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Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer with SEDARVP GHANA, you discover a new culture, accomplish something unforgettable, and explore what Ghana has to offer! Immerse yourself in Ghanaian village life while contributing to the livelihoods and education of children, or the sustainable local farming methods of the community. This is an opportunity for you to connect with West African culture, while being a part of broader positive community change, supported by volunteers from around the world. Below are our volunteering opportunities.

Who Can Volunteer?

We are looking for people with good hearts, with or without previous experience or qualifications... including teachers, students, social workers, nurses, doctors, medical students, childcare workers and caring people like you! This could be the start of the most amazing life-long adventure you could ever imagine! According to your abilities and desires we can place you as a volunteer working with orphans, street children, women's empowerment groups and also assisting local midwives. We also have a program for sports volunteering with the local football team! We try to be flexible and place you where your interest lies, so even if you don't see it mentioned here, just ask!

When:

Our Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month.

Where:

You choose! We have urban and rural placements available all over Ghana but most of our work is in the Tamale region, Northern Ghana

The Program:

SEDARVP-Ghana will pick up participants from the airport in Accra. The organizer will meet them at the airport and further assist them to get a hotel and check in.

When arriving in Accra participants will have a one-day orientation.

At this time participants will be assigned a work location and a host family. Living with host families enables volunteers to learn much of the culture from their host mothers.

When arriving in the town/village of work placement, SEDARVP-Ghana will provide another three days of orientation to get used to the culture and learn basic things.

Volunteers can also stretch out their hands to other departments where their services will be needed. Volunteers will serve in their areas for the period of 1-3 months or 4-6 months depending on the program they selected.

When visa extension is needed SEDARVP-Ghana takes the responsibility of extending it when they find it appropriate. This additional cost will be at participant's own expense.

Nearing the end of the program, volunteers are expected to write a report of activities to the organization to enable us to better tackle the problems these deprive people need.

Volunteers will receive a certificate of appreciation at the end of the program. Participants can use this certificate to verify that they have undergone training and experience within this organization, which not only provides professional in-service training but also some preliminary language training and cultural participation (drumming and dancing).

The cost is less than many other volunteer training organizations for the simple reason that this work is so urgent and vital.

Some African doctors will not treat the poorest women and children and many people die on their way to hospital, including pregnant women and street children.

Many small children live and sleep on the streets, or work there making their small trades (eg selling water) to pay for their schooling. There they are subject to the dangers of traffic as well as human cruelty, like rapes and beatings.

SEDARVP-Ghana tries to help all of these voiceless ones.

Why not find out now how you can use your compassion and your professional skills to benefit humanity and help put an end to extreme poverty?

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Saving Lives as a Doctor or a Nurse

Are you a doctor or a nurse? Use your skills and knowledge to make a difference in Ghana. Volunteering with us as a nurse or a doctor is a life time experience, whiles helping saved lives, you are also developing your medical training. As a medical volunteer, you will either be working in a hospital or a clinic supported by SEDARVP GHANA, helping to lessen the burden on the stretched resources of the medical service. You must have completed at least one year of medical school, or be a qualified nurse or doctor, in order to take part. You will spend your first few days shadowing the duty doctor and learning African techniques before beginning to perform procedures under supervision. Once you feel comfortable working independently, you will be carrying out a wider range of duties.

Note, volunteers on this medical opportunity must be qualified medical professionals, or have completed at least two or more years of medical training and provide a copy of their medical qualifications or a letter and transcript from their school to provide to the staff in Ghana on arrival. Midwives are also able to work within one of our rural clinics on this project.

You will spend your first few days shadowing the duty doctor and learning African techniques before beginning to perform procedures under supervision. Below are the areas that we do our medical volunteer placements.

  • Physiotherapy Department
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Labor and Maternity Ward
  • Assisting both contemporary physicians and tradition mid-wives
  • Pediatric Ward
  • Helping in the day care of young Ghanaian toddlers
  • Gynecology and Obstetric Ward
  • Women's Health assistant
  • Operating/Surgical Theaters
  • Orthopedic
  • Anesthesiology
  • Outpatient Department (OPD)
  • Pharmacy / Pharmacy Assistant
  • Medical Emergency Department
  • Hematology, Pathology, Bacteriology, Cytology, Blood Bank Departments

General responsibilities for medical volunteers include taking rounds, prescribing and distributing basic medicines, dressing wounds and assisting births. Working with HIV sufferers will be a key part of your duties, monitoring patients as they pass through five levels of treatment. Tuberculosis is also a widespread disease, and you will be assisting in its diagnosis and treatment.

You are likely to spend some time working in the trauma unit, treating common minor injuries. At night, the clinics become maternity wards where labor is often induced, and you will be invited to assist in these procedures as well. These shifts can run until daybreak, but despite the hard work it is a fantastic and incredibly rewarding experience. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by your host family; Breakfast may be bread, butter, jam, eggs, coffee and tea.

Dinner normally consists of rice, beans, mixed vegetables, TZ, Stewed meat.

It is recommended that you drink bottled water during your stay which is available in almost every shop, and please if you have special dietary requirements, do let us know and your host family will be informed.

Teaching

Ghana being an English speaking country, many school children cannot communicate effectively in the English language . This is common in both rural and urban areas of Ghana and there is a real need for volunteers to help in communities that lack teaching staff.

If you are someone who loves kids and gets a kick out of seeing them learn and achieve, this is the program for you.

Many schools in Ghana struggle with overcrowded classes and lack of skilled teachers in most cases. We have opportunities for volunteers to assist with teaching in the following: Pre-School (4-5 year olds), Primary School (6-11 year olds) and Junior Secondary School (12-14 year olds). Subjects range from language and literacy, maths, science, computer skills, environmental studies, physical development, and psychosocial skills to creative activities such as music, dance and art. As a volunteer you can help to empower girls and boys by giving them the skills they need for the future and to make their voices heard. A teaching qualification is not required but volunteers need to be confident in the above subjects and preferably have been or be studying towards a university degree. Your level of experience will determine the age group that you work with. Do you love kids and want an experience that will last a lifetime?

Our teaching projects seek to stimulate the interest of school children in studying and speaking good English as stated above. International volunteers also have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Ghanaian culture and educational system. We have rural and urban volunteering. Volunteers on this project follow the syllabus of Ghana Education Service, which are made available to volunteers during their orientation.

The school year has three terms and there are holiday breaks of 4 weeks, which fall between each term, volunteers who apply for teaching project during these holidays breaks will switch to another project or work with school directors and placement staff in creating school holidays workshops for children. Every volunteer works with the support of SEDARVP GHANA local team and placement staff.

Orphanage & Child Care Volunteer

Volunteering with children is the most rewarding and exciting experience for every volunteer.

Volunteers work alongside with existing staff to take care of these orphanages. Being a child care volunteer in the orphanage home, your work involves in feeding and dressing the kids and keeping them active. Care takers and local staff assist volunteers in their daily work to help manage the orphanage home in a way that they deem it fit. As a volunteer, you can also assist in the office if you feel you can contribute to organizing things more. Volunteers also have the opportunity to design teaching programs for the kids and help in improving their knowledge and understanding by teaching them in play way methods. As a volunteer at the orphanage home, your duties depend on the placement and individual skills.

As a volunteer, you get to experience the local culture, enjoy free cultural drumming or dancing lessons which we offer to our volunteers. Working in the orphanage home as a volunteer, all they need from you is love and attention, fun and jokes to always place smiles on their faces.

Most volunteers who work at the orphanage home, also choose to combine it with the teaching program, so that they work in the school project during the morning hours and go back to the orphanage in the afternoon, and our host families are so lovely and caring families.

We do our orphanage placement in Accra and Tamale, depending on the volunteer interest.

Our Orphanage Volunteer Schedule

SEDARVP GHANA provides our volunteers with very humble and respectable host families, below you will find the schedule for our volunteers working at the orphanage homes.

Day 1: Arrival in Accra at the Kotoka International airport, our staff will help the volunteer check into an affordable hotel or guest house and spend the night, depending on the time of arrival.

Day 2: A bus to Tamale with Sedarvp Ghana Staff, and also showing the volunteer around to his or her host family.

Day 3: Orientation, introduction to the facilities, that is local staff, the kids, places to eat.

Orientation sessions are conducted by the coordinator, covering areas such safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food and suggestions on things to do in Ghana.

  • Breakfast - 06:00 am onwards (provided at the accommodation)
  • Working hours at the placement - 07:00am to 01:00 pm and 3:30pm to 5:30 pm
  • Lunch - 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm (volunteers need to manage lunch on their own)
  • Dinner - 06:30 pm to 07:30 pm (provided at the accommodation)

The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards.

Weekends - Free to explore the city and take a free drumming or dancing lessons, depending on the volunteer choice, short excursions to some of the best hotspots in and around Tamale, such as:

  • Mole National Park
  • Monkey Sanctuary
  • Kintampo Falls
  • Learn about their elaborate festivals, the local cuisine comprising of Banku and Fufu - Ghana's most famous dishes, their colorful dresses and the music and dances.

Sports

Are you a volunteer who has so much love and passion for sports? We have a program in our schools known as P.E. - that is physical Education. A variety of activities which a volunteer will love, especially those with a love of sport and real enthusiasm for working with children. Volunteers on this project work with young children and older Ghanaians to help develop their interest in a range of sports and increase their skill base. In addition to the physical benefits of sports education, this project helps in developing the mental discipline of the children, as well as heightening their alertness and coordination. The Sports Teaching project will generally involve physical training, teaching the children how to work as a team, bringing the best out in the players, and encouraging children to have more self-confidence. Football/soccer is a popular sport in Ghana; however volunteers are also encouraged to introduce new sports to the children. To teach these sports, volunteers may need to bring equipment from home, as there is a chance it may not be available for purchase in Ghana. Volunteers do not need any previous teaching experience to participate on the Sports Education project, however it is important to note that volunteers may be required to teach other classes during their project, such as Math, English, Science or Social Studies (Geography and History) as sports is usually taught in the afternoon and early evening. During the school holidays, volunteer will work on school holiday workshops that will be created by the school directors, placement staff and volunteers. We also have a soccer academy that is made up young boys and girls who are doing extremely well and well, so if you are a football coach, this could be a real great experience for you.

Drumming/Dance

Drumming and Dancing has been one of the main cultural traditions in the northern region, that is Tamale and the other 2 regions, Upper East and Upper West. Drumming and Dancing are normally performed during naming ceremonies, weddings, funerals, and during the time of festival.

SEDARVP-Ghana has for the past several years been involved in organizing communal labor which goes along side with drumming and dancing in the communities and has also been in contact with many traditional cultural groups who are engaged in teaching international students and volunteers dancing and drumming, such as the Choggu N'Bamba Group.

Choggu N'bangba have been performing and teaching traditional Ghanaian drumming and dancing since the beginning of the 1980's. Choggu is a part of Tamale where the group was founded and where most of the members have grown up together. "Choggu N'Bangba" means "Choggu, You know us!"

Due to a big interest in the group by foreigners they have during the last years been teaching and performing for foreign people in Tamale. Choggu N'bangba teaches drumming and dancing as well as local songs and other instruments. 

INSTRUMENTS: Drums, flute. 
DANCES: Bamaya, Jara, Takai, Tora, Bela, Bawa, Nagla, Kpalongo, Fumefume

Some History

The main reason for establishing the group was that the culture was dying in the northern part of Ghanamainly due to religious reasons. Both Islam and Christianity have been seen to preach against traditional dancing and drumming as well as other traditions.

The founders did not want to allow this culture to die and gathered young boys and girls to keep it alive for the future. The group was also formed to keep the youth and the community together in hard times for the purpose of unity and peace.

Sulley Imoro is one of the founders of Choggu N'bangba Cultural Group and now the Head Coach. He established the group in Tamale 1982. Sulley was then the age of 22 years. His father was a great dancer of the traditional dance of Bamaya.

Because of Sulleys early interest in the dancing the father devoted his time to teach him. Sulley was at the age of ten when he followed his father around in northern Ghana to dance. When his father passed away in 1972 Sulley decided to start teaching the young generation the Bamaya and other traditional dances since he was the only one who still knew how to dance many of them well and he felt the culture was dying.

He decided to start by organizing some of his age mates. They were practicing the dance bit by bit for some time with a few drums.  Sulley is now a professional dancer both locally and internationally. He has long been dancing at the National Theatre in Accra and now he is teaching foreign students both inGhana and at Universities in USA. He is still the Head Coach of the group, teaching new techniques during the time he spends in Tamale.

You are always welcome whenever you want to have drumming and dancing lessons in Ghana.

Drumming and Dance [pic]

Volunteer Application

Cost

Volunteer & Internship information and fees:

1 weeks $250
2 weeks $500
3 weeks $600
4 weeks $700
5 weeks $800
6 weeks $900
8 weeks $1300
10 weeks $1400
11 weeks $1500
12 weeks $1600
13 weeks $1700
14 weeks $1800

What Do My Volunteer/Intern Fees Pay For?

As part of the participation fees, participants will be provided with:

  • Volunteer work or volunteer internship opportunity
  • Program registration fee
  • Internship facility placement fee (hospital uniform, documentation, registration, etc)
  • Airport pick ups and drop offs from Accra
  • In-country orientation upon arrival
  • 24 hour x 7 days a week staff support
  • Cultural immersion and cross-cultural exposure
  • Accommodation with host family
  • Daily meals with host family

What Additional Costs Will I Have?
The participation fee excludes:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Transportation to project from Accra and back to Accra after program
  • Bicycle purchase or rental (can be sold or donated to the program upon completion of project)
  • Spending money (volunteers in Ghana generally find $40 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses)

Optional Costs:

  • You may chose to stay at a hotel instead of with a host family. If so, we can help you find affordable hotels or guest houses upon request.
  • Sightseeing is available at your own cost to our many places of interest such as: Aburi Gardens, Lake Bosomtwe, Akosombo Dam, Mole Zoo, Pager Crocodile Pond, Gambaga Witches Camp, Cape Coast Castle, Salaga Slave Trade Centre, etc. Let us know if you are interested and we can help you set that up. Sightseeing is on your own. If you would like a staff member as a tour guide, you must cover cost.
  • Cultural drumming and dance classes are also available.
  • Souvenirs

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