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Volunteer In Africa + 2 Tours (Detailed)

Volunteer In Africa + 2 Tours (Detailed)

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Touch Lives And Make An Impact

Let’s Roll Ranger!

Congratulations for deciding to become part of our Volunteer In Africa Programme to support our Community Transformation Programme.

Volunteering can be very fulfilling when you get to see that, the little effort that you contributed to solve a particular problem, is having a huge impact in someone’s life. There are a lot of communities which suffer from social and economic development exclusion and thus need help. We have decided to do something about it. Therefore, we are glad that you are also thinking about joining us.

Each of our volunteerism programmes has been carefully designed to help you to make the most impact whilst offering you a life-changing experience to understand the culture, history and lifestyle of the people. Plus, it is also fun-filled with tours, games, social activities and networking. Just go through the options below and choose the one that you will like to partake in.

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Environment

Education

We teach, mentor and assist in deprived basic schools.

  • Education and mentorship combined.
  • Teaching and assisting teachers in deprived communities.
  • Serving as big brothers/big sisters.
  • Engagement with the local community.
  • Poverty alleviation & inequality reduction.
  • Internship opportunity with The Telescope International organization.

Health

Medical Volunteerism to fill the healthcare gap in deprived communities.

  • Shadowing doctors and nurses.
  • Helping in administrative tasks at the clinic.
  • Both clinical and outreach experience.
  • Poverty alleviation & inequality reduction.
  • Internship opportunity with The Telescope International organization.

Childcare

Work in orphanages and childrens’ homes to care for and mentor orphans.

  • Work in an ethical and socially conscious environment.
  • Teach, mentor and have fun with the children.
  • Help with tasks like cleaning, laundry, cooking, painting etc.
  • Help local staff with administrative tasks.
  • Help with fundraising activities.
  • Internship opportunity with The Telescope International organization.

Environment

Climate Action, environmental  protection and conservation.

  • Work with professional environmentalists.
  • Partake in tree planting exercises.
  • Spread awareness among the local community.
  • Partake in aesthetic and horticultural projects.
  • Poverty alleviation & inequality reduction.
  • Internship opportunity with The Telescope International organization.

150 +

Trainees & Alumni

33000 +

Community Members

15 +

Years Of History

1000 +

Volunteerism Impacted Lives

IMPACTING LIVES AND EXPLORING AFRICA

Our Community Transformation Programme

Overview

Volunteer, Tour And Network

The mission of our Community Transformation Programme is to support communities which suffer from social and economic development exclusions and thus need help.

Some communities in Africa mostly suffer from social and economic development exclusions all because they are not priority areas of the government of the day or because their schools, clinics or other social facilities are understaffed or under-resourced. Because of that, they end up becoming deprived communities.

Meanwhile, per the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, the world hopes to improve the living standards of people by 2030. But we cannot achieve sustainable development and make the world better for all if some people are excluded from the chance of a better life.

That is why The Telescope International has decided to do something about the problem and we have come up with our Community Transformation Programme

The programme has two main parts:

  1. Volunteer In Africa Programme.
  2. Economic Empowerment Projects.

It is a unique programme that combines volunteerismtourism and impact making to achieve sustainable development results in deprived communities across Africa.

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IMPACTING LIVES AND EXPLORING AFRICA

Volunteer In Africa Programme

Overview

Volunteer, Tour And Network

Our Volunteer In Africa Programme is the primary part of our Community Transformation Programme and handles the volunteerism aspect of it. It is about volunteering to do something to assist people living in deprived communities in Africa to have improvements in their educationenvironmenthealth and cultural lifestyles.

In line with those objectives,

We have decided to organize like-minded volunteers from all over the world, so that together, we can tackle the problems – One Community At A Time.

Our Volunteer In Africa Programme is nothing like the usual international volunteerism programmes that you may have heard of, and we plan to make it worthwhile for anyone who would like to partake in it and volunteer abroad in Africa.

  • There are four volunteer programmes: Edu-Mentor, Medical Assistance, Childcare & Environmental - all will take place in Ghana.
  • Though it is a volunteer programme, it will contain some levels of a study abroad experience for students because volunteers are going to be supervised by professionals throughout their volunteering period.
  • At the end of the volunteering period, each volunteer will receive a Certificate Of International Volunteerism from The Telescope International and there is also an internship opportunity with The Telescope International for volunteers who may be interested.
  • We have also incorporated tours, sightseeing and fun activities in the Volunteer In Africa Programme. So in addition to the volunteerism and impact making, volunteers are also going to have fun and go on tours and sightseeing in the country, partake in traditional Dance Lessons & Local Food Cooking Lessons, Aerobics & Team Building Games, and other fun and interesting activities. Plus, you will network with other university students and professionals as well.
  • In short, it is going to be a combination of volunteerism, tourism, fun activities and networking. More or less like a combination of impact-making, fun and networking.

In simple terms:

It is a two-pronged approach, aimed at assisting deprived communities to improve and uplift their living standards, so as to alleviate the impact of poverty and inequality on them. Whilst at it, volunteers learn, gain working experience and build formidable networks.

However, volunteerism should always be done for the right reasons; that is, a genuine desire to help people and improve communities. So one should not just volunteer to enhance his/her CV or resume. But rather, should genuinely desire to help the less privileged in society.

In that respect, we are looking for people who would love to actually help those who are less endowed, to serve as volunteers for our Community Transformation Programme.

Volunteer In Africa Programme

How To Register

The process to sign up as a volunteer for our Volunteer In Africa Programme is very simple. We want all volunteers to understand our programmes before paying their programme fees and joining us. Hence: 

  • You will have to attend our workshop presentation (it is virtual, so you can join from anywhere in the world).
  • Afterwards, you will pay the associated programme fee for the volunteerism programme you are interested in.
  • Then choose the month that you would want to volunteer.
  • You will then be added to the next batch of volunteers who will also be travelling to the target community within that same month.

We will all be in a WhatsApp group so you can always communicate with the programme administrators as well as with the other volunteers.

We will also be discussing the the Community Transformation Programme as a whole in the WhatsApp group as well.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR WILLING VOLUNTEERS

You Need To Be Committed

As has already been said, the volunteerism programme is going to be impact filled and fun-filled. However, volunteerism should always be done for the right reasons; that is, a genuine desire to help people and improve communities.

So one should not just volunteer to enhance his/her CV or resume.

Therefore, we are looking for people who would love to actually help those who are less endowed.

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About The Telescope Volunteers

The Telescope International is a youth and student development organization which has been established to groom the youth through trainings, working experience opportunities and volunteerism activities, so as to help them to be better prepared for life after school.

It is on the background of its volunteerism mission that The Telescope Volunteers was born.

THE TELESCOPE VOLUNTEERS’ mission is basically to improve and uplift the living standards of deprived communities and whilst at it, help volunteers to also learn and gain working experience.

We focus on communities which suffer from social and economic development exclusion and thus need help. In all cases, our objective is to make the most impact in each target community. Hence, all our programmes have poverty alleviation and inequality reduction infused in them. Also, girls education and child rights protection are of utmost importance to us where children are involved.

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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.

Safety And Support

The Telescope International follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures in conducting our programmes for The Telescope Volunteers. These standards and procedures are regularly reviewed and optimized to ensure that volunteers and beneficiaries are always safe and comfortable.

Some of the structures and processes in place include but not limited to:

  • All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams are trained in best volunteer management practices & First Aid.
  • All our volunteer, staff and management are required to adhere to our Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to a 24/7 in-country support from our local team as well as a 24/7 support from our team in their respective home countries where available.

Winifred Bonsu

Volunteerism Programmes Manager

What Makes You Eligible To Partake

Requirements For Our Programmes

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.

How It's Going TO Be Done

Itinerary Summary

Almost every day, you will be doing something different on this adventure. But here are some examples of what you might be doing on each day right from your day of arrival. If say you are to arrive on a Friday:

Friday: Arrival

Saturday: Orientation

Sunday: Free Time

Monday:

  • Visit to your placement location and introduction to the staff you will be working with (meeting the staff, understanding the route, etc.).
  • City Tour.

Monday – Fri: Volunteer Work.

  • Breakfast – 07:00 am
  • Leave for the placement – 08:00 am
  • Volunteer work – 09:00 am to 05:00 pm (varies with each programme)

Weekends: We will cook for you the whole day, so you don’t need to worry about food during the weekends. You will be provided with a three square meal:

  • Breakfast – 07:30 am
  • Lunch – 11:30 am
  • Dinner – 05:00 pm

Saturdays are for Aerobics, Team Building Games, End of Week meeting, Volunteerism Training, local language lessons, traditional dance lessons, as well as traditional food lessons. There will be other pastime activities like a Movie & Pop corn night. 

As part of your programme fees, we will give you two tours in Ghana. However, during your free days, if you wish to explore more tourist sites in Ghana, you can do so. Some options have been provided in the segments below.

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

**Please note that this is only a general template of your itinerary. Adjustments may be made per the programme you will register for and your day of arrival.

Accommodation, Meals, Tours etc.

Itinerary Details

Arrival And Pickup

During our pre-departure meetings, you shall be told of the specific day that you should arrive. On the said day, if say it’s a Friday, you are supposed to arrive at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra (airport code ACC) on the said Friday. If you are a student and there are other students from your institution, then our Programme Co-ordinator for your country will assist you to organize yourself and travel together as a group. 

Pick up is usually between 8 am and 8 pm. That notwithstanding, after you register, we shall be communicating with you and having a lot of discussions (including your arrival date and time). So we will all agree on the right pick up time even before you take off.

When you get to Ghana, at the arrival lounge of the Kotoka International Airport, the local co-ordinating team  will be waiting for you at the arrivals section. You will then be guided to purchase your flight ticket for the local flight from Accra to Kumasi. If other volunteers are expected on that same day, then we will have to hang around the airport and wait for the other volunteers to arrive.

Upon arriving at the Kumasi Airport, a pickup bus will be waiting for you, and together with the co-ordinators, you shall be taken to the Volunteers House. The journey will take about 1 hour and will allow you to gather your first glimpses of the amazing city of Kumasi.

 

Orientation, Local Area Tour And City Tour

The following day which will be a Saturday, an extensive orientation session will be held. Topics like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety and volunteer placements will be explained.

Afterwards, there will be a local area tour for you to familiarize yourself with the local transportation system, currency and utility shops in the area. You can always plot markers on the google map app on your smartphone as reminders.

When we are done with the local area tour, you will be given the 1st of two tours that the programme package entitles you to. This will be a Culture & Heritage Tour (City Tour) of the main city of Kumasi; there will be visits to cultural and historical monuments and venues. Detailed information of the Culture & Heritage Tour would be provided during the local orientation sessions.

Accommodation

We offer basic but comfortable accommodation at our Volunteers House. The place is serene and located in a friendly and secure neighbourhood, with a 24/7 security, a fully fitted kitchen, and multiple bathrooms.

You will never be on your own in your new environment. The Volunteers House is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.

 

Resident In-House Guide – 24/7 Support, Security And Guidance

The Programme Co-ordinator will serve as your Resident In-house Guide. Hence, he will also be staying with you in the Volunteers House to provide your with 24/7 support and guidance. We have a cook who will prepare your meals and a cleaner who will maintain the house. There is also a guard employed for extra security.

 

Dorm Room / Bedroom 

The rooms are a combination of air condition and fan rooms (some rooms have air conditions and others have fans). Some of them are ensuite (with their own bathrooms and toilet). Some too have multiple external bathrooms which are shared. You will share a room with your fellow volunteers and depending on the number of volunteers and room size, some rooms may be mixed-sex rooms.

All windows have insect netting. But as a backup, volunteers can come with their mosquito nets as protection against mosquito bites. A mosquito net which can also be fixed from the ceiling is ideal. You can buy one before travelling or you can buy one in Ghana upon arrival.

You will be provided with a pillow and bed sheet. However, during the peak season (in European travel-industry jargon)  – June to August, the nights in Ghana get cold. So if your volunteerism period will fall within those months, it’s advisable that you come along with some warm clothes for extra warmth when you sleep.

Each volunteer will be provided with a locker to store away valuable items, and there is a wardrobe for you to hang your clothes. The lockers can be locked and you will be fully in charge of it. Hence, you can bring your own small padlocks for them or you can buy some upon arriving in Ghana. Alternatively, more valuable items can be stored with our local team in their private quarters (though we will not advise you to travel with very expensive gadgets – this is only a volunteerism programme, not necessarily a vacation). 

An electric iron and an ironing board will also be made available for you to use.

 

Bathrooms

As has already been said, rooms are a combination of air condition and fan rooms (some rooms have air conditions and others have fans) and some of them too are ensuite. There are also external bathrooms which are shared. In all cases, there are excellent sanitary facilities and the bathrooms are also constantly kept clean by the maintenance unit of the Volunteers House.

That notwithstanding, always make sure to maintain good standards of hygiene in your bathrooms, bedrooms and the whole house in general.

Showers flow consistently. However, if you prefer hot water, heaters and buckets are available for you to heat your water before bathing. You will have to come with your own towel and toiletries or you can buy some in Ghana upon arrival.

 

Kitchen

There is also a communal kitchen where you can prepare meals and store food in the refrigerator. If you prefer to buy ingredients and cook your own food during the weekdays, please note that, although the Volunteers House has a kitchen, it is not a big kitchen so it may not be possible for all volunteers to cook at the same time. Therefore, it may be easier to eat out. You should budget around $40 per week for meals not being catered for by us (if there are any price changes, we will notify you during the orientation sessions).

 

Living Area With A TV

The house has a living area with a TV and comfy sofas to relax in during the evening.

 

Wi-Fi & Internet

We will provide the whole Voluenteers House with Wi-Fi internet on a weekly basis. However, if the credit runs out before the end of the recharge period, there are internet cafes nearby where you can go online for around $1 an hour. Alternatively, you can purchase a USB internet dongle for $40 and this will allow you to connect to the internet at all times via your laptop.

Other Services And Information

New Local SIM card

If you don’t already have a roaming service arrangement with the Telecom service provider in your country, when you arrive, you will be given a local SIM card for your calls and internet at a cost of about $1. But you will have to come with an unlocked phone or you will have to buy one in Ghana in order to use the SIM.

 

Laundry Service

Clothes will be hand-washed whilst at the Volunteers House. While we recommend that you try doing this yourself at least once, to experience how it’s done, you will not have to all the time. A weekly laundry service is available at a rate of $5 per person. But if you can, then you can choose to hand wash your clothes yourself.

 

Power Cuts

Please note that power cuts may occur if Ghana is experiencing a load shedding period during your stay in the country. But it must be noted that, this is not a frequent experience and even when they happen,  the power cuts only last for a couple of hours.

 

Environment And Proximity

Throughout your volunteering period, you will live in our Volunteers House which is a 45-minute drive from the Kumasi city centre. You will find restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs in the centre of town. There is also a small shop opposite the Volunteers House and the local community is extremely friendly.

You can be assured that, any time you step out of the house or you decide to go and buy something, you’ll be greeted by smiling children. Just one of the amazing experiences you’ll have as part of your volunteerism experience in Ghana.

 

Social Life

There are plenty of bars, restaurants and local amenities in the surrounding area. There are also a couple of night clubs in the city of Kumasi, so if you fancy nightlife, there is always a place you can go to. Throughout your stay in our Volunteers House, you will be meeting different people from different backgrounds. Hence, you’ll make a lot of friends by the time the volunteerism period is over.

Food, Water & Beverages

Feeding And Meals

In terms of food, there will be great food, both local and continental.

For breakfast, we provide yoghurt, fruit salad, cheese, bread, jams, tea, coffee, peanut butter, eggs etc. – all cutlery and crockery will be provided.

Lunch time will usually happen at your volunteerism placement, so you may have to buy food from around your placement area. Or if you request, then we can prepare a packaged lunch for you to take along when leaving the Volunteers House in the morning.

For dinner, you will have to buy some ingredients and cook your own dinner at the kitchen of the Volunteers House or you may also choose to eat out. Or you can request for us to cook dinner for you.

After each meal, volunteers help with the cleaning up of dishes, plus some domestic duties as may be required. As has been said, hygiene has to be maintained at all times.

 

What Is Included And What Is Not Included

Per the package we are offering you, because of the cost involved, we will be able to give you a three square meal during the weekends (Saturday & Sunday) – that means we will give you breakfast, lunch and dinner during the weekends – we will feed you the whole day.

However, for the weekdays – that is Monday to Friday, we will give you breakfast only and if you want us to add lunch and dinner, that will be at an extra cost.

If you prefer, then you can choose to purchase your own lunch and dinner at your placement area or eat out.

 

Special Request During The Weekdays

If you want us to add lunch and dinner during the weekdays (Monday to Friday), it has to be on request, as that is not part of your programme fees.

For such a request budget say $6/day or $30/week. (If there are any price changes, we will notify you during the orientation session). Alternatively, you can choose to eat out at a nearby restaurant.

For the weekends (Saturdays & Sundays), we will cook for you the whole day – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. So you don’t need to request for lunch and dinner to be added during the weekends, and you don’t need to cook or eat out.

 

Eating Out

If you fancy eating out during the weekdays, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and local amenities in the surrounding area. You should budget around $40 per week for meals not being catered for by us. Typical meals include spaghetti bolognese, curry rice, burgers and chips, fish, salads, pasta and vegetables.

You can also order for a meal and it will be delivered to you. Small corner cafes and coffee shops (for light meals), as well as well-known fast food outlets (KFC, Pizza Hut, etc.), are also available in town. Vegetarian, Vegan and Halal options are available at some restaurants and supermarkets. You can either go there physically, or you can always order for them.

 

Cooking Your Own Food

If you prefer to buy ingredients and cook your own food, please note that, although the Volunteers House has a kitchen, it is not a big kitchen, so it may not be possible for all volunteers to cook at the same time. Therefore, it may be easier to eat out.

Alternatively, if you can’t be cooking by yourself every evening or you don’t want to be going out to eat every evening, then you can request for us to add lunch and dinner during the weekdays (about $6/day or $30/week).

 

Free Drinking Water

Free drinking water in sachets/bags will always be available for you in the refrigerator at the kitchen and you can always help yourself to it as you please. However, if you prefer bottled water, you can always purchase some from the stalls near the Volunteers House or nearby supermarkets.

 

Vegan Or Vegetarian Diets

If you have special dietary requirements, such as vegan or vegetarian dieting, then do indicate it when filling our online registration form after the virtual workshop presentation. That will let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. If there are special diets like vegetarians and vegans, we will do our best to provide accordingly. However, you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home.

 

Special Diet And Food Allergies

Furthermore, if a volunteer has some very specific dietary requirements (for example, food allergies), that one too, you will have to indicate it when filling our online form. If your special food is something that we can’t readily prepare, then you may need to be preparing your own special food, or you may have to order the specific food from a restaurant.

We Take Security Seriously

Security is taken very seriously in our volunteer programmes.

Africa is a safe place to travel to – especially, Ghana.

That country is one of the safest on the continent and it is politically stable. Each year, several tourists and visitors travel to the country and enjoy their time over there.

That notwithstanding, we have some very effective security measures put in place to always track your movement and location so that you will never get lost. We have a detailed system for managing safety and reducing risks for all volunteers of our Community Transformation Programme.

After registering, before you even travel from your home country to Ghana, we will have a pre-departure orientation session to educate you on all the safety and health protocols in place. That will give you all the knowledge and confidence you need to stay safe, secure and healthy.

 

Volunteers House Security

As you have already read above, we offer basic but comfortable accommodation at our Volunteers House. The place is serene and located in a friendly and secure neighbourhood, with a 24/7 security, a fully fitted kitchen, and multiple bathrooms.

The Programme Co-ordinator will  be staying with you in the Volunteers House as your Resident In-house Guide to provide 24/7 support and guidance. A guard has also been employed to provide extra security. There is a cook who will always be around to prepare your meals and a cleaner who will be maintaining the house. So you will never be on your own in your new environment. The Volunteers House is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.

Africa Is COVID-Safe

With COVID-19, it should be understood that, it is a global phenomenon – not just in Africa.

And if you want to compare the infection rates and deaths, then you can even see that it is safer to be in Africa than in Europe or America.

You can find the global infections rate and other data here:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

You can check them out yourself.

 

Ghana Is COVID-Safe

With respect to Ghana itself, it is currently the safest country in Africa in terms of Covid. The virus is no longer a big deal there as it is in Europe or America. Schools there reopened long before schools in Europe and America and at the moment, social life is almost back to normal.

That notwithstanding, safety precautions are not being taken for granted. Social distancing is promoted and masking up is enforced in most social places.

The government too has put in place some very effective COVID-19 and health policies like a mandatory health declaration form for visitors, temperature screening on arrival, a mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival, proof of a negative COVID-19 Test Results, and a Quarantine Policy.

Additionally, in our Volunteers House, we also have our own in-house COVID-19 safety protocols whereby thermometer guns and temperature records are taken daily.

So you are assured of safety against COVID-19.

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You can teach your skills and talents

Extracurricular Activities

Teach Music, Dance, Crafts And Sports

Aside your regular volunteerism duties, if you have any other skill or talent that you can teach the children in the community, 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 in your host country.

Tours You Will Enjoy As Part Of The Package

Two Tours Package

Eight Different Locations

As part of your programme fees, we will give you two (2) tours in Ghana. The two (2) tours will take you to eight (8) different locations in Ghana.

  • Tour 1: Culture & Heritage Tour: Kumasi – Ashanti Region (5 Locations). 
  • Tour 2: Historical Tour: Cape Coast – Central Region (3 Locations).

Aside these two tours, during your free days, if you wish to explore more tourist sites in Ghana, you can do so.

Some options have been provided below.

 

Some Interesting Places In Ghana

  • Kumasi Central Market: One of the largest markets in West Africa with up to 11,000 stalls and four times as many people working there. This throbbing market is utterly captivating.
  • Kumasi National Cultural Center: Inside the walls you will find a museum about the Asante history, a national library and a restaurant.
  • Bonwire Kente Weaving Village: Bonwire Kente Weaving Village is one of the closest places where you can go and buy kente cloth and learn how they are woven using the loom.
  • Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary: The sanctuary holds about 400 Colobus and Mona monkeys.
  • Beyond the Ashanti Region: Furthermore, you can head to the capital city of Accra to see markets, museums and live music, or take a trip to Cape Coast and Elmina where you’ll find the Elmina Slave Castle – the first trading post built South of the Sahara. You will also see pretty, palm-lined beaches where you can relax in the sun. Again, you can spend long weekends visiting other Western African countries like the neighbouring nations of Côte d’Ivoire and Togo.

Weekend Activities And Fun

Utilizing Your Weekends And Free Times

Weekends And Free Time Activities

Weekends are for fun so we organize a lot of social activities on Saturdays and you will have the Sundays as your free days. There is always plenty of extra adventures you can experience in Ghana.

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to discover the brilliant colors, music, food, fashion, history and nature that combine to make Ghana a true feast for the senses.

How Much You Should Pay To Partake

Programme Fees

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.

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Fundraising Options

(Sixty (60) Different Fundraising Strategies)

If you don’t have all the money to pay for it by yourself, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

After you fill our online registration form, we will to teach you  sixty (60) different fundraising strategies that you can adopt.

With the knowledge that we will give you, you can choose to do physical fundraising or virtual fundraising, and it will still work.

So you can easily pay for your programme fees as well as the other auxiliary expenses like flightsinsurance (optional) and spending money.

All international volunteerism programmes come with  service costs and additional personal expenses like, accommodation, feeding, internet, security, flight, transportation, spending money, insurance etc.,

And it is the same with our Community Transformation Programme.

But the fundraising strategies that we will teach you, will make it possible for you to easily raise the money for your trip.

What Is Included

Projects, Accessories, Tours & Certificate

  1. Four (4) Different Project Options To Choose From
    • Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme.
    • Medical Volunteerism Programme.
    • Child Care Volunteerism Programme.
    • Environmental Volunteerism Programme.
  1. Certificate Of International Volunteerism
  1. Two (2) Tours To Different Locations In Ghana
    • Culture & Heritage Tour: Kumasi – Ashanti Region (5 Locations).
    • Historical Tour: Cape Coast – Central Region (3 Locations).
  1. Welcome Package & Accessories
    • Volunteerism T-Shirts.
    • Reusable Nose Masks.
    • ID Card.
    • Volunteer Brochures.
    • Tour Brochures.
  1. Project Management Cost
    • Regular Programme Inspections (Monitoring & Evaluation).
    • Supervision And Training By Project Staff.
    • End Of Week Project Meetings.

Accommodation & Feeding

  1. Accommodation
    • Combination Of Air-Conditioned And Fan Rooms.
    • WiFi.
    • Well Kept Bathrooms With Excellent Sanitary Facilities.
    • On-Site Security And Maintenance.
    • Fully Fitted Kitchen.
  1. Food/Meals
    • Weekdays – Breakfast Only (Lunch & Dinner added upon request).
    • Weekends (Saturday & Sunday) – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

 

Pickup & Orientations

  1. Airport Pickup
    • Accra: Kotoka International Airport To Kumasi Airport.
    • Kumasi: Kumasi Airport To Volunteers House.
  1. Orientations
    • Live Pre-Departure Orientations & Webinars.
    • In-Country Orientations (In The Host Country).

Fitness Sessions, Trainings, Lessons

  1. Fitness Sessions, Trainings, Lessons
    • Aerobics & Team Building Games.
    • Volunteerism Training.
    • Local Language Lessons, Traditional Dance Lessons & Local Food Cooking Lessons.

 
Support

  1. 24/7 Available Support
    • In-Country Project Support (Ghana).
    • Home Country Support (In back home in your country).

 

Additional Medical Supplies

  1. Additional Supplies For The Medical Volunteerism Programme

For those who are interested in the Medical Volunteerism, you will receive the following extra supplies and services associated with the outreach programmes:

  • Basic First Aid Supplies.
  • Malaria Testing Kits.
  • Malaria Medication.
  • Transport From Clinic To Community And
  • Supervision.

What Is Not Included

The Following Are NOT Included In The Programme Fees

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Transportation Costs
  • Travel Insurance and
  • Vaccinations

 

Transportation Costs

You are likely to spend between GHC 5 and GHC 40 a day as transport fares (to your placement area as well as to explore the town or city). The average is about GHC 10. So budget for it.

Flight Tickets

Currently, international flights to Ghana only land at Accra, Kotoka International Airport (ACC). From there, you will have to take a local flight to the Kumasi Airport (airport code KMS). We will assist you to find cheap flights to Kumasi when you arrive.

We will advise you to book your flight between four months and three weeks before your departure date.

Read this article to know the Cheapest Time to Book a Flight.

 

VISA & Travel Permits

Some countries require a VISA to travel to Ghana but others don’t. So make the enquires from you travel agent or from the Ghana embassy in your country. If you are required to get a VISA, then, it will be your responsibility to pay a for it.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you getting a travel insurance, but it is not compulsory. In case of any incidence of a sudden illness, injury or theft, a travel insurance for Ghana can come to your rescue.

That notwithstanding, if you decide to go for one, make sure you read the policy document very well and understand all of their coverage areas and the things they don’t cover.  

 

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Inquire about the required vaccinations for Ghana from you travel agent or health professional. Travellers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result which should have been taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure.

Why Volunteer In Ghana

About Ghana
Why Volunteer There?

Ghana….what is there not to love about that 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”.

 

History

As the first African country to gain independence from its colonial masters (the British) in 1957, Ghana has a rich history that is closely tied to the history of the continent itself.  It currently has more castles and forts than any other country on the African continent and several wildlife game reserves.

 

Geography & Climate

The people and geography of Ghana in many ways reflect the vast diversity of the African continent. Five major ethnic groups speak 50 different languages. The south consists of lush tropical jungle and coastal plains, which give way to open savannah in the northern region. Near the Burkina Faso border, the climate resembles the hot, arid deserts of North Africa.

 

Its People And Regions

The Asantes, one of the great Sub-Saharan civilizations, make their home in central Ghana in the the Ashanti Region. At the centre of the region is Lake Bosomtwe – one of the largest manmade lakes in the world.

The Ashanti Region, home to the Asantes and the Asantehene, is a cradle of culture and national pride. You can experience various festivals and tour several beautiful sites and attractions. If you are lucky to experience the Akwasidae festival of the Asantes, then you may catch a glimpse of the golden stool, which is believed to have been commanded into being from the skies, by the great fetish priest Okomfo Anokye himself.

In the Western Regions of Ghana, you will find Nkroful, the homeland of the Nzema tribe and birthplace of Osaagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah – the first President of Ghana and one of the most internationally revered pan-Africanists of the 21st century. There is also the Nzulezu township that is even built on water just like Venice in Italy. It offers an abundance of activities and experiences.

The Northern Region is home to the big game more often associated with countries like Kenya and Tanzania. Elephants, baboons, buffalo, antelope, warthogs and big cats, can all be found in the savannah, and they thrive very well in the Mole National Park.

Ghana is truly an exciting and popular place to spend some time on a volunteer project or internship. The impact and experience will be very much unforgettable.

Covid-19 and other policies

Ghana's Policies

Visa And Travel Restrictions

You May Need A Visa: Some countries require visas to travel to Ghana whilst others don’t. So find out if your country requires a visa or not. If it is required, then you should get a visa from the Ghana embassy in your country. 

Travel Is Allowed With Restrictions: Travellers are allowed to enter Ghana but there some requirements. Please check the COVID-19 And Health Policies below, to be better informed. If you believe you qualify for some exemptions, please consult the Ghana embassy in your country. You can google the Ghana embassy website for your country and get all the info you need.

 

COVID-19 And Health Policies

Mandatory Health Declaration Form: All travellers are required to complete a health declaration form before arriving in Ghana.

Temperature Screening On Arrival: Temperature screening is required for all passengers on arrival.

Mandatory COVID-19 Test On Arrival: Travellers aged 5 years and older must pay for a test to be taken on arrival in Ghana.

Proof Of A Negative COVID-19 Test Results: Travellers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure. 

Additional Details

This testing requirement does not apply to:

  • Travellers under the age of 5.
  • Ghanaian residents who depart Ghana and return within 1 week, but must take a test on arrival.

Quarantine Policy: Travellers who test positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Ghana, must quarantine for 7 days at a designated health facility. For additional details, as well as any exemptions to this restriction/procedure, contact the Ghana embassy in your country. You can google the Ghana embassy’s website for your country and get all the info you need.

Masks (PPE) Are Mandatory In Public: Travellers must wear masks in public places at all times.

Volunteer Abroad In Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

 

US$ 1,500 For 30 Days (US$50 A Day)

Different organizations charge different rates for their Volunteer In Africa programmes. However, in most cases, the money you pay is only meant to take care of the associated services and not the volunteerism activity per say; and it is the same with our  Community Transformation Programme (Our Volunteer In Africa + 2 Tours programme). 

Nevertheless, we at The Telescope International have gone step further to absorb most of the associated costs as our contribution to make our Community Transformation Programme successful. Hence, we have been able to subsidize the programme fees for our volunteers.

Averagely, each volunteer pays US$ 1,500 for 30 days (US$50 a day).

And for that, you will get  accommodation, feeding, 2 tours, an international volunteerism certificate, airport pickup, customized T-shirts + nose masks, and the other operations & services. In all, there are twelve different benefits you will get for the US$ 1,500. 

 

Fundraising, Sponsorship & Scholarship Options

If you don’t have all the money to pay for it by yourself, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

After our workshop presentation, we will to teach you  sixty (60) different fundraising strategies that you can adopt. With the knowledge that we will give you, you can choose to do physical fundraising or virtual fundraising, and it will still work.

So you can easily pay for your programme fees as well as the other auxiliary expenses like flightsinsurance (optional) and spending money.

Not Really

Unless you are ready to commit yourself full time for six months to 24 months, it is not really possible to get a free volunteer opportunity in Africa.

Even with that, organizations which offer such free volunteerism opportunities are very picky so if you don’t meet certain specific requirements, then you have no chance of getting selected. Furthermore, the opportunities are highly competitive since a lot of people apply for the same spot. So your chances of being selected are very slim.

If you are seeking a volunteer experience in Africa for about a month, then the best option is to register for an opportunity being offered by an organization – like the Community Transformation Programme that is being organized by The Telescope International.

The Process Is Very Simple

The best way to volunteer in Africa is to sign up for our Community Transformation Programme.

The process is very simple as described above.

Each of our Africa volunteer programmes has been carefully designed to help you to make the most impact whilst offering you a life-changing experience to understand the culture, history and lifestyle of the people.

At the end of your volunteerism period, you will receive an international volunteerism certificate from The Telescope International.

In spite of all that, our programme fees are very affordable. So go ahead! Go through our list of Volunteer In Africa programmes above and check them out.

Afterwards, attend our virtual workshop presentation to understand our volunteer abroad in Africa programmes before paying for the one you are interested in. After the workshop presentation, you will then choose the month you prefer to volunteer in and pay for the programme you like. That’s all and you are in!! 

Safety And Health Protocols In Place

Africa is a safe place to travel to – especially, Ghana.

That country is one of the safest on the continent and it is politically stable. Each year, several tourists and visitors travel to the country and enjoy their time over there.

That notwithstanding, we have a detailed system for managing safety and reducing risks for all volunteers of our Community Transformation Programme. After registering, before you even travel from your home country to Ghana, we will have a pre-departure orientation session to educate you on all the safety and health protocols in place. That will give you all the knowledge and confidence you need to stay safe, secure and healthy.

Also, during your stay in Ghana as a volunteer of our Volunteer In Africa programme, you shall receive a 24/7 in-country support. So you can be rest assured that you will always be safe.

Furthermore, the programme team you will be working with, are all professionals and have been trained to adhere to The Telescope International’s Risk Management Policy.

 

COVID-19

With COVID-19, it should be understood that, it is a global phenomenon – not just in Africa.

And if you want to compare the infection rates and deaths, then you can even see that it is safer to be in Africa than in Europe.

You can find the global infections rate and other data here:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

You can check them out yourself.

With respect to Ghana itself, it is currently the safest country in Africa in terms of Covid. The virus is no longer a big deal there as it is in Europe or America. Schools there reopened long before schools in Europe and America and at the moment, social life is almost back to normal.

That notwithstanding, safety precautions are not being taken for granted. Social distancing is promoted and masking up is enforced in most social places. The government too has put in place some very effective COVID-19 and health policies like a mandatory health declaration form for visitors, temperature screening on arrival, a mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival, proof of a negative COVID-19 Test Results, and a Quarantine Policy.

Additionally, in our Volunteers House, we also have our own in-house COVID-19 safety protocols whereby thermometer guns and temperature records are taken daily.

So you are assured of safety against COVID-19.

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We Are Very Experienced

The Telescope International has been in existence since 2005 and we are mainly student focused.

We have been doing a lot of programmes and trainings for students since then. Our Community Transformation Programme is one of our flagship volunteerism programmes but we have been doing other volunteerism and training programmes since our inception.

If you go through this website, you’ll see most of our other volunteerism programmes.

You can also check out our Alumni Page to see some of the people who have benefited from our trainings and programmes.

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