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.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 12-15 year olds
What's included in the price?
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?
Visa costs (where applicable)
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:
Everything you do is supervised for safety, and we’ll make sure that you’re taught everything you need to know to participate.
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?
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!
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.
Meet the team in Ghana
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