About Ghana

The Global Volunteer Network currently has opportunities to help develop communities through our partner organization in Ghana. Volunteers will help our partner strengthen the organizational skills of local groups who are making efforts to reduce poverty in their region. For example, you could assist a small group of Ghanaian seamstresses and tailors in setting up a sewing training program for local youth. In this way you are volunteering for a short time with a long-term effect. The ultimate goal is to help local groups get to the point where they can approach and collaborate with the international development community as solid partners. In order to do that, we need volunteers with a wide range of skills and a strong belief in the value of sustainability.

This is a program for those interested in development projects who wish to play a leadership role and get highly immersed in a local project. Volunteers will bring the most value in their organizational skills, reliability, project and people management, and basic enthusiasm.

To learn more, please visit the Global Volunteer Network Ghana program page.

Recent Ghana Journals:

Ghana Volunteering – Orphanage Day 6 (Sunday 5th June 2016)

 Posted by Michaela Harris at 8:38 am  Ghana  Comments Off on Ghana Volunteering – Orphanage Day 6 (Sunday 5th June 2016)
Jun 052016

Morning – As most people attend church on Sunday, I have the morning off.  Took the opportunity to wash my clothes.  There is no running water here so no washing machine.  Isaac filled a large bowl of water from the nearby well and I used this to handwash everything.  I also had some chill time to sit in the sunshine, do some reading and update my diary.  This was the calm before the storm as there was a massive thunderstorm late afternoon but luckily Isaac managed to bring my dry clothes in before they got soaked!

Afternoon – Orphanage visit.  I am getting used to this routine now.  Packed the colouring book etc again and also took a story book.  A couple of the older children read to me.  They were very good and had obviously been studying their English well.  I then read the stories to the younger ones before Ghana’s Strongest Man competition came on the TV and well, I lost that challenge, and joined them.

Another lovely end to a fabulous week.  Can’t believe it is 6 days already!


Ghana Volunteering – Orphanage Day 3 (Thursday 2nd June 2016)

 Posted by Michaela Harris at 7:55 am  Ghana, Uncategorized  Comments Off on Ghana Volunteering – Orphanage Day 3 (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Jun 052016

So excited!! First proper day.  Up at 6am to get dressed and ready for breakfast at 7am, which was a lovely omelette sandwich.

8am – 30 minute walk to the orphanage, escorted by Isaac, and met by schoolchildren on the way.  There were shouts of ‘Obroni’. This means white person, which I find funny as I am brown, but I am not a black person and this is how they differentiate people, so not offended.

I was introduced to all the teachers at the school, who were all very friendly.  There are about 5 different classrooms for the different age ranges.  School starts at 8.30am and finishes at 2.30pm as it gets so hot in the afternoons.  It was up to me to decide where to go so I decided to start with the under 3’s.  We played scribble on the chalkboards and played with the plastic building blocks and then walked around outside during the break-time with a little one holding each of my fingers.  You don’t know how hard it is to walk with six plus children holding on until you try it!  We are managing to communicate through simple words and a type of sign language which is impressive for 3 year olds.

At 12 noon we walked back to the volunteer house for lunch.  At 4pm it was back to the orphanage.  I sat with the kids and watched tv to let them get used to me.  Sometimes they seem to just want to sit quietly and have hugs.

At 6pm it’s back to the volunteer house for the evening meal. So even though I have to do a lot of walking (2 hours/day!) I don’t think I will lose much weight.  No cooking for me yet, but I helped to prepare the vegetables.




Ghana Volunteering – Orphanage Day 2 (Wednesday 1st June 2016)

 Posted by Michaela Harris at 7:14 am  Ghana, Uncategorized  Comments Off on Ghana Volunteering – Orphanage Day 2 (Wednesday 1st June 2016)
Jun 052016

After a good night’s sleep and breakfast, collected by Rose & Eric for the drive to the United Hearts Children’s Centre.  This is where the orphanage is located.  Dropped off at volunteer house and Rose went through the house rules and basic Twi (local language).  Met Isaac, the volunteer house assistant, who does the cleaning and cooking (with a little bit of help from the volunteers) and Nana, the orphanage volunteer co-ordinator.

Then it was onto the orphanage for a familiarisation visit. It was a bit overwhelming being greeted by all the lovely children and taking it all in, but I did expect this.  The orphanage has a school next to it which is used by local children and the orphanage.  Walked into Bawjiase town to see where to get the TroTro (small minibus) and taxi.  During the tour I was kindly given some cooling fresh watermelon by Isaac’s aunt, who sells them from a roadside market stall.

Walked back to the volunteer house for dinner and to get ready for the next day.


Ghana Volunteering – Orphanage Day 1 (Tuesday 31st May 2016)

 Posted by Michaela Harris at 7:03 am  Ghana  Comments Off on Ghana Volunteering – Orphanage Day 1 (Tuesday 31st May 2016)
Jun 052016

Here at last!!  Flight from UK to Accra went very smoothly.  Customs was quick but baggage collection took an hour. I was met at the airport by the GVN co-ordinators Rose & Eric.  After introductions they took me to a B&B in Dansoman which is half way to Bawjiase where the orphanage is located.  Had a quick shower and was so tired it was straight to bed for me.

Ghanian Diet

 Posted by Pat O'Malley at 8:43 am  Ghana, Uncategorized  Comments Off on Ghanian Diet
Sep 282015

Many people have asked me about the food here. At the volunteer house Issac cooks for me, I assume he was told what the volunteers probably like, and he keeps things pretty simple.  Breakfast is an African pancake or a fried omelet (no cheese) or the omelet on bread in an egg sandwich.  Lunch and dinner are interchangeable and might have a small piece of chicken for one meal and a hard boiled egg for the other, along with rice, noodles, or yams. But at the orphanage, it’s unusually not to see people cooking.  Stella is the cook for the children, so what she makes is usually big quantities.  But the girls will make things for the adults or for themselves. There are a few things that are grown on the property or at the farm, and so they are the staples; corn (maize), cassava, plantains and palm nuts. Cassava is a root, similar to yam, but white.  They eat a lot of Gari, which involves processing the cassava by washing, peeling, grating, soaking, pressing and drying. The result is a small grain.  They then boil it in salted water, as it cooks it becomes a thick liquid, they add sugar and eat this often for breakfast, or other times. The corn is dried and then the cornels are pealed and collected in very large bowls or buckets.  They are washed and drained. The children then carry these heavy buckets on their heads to the grinding machine, where they are ground.  They carry them back.  The ground corn is kept in a large plastic bin, but they put layers of sprinkled water in it to keep it moist. This they also put into boiling salt water and sugar to make “porridge” which they also eat a lot. Two other common [click here to read more]

First Week at United Hearts Children Center

 Posted by Pat O'Malley at 8:42 am  Ghana  Comments Off on First Week at United Hearts Children Center
Sep 092015
First Week at United Hearts Children Center

So I have now been in Bawjiase for a week.  I can’t say that it went fast,  but I am glad to be here,  and I wasn’t so sure of that the first day!  I thought I would start by showing you the volunteer house that I am living in.  In comparison to the houses around me it is pretty nice.   We have electricity (although it goes out regularly), no running water,  but there is a toilet, which we flush with a bucket of water,  and a shower room which we use 2 buckets to pour water on yourself to shower.  No hot water, but room temperature feels fine.   There are four bedrooms a dining area, a kitchen/storage area.  Out back we burn the garbage, as everyone does.  And it’s a short walk to the well for water.  There are two Ghana’s living here,  NaNa is the volunteer coordinator,  and Isaac is the cook and care taker.  His job is to make three meals a day for me,  and even if I’m not hungry,  he is making three meals! In addition there are two dogs and two cats.  (Cats are a LOT skinnier in Ghana) Breakfast consists of either a large pancake, which is not fluffy, but a little sweet and very good,  an omelette, no cheese, or one day we had “donuts” which tasted like biscuits,  they were fabulous. Lunch and dinner are similar,  I usually get either a hard boiled egg, or a piece of chicken, with either noodles (like ramen noodles) or rice.  The rice is covered in sauce that is always good,  vegetables and tomatoes paste.  Isaac usually makes more than I can eat,  so the rest goes to the dog,  Effie.  Effie has been like a guard dog, he walks to the orphanage and back with me,  and if a [click here to read more]

Choque cultural.

 Posted by Ines Garza-Rios at 2:18 pm  Ghana, Uncategorized  Comments Off on Choque cultural.
Jul 082015

Me encuentro en el aeropuerto de Frankfurt esperando el vuelo que me lleve de regreso a Mexico. Estoy sumamente cansada, llevo dos días sin dormir ansiosa por mi regreso ademas de como decimos haber soltado el cuerpo, en ese momento sentí todo el peso emocional y físico que he llevado encima estos meses. No es queja, estuve realmente feliz sin ni siquiera nunca haber sentido cansancio, cuando comienzas…… te sigues y solo vives la vida como la tienes que vivir.  Al principio que me llamaba la atención que no tuvieran un espejo en la casa, acabe sin usar uno, no me vi al espejo por días quizá semanas, solo en raras ocasiones cuando se me ocurría ponerme un poquito de rímel.  El arreglo físico al cual tanta importancia le damos no existe. No así como el cuidado físico, el cual consideran importantísimo.  El mas fuerte sobrevive, el estar o el sentirte arreglado no te va a ayudar a sobrevivir ni a ser fuerte.  Cada vez que vi a un enfermo, me decían: estoy bien, soy muy fuerte. Nunca escuche a nadie quejarse de algún malestar, los veia sudando por días, temblando pero nunca quejándose y mucho menos quedandose en cama (las pocas que hay en la casa) la vida seguía, con Malaria o sin ella. Quiza un día de descanso relativo y eso era todo. Aunque por el otro lado, gran miedo a la lluvia, el cuidarse de la lluvia. Si llueve dos gotitas no se sale de la casa. Nadie va a la escuela nadie a trabajar. Me sali como es mi costumbre del tema que quería tratar. Como cambiaron con el tiempo mis prioridades, costumbres y acciones cotidianas. Dejo de ser importante tener luz todos los días, al contrario me acostaba en la obscuridad y dormía mejor que [click here to read more]

Ya casi de regreso

 Posted by Ines Garza-Rios at 9:39 pm  Ghana  Comments Off on Ya casi de regreso
Jul 042015

El tiempo que sin ningún compromiso, solo conmigo misma esta a punto de terminar. Quisiera no se acabara, pero todo tienen un principio y un fin. Hubo momentos muy difíciles donde quise tirar la toalla varias veces. La comida que al principio me era casi imposible de comer después me encantaba y ahora al ver mi regreso tan cercano, e inconscientemente saber que tendré otra opción, cada día me esta costando mas trabajo comer cualquier cosa. Cocinan de alguna forma con algunos condimentos que sean verduras, arroz, guisados todo sabe igual. Se utiliza un pescado de lago llamado Talapia en absolutamente todo. sus salsitas de chile, que por cierto pican diez veces mas que las nuestras contienen algo de pescado. El arroz, que comen todos lo sdias a todas horas, tanto que hasta he llegado a burlarme de ellos diaciendoles que no llego a entender por que no tienen los ojos rasgados como los chinos después de tanto arroz, nada mas se ríen. No he podido terminar ni podré terminar, los programas de estudio y/o enseñanza que lleve tan bien preparados y estructurados con todos los materiales necesarios. Menos computadoras como se imaginaran, y una de mis materias es comunicación y tecnología. Desde el primer día tire a la basura todas mis ideas e improvise cada clase. Estudian computación sin tener una computadora. Aprenden de memoria que icono usar para prederla, que símbolo esta a la derecha arriba, en medio, al lado.  Pero sin ni siquiera tocar una. a base de dibujos y, … podríamos decir pura teoría aprenderán a convivir con una laptop. Quisiera verlos escondida en un rincón cuando se sienten frente a su compradora tan real como ellos y ..como siempre pasa, se encuentren en algún lugar desconocido pidiendo ayuda a la persona mas cercana a que [click here to read more]


 Posted by Ines Garza-Rios at 11:27 pm  Ghana  Comments Off on Foto
Jun 282015

Mis Clases.

 Posted by Ines Garza-Rios at 11:26 pm  Ghana  Comments Off on Mis Clases.
Jun 282015
Mis Clases.

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