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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.