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Volunteering in Ghana

Welcome to Ghana, one of Africa’s most celebrated countries. With over 40 languages spoken throughout its 10 regions, it is a captivating place to live and work, and VSO has been active here since 1958.

Ghana has not experienced the ethnic and civil wars that have affected many other West African nations. But there are still many challenges faced by the local population, including significant regional inequality.

Could you play a part in bringing positive change to this nation through our education or livelihoods programmes? We need need both professional, long-term volunteers and young volunteers.

With more than 50 years’ experience of supporting volunteers, you will be in good hands. We will do all we can to help you settle and make the biggest difference.

All the best,

Sanjay Awasthi, Country Director, 2017*


*Sanjay Awasthi no longer works for VSO 

Volunteers in Ghana

Supporting children with disabilities to get an education 

As many as 90% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not have the opportunity to go to school. Mary volunteered in Ghana, supporting vulnerable children to access education.

Youth volunteering in Ghana

L to R: UKV Amy Corrigan, ICV Hardi Yakilba, UKV Natasha Grundy, ICV Tina Azalekor, UKV Beth White talking about sexual health and contraception in the Yepala community, near Tamale, Northern Region

L to R: UK volunteer Amy Corrigan, local volunteer Hardi Yakilba, UK volunteer Natasha Grundy, local volunteer Tina Azalekor, UK volunteer Beth White talking about sexual health and contraception in the Yepala community, near Tamale, Northern Region

People aged 18-25 can apply to do fully-funded placements lasting three months in Ghana, through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. Young people from the UK and Ghana are eligible.

VSO ICS volunteers work on two projects in Ghana. In Asamankese, Eastern region and in Jirapa, Upper West region.

Volunteers work on a number of projects supporting a range of goals, including:

  • Improving careers advice services
  • Supporting employment opportunities
  • Promoting gender equality
  • Supporting programmes providing equal education opportunities to children with disabilities
  • Supporting adult literacy

If you are a Ghanaian national aged 18-25 please contact our local office directly to find out about opportunities to take part in ICS. Other nationalities, please see our ICS youth volunteering page for more information.