ABOUT GHANA

AKWAABA means “WELCOME” in Ghana. So … AKWAABA to this beautiful country!

GHANA IS INCREDIBLE. Everything is in excess… overwhelming hospitality, a multitude of religions, languages, music, dancing, socialising and an abundance of glorious African countryside and wide open spaces. The very best of Ghana, however, is the Ghanaian people – they are amongst the friendliest in Africa, so prepare yourself for a warm, sociable welcome!

“Walking to Sambel is probably one of the most amazing things ever! You walk up from the house on Mosuku Road and people from everywhere are shouting out “Obruni” but you just give them a smile, ask them how they are and they feel respected. I mean, at home, people wouldn’t give you a second look but you don’t mind the curiosity of the kids, who come rushing to your feet and grab at your arms and just continuously tug or pinch your skin… you truly feel as though you are doing something fantastic for the kids we have taught.” Jonathan Childs

The atmosphere in Ghana is extraordinary; with its run-down shacks, half completed buildings and people trying to sell you anything and everything. From the moment you step off the plane you realise that you have arrived in a very different place and you’re about to have a completely new cultural experience!

The country has an air of excitement as people strive for achievement and improved quality of life. It is a country that is full of hope and optimism. Ghanaians are proud of their culture and love welcoming people from outside to integrate and mix in with their local customs and way of living.

The air has an amazing aroma; a mixture of charcoal and local dishes cooking over an open pot. The sounds of the energetic tribal language being spoken around you will assure you…. you have landed in Africa!

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Ghana is a country of cheerful anticipation. You will find that you are welcome anywhere and everywhere. The people are extremely friendly and hospitable and Ghanaians are proud of their culture and love welcoming people from outside to integrate and mix in with their local customs and way of living.

Ghana is an exciting modern African culture – open, musical and diverse. Although the country is poor, recently it has attracted new money and Ghanaians are returning from abroad and bringing new investment and ideas with them. Ghana is a stable country and truly delightful to work in and visit. It is now one of the most dynamic countries in West Africa. It was the first country in Africa to gain independence from the British Empire on the 6th of March, 1957, and today Ghana retains a remarkable sense of independence. The country is bursting with customs and tradition and has a long, rich history of crafts-people.

Ghana is very much isolated from what goes in the Western world. When walking around the streets of Accra (the capital city) you won’t find any Beckham shirts, McDonald’s or other touristy gimmicks; just real people living real Ghanaian lives. Ghana is warm, friendly and feels remarkably safe. You sense that you really are in Africa. Much of the attraction of Ghana results from its legacy as the centre of the gold, ivory, and slave trade during the 17th and 18th centuries, when the mighty Ashanti Empire held sway here. However, Ghana also possesses one of the best game reserves in West Africa, a multitude of good beaches, and plenty of hospitality.

For people who are looking to escape from the comforts and routines of our world and to enter a country that has a proud African culture and heritage, then Akwaaba [welcome] to Ghana.

“Absolutely loving Ghana, the place, the people, everything is so good. I don’t even feel homesick, which is wicked.” Ruth Clague, Teaching Placement

“To any volunteers: Ghana is nothing like what you will expect and there is no way of describing it without experiencing it. Don’t have any doubts about coming because it is great. The people you meet are all the friendliest and I’m sure you will make friends for life. Teaching is a hard but a very worthwhile experience. The homesickness soon fades, especially when you travel on the weekends – we saw crocodiles on Saturday”.
Jessica McAlpine

Read about Travellers very own Richard Cowley’s thoughts about Ghana

Read about what it’s like to live in Ghana

To read about the extensive Support & Backup we provide in our countries, please click here.

Hi, Travellers, I am just emailing to thank you. Mid September I emailed you asking whether you could put me in touch with volunteers from your company as I had no one else from my company! Although I had a nightmare with my company, it turned out that I had an amazing time in Ghana. This is somewhat down to you at Travellers for … enabling me to travel at weekends and relax in my free time with them. We all had a wicked time. Thanks a lot for also putting me in touch with Richard, and thank him too if possible. Will Martin

About Ghana and our fascinating voluntary projects available for you to do
About Ghana and our gascinating voluntary projects available for you to do

Teaching: All types of teaching projects, from English to Music and Drama, Maths to IT. No qualifications required.

Sports: You can take part in a varied selection of Sports projects in Accra

Work Experience: Gain experience in Journalism, Law, Medicine, Radio, TV Production and Web Design – and make your CV stand out from all the others!

Pre-School Project in Accra region where you will assist in a pre-school for orphaned and under privileged children.
Summer Camp! Travellers runs a summer camp every year and it’s great fun! Don’t miss this one. You can combine it with other projects.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Volunteer Feedback
Info on Living in Ghana
Summer Camp Photo Gallery

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Local women cooking in Accra, Ghana’s capital

Street Vendors

ACCRA
Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is both big-city hectic and African laid-back. Accra may not be one of the prettiest cities by Western standards, but there is something else this African city has that makes up for lack of planning and fancy buildings. It is a wonderful city to experience. It is full of character, has a warm feel, is extremely friendly and feels very safe. It also has some great beaches!
Spend a few hours in the breezy capital of Accra and you’ll swear the wind and waves off the Gulf of Guinea have infused the land and people with equatorial warmth. It is a city that is young, wild and full of soul and here you’ll sample the true African spirit. During the day, the streets are full of market stalls and vendors where you can browse and buy mouthwatering foods, colourful Kente cloth, beads, or baskets. Don’t forget to practice your haggling.

During the night the city comes alive with the traditional Ghanaian ‘spot’ bars and the sound of live drumming music in the warm night air. Village-specific festivals and events occur throughout the year.

Accra itself is fascinating, very different from home. Very noisy, dusty and hot, but really colourful and vibrant. Particularly impressed by the palm trees, amazing variety of little stalls and shops and the women balancing huge bundles on their heads! We’ve felt very safe so far – very little hassle from people, most of whom have been really welcoming. Caroline Allen – Law Placement Jan 2004

CLIMATE AND SEASONS
There really is no ‘best’ time to visit Ghana, as the temperature is always Africa-hot and if rainfall doesn’t soak you, then the humid air will. If you prefer your soaking tropical in nature, stick close to the beaches. In the south there are two rainy seasons, from April to June and September to November. Temperatures range between 21 and 32 degrees C, highest in March and lowest in August. Whatever the season, the weather gets more arid the farther inland you go.

Current weather in ACCRA (when finished, close window to return here)

Capital City: Accra
Currency: £1 = 2.05 Cedis. $1 = 1.16 Cedis (at time of writing)
Languages: English (official), African languages (including Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe, and Ga)
Population: 19.5 million”
Ghanaians are warm, friendly, and sociable people. They are polite, open and trusting – even with strangers. They take life at a more relaxed pace, viewing time as a series of events rather than a matter of hours or minutes. This is known as GHANA TIME – it can be frustrating to foreigners, but relax and you’ll get used to it. To them, people are more important than schedules.

Ghanaian transport – the tro-tro

GHANA ON THE INTERNET
Lonely Planet: www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/africa/ghana
Ghana Tourist Board UK: www.ghana.co.uk

Ghana home page: www.ghanaweb.com

Ghanaian embassy in London: http://ghana.embassyhomepage.com/index.htm

Ghana travel notes: www.travelnotes.org/Africa/ghana.htm

“I’m sure you must hear this all the time, but the people here are really friendly. They really go out of their way to make sure I’m OK.” Omar Choudhary, IT/Web Design Project

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