How do I choose my Project?
On this website you can find variety of projects, browse through and let us know your interest by indicating it on the application form.
What happens after l submitted my application Form?
A staff member of the R.V.O-Ghana will contact you shortly your completed application form is received. Give us one week to prepare your placement details, host families information etc.
Will someone pick me up from the airport?
Yes. This is included in the price. You will be met on arrival by one of our staff, who will transfer you to your hotel accommodation the first night of arrival. Participants are advice to send copies of their flight itneries to us before their arrival in Ghana.
Are there special dietaries for vegetarians?
We will strive to meet any dietary requirements you may have, and will ask you to declare these on your application form.
What type of accommodation should I expect?
Participants should expect a shared flat for volunteers from local Ghanaian host families and during tours participant would be accommodated in hotels.
Will I be safe?
Your safety is a primary concern for us, and we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that you are safe. We only go to areas with excellent track records for safety. However, no trip can be guaranteed to be one hundred per cent safe, and each guest must recognize that travel to developing countries is, in general, less safe than travel to developed countries.
What if I get sick?
Our pre-trip information pack will provide you with how to minimize the risk of falling ill, and our staff / host families will also brief you on hygiene. Even though R.V.O-Ghana will pay for all sickness bills during the project, we strongly encourage you to take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover the event that you fall ill. This coverage should certainly include all medical-related expenses, and emergency air lifts where required.
Will I pay extra fee after paying the project fee?
No, there is no extra fee to be paid after you have paid the project fee. Please find on the website the fee, what the fee covers and what the fee does not cover.
When Can I volunteer?
All R.V.O-Ghana programs are open in every month and throughout the year, but volunteers normally provide to us their own availability date and time. .
When Can I make payment of Project fee?
Full payment should be made once you have receive your requested placement details, host families information, pre-departure profile on Ghana etc.
Where Can I make Payment?
Payment could be made via this 3 process:
Is my money protected after I book and before I leave?
Yes. All trip monies are placed into an account that is safe and well managed for your up keep in Ghana.
How can I travel around as a volunteer?
Weekends are free for all volunteers to explore Ghana. Note you are to inform our staff, host families and project staff before traveling. Also R.V.O-Ghana will provide information / guidelines on where you want to go before you leave.
Can I travel /volunteer with a friend, family member or a group and Can we get the same project and host family?
Yes, you can travel or volunteer with friends, family members with request for the same project and host family, then R.V.O –Ghana will arrange for you.
Can I change my project after I find out that my chosen project is not worthy and have interest in another R.V.O-Ghana project?
Yes, upon notification, R.V.O-Ghana can change project for you, also working project is subject to change at unavoidable circumstances, but volunteer will get same nature of work
What are some of the things I can bring with me?
After we have received your completed application form, a pre-departure profile on Ghana would be sent to you alongside your details of your requested placement and host family details and in the profile list of things to be bring is listed. Also in the book you can find information’s on Ghana, weather, life style, culture, money, banking, clothes, food etc which shall prepares you for your arrival in Ghana.
How important is the R.V.O-Ghana 2-weeks language and cultural program?
This 2-weeks program is uniquely designed to prepare volunteers before they start their chosen projects. This program will enables you to know Ghanaian history, culture, language and the people in General.
Do I need to speak another language before I can volunteer?
Our programs do not require you to speak the local language or English. However, a basic knowledge of English is necessary to follow the instructions provided by the local staff.
Do I need any specific skills to volunteer abroad?
No. Our programs are designed to accommodate all levels of skills and experience.
Will I have time to travel when I'm volunteering in Ghana?
Free time is available some afternoons, most evenings, and every weekend. Our local staff can give you suggestions for places to visit, or you can create your own agenda. During your weekend you can take excursions to other parts of the country, or you may choose not to travel, and stay in town to get to know the community better. You may also choose to travel after the program.
How long can I volunteer?
The Volunteer Abroad program ranges from 2 to 20 weeks.
Will I have a specific placement for my volunteer work, or will I be involved in more than one?
You will have a specific placement, however depending on your skills, interests, and the need in the community, you may be involved in more than one. If you are unhappy with your placement, we do our best to find another placement that better suits your needs.
As an individual can l apply for R.V.O-Ghana group program?
All R.V.O-Ghana group programs are not for groups alone but it is for individuals who have the interest as well.
Where and How can l receive visa for Ghana ?
Visas can be obtained from Ghana embassy / consular in your country of residence.
Where and how can I book my flight to Ghana ?
Flight / air tickets can be booked online or from any tour agent/operator in your country. Upon request R.V.O-Ghana can book your flight for you from any of our tour partners. Note: you are to pay for the cost of the flight.
Are volunteers insured by the R.V.O-Ghana?
No, all volunteers are advice to insure themselves before their arrival in Ghana.
Can you tell me more about in-country transportation?
Please note , transportation from airport to hotel ,transportation from Accra to Kumasi are included in the fee ,but transportation from host family to project and project o host family ,Kumasi to Accra are not included in the fee. Except those who apply for group programs.
Will I meet with other volunteers in Ghana?
Yes, R.V.O-Ghana host volunteers from worldwide every month and it is most likely to meet other volunteers at your project or host family.
What happens after payment of deposit and R.V.O –Ghana could not offer me a placement or I fail to travel?
R.V.O-Ghana has projects across the length and breath of the country so it is very likely all applicants would be offered a placement, In cases where applicants failed to travel, R.V.O –Ghana reserves the right to refund the payment unless applicant agrees to change arrival date . Payments are accepted by R.V.O-Ghana in all currency.
Is the water safe to drink?
In all R.V.O-Ghana programs, safe drinking water is provided. Our staff will also inform you about health issues when eating and drinking outside of the R.V.O-Ghana Home-Base.
Can we go out for dinner?
R.V.O-Ghana provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, volunteers are always free to independently explore local eating establishments. R.V.O –Ghana staff are always available to recommend wonderful, unique restaurants in the community.
What are the in-country accommodations?
The accommodation varies. However, we provide a Home stay in all our locations, typical housing consists of a comfortable house in a safe, conveniently-located neighborhood. Clean, modest accommodations with shared flat with volunteers. Lodging arrangements always have basic amenities like electricity and running water (including hot water where appropriate). As part of the R.V.O –Ghana program, local host families prepare and serve daily meals.
What age groups and nationalities do your programs attract?
We attract participants of 16 years of age and above for individuals from all around the world. But people from all ages can participate in our group programs with adults.
What forms of communication will be available for me to access in Ghana? Will there be internet, telephones, and post offices available?
This all depends on your placement; however, almost all of our placements are close to the major cities where volunteers will have easy access to phone, internet, and post office.
How much extra money should I bring?
Volunteers will be provided with room and board from the very first day to the last day of the program. Therefore, you won't need any money to pay for these expenses. However, if you are planning on taking part in activities outside of the organization, or if you just want to buy some souvenirs, you will need to bring extra money in order to do so. On a side note, you must also remember the visa fee, which varies depending on the length of stay and mode of entry. There is also an airport tax, which you pay upon your departure from Ghana. This can cost around 25 US dollars. You will want to determine the amount of extra money you are to bring based on these factors.
What do I need to know about traveling and sight-seeing in Ghana?
If you are planning to travel in Ghana before or after our volunteer programs, you will need some extra money. If you want to buy gifts for family and friends, you can buy them from any souvenir place in Ghana. You can change your major currencies and traveler's checks at the airport or other exchange agents in the city.
Where will I fly to, and how long will it take to get to my host site?
Volunteers are requested to make their destination Kotoka International Airport in Accra. Our representative will receive you in airport.