Volunteer with Disabled and Special Needs Children in Ghana

Kumasi, Ghana Children & Youth Development

Program

Description

Travel to Ghana and support children who have special needs through education and rehabilitation sessions with Plan My Gap Year! Right now, about 100,000 Ghanaian children aged six to 14 live with a disability, and 16,000 are out of school because of it. As the country has recently developed an inclusive education policy nationwide, it’s important for volunteers like yourself to help support special needs facilities that are understaffed.

As a volunteer, you will spend time in a facility that works with children and young adults aged seven to 25 suffering from physical disabilities or who are facing mental challenges. You’ll help out with a variety of tasks including classes, exercise, therapies, and more.

Impact

While the Ghanaian government has made great strides in developing inclusive education policies to allow children equal access to education, it’s still difficult for parents and caregivers to give the support that their children need. Facilities such as the one where you will volunteer aim to give that extra level of care, and volunteers like you can make a difference by helping with day-to-day tasks and activities that allow the local professionals to focus more on patients who need extra assistance.

Field conditions

During your time in Ghana, you will work at a facility that supports children and young adults aged seven to 25 facing mental challenges or physical disabilities. On this program, you will engage in different support services, such as basic education and life skills workshops, physical exercise programs, speech and physical therapy, and sensory support. You also are encouraged in particular to spend time with children who are struggling with communication skills, and help them to develop those skills and a good sense of self-esteem and character development. Through speech therapy, physical therapy, and other support programs, you can interact with the children and young adults through going on walks, helping staff with feeding and washing, singing songs and playing games, and more.

Arrival and orientation

This program starts on Sundays. You will arrive to Kotoka International Airport in Accra on your selected start date, and be greeted by a local staff member or appointed driver holding a sign with your name on it. From there, you’ll head to a hostel near the airport for your first night, and after that, you will be taken to the volunteer house near Kumasi, where you will get settled in before starting your volunteer program.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Your first night in Ghana will be spent at a hostel near the airport in Accra, with shared, air conditioned rooms. After that, you will head to the volunteer house that’s located a 45-minute drive from the Kumasi city center, where you’ll find restaurants, convenience stores, and ATMs. There is a small shop close to the volunteer house, and the community you’ll stay in is friendly and inviting.

The house is basic but comfortable, and each room can accommodate up to six people in same-sex rooms, with mosquito nets and bedding provided. The bathrooms have western style toilets and cold showers, and there are fans provided throughout the house. There is wifi access (though may be intermittent) and a common area with a TV, DVD player, lounge, and outdoor seating area. A member of the PMGY team will live at the house, which is gated and secure. There are frequent power outages and water shortages throughout Ghana, so you should be prepared to be flexible with accommodations you may not be used to at home.

June through September are PMGY’s busiest volunteer months, so you may be placed at an alternative location such as a nearby guest house or a different volunteer house. You will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day at the volunteer house. Breakfast usually consists of bread, cereals, milk, spreads, and tea or coffee; lunch often consists of noodles or rice; and dinner can include rice, chicken, eggs, spaghetti, stew, yams, fufu, or soup.

Location

Volunteers will stay in a volunteer house.

Cost

from $312 USDper week

from $312 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Certificate of completion

  • Regular program inspection

  • 100% financial protection

  • Live pre-departure webinars

  • Comprehensive volunteer handbook

  • Unlimited email and telephone support

  • Dedicated pmgy travel mentor

  • 24-hour us-based emergency support

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • In-country orientation

  • Airport pickup

  • Meals

  • Accommodation at volunteer house

What’s not included

  • Criminal background check

  • Visa

  • Return airport transfer

  • Travel insurance

  • Airfare

  • Transport to project

Start dates

This program starts on the first and third Sunday of each month year-round.

Founded in 2011 by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Years works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact in the world. Our structured programs create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in your host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with them. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure their setup is safe and that their volunteers are making a positive impact. There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all of your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way.

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