Volunteer with a National Park and Reserve in Ghana

Accra, Ghana

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uVolunteer

New Program
(48 Reviews)
  • From $1190 USD for 4 Weeks

  • 4 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older

Description

Overview

Join a volunteer program in Ghana that places you with rangers and other officials in a National Park and Reserve, helping to protect indigenous flora and fauna from deforestation, illegal logging, and poaching of its animals. There are three parks available that you may choose to work in, each in a different region with unique biodiversity and needs. Choose from Kakum National Park in the Central Region, Shai Hills Resource Reserve in Greater Accra, or Mole National Park in the Northern Region. Experience a tropical environment and wildlife in its natural habitat. Help out with daily park management and administration, and contribute to projects that conserve Ghana’s biodiversity.

Arrival and Orientation

Fly in to Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and be transferred to your chosen park destination. Volunteers are assigned a dedicated coordinator based in-country, who leads pre-arrival, orientation, and is personally available to you daily for the duration of your program to assist you, answer any questions, provide information, and support.

Accommodations

You'll stay with a host family in a village close to the park, or be placed in a bungalow near the park office, depending on the availability. All meals are provided. Customs may be very different from your home country, so while in Ghana always greet others with a handshake and a smile, dress well when visiting colleagues, and address professional and academic people by their title and surname. Be aware that there are unique greetings among tribes, and avoid disrespectful behavior that may insult your host family or the dignity of others.

Field Conditions

You can expect to volunteer from 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday, with hours subject to change. Tasks can vary depending on your interest and experience, and may include helping to maintain the park through general upkeep and trail clearing, renovating and constructing facilities, assisting visitors, promoting its tourist appeal, completing administrative tasks in the office, data entry, ecological research, marketing and promotion, photography, and video creation and graphic arts. One week of local language class is included as well.

Your Impact

Africa’s deforestation rate is twice that of the rest of the world, and certain trees are threatened because of construction, being used as firewood, or being sold as wood carvings. You can contribute to land stewardship projects to help halt this trend.

Location

Accra, Ghana
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Tamale, Cape Coast, Accra

    Volunteers will work in one of three different national parks and reserves throughout Ghana.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Tamale, Cape Coast, Accra

    Volunteers will stay with a host family or in a bungalow near the program site.

  • Nearest Airport
    Accra, Ghana

Cost

4 Weeks
12 Weeks
4 Weeks

$1190 USD

What’s Included

  • Training and support

  • Airport pickup

  • Housing

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Project supplies

  • Airport dropoff

  • Travel insurance

  • Air Tickets

Project Start Dates

This project accepts volunteers year round. Start dates are every other Friday. Additional projects can be combined during your trip, subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

Organization

uVolunteer is a small, yet fast-growing, international volunteer organization that specializes in volunteer placements in Ghana, Thailand, and Costa Rica, where they are experts in culture and customs. Founded in 2007, uVolunteer has sent more than 10,000 volunteers abroad on meaningful projects to explore new destinations and gain real world experiences. Its service-learning projects include teaching, care and community, construction, environment, and animal conservation. Additional benefits are cultural insight, adventure, and a safe environment for independent, female, and student travelers. Its purpose is to provide maximum benefit to volunteers and the communities they support, with minimal costs to participants.

Reviews (48)

anonymous

Jan 01, 2016

I arrived in Accra on January 13, 2012. My volunteer coordinators were waiting for me at the airport; they have been helpful and kind since then. My experience was wonderful because of their guidance and support.

Saturday's orientation provided useful cultural information and helped me to navigate through the ...
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Billy F Beltz

Jan 01, 2016

Disclaimer: As a Co-Founder of Volunteer Forever, I want to make it clear that we do not receive any revenue from uVolunteer and I'm not incentivized to leave a more positive review than what would be an accurate assessment of my experience.

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Beth Carter

May 11, 2015

My name is Beth Carter, I am a 21 year old film student from Brisbane, Australia. I have always loved traveling and only recently discovered volunteer tourism.

I decided to take part in the turtle conservation project through uVolunteer as I not only wanted to visit Costa Rica but also ...
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Rocio Dos Santos

Feb 21, 2015

I couldn't help but to feel nervous and excited whilst waiting for my passport to be stamped at San Jose airport. I soon saw Gabi once I walked out with a huge smile and an also huge sign that said avic, my portal to an amazing experience I had ... +more

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