African Orphanage Volunteer Program

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African orphanage volunteer helping to feed the children at lunch time. VIGS Ghana Volunteering

The program
The orphanage volunteer would be helping to:

  • Maintain children in the orphanage by giving them the necessary care and attention as their mothers would have given them. This is achieved by feeding, bathing and ensuring general cleanliness of the children.
  • Supervise day to day activities of the children in the orphanage i.e. sweeping, bathing, fetching of water
  • Keep the girl and boys dormitories clean, plan extra-curricular activities, physical education, music and culture, indoor and outdoor games, morning and evening studies, organize excursions and so on.
  • Organize children for extra classes after school.
  • Organize them cultural activities such as singing, dancing, drumming etc.
  • Teach the children any subject of your choice at the in-house school.
  • Teach handicrafts, art, music, play with the children
  • Help with the income-generating activities of the home: mushroom, vegetable, fruit, cereal and livestock farming.
  • Any other activities related to children.

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The orphanage home
The VIGS GHANA orphanage is located in a lovely little town called Bawjiasi; in the Central region of Ghana — within just 50 km of the capital city Accra.   Back to top

A volunteer carrying one of the orphanage children in her arms in an African village. VIGS Ghana


Volunteers’ accommodation
You will be staying at the orphanage’s ‘Volunteer House’: All volunteers stay in a self contained house, which is about a 10 minute’s walk from the orphanage. The house has four bedrooms which can accommodate up to 12 volunteers maximum. Inside the volunteer House’s kitchen, Isaac, the greatest cook in Ghana prepares all kinds of sumptuous foods; and the volunteers eat in a common area. There is electricity but no running water. The water is brought by volunteers – from a water reservoir within the compound of the house. The rooms are equipped with beds, fans and mosquito nets.  Back to top

African orphanage volunteers' accommodation. VIGS Ghana Volunteering


The meals
8.00am – Breakfast;
12.00pm – Lunch;
6.30pm – Dinner.

Volunteers will be fed a variety of food including local dishes such as fufu, banku, kenkey and red-red, as well as ‘foreign’ meals such as rice and pasta. Vegetarians and vegans, as well as people with any other diet restrictions (e.g. gluten / lactose intolerance etc.) can easily be catered for. Volunteers have to budget for their own drinking water. Bottled (as well as filtered, bagged) water is available for purchase in many parts of the village. A 1.5 liter bottle costs about US$0.85 whilst a pack of bagged filtered water (popularly known as ‘pure water’) costs about US$0.90. One pack of bagged filtered water contains twenty-five 0.5 liter pieces of ‘pure water’ sachets or bags. An alternative to buying bottled or ‘pure water’ would be to treat the tap-water with water purification tablets. Water purification tablets are not readily available in Ghana so you would have to bring some along if you intend to treat your own drinking water.  Back to top


Entertainment and sight-seeing

Weekends (Friday afternoon till Sunday evening) are free days. Volunteers at the children’s home usually would organize entertainment and sight-seeing trips as a group to interesting places near and far.  Back to top

VIGS-Ghana volunteer on the Kakum rainforest canopy walkway in Africa


Volunteers’ safety
Your safety is of paramount importance to VIGS GHANA. As such we give you all the relevant safety tips, plus we place you only in places where good medical services are within easy reach. In addition, we’ll give you a smart phone – so you can call or text or email or Whatsapp the in-country supervisors whenever the need arises. Our in-country support staff are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Back to top


Minimum qualification required
Applicants for this program must be able to communicate in simple English since English is the official language of communication in Ghana.    Back to top


Rough estimate of total cost involved

  • Flight to and from Ghana: US$600-1250 (Round-trip)
  • Ghana visa: US$80-170
  • Vaccinations: US$150-250
  • Travel Insurance: US$70-320
  • Miscellaneous personal items: US$300-900
  • Personal Spending money whilst in Ghana: US$200 upwards
  • VIGS GHANA Program fee: starts from US$450

So, a rough estimate of the total cost for a two-week program duration would be about US$1,870 – 3,560. Check the equivalent in your currency.   Back to top


Next steps — after you have been accepted and given your Placement information

After you have been admitted to participate in the program, you would now have to execute the following:


Other relevant facts about the program

  • Minimum volunteering/internship duration: 1 week.
  • Maximum duration: 6 months.
  • Age range accepted: 18 – 75 years.
  • We will send you a document on how to fund-raise for your trip – after you’ve confirmed your participation.
  • We will meet you at the Airport in Accra (ACC) on your arrival day.
  • We will give you a smart phone with internet and IDD (International Direct Dialing) capability on your arrival day.
  • The average work day is 3-8 hours for this program.
  • Saturdays and Sundays are free days.
  • You can contact VIGS GHANA local staff on cell phones all the time — 24 hours a day — seven days a week.
  • We can give you a Testimonial on successful completion of your volunteer or internship work.
  • You can pay the program fee through any of the following methods:
  1. By Wire Transfer through your bank.
  2. Through WorldRemit Money Transfer – using your debit or credit card securely online.
  3. Through Western Union Money Transfer – using your debit or credit card securely online.
  4. Cash installments (or full payment) upon arrival into Ghana.

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