PROJECTS EARMARKED FOR 2018/19
The following projects have been lined up – and are available – for this calendar year of 2018/19:
|CODE||DISTRICT||LOCATION||REGION||TYPE OF CAMP||TYPE OF PROJECT||PERIOD
|HO||HO||VOLTA||INTERNATIONAL||PAINTING OF DZIDEDI PRIMARY SCHOOL||15TH JUNE – 29TH JUNE, 2018|
|EVP02/2018||KETASE||KETASE||EASTERN||INTERNATIONAL||CHECKING OF EROSION AROUND OFFICE COMPLEX||29TH JUNE – 13TH JULY,2018
|EVP03/2018||LA-NKW-ANTANANG-MA-DINA MUNICI-PALITY||MADINA||GREATER-ACCRA||INTERNATIONAL||CLEAN-UP OF NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT VOCATIONAL & TRAINING INSTITUTE||7TH SEPT – 21ST SEPT, 2018|
|EVP04/2018||GA-WEST||TO BE CONFIRM-ED (TBC)||GREATER-ACCRA||INTERNATIONAL||PAINTING OF FENCE WALL||13TH OCT – 27TH OCT, 2018|
|EVP05/2018||GA-EAST||ABOKOBI||GREATER-ACCRA||INTERNATIONAL||LONG-TERM TEACHING, ALL-YEAR ROUND||SEPT 2018 – JULY 2019|
|EVP06/2018||HO||HO||VOLTA||INTERNATIONAL||LONG-TERM TEACHING, ALL-YEAR ROUND||SEPT 2018 – JULY 2019|
Places on the above projects/programs listings are still open. Hurry and apply today!
By volunteering with Earth Volunteers (EV) you are graciously donating your time and skills towards the betterment of communities in need. However, the organizing, accommodating and planning of the program you choose comes with some cost to us here at EV and to the host organization you choose to work with. EV typically charges Euros 350 (Euros 450 for teens) per one (1) workcamp (of 2-3 weeks). It is worth noting, though, that many host organizations have an additional fee which will be indicated (if applicable) in our camp listings.
What is Included?
- 3 Meals a Day
- Project Leadership
- Work Materials
- Visa Support If Applicable
- Pre-Departure Support from EV
- Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure
What is Not Included?
- Visa Fees
- Health and Travel Insurance.
All volunteers are required to come along with their own health and travel insurance policy, covering the entirety of their duration of stay in Ghana.
With Earth Volunteers, our pricing is simple…just get yourself there and we will take care of the rest!
A Breakdown of What is Included:
Living conditions vary greatly from project to project, but are generally consisting of a diverse group of 10-20 people from all over the world; living in a communal setting such as a school, church or community center with separate accommodation for male and female volunteers, or sometimes mixed. Living arrangements are generally co-operative, with volunteers coordinating and sharing the day-to-day activities such as food preparation and cleaning. Because many volunteer programs are in developing countries (Ghana is no exception), accommodations are sometimes rustic/very basic and require volunteers to bring a sleeping bag and mat. Longer volunteer experiences are usually less rustic and include a home-stay or a dormitory style situation.
Included in the price of your program are three (3) meals a day during your volunteer trip. It starts from your date of arrival in Ghana to the day of departure to your home country. The host organization you volunteer with will provide the food. However, volunteers are required to assist with the food preparation – if you are staying in a communal volunteer house. If you are staying with a host family, on the other hand, they will cook three (3) meals a day for you. Lunch will usually be prepared and eaten back at your accommodations (during projects), depending on the schedule. Sometimes volunteers are encouraged to bring ingredients from your home country to share a meal with the group that represents the tastes of your homeland.
Once you arrive at the host organization’s program, all necessary transportation is provided. This often consists of rides to and from the work site to your accommodation as well as any other work-related transport. Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on your departure is offered by EV. A detailed information sheet will be sent to all accepted volunteers not later than one (1) month prior to the project start date which includes directions to the project meeting point where all volunteers will travel to the project location together.
There will always be a representative from the host organization with you during your time abroad. This person is either a staff member or a volunteer trained to lead the program and support you during your time volunteering abroad (in Ghana). This will be your contact-point person to go to with any questions or needs. There will also be a great person to provide a genuine and in-depth look into the local culture and community where you are volunteering, making sure you experience the REAL side of the country you are visiting.
Many programs/projects require tools and work materials for the day-to-day projects you will be working on. Ideally, anything from art supplies, paints to construction tools to farming or construction supplies, and so forth, is meant to be provided by the host organization at no cost to you. However, in very deprived, poor and economically-challenged communities, part of the volunteer participation or registration fee goes to support the provision of some work materials. In this regard, EV will channel part of your program fee towards the procurement of some work materials. The program leaders will also give you proper training on how to use the work materials, if need be.
During a workcamp session, a group excursion is usually organized to a tourist site located within the region or district, where the project is being held. The entrance fee to such a tourist site is catered for by EV. However, this provision/arrangement is subject to discussion with volunteers.
Visa Support If Applicable
We will send you an orientation packet which contains information about specific visa requirements for your destination. Our experienced staff is happy to assist you in the process, but we obviously cannot apply for you. If your visa application requires additional documents such as an invitation letter or proof of volunteer work, simply email us and we will provide you with all the needed materials.
EV will endeavor to provide the necessary pre-departure support in the steps and process of making sure that you are all set to volunteer abroad. If you have any questions simply call or email us and our experienced staff will happily answer your questions and guide you on your way to the adventure of a lifetime. We are here to make your planning and pre-trip experience as smooth as possible.
Preparing for Your Adventure
After you have been accepted onto your volunteer project, it is time to start preparing for your trip. You will need to book your flights, consider travel insurance, and get the needed vaccinations. We also recommend you take some time to learn more about the culture, religion, and language of your destination.
Booking your flights
You are responsible to pay for and arrange transportation to and from your project. Knowledgeable travelers and those who take the time to search many sites will find the most affordable options. Visit StudentUniverse.com to explore flights to your destination.
Optional: Raptim International Travel is a global leader in humanitarian and missionary airfares. With a 60-year legacy and a dedicated team of international experts, they continue to provide non-profit organizations the best travel resources with competitive pricing. They are a great option for volunteers looking for more assistance in booking their airfare.
We recommend you make an appointment with your local travel clinic. Their team of qualified doctors will be able to provide you with more information about health precautions for your destination. They may suggest certain vaccinations, malaria prevention tablets, and ways to avoid food and water-borne illnesses.
Insurance coverage for volunteers during their participation in a project varies with the foreign host organization. If provided, the coverage is for accidents only and not up to most Western standards. Travel insurance is required and highly recommended on all of our trips in Ghana. The style and coverage of travel insurance is a personal preference. Some travel related insurance carriers are World Nomads, HTH Worldwide, and Global Rescue LLC.
Do Your Research
It is very important to get up-to-date information on the regions you are traveling to. The State Department in the United States, for instance, updates information 24-hours a day for every country and region. Your home country may do same – fish out for information!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides updated information on immunizations required and suggested, as well as any disease outbreaks by country.
Visit the Lonely Planet website for a wide range of travel information. They also print books for many countries/regions with great suggestions on travel, accommodation and things to see and do.
You should be able to answer these questions before you depart
☐ Do I have the needed vaccinations?
☐ Is travel insurance the right thing for me?
☐ Did I get any visa I might need?
☐ Have I booked my flight and emailed my arrival information to my local host?
☐ What is the appropriate dress code in the country?
☐ What will the weather be like while I am there?
☐Have I packed accordingly?
☐ Have I done some basic research on the culture, language, and religions in the country?
However, if you cannot find the answer to any of these questions through the above resources, just give us a call. A team member is likely to offer some useful assistance. We love talking about and sharing our knowledge of Ghana and, therefore, would be more than happy to answer your questions.
Passport and Visa Requirements
You must have a passport to travel outside of your home country or place of normal/permanent residence. Your passport must be valid for at least six months past your date of departure from your home country. If you are an avid traveler, please remember that many countries require a minimum of two blank pages in your passport to enter the country. You are responsible for ensuring your passport is prepared for your travel.
We recommend that all volunteers make a photocopy of the front page of their passport. Keep one copy during your travels and leave the other copy with a friend back home. If your passport is lost, damaged, or stolen during your travels you can get a replacement or Travel Certificate (TC) from the nearest consulate/embassy of your country. Possessing a copy of your passport makes this process much easier.
You are responsible for researching and completing the application for any visas you might need during your travels. We can assist with this process.
If your visa application requires additional documents such as an invitation letter or proof of volunteer work, simply email us and we will provide you with all the needed materials.
Usually passport size photos are required for each visa. If you are traveling in regions that require visas, bring some extra photos with you, just in case.
For more information about the visa requirements for your destination, please visit //travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.htm. You can also find useful information by visiting the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Accra, Ghana.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can find helpful information among these commonly asked questions by prospective volunteers!
If you don’t find what you are looking for, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I volunteer?
There are many projects offered in more than 100 countries around the world by partner organizations under the SCI/IVS umbrella! You will find that most of the projects are offered in Europe, Asia, Africa, Haiti and the USA. EV does offer some projects across Ghana. However, for 2018, five (5) project or programs are being offered. But international voluntary service is still developing in this region of the world and, therefore, we are constantly establishing new partners and projects in this region. Check back often and search our Volunteer Project List to explore all the projects that we are currently offering!
When are the volunteer projects?
Most of our projects (about 80%) occur between May and September which is the busy season for EV and our partner organizations; however, we do offer some projects all-year-long. We encourage you to inquire about what is available during your time frame. Our staff is available to help you find the project that best fits your needs!
How long can I be a volunteer?
Most of our projects are short-term projects (2-3 weeks). We also offer medium-term volunteer projects (MTV) that are 1-3 months, and long-term volunteer projects (LTV) of 6 months – 1 year. See our ‘Types of Project’ page for more detailed information about each project type.
Do you offer one-day volunteer placements?
No, EV offers volunteers placements ranging from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 months at a time. If you are looking for a one day volunteer opportunity while traveling abroad then EV suggests “Give A Day Global”, specializing in connecting international travelers with day-long volunteer opportunities (www.giveadayglobal.org)
How much does it cost?
For adult volunteers (ages 18 and above), the registration fee is Euros 350 (Euros 450 for those under 18), regardless of the length of your program. The registration fee includes the placement process, food, accommodation, leadership, specified local transportation, and work materials during the project. Some projects, especially those in developing countries, have an additional fee payable on arrival to help subsidize the cost of the program for our partner organization. Volunteers arrange and pay for their own transportation to the project – if not included in the registration/program fee.
Do I need to know a foreign language to participate?
English is the spoken language in the majority of projects, unless otherwise stated in the project description. There are some projects that are specifically designed to enhance language skills for a specific language like German or Italian, in which case some previous knowledge may be required. All EV projects/programs in Ghana are conducted in English. Volunteers are encouraged, though, to learn some local Ghanaian phrases and terminologies, through their/your interactions with the indigenes.
What type of work will I be doing?
You pick the type of volunteer work you want to do! Projects can incorporate many types of work because the theme arises from the needs of the local community. Some work themes include construction, renovation, environment, agriculture, archaeology, historic preservation, teaching, working with children, campaign awareness like AIDS/HIV education, and working with vulnerable populations such as the elderly and mentally or physically disabled.
What are the accommodations like?
Living conditions vary greatly from project to project. Generally, 10-20 people from three (3) or more countries are housed in a community building like a school, church or community center with separate accommodation for male and female volunteers (but sometimes mixed). Living arrangements are generally co-operative, like a family, with volunteers coordinating and sharing the day-to-day activities such as food preparation and cleaning. Most accommodations are rustic/very basic and require volunteers to bring a sleeping bag and mat. Longer volunteer experiences are usually less rustic and may include a home-stay or a dormitory style situation.
How do I find transportation to my project?
In principle, volunteers are responsible for arranging and funding the transportation needed to get to the project location. However, EV may make exceptions, by funding the transportation of volunteers. A detailed information sheet is sent to all accepted volunteers not later than 1 month prior to the project start date which includes directions to the project meeting point where all volunteers will travel to the project location together.
Can I volunteer with a friend or spouse?
Yes, absolutely! Please list the name of the person you would like to volunteer with on your registration form. Projects are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. EV and our partner organizations aim to keep projects as diverse as possible. Therefore, usually no more than three (3) volunteers from the same country will be placed in a project together. We recommend registering well in advance if you want to be placed together!
Do you offer group projects?
We sure do! Click to view some of our Group Options or contact us, our staff is standing by to help you create a unique volunteer experience specifically tailored to address the academic or social needs of your group. We are happy to work with and place school groups (High School and College), church groups, professional groups, or even families that may be looking for an unforgettable family experience. Do not delay; email us today to get started!
Do you offer a Gap-Year experience?
We are happy to help students looking to volunteer for up to a year in-between your studies. We can organize volunteer projects, in collaboration with our foreign partner organizations, in multiple different countries to create an immersive and diverse year of learning and giving back for young students. Contact us via email to get started!
Can I fundraise for my trip?
Great question, yes you can, we encourage that you do, and there are so many possibilities! Here are a few methods that have work for some international volunteers in the past.
- Fundraise for your trip with ‘Volunteer Forever’! Volunteer Forever makes it easier for people to volunteer abroad by offering a crowd funding platform where you can create a customized page highlighting your project and fundraising needs. The donation process is simple and even allows for donors to share your campaign with their own networks!
Developed by volunteers who wanted a better fundraising solution, Volunteer Forever is committed to helping you successfully raise the funds you need to volunteer abroad. To start fundraising, visit www.volunteerforever.com. Remember to link your profile to the organization you intend to volunteer with.
- Contact Rotary International: Many Rotary Club chapters will support your international experience if you contact them and give a short presentation before and after your volunteer project. Find a Rotary Club near you and give it a shot! You are strongly encouraged to speak with someone who has done this in the past.
- Ask your friends and family to donate for a worthy cause: Sometimes all you have to do is ask! Who knew that fundraising was so easy? Rely on your personal network and community to support your ambitions and be sure to send them pictures and stories when you return. These contributions can be tax-deductible for the donor in some countries. Please, kindly find out from the tax authorities/agencies.
- Set up a matching donor system: Find a family member or organization who is willing to match the dollar/euro amount you raise from others! This is a great way to show initiative and double the impact of small donations from other friends and family.
- Organize a fundraising event: Go with the good old-fashioned car wash, bottle drive, bake sale, or benefit dinner – and make it about more than just you! Raise money to bring clean water to Ghana or bring a donation to the school you’ll help build in Ghana, as well as for your project and trip costs!
Is there insurance provided?
Coverage is provided for accidents at most, but not all, projects abroad. Currently, EV is unable to offer any such insurance cover for volunteers participating on any projects/programs in Ghana due to financial constraints.
How do EV’s partner organizations work?
All projects abroad are managed by our partner organizations. EV places our volunteers on projects through our partners. In exchange EV receives foreign volunteers directly and also from our partners to work on projects that EV organizes in Ghana. In other words, EV mainly exchanges volunteers with our partners. No money is ever exchanged, just the hard work of our dedicated volunteers!
Can I receive college credit for a volunteer project?
If you are already a student, the simplest way is to arrange an “independent study” through a willing professor/sponsor at your own school.
HOW TO CONTACT US
All enquiries and correspondence should be addressed to:
The General Secretary,
Earth Volunteers, Box SD 247,
Accra Sports Stadium,