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Volunteering in Ghana with HIV Project
Do you have a passion for humanitarian work? Is it your dream to visit exotic countries and use your time to leave a positive impact? Why simply explore a country when you can explore whilehelping people in need? Volunteering in Ghana with this HIV Project can fulfil both these desires.
Ghana is a country that features diverse landscapes and rich cultures. In Ghana, you can explore spectacular savannahs scattered with herds of magnificent elephants and endless coastlines of white sand beaches.
Home to thousands of species Ghana is an animal lovers dream. History fanatics can indulge in museums filled with artifacts from ancient African kings and explore the historic structures that remain from the unfortunate days of slave trading.
Unfortunately, like many African countries, Ghana is plagued by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. It is estimated that over 250,000 adults and children live with HIV or AIDS in Ghana. Every year hundreds of adults and children are infected with and die from this killer virus.
When volunteering in Ghana with HIV Project, you will work to educate adolescents on reproductive health which will prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS. The counselling and education you provide will not only help defeat this disease in the long term, but also provide significant short-term relief and comfort to those suffering from the virus, something they sorely need as they are often overlooked by the rest of society.
If you are willing to share your love, time and compassion with HIV patients in need and are committed to supporting efforts to prevent the spread of this disease then you are needed in this project. Contact IFRE today to find out more about volunteering in Ghana with HIV Projects.
Volunteers’ Responsibilities & Impact
Your duties willinclude providing support and care for HIV/AIDS infected adults and children. During your time with the project you may engage with the public for educational purposesand activities that help increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and help stop the epidemic in Ghana.
Volunteers working in HIV project in Ghana will focus either on the counselling and support of HIV patients, or on doing educational outreach, visiting schools, villages and churches to prevent the further spread of the disease.
You will feel fantastic knowing that your valuable time is being put to good use by educating people about the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, and supporting those who already suffer from this disease, giving them much needed care and attention that they are sorely lacking, giving them a new lease on life.
Skills and Qualifications:
There are no specific qualifications required to volunteer in this Ghana volunteer opportunity. However, volunteers must demonstrate love and a willingness to share time and compassion with people in need. A high level of patience and flexibility is therefore needed.
People with medical, counselling or psychology backgrounds or work experience with HIV/AIDS patients will have an advantage in their ability to help people. Having a background in education is also useful when helping inform people on safe sex practices and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Every day of your volunteering you will be faced with fun and exciting experiences, and also provide real benefit to the local community while on a lifechanging cultural adventure.
First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be brought to your placement by your local IFRE coordinator. They will introduce youto the project staff and help you get settled in. On your first day you will be given an informal training session, orientation notes, information about the culture in Ghana, your schedule and any relevant safety advice.
Weekdays: Here is an example of what a day in the life of a volunteer may look like:
- 6.00 to 7.30 AM: Enjoy a Ghanaian breakfast with your host family.
- 7.45 AM: : Travel to your project headquarters for a meaningful day of work.
- 12.00 PM: : Take a break. Enjoy your delicious lunch packed by your host family while getting to know your colleagues. After lunch continue with your day’s tasks helping those in need.
- 3.00 PM: : Your day’s volunteer work usually ends around this time. You now have the afternoon free to go home, explore your surroundings or indulge in some shopping of local wares.
Volunteering in Ghana with HIV Project: Program Dates
IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.
Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Volunteer Program Fee (US$)
Airport pick up & transfer (1 hour) $50
Language and Culture Program fee $250
Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include travel) $1869
Program Fees Cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
Accommodation and Meal
When you volunteer in Ghana HIV program, you will stay with a safe and loving host family near your project site. With a lot of experience hosting volunteers our host families have been carefully selected for their ability to make volunteers feel secure and welcomed. You will stay in a comfortable shared room with fellow volunteers andenjoy three delicious meals served by your host family every day. Staying with a local family and sharing home-cooked meals with them will give you an in-depth insight into a new and exciting culture.
Free Time and Weekends:
After your day of work, you will have the afternoons and weekends free to explore the region. Ghana is thought to be one of the longest human inhabited places in the world, and you canvisit museums to view artifacts from long lost kingdoms and learn about the sad history of slave trading in the region. Nature-lovers can watch elephants roaming in the savannah or recharge on weekends at one of Ghana’s many sandy beaches looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Safety and In Country Support
We always ensure the safety of our volunteers, and have facilitated the safe and successful volunteering adventures for more than 22,000 volunteers. We will support you from before you leave until your project is concluded, and your in-country coordinator will be available to provide assistance and guidance if needed.
Volunteering in Ghana with HIV Project: FAQs
Arrival and departure
To start your volunteer work in Ghana you need to fly into Kotoka International Airport. To ensure everything runs smoothly please check that you have sent us your correct flight information and arrive one day prior to your volunteer project start date. Our in-country support coordinator will organize your airport pick-up and transfer you to your respective host family and project placement.
You will be required to organize your own airport drop-off after your volunteering.
You need to obtain an tourist Visa in order to work in our HIV AIDS volunteer program in Ghana. There are two visa application options. You can either visit the local Embassy of Ghana in your country or obtain a 14-30 day visa at the airport upon arrival.
Youcan choose to extend yourvisa if youwish to stay longer than 14-30 days in Ghana. To extend your visa you simply need to visit the Department of Immigration in Accra, Ghana and fill out a visa extension application form. Please visit the Firmus Advisory visa information page for more information about visas in Ghana.
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Vaccinations are necessary for anyone planning to visit Ghana for our HIV AIDS volunteer program in Ghana. The CDC recommends vaccines for Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, Yellow fever, Hepatitis A, Malaria, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, and Rabies.
Any other important information I should know about this project?
The HIV/AIDS project in Ghana has been structured to accommodate all types of people who have a desire to work with people living with HIV/AIDS. Regardless of your work-experience or qualifications, if you are passionate about humanitarian work, we will find a volunteer role for you.
Why Volunteering Ghana with an HIV program?
Volunteering in Ghana HIV/AIDS volunteering project opportunities is a life changing experience for both the volunteers and the Ghanaian people living with HIV. Your valuable contribution will help give these people means to survive and live their life with confidence as well as support the education of people to help prevent the spread of HIV.
You will support people living with HIV/AIDS in their struggles to live a fulfilling life
Taking part in this Ghana program gives you an opportunity to help and assist local organizations in reaching out to a greater number of people afflicted with HIV and help provide them with the solutions and support they need to live a better life. As a volunteer you will be providing care to people in need helping them to lead a normal life and with a secured future.
You will give your time helping provide a safe and secure environment for people with HIV to live in
Volunteers involved in HIV/AIDS project programs will get an opportunity to help provide HIV/AIDS affected people with a secure and safe environment to live in. All your passionate humanitarian efforts will have a long-term positive effect by changing the way these people see the world.
You will help make the local community a better place
One of the largest benefits of the project is the impact that it has on communities. Even when you help out with what feels like the smallest task, your efforts will contribute to the lives of individuals who rely on your assistance to help them in their time of need.
You will contribute and take part in day to day activities
The volunteering in Ghana HIV project offers you a chance to guide, support, and mentor people with HIV/AIDS from all walks of life. More often than not, HIV related organizations are resource poor, and face a variety of problems day in and day out; hence there is always a great need of support and development.
You can create a long-lasting relationships with HIV infected patients
The attention, care and guidance that the volunteers provide to these HIV affected people while taking part in thisprogram will help make them feel loved and provide them with a sense of belonging. This care helps give them a sense of security and reduces stress.
IFRE HIV/AIDS Support Program Volunteer Opportunities in Other Countries
HIV/AIDS is unfortunately a global issue. There are people living HIV/AIDS in need of help in countries other than Ghana, such as Cambodia, India, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda. See the list below for some of our most popular HIV/AIDS volunteering projects:
Other volunteer opportunities in Ghana