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Register: Environmental Volunteerism Programme

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Environmental Volunteer

Overview

This programme is mainly about dealing with climate change, environmental conservation and the protection of the environment. This particular volunteerism programme offers volunteers the opportunity to work in local forest communities as well as in conservations and protected zones.

As has already been said, one of the primary objectives of our Volunteer In Africa Programme is to mobilize volunteers from different parts of the world, to come and support our Community Transformation Programme

Under this Environmental Volunteerism Programme, volunteers work to protect the biodiversity and ecosystem of their placement communities and regions. The activities may also include tree planting, beautification of the environment, improvements in water resources, safety against forest fires, reforestation, and a conservation of natural habitats as well as inhabitant species.

You can even consider it as an ecotourism opportunity because, throughout your volunteering period, you shall always be guided by professional environmentalists who will provide you with adequate help and knowledge.  Thus, it’ll be an incredible opportunity for you to learn through experiences. You’ll have lots of fun and always find something new to learn during your volunteering journey in the chosen African country.

Two (2) Tours: We make all our programmes fun. So as part of the programme package, you will be entitled to two tours around your host country, local food cooking lessons, local dance lessons and aerobics, as well as socialization and networking with other university students and professionals. How cool is that?

You are going to gain a lot and make a lot of impact. However, you should not just volunteer to enhance your CV or resume. Volunteering should always be done for the right reasons; that is, a genuine desire to help people and improve communities.

So those are the kind of people we are looking for to be part of our volunteerism programmes.

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Programme Highlights

  • Get an opportunity to work with professional environmentalists and learn more about the flora and fauna of the host country.
  • Partake in tree planting exercises to reduce the impact of Climate Change and the overall rise in the temperature of the host country.
  • Spread awareness among the local community, regarding environmental protection and conservation, the impact of Greenhouse gases, recycling, Climate change etc.
  • Partake in aesthetic and horticultural projects aimed at beautification of the environment as well as clean up exercises.
  • Contribute to SDG goals #1, 4, 6, 13: Poverty, Education, Clean Water & Sanitation, Climate Action.
  • You shall receive an International Volunteerism Certificate upon successfully completing your 30-day volunteerism exercise.
  • You will be entitled to two tours around Ghana.
  • Weekends are free for volunteers and you can take more weekend trips if you like. You will have free times during the weekdays as well.

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Programme Description

This programme is mainly about dealing with climate change, environmental conservation and the protection of the environment.

The locality of this programme boasts of some unique flora and fauna, and a community of indigenes who are mostly farmers and would love to be educated on ways to improve upon the environment so as to positively affect their farming activities.

Volunteers work to protect the biodiversity and ecosystem of their placement communities and regions. Activities may include tree planting, beautification of the environment, improvements in water resources, safety against forest fires, reforestation, and a conservation of natural habitats as well as inhabitant species.

As a volunteer of this project, you will add value to the lives of the locals and also educate yourself and enhance your knowledge about the ecosystem, benefits of preservation, promotion of green culture and the minimization of the environmental impact of agriculture and tourism.

Being a part of this Environmental Volunteerism Programme, you’ll get to contribute towards sustainable development and learn to be responsible in the things you consume and use every day.

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Placement Location

The Volunteer In Africa Programme is going to take place in Ghana. Specifically, in communities around Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

We periodically review our programmes. Hence, it is likely that new locations will be added in the course of time. If any change occurs in the placement location, volunteers shall be informed accordingly.

Ghana is a magical country. The people are friendly, energetic and welcoming. The country is culturally rich, full of diverse wildlife, amazing beaches, gorgeous hinterland and not forgetting, the affable locals. It is renowned for the friendliness and warmth of its people. It’s no wonder Ghana is known as the “Gateway to Africa”.

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Programme Requirements

Programme Eligibility Requirements

To partake in any of our volunteerism programmes, you need to meet the requirements below:

  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old.
    • In order to join any of our volunteerism programmes, you need to be at least 18 years old on the starting date of the volunteerism programme you are interested in.
    • As volunteers will be working with young children (especially, the education-related ones), and will have an important impact on their education and lives, the minimum age is a way to secure the emotional maturity and sense of duty that is necessary to fulfil the tasks properly.
  • Language Skills: 
    You need to speak English (intermediate level).
  • Police Reports:
    • Criminal Background Check.
    • Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Required Documents:
    • Resume/CV with relevant certifications.
    • A copy of your passport.
  • Time Commitment: 
    Your helping hand will be required five (5) days in a week (Monday to Friday). 

    • Saturday is for social activities, networking and volunteerism trainings at our Volunteers House.
    • Sundays are your free days.You can choose to travel the country during the weekends or even explore nearby attractions during the weekdays; exploring the rich history and culture of the country as well as the small rural towns and villages.
  • Nationality Restrictions: 
    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
  • Travel Insurance:
    Not compulsory, but recommended.

NB: All documents and reports are supposed to be presented to your Country Co-Ordinator before departure. When you register after the virtual Workshop Presentation, we will contact you and tell you when to submit them.

 

Physical, Medical And Mental Fitness

You should also be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online registration.

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Who Qualifies

So long as you share an innate love for endangered species and for Mother Nature in general, and would love to help communities improve upon their environment, you are more than welcome to partake in this programme.

  • You also need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
  • Above all, you should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
  • Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report as well as a Vulnerability Sector Check report.

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How you will be making impact

What Will You Be Doing?

Your Duties And Responsibities

Volunteers will be working as a group under the supervision of the staff of the Environmental Protection Agency or Forest Commission of the district or municipality of the target community.

 

Project Site Orientations 

If this is your first time doing environmental work, don’t worry. On your first day of work, you shall receive training on all the environmental activities you are to undertake – species identification, conducting field surveys, equipment set up and data collection. Orientations take place on every project site, carried out by the Team Leader before the volunteers begin each activity. Areas covered may include:

  • The conservation aims of the specific project.
  • How it will be carried out, including any instruction or training required for the volunteers.
  • Essential safety information.
  • Facilities on site / nearby.

Throughout your volunteering period, you shall always be guided by professional environmentalists who will provide you with adequate help and knowledge.  Thus, it’ll be an incredible opportunity for you to learn through experiences. You’ll have lots of fun and always find something new to learn during your volunteering journey in the chosen African country.

Being a part of this program, you’ll get to play an active role in impacting the health of our natural environment including, but not limited to:

  • Reforestation.
  • Organic Farming.
  • Recycling Education.
  • Building Eco-Friendly Products That Benefit The Environment, etc.

Your specific schedule will be decided on by your supervisors when you arrive.

 

Aspire To Leave A Legacy

Work done in the deprived communities is truly phenomenal and some previous volunteers have left behind an inspiring legacy; you should also aspire to do same. These include but not limited to, donating to fund activities at the school, food/clothing/stationery donation for the children of the community, as well as running online campaigns for the same purposes.

Environmental Issues Campaign – Climate Change, Recycling etc. 

With respect to the Environmental Issues Campaign, volunteers will be conducting educational presentation sessions in local communities and schools, to spread awareness among the people regarding environmental protection and conservation issues plaguing the region. For instance:

Climate change and the impact of greenhouse gases, recycling and plastic pollution.

These sessions will be aided by the project supervisors who will help with the preparation of presentation materials and language translations within the local community.

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Teach Music & Arts

Teach Music, Dance, Crafts And Sports

Aside your environmental protection and conservation duties, if you have any other skill or talent that you can teach the children, that will be great. Not every child responds well to the regular systematic scholastic training. Some are more receptive to the arts rather. So if you know any of the following arts, then it will be of great help if you can teach it to the children. Arts like:

Music, Dance, Crafts and Sports.

Aside the ones stated above, if you have any other arts skills and knowledge, you can notify us during your online registration so that arrangements can be made for you to teach it to the children when you finally arrive at your assigned school.

 

Fun Fridays

Fridays are usually for games in most of the schools. Hence, for the Edu-Mentor and  Chlidcare Volunteerism Programmes, we have Fun Friday sessions. Environmental Volunteers are also allowed to also partake in it if they are interested.

On those days, volunteers and co-ordinators come together to organise social activities, plan games and perhaps even organise an afternoon trip outside of the school, for the children.

Volunteers usually contribute a small expense to facilitate this, but contributing and participating in Fun Fridays are by no means compulsory. However, it is a fun experience that increases the bonding and mentoring.

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Who You Will Be Working With

You shall be working with other volunteers as a group, under the supervision of the staff of the Environment Protection Agency or Forestry Commission, of the district or municipality. These are professional environmentalists and they will be providing you with adequate help and knowledge.

Furthermore, should you need any guidance or assistance from the Volunteers House, our local team would be a phone call away.

But interestingly enough, most volunteers strike up a strong bond with the environmental protection staff and community members, and end up getting treated as actual members of staff as if they have always been part of the institution. It is not uncommon to be invited by your fellow  environmentalists to come to their homes for dinner as a way of saying thank you.

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What Should You Bring Along?

Any material that can aid in the education of environmental protection and conservation. Eg. educational toys, books, classroom materials etc.

If you have a laptop computer too, you can bring it along to work with and also use it for demonstration and presentation purposes.

You can go online and watch some videos on YouTube or other learning sites to pick up some new techniques, conservation methods as well as strategies, to make your campaigns and interactions with the locals more fun and exciting. 

Your Regular Daily Schedule

How Much Time Will Be Spent?

You will be expected to work at your placement five days a week (Monday – Friday). Each day, you will generally finish your placement at the clinic around at about 2 pm. But if you are to go on an outreach, then you may close your day around 4 pm.

After your daily session, you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and the local team at the Volunteers House. On some days, we organise games and activities in the evenings.

A Typical Day

06:30 amBreakfast is ready.
07:00 am             Volunteers leave the Volunteer House to programme placements.

(Time depends on the distance to the placement and the traffic conditions on the way).

08:00 amWork starts.

(Conservation and other environmental activities begin).

12:00 pm – 1: 00 pmLunch Break.

(You can use the break period to get something to eat or if you have a packaged lunch, then you can take some time off and eat).

1:00 pm – 5:00 pmWork Continues.
5:00 pmWork Closes.
5:30 pmReturn To The Volunteers House.

**Please note that, this is an example of a schedule. Time schedules may vary depending on the season, priorities, conditions on the ground, etc.

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How To Utilize Your Free Times

Weekday Free Time Activities (Mon – Fri)

After work, volunteers are free to utilize the rest of their day as they wish. You can easily head off into the town to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with friends before heading home. The ease of taxis and other means of transportation, offer a really flexible experience for volunteers. You may also choose to go shopping in the local markets to prepare your dinner, or you can go to a restaurant to eat out or visit the local swimming pools.

Some of the activities and pastimes you can enjoy during weekdays include:

Swimming, sightseeing (waterfalls and breath taking scenery), after school & homework clubs, sports facilities, live music, plenty of nightlife, restaurants & hotels providing western cuisine.

 

Weekend Free Time Activities (Sat – Sun)

Saturdays  are for social activities, networking and volunteerism trainings at our Volunteers House. Activities like aerobics, team building games, end of week project meetings, volunteerism training, local language lessons, traditional dance lessons, traditional food lessons etc., will take place. There will be other pastime activities like a Movie & Pop corn night. So there will be a lot to do on Saturdays in the house.

Sunday is free. You can use the whole day to do whatever you want.

Tour Package: As part of the programme package, you will be entitled to two tours in Ghana. However, if you so wish, on weekends, mostly on Sundays, you can travel around Ghana to see how amazing the country is. Some activities you can consider include:

Safari, hiking / trekking, museums, slave castles, canopy walk, waterfalls, malls and cinemas (showing latest films), beautiful beaches, surfing etc.

Our local co-ordinators will always be on hand to offer any advice that you may need. 

 

Weekend Travels

Inasmuch as you are allowed to travel and have fun, we expect volunteers to visit their placements from Monday to Friday. Exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc. But the essence of our volunteerism programme is to make  a lot of impact within your period of stay. Hence, we will advice that, such excuses and exemptions should be kept to a minimum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Change My Placement?

Before you arrive, we will have a lot of interactions and discussions with you, for you to be sure of your placement. Your online registration data will be used to make all the necessary arrangements for you.

So a lot of work gets done even before you arriveID Cards would be made, customized T-Shirts would be made, name tags, and all that. So it will not be a good idea to suddenly change your mind upon arriving at your volunteerism placement.

All arrangements are going to be confirmed with you even before you travel so you are sure to know exactly what you are going to meet.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Be A Qualified An Environmental Science Expert To Partake?

Volunteers for our Environmental Volunteerism Programme don’t necessarily need environmental protection or conservation experience; just energy, enthusiasm, an open mind and an open heart

You should mainly have the desire to help to make a difference in the lives of the less privileged.

On the other hand, if you are a skilled professional such as an environmental scientists or entomologists, or you are studying to become one, then you will have much to offer in this particular programme.

The greatest traits of a volunteer are enthusiasm, empathy and the ability to adjust to alternative cultures. You will get the most out of your trip by opening your mind to new experiences and beliefs, whilst also bringing your own to the table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Help Financially?

Like all institutions in deprived communities, funds are desperately needed to help the institutions progress and reach their full potential. Cash donations are welcome during your placement period, though they are not compulsory.

You can decide to donate something small at the end of your tenure and even plan a fundraising campaign together with our local team. As you have been made aware, we will teach you sixty (60) different fundraising strategies after you register. So you are going to be knowledgeable on how to effectively raise funds.

Some volunteers have even gone on to sponsor children, providing them with funding for education until they finished school. Thus, giving some of the children a fighting chance at their future.

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Children's Safety Comes First

Our Ethics Note

Especially Where Children Are Involved

Children are mostly vulnerable and at risk. Some too deserve special care and attention. Therefore, we run all our Volunteerism Programmes in an ethical and socially conscious environment. Anyone wanting to partake in our programmes, should have the same kind of mindset.

We have a number or safeguarding checks in place and before we accept or place any volunteer in any of our programmes, especially those involving vulnerable and at risk children, we check to make sure that each volunteer meets the required qualifications. Therefore, although we commend good intentions, we will always take safeguarding checks as a priority above all else.

We work with the government of the host country of each of our programmes, through various social protection agencies like the Department of Social Welfare. So we are very much conscious of child rights and child protection policies.

Our programmes are completely in support of locals and foreigners who want to support child development programmes for the needy and underprivileged communities. So we welcome all such people who have such good ambitions. But as has been said, we will always take safeguarding checks as a priority above all else.

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Programme Goals, Outcomes & Impact

Programme Contributes To The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Goals #1, 4, 6, 13: Poverty, Education, Clean Water & Sanitation, Climate Action
  • As future leaders of the world, we see it as a responsibility to protect anything that tries to harm the environment and the future for that matter. Climate change is a real threat and needs to be checked. Taking action to safeguard health and water as well as against climate change, will directly contribute not only to these three Sustainable Development Goals, but also to the other SDGs as well.
  • Taking action in this regard will also bring about a lot of positive economic impact. According to the UN:
    • Bold climate action could trigger at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits by 2030.
    • The energy sector alone will create around 18 million more jobs by 2030, focused specifically on sustainable energy.

    The annual average economic losses from climate-related disasters are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. This is not to mention the human impact of geo-physical disasters, which are 91% climate-related. Between 1998 and 2017 these disasters killed 1.3 million people, and left 4.4 billion injured.

  • It is still possible, with strong political will, increased investment, and using existing technology, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, aiming at 1.5°C, but this requires urgent and ambitious collective action.

Goals, Outcomes & Impact

  • Our long term goal is to be able to make the citizens of our target communities environmentally conscious so as to be vanguards for environmental protection and conservation within their localities.
  • For our medium term goal, we aim to make our target communities some of the cleanest in their countries.
  • Our short term goal is that, for each volunteerism period, volunteers will be able to make an impact on just one or two chosen focus areas.

Per our goals as stated above, our objective is to create a sustainable healthcare support system for the chosen deprived clinics and their communities. Hence, this Medical Assistance Volunteerism Programme, has a long-term objective and sustainable impact.

Your contribution in the form of volunteerism, though for a short duration, will add up to the contributions of previous volunteers and future volunteers. Even after you are done with your volunteerism work and you go back to your home country, you shall be constantly informed of the progress of the programme and the results that are being achieved.

In the end, you can be proud of the outcomes that will be realized as a result of your effort and the efforts of other volunteers who came to continue from where you left off.

Commitment And Dedication Are What Will Give Results

Our Expectations

What Do We Expect Of Volunteers?

We expect volunteers to visit their placements from Monday to Friday. Exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc. But the essence of this Environmental Volunteerism Programme is to make  a lot of impact within your period of stay. Hence, we will advice that, such excuses and exemptions should be kept to a minimum.

Transportation Cost: Budget An Additional 10 – 40 Ghana Cedis Per Day

You will mainly be going to your assigned placement location either in an Uber, a taxi or minibus. You can choose to go to the local taxi rank and pick a shared taxi or minibus (they are very reasonably priced).

Alternatively, you can order an Uber with your mobile phone. If Uber is not operational in your placement location, then you will have to go by a taxi or minibus. 

You are likely to spend between GHC 5 and GHC 40 a day as transport fares. The average is about GHC 10.

Our team will be able to assist volunteers group together for transport and where to find taxis etc. As has been said, after school, volunteers are free to utilize the rest of their day as they wish. You can easily head off into the town to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with friends before heading home, and the ease of taxis offer a really flexible experience for the volunteers.

How Much You Have Pay To Partake

Programme Fee

Programme Fee Explanation

The money you will be paying as a Programme Fee is not meant for your volunteering activities. Rather, it is to take care of your accommodation, feeding, airport pickup, other operations & services etc.

Our volunteerism programme fees are periodically updated. So for the current rate for this particular programme, please check the figures here.

If you are already aware of the programme fee, then click on the button below to register.

Other Information
Check the detailed page of our Volunteer In Africa Programme for other information on:

  • What You Are Paying For.
  • What Is Not Included In Your Payment.
  • Meals.
  • Accommodation.
  • Orientations.
  • Tours/Activities.
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