities for you to enjoy. This is also a great way to make friends with people your age from around the world! And Projects Abroad staff will be at your side constantly for supervision and guidance.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school holidays

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Akuapem Hills (Read More)


Host family Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 12-15 year olds

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is service learning in Ghana for middle school students right for me?

If you are interested in travelling to Africa and learning about service work by doing it, this trip is perfect for you. Our staff have designed it specifically to introduce middle school students aged 12-15 to travelling and volunteering. It combines travel, learning, and community service in one trip, under the constant supervision and guidance of experienced Projects Abroad staff. 

This is also an opportunity to start developing important personal skills, like teamwork and planning, and learning about the importance of helping others. You’ll also learn about a different country, and its traditions and culture, by actually being there. 

Our Middle School Special in Ghana runs over fixed dates during the year, for two weeks at a time. Everything is organised for you, and every activity is supervised. Projects Abroad staff will always be at your side, and you will also have the support of a welcoming host family. If you feel homesick, or fall ill, we will be there for you.

Part of the Experiential Learning model in Ghana for middle school students, is for volunteers to contribute to past volunteer work.

What will I do on a Service Learning Trip to Ghana for middle school students?

During your service learning project in Ghana, you’ll spend time with children at a daycare centre. You’ll also do light building and renovation work in the community. Here are some of the tasks and activities that you will do during your stay:

  • Help local staff look after young children at daycare centres
  • Participate in light building and renovation work in the community
  • Take part in a dance lesson, a cooking lesson, and other cultural activities
  • Explore nearby attractions and learn about Ghanaian culture
  • Make new friends from all over the world

Experiential learning work and activities in Ghana for middle school students can be divided into four main categories:

Help local staff look after young children at daycare centres

At daycare centres, you’ll spend time with young children, and support the work of local teachers and caregivers. You’ll do this through activities like:

  • Play fun, educational games
  • Play sports
  • Encourage children to wash their hands and brush their teeth
  • Talk to children about healthy eating

Through working with children, you’ll also get the opportunity to learn. Our staff will help you reflect on your experiences, work with you through any problems you encounter and talk about the results of your work. This will allow you to learn through doing and help you experience personal growth.

Participate in light building and renovation work in the community

In Ghana, we will also get you involved in practical service work in the community. You’ll do activities such as:

  • Building
  • Plastering
  • Painting
  • Gardening

Everything you do is supervised for safety, and we’ll make sure that you’re taught everything you need to know to participate.

Explore Ghana

One of our goals is also for you to have fun! We’ll make sure you enjoy your trip to Ghana, and do activities that give you the chance to explore. Over the weekend, we’ll take you to Cape Coast Castle and the Kakum Forest. You’ll be with your group for all of these activities, along with Projects Abroad staff.

Participate in cultural exchange

This trip is the perfect opportunity for a young student like you to start learning about cultural exchange. We’ll teach you about the culture and traditions through activities like a cooking class and traditional dance class. And you’ll experience the culture directly by living with a local host family. You will also get the chance to interact with people from other countries, as your group will come from around the world.

Where will I be working?

Akuapem Hills

You will live and work in Akokoa Village in Akuapem Hills, Ghana. This small and traditional village is located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, near the capital city Accra. Akokoa Village is a rural area home to lower-income families.

You will work at daycare centres within the Akokoa community. These organisations have limited funding and resources, meaning that the conditions will be different from what you are used to at home.

Ghana is renowned for its safety and warm and friendly people. If you have never visited Africa before, this is a great country to start with!


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 Experiential Learning project in Ghana for Middle School Students?

The aim of this project is to introduce 12-15 year old students like you to volunteering through a safe, fun, and educational experience. We focus on service learning and experiential education, and teach you about how you can help others.

We will take you to Akokoa Village, where you’ll live with the local community and you’ll learn by doing. You’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to support the people here, especially young children. 

Our staff will support and guide you throughout the project. By reflecting on your experiences, working with you through problems and talking about the results of your work, our staff will help you grow and develop as well. You’ll also learn about cultural exchange, and experience it by working directly with local people.

Join us in Ghana on our Building and Community Work Middle School Special and experience life in Africa with a group your age, while you learn about service.

Volunteers take a photo by their building work on the service learning project in Ghana for middle school students.

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.


You'll stay with a host family in Accra, Akuapem Hills, Cape Coast, or Dodowa. 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.


Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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