No. Our placements are designed to accommodate all levels of skills and experience
Volunteers and interns are welcome on projects from the age of 17 upwards and there is no maximum age limit. These projects run all year round and most are available for 2 weeks or longer. Many of our volunteers are between 18 and 30 years old, but a rapidly increasing number of career breakers and retired people are now taking part too. Many younger people take part in Gap Year projects with Inside Africa Volunteer before starting university or even after graduation. You may want Voluntourism - also known as Volunteer Vacations - are a growing trend among working adults and retirees. As part of your next vacation or career break, travel alone or with a partner to volunteer with us. Group Volunteer Service Trips are available for teens and college students over the fall, summer, spring break, or winter break. Go by yourself and join a group, or go with your friends. For more information on go to our contact us page.
You are not alone. More than 80% of our volunteers travel alone to projects which means almost everyone is in the same position and will be keen to make new friends. Get in touch with us at anytime and we can put you in touch with others traveling to your project around the same time. ARRIVAL ORIENTATION. In other for volunteers to get a deeper understanding and appreciation of the country, the people and the way of life. IAFRIVO strives to provide an in-depth perspective and orientation of the Ghanaian/African culture by visiting sights that are popular among locals and tourists alike. Our always-available program Directors will coordinate a city orientation and tour at the beginning of each program to familiarize volunteers with their new surroundings and host family. During the orientation process, The Program Directors will take you through reviews about health and safety information as well as cultural customs. HOSPITAL AND DOCTORS. If you require medical attention, there is an Accra base Hospital which is popular with foreigners and provides a reasonably good standard of health care, It is between 10 to 20 minutes drive depending on where your host family is located.
Safety is our number one priority. At IAFRIVO we operate programs in carefully chosen areas that offer a safe environment for the volunteer / intern. Although Ghana is a very peaceful country we take great strides to ensure the safety of our volunteers or interns. Volunteering based in one location with coordinators, local people and fellow volunteers for company and support means you will always be in a more comfortable position than backpacking in the same area on your own. Most placements are hassle-free, the most frequently reported incidents to us are the self-inflicted health ones! Sunburn after sunbathing, not drinking enough water, the alcohol-related or the sometimes hard to escape Delhi Belly, also known as traveler's diarrhea.
The accommodations we provide are HOME STAY arrangements. The families who host our volunteers are couples with or without children, joint families, single parents. Our friendly host family housing consists of a comfortable house in a safe, conveniently located neighborhood, Clean, fenced. Lodging arrangements always have basic amenities like modern toilet facility and running water (including hot water where appropriate). Volunteers will have a room for him or her self with a comfortable bed and a fan or with another volunteer. You will be getting 3 Meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), which are prepared daily and served by the host family whenever you are at home. The meals are traditional, but very nutritious by Ghanaian standard. If you wish to arrange your own food due to special dietary restrictions or preferences, then discuss it with IAFRIVO ahead of time. Utility bills are taken care of by the host family. A home stay accommodation fully immerses volunteers in the Ghanaian way of life, culture, learning of new language and so on. A Ghanaian host family requires that the volunteer who live in their home should be willing to become part of his/her host family with the same rights, that he/she should be prepared to help with the daily household chores (clean his/her room, help to prepare meals or to clean the dishes etc.) The volunteer is required to participate in family activities, help in the kitchen and play with the children. Enjoy meals together, read, chat, watch TV together, relax and so on!
All our volunteer / interns are met on arrival at the airport and escorted straight to the volunteer accommodation where there is an English speaking project director who is reachable for placement and health advice during your stay. SAFETY MEASURES. Living in a foreign country can be a life-changing, but daunting experience. IAFRIVO has supported participants in their travels for some years. Our organizational experience has helped us to design programs that include operational support and safeguards to assure your safety and well being. Throughout the process, we equip you with information and tips so that you take proper precautions and feel prepared to handle situations. Our experienced and dedicated staffs are always available to address your questions, concerns and specific needs. We are here to support your journey and ensure that you have exhilarating and safe travels and a rewarding program experience. Although Ghana is an accommodating and very peaceful country but we take great strides to ensure the safety of volunteers. Our staffs are always available to assist you with any personal, in-country support and our volunteers are registered at their embassy or consulate, in other for the volunteer to stay informed about news and local happenings. Our host families are also carefully researched and chosen.
In Ghana, there are many delicious dishes, such as beans and fried plantains, fufu (mashed yam or cassava), ken key (fermented corn meal) and ground nut soup. Large grocery stores are in Ghana, which sells products common in the US, UK etc (cookies, cheese and other pre-packaged items) There are local markets that sell fresh produce such as tomatoes, pineapples, oranges, bananas etc.
Free time is available some afternoons, most evenings, and every weekend. Our local staff can give you suggestions for places to visit, or you can create your own agenda. During your weekend you can take excursions to other parts of the country, or you may choose not to travel, and stay in town to get to know the community better. You may also choose to travel before or after the program
Yes, you can go in a group as long as the project is not overbooked and also depending on the size of your group. Please use our on line email contact form for further inquiries and will be happy to respond shortly.
Once you are booked on, we will send you further information for all of the projects that you are interested in and add your name to that project’s arrival list for the month you have chosen. This information varies between projects but usually contains what to pack, to visa information and what you need to do next to prepare for your trip. It will also tell you if you can also go ahead and book your flights. We want you to have the best trip possible so if you have any questions or worries before you go, do not hesitate to contact us.