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Volunteer in Ghana Orphanage

Do you want to make a lifechanging difference helping orphaned children in Ghana? Do you dream of making a difference while you travel the world? Your time volunteering in Ghana will help make the world a better place and give you fascinating life experiences you will never forget.

Ghana is one of places in the world with the longest history of human habitation giving it a wide array of unique cultures. Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea, you will find stunning beaches,

lush forests and endless savannahs. In Ghana, you can meet friendly people, watch herds of roaming elephants and explore the diverse history of this unique African country.

Unfortunately, in Ghana there are a lot of orphans due to extreme poverty, the growing challenges of HIV/AIDS and other social problems. Resources for orphans are spread thin andmany Ghanaian orphanagesare severely undermanned and underfunded,leaving these beautiful children in urgent need of help and support by loving adults.

The care and attention you will provide to these children will make an incredibly huge difference in their lives and motivate and inspire them. Your efforts will be greatly appreciated as these kids desperately crave the love and time you are willing to dedicate to them.

Become a volunteer in a Ghanaian orphanage for a truly memorable, life-changing and rewarding travel experience. If you want to serve humanity and share your love, passion and time with children deprived of their parents contact IFRE today to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

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Responsibilities and Impact:

Volunteers working in Ghanaian orphanages generally show support by teaching English to children either in the orphanage or in a local school. You are also welcome to teach other subjects like math and science,and you will also provide an extra pairs of hands to help with the day-to-day running of the project. Every day as a volunteer you will assist with cleaning, cooking and serving food to the children.

Your responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the orphanage, other activities include organizing physical education, sport sessions and creative extracurricular activities, assisting with child counselling, and administrative work if the children are away for school during the day.

With your love and attention, the children will thrive and be motivated and inspired. Your efforts will give them hope for a brighter future and help them reach their full potential. You are sure to feel rewarded as their faces light up each morning when they see you.

Skills and Qualifications:

Volunteers joining Ghanavolunteer orphanage program do not need any specific qualifications or experience. However, you need to be over 18 and have a deep love and passion for children and orphans, and a desire to contribute to making a difference in their lives.

Those with a background in child psychology or who have similar work experience with at risk children in the past will be at an advantage for helping these children. People who have experience teaching English will also be able to provide great additional benefit.

Working in an orphanage in Ghana is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience. Both the kids and the staff will be delighted to have you there, and every day will be filled with fun and new exciting experiences as you immerse yourself in this beautiful country, its people and its culture.

  • First Day: Your in-country coordinator will introduce you to the staff and children in the Ghana orphanage you will be calling home for the duration of your stay. You will be given information about the project, how you can help and general housekeeping information to make your stay is enjoyable and safe.
  • Weekdays: This is an example of your typical work week with weekends free for leisure activities:
  • 7:00 AM: Get up bright and early to get yourself ready for a busy day helping the children.
  • 7:30 AM: Eat breakfast, travel to the project and start making difference.
  • 8:00 AM: Involve in many activities of orphanage, help ensure the children have got to school in time and assist the children with their academic activities.
  • 8:30 AM to 12:00PM: Assist teachers and children in the classroom. Or stay in the orphanage helping small kids
  • 12:00 to 1:00 PM: Enjoy lunch break
  • 01:00 to 03:00 PM: Continue helping in the classroom or in orphanage .

Volunteer in Ghana Orphanage 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.

Our Fees

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$)

Duration Projects
    1 Week $200
    2 Weeks $320
    3 Weeks $440
    4 Weeks $560
    5 Weeks $680
    6 Weeks $800
    7 Weeks $920
    8 Weeks $1,040
    9 Weeks $1,160
    10 Weeks $1,280
    11 Weeks $1,400
    12 Weeks $1,520

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

Airport pick up & transfer $50

Medical volunteer will pay 25 dollars/week suppliment

Language and Culture Program fee $250

Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include travel) $1869

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (volunteer house or 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:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

You will be housed safely with a trusted and loving host family near your Ghana orphanage volunteer project. You will share your comfortable accommodation with like-minded volunteers and every day your host family will be provide you with three authentic and homemade meals.

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Free Time and Weekends:

Ghana is a diverse country with a rich history. You will get every weekend to explore the region and take part in tours, andnature-lovers can visit lush forests, swim on the shores of stunning sand beaches and watch elephants roaming the savannah. For people who prefer city dwelling visit local markets, visit museums and learn about the historical slave trading in the region.

Learn more about the things to do and unique experiences Ghana has to offer.

Safety and in Country Support

While volunteering with us your safety is of the utmost importance. IFRE has provided affordable, safe and life-changing volunteer experiences to over 22,000 people across 20 countries world-wide. Upon arrival you will meet with your local country coordinator who will be available to you at all times and make periodic visits to your host family and project placement to ensure everything is going well.

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Volunteer in Ghana Orphanage:FAQs

Arrival and Departure

You should fly into Kotoka International Airport, Accra for your orphanage volunteer project in Ghana. There you will be met by our local representative who will come to pick you up from the airport. To ensure this process runs smoothly please check that you have sent us your correct flight details. We suggest that you arrive one day prior to your program start date. You will need to consult with our country coordinator before heading to Ghana.

Airport pick up and Drop

IFRE organizes airport pick-ups services for volunteers. After your arrival in the Kotoka International Airport, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to your respective placement. Please contact us to arrange a new pick up schedule if you miss your flight or your flight is delayed. You will need to arrange your own airport drop off service.


It is compulsory for all our volunteers to obtain a tourist visa for their time with a Ghana orphanage volunteer project. You can purchase antourist visa for a 14-30 day stay in Kotoka International Airport on arrival. Please visit for more details about the visa.


The CDC recommends vaccines for Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, Yellow fever, Hepatitis A, Malaria, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Meningitis (Meningococcal disease), and Rabies forvolunteers in Ghana.

For further readings:
Volunteer Health and Safety
Safety Tips for Your Volunteer Abroad Trip

What other important information do I need to know about this project?

Most orphanages in Ghana are not very organized. Therefore, you must be proactive and willing to take initiative while working with an orphanage in Ghana. You must be willing to try new things andas a project we are continually working toward developing an organization that future volunteers can benefit from and follow.

Why Volunteer in Ghana Orphanage Project?

IFRE’s orphanage volunteer program gives you the opportunity to see everything Ghana has to offer. You will get the chance to truly make a difference in the future of underprivileged kids and orphans. You will positively change their lives in the most rewarding way possible.

Dedicating your time will help create a healthier and safer environment for kids to live in

The work in this orphanage Ghana volunteer project gives you the opportunity to provide children with healthy, secure and constructive childhoods. All of this work has a long-term positive effect on staff, children, families and the local community overall.

You will help change the lives of orphaned children

Sharing your love, passion and time with children deprived of their parents will help give them a brighter future. By providing much-needed care and support to these orphaned children, you will positively change their lives in the most rewarding way possible.

Assist with local orphanages in their struggle to look after orphaned children

As a volunteer in this orphanage project in Ghana, you will assist local orphanages with taking care of the children and be given the freedom to conduct creative programs such as games, music, art, and painting. Additionally, you will make sure that these children eat well, sleep well and live well.

Develop meaningful and lasting relationships with Ghanaian orphans

The love and the care that you provide the children with will make them feel loved and help them enjoy their childhood without any emotional disturbance or pressure. Volunteers, like you, will get the chance to develop real and lasting relationships with these children and help change their lives.

You will make a positive impact and provide a better future for orphans

The dedication and time you spend with the children during your stay with the Ghana orphanage volunteer project will help educate the children, which will in turn help provide a better future for these unfortunate orphans who don’t have families to depend upon.

Your time will go to a greater cause

Taking part in an orphanage volunteer project will allow you a chance to dedicate your time and effort into improving the lives of Ghanaian orphans. By helping educate these children you will play a part in saving them from torture and exploitation. A good education will also give them the security to grow up well with shining personalities.

Other popular volunteer programs in Ghana

If you’re looking to volunteer in Ghana with something other than an orphanage, IFRE also offers projects aimed at teaching English, working in the medical field and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, and much more!

IFRE Orphanage Volunteer Opportunities in Other Countries

There are orphans in need of help in countries other than Ghana. See IFRE orphanage volunteer opportunities in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. With IFRE volunteer programs you can make a meaningful change in the lives of orphaned children around the world. See the list below for some of our most popular orphanage projects:

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