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— Megan, Volunteer
Welcome to Ho, Ghana
High School Volunteer Opportunities in Ho, Ghana
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As a High School Volunteer Abroad in Ghana, you’ll be welcomed warmly into a colorful tribal culture with your team of global change-makers.
Whether you choose between one, two, and four-week sessions on any of the start dates listed below, you’ll be sharing the experience with a group of your peers, all ages 14-18, and like you, they’ve decided that dedicating their summer to serving others abroad while learning more about themselves is a pretty cool challenge to take on.
We know you’re unique and that you have your own interests, which is why we offer specialized volunteer paths that you can choose from. Select a focus in Education, Technology, Health, or Sports Leadership, or embark on a 4-week Global Health Internship.
And that healthy dose of adventure you’re craving? Don’t worry, you’ll get that too! We know it’s your summer and you want to have amazing stories and photos of natural wonders, mountains,and waterfall swims to share with your friends and family back home.
Ghana Summer 2017 Start Dates: June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5
Ghana, the first democracy of Sub-Saharan Africa, will keep you fascinated at each turn of every dusty road. At sunset, you’ll see women balancing wide loads on their heads, small children fetching water and more smiles than you can count. Often known as the “Gateway to Africa,” there is not a friendlier nation to begin your exploration of the continent. The Volta Region, a lush highland area, is famous for Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world. From visiting a bustling market, full of colorful fabric for sale to learning to weave elaborate kente cloth, Ghana is a place full of culture, with plenty of people ready to share their lives with our volunteers.
YOUR IMPACT: TEEN SERVICE PROJECTS
Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.
Education Create a positive learning environment to enable students to find their passion for language and literacy, for a classroom culture where learning is fun. CCS high school volunteers provide hands-on tutoring and instruction, while completing meaningful projects that carve out inspiring learning spaces in libraries and classrooms.
Sports Leadership Sports and recreation not only benefits health, it also provides valuable incentive and leadership skills that keep students engaged in school. Many underserved schools lack basic facilities, equipment, and staffing to make sport an integral part of the education experience. CCS high school volunteers coordinate sports activities for youth, while building and refurbishing recreational equipment and infrastructure.
Technology Access to technology and the internet is increasingly the most important aspect of progressing education. The technology skills our volunteers can share offer these students a brighter future, making them more competitive for continuing education and professional opportunities later on in life. CCS high school volunteers provide hands-on tutoring and instruction while improving the infrastructure of computer labs.
Health Students in many underserved schools lack the basic health education and services essential to their educational development. CCS high school volunteers will work on healthcare initiatives in a school related to Vision, Dental Hygiene, and Nutrition. Volunteers will conduct screenings, workshops, and support teachers, nurses, and medical professionals in efforts to address public health challenges in the school.
Global Health Internship This unique 4-week Internship program is designed for high school volunteers aspiring to be healthcare practitioners. Interns will work alongside experienced local health care professionals to mentor them in identifying public health challenges in the community and to build the systemic thinking capacity to better succeed in pre-health degrees. The Internship also features site visits to local medical facilities, professional guest speakers, and college essay guidance before, during and after the program.
Voices from the Community
"The CCS volunteers have a very positive impact on my organization because they give pupils a reason to always be present in school and ready to learn."
"The love and empathy exhibited towards the students causes our school and the community to show more love and care for these children, too. The volunteers bring the school and the community together."
"Volunteers help to teach English and they promote cultural exchange and self-expression among the students."
Ho Market Day
Women carrying items on their heads, brightly colored fabric, and street food make a market in Ghana culturally unique. Our volunteers like to come up with their own clothing designs and buy the local fabric to make their look West African. Having custom clothing made is a perfect souvenir to take back home.
Learn to Speak Ewe
Although English is Ghana's official language, you’ll still have the opportunity to learn Ewe, the mother tongue of Ghana's Volta Region and neighboring Togo as well. After just one round of biweekly classes held at your Home-Base, you’ll be ready to greet your new neighbors in the local language.
Join a Dance Circle
The local community puts on an exclusive collaborative presentation just for CCS volunteers to formally welcome you, and you’ll get to join in on a traditional drum and dance circle, a very important cultural practice for the Ghanaian people.
Swim in the Wli Waterfall
Plunge into a natural pool at the base of the Wli Waterfall, the highest waterfall in West Africa. You’ll take a short hike to the falls where you'll witness the rainbows forming in the mist, and then you’ll paddle out to experience the refreshing spray of the falls up close. After drying off, you'll stop by one of the best souvenir spots in Ghana for a chance to buy wood carvings and batik clothes directly from the artisans who crafted them.
Boat Across Lake Volta
Lake Volta, one of the world's largest man-made lakes, dominates the landscape of eastern Ghana at over 3,000 square miles. Boat across Lake Volta and watch as fishermen tow in the day's catch. Check out some of the recreational facilities lining Volta's shores, and even go for a refreshing swim in the lake!
Summit Mount Afadja
Embark on an adventure with the CCS staff as you climb Mount Afadja, the highest mountain in Ghana. When you reach the top, you’ll take in a gorgeous view of rural Ghana—not to mention, you’ll feel invincible.
Sitting atop a hill in a safe, residential community, your CCS Home-Base in Ghana offers beautiful views and your very own mango tree! Common areas are furnished with plenty of chairs and couches that are decorated with bright batik fabrics. Enjoy the evening breeze on the patio with fellow volunteers or bring out a book for some quiet time. Living areas are communal with plenty of space to keep your belongings. Each bed also has a mosquito net, so we've got you covered, literally.
During your stay, you'll feast on a blend of healthy Ghanaian cuisine. If you're not “big on spicy," the CCS cook will turn it down a notch or two. Typical meals include plenty of starches like pasta, potatoes, and some new favorites like cassava and plantains mashed into fufu and banku -- Ghanaian specialties. At meals, you'll have the option to use silverware, but give the traditional way a try by using your hands to sop up a helping of homemade stew with your fufu.
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COSTS & DATES
Reserve your spot today with a deposit of $350! Fees and start dates vary by destination and duration. Make selections below to get started. Did you know your out-of-pocket trip costs might be just a fraction of the below? Click here to find out how.