Volunteer with a National Park and Reserve in Ghana

Accra, Ghana Wildlife & Environmental Conservation

Program

Description

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

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.

Location

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

Cost

from $298 USDper week

from $298 USDper week

Costs...

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

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.

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.

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