1Are there any skills or qualifications that I need to become a volunteer?
No specific skills or qualifications are required to volunteer for TANF. We will be able to find a placement for you where you will be able to use any knowledge, skills and qualifications that you already have.
2What is the cost of living in Ghana?
The cost of living in Ghana depends on your own lifestyle, however, we would suggest that you bring around US$40 per week. This should cover any extra costs such as snacks, drinks or phone credit.
3What could I be doing as a volunteer?
The main areas for volunteering are education, healthcare, childcare and NGO managements. If you decide to volunteer in education you will become an assistant teacher at one of the local schools. If you decide to become a health volunteer you can help in a local hospital. If you choose to do a childcare you will be allocated to our partner orphanage home. And you will be assisting our team to manage general projects of TANF if you choose to do NGO management. We are, however, very open to any suggestions you have. We would like you to work in an area that really interests you and where you can achieve any goals you have set out for your time in Ghana.
4Where will I be living as a volunteer?
As a volunteer, you can decide whether you would like to live in a volunteer house or with a host family; please indicate your preference on the application form. All volunteers will be based in Oyarifa Teiman, a town about 30 minute drive from Accra, the capital of Ghana and Senya Break in the central region.
5What is the accommodation like?
You can choose to live in a volunteer house or with a family. In a host family, you will be assigned to your own bedroom with a lock, flush toilets and bath in most of the towns. You will not always have running water but there will be clean washing water to bath and shower in. A mosquito net can be quite helpful to bring or buy in Ghana at $5. You will be living in a host family house and become a member of that family, which gives you the opportunity to learn their culture, learn a new language, and virtually do everything with them. Host families are carefully selected and are very caring and friendly. If you are living in the volunteer house, you will be sharing a room with other volunteers. The volunteer house often has up to ten volunteers, so it can be quite fun as you get to know your roommates. The house has showers and flush toilets. You can also let us know the type of accommodation you prefer and we will help you get it if you send us advance notice
6Do I need to do anything to prepare before I come to volunteer with you?
In general you do not need to do any preparations before you arrive in Ghana. We will give you an orientation on arrival and will provide you with any information or materials that you need for your placement. However, it is a good idea to research a little about the country and its culture in advance.
7What subjects and age groups can I be teaching as a volunteer teacher?
At the school there is a range of subjects you could be teaching, these include: Maths, English, French, ICT, Music, Creative Arts, Science, and Social Science. If you are a professional teacher you could also help in the training of new teachers. You can decide to teach any grade from nursery to Senior High (from the ages of 2½ to around 19).
8If I decide to volunteer in the health sector what area could I work in?
Depending on your experience and your qualifications you can choose to volunteer in the following areas: common healthcare assistant, nursing, AIDS/HIV, midwifery, dentistry, general health consultancy or public health screening. For any medical students, you will have the opportunity to work alongside doctors and nurses to get hands on experience.
9When can I come and volunteer?
You can come during any time of the year and there will always be something for you to do. If you want to volunteer as a teacher, we suggest that you do not come during the main holidays, such as Christmas.
10For how long can I come and volunteer for?
The length of your stay is really up to you. However, we would suggest that you do not stay less than a month as it takes time get used to the different climate, food and culture and to familiarise yourself with your placement. Any length beyond a month is possible.
11Which areas in Ghana do you have volunteering and internship placements?
Our placement are mostly in the greater Accra and central region of Ghana.
12Can I select a location in Ghana where I want to Volunteer?
Yes, as long as we offer placements there.
13Is there ready access to Internet?
Yes, there are a number of internet cafés spread around town and you may have a café close to your house. An hour browsing is $0.50. The speed is not very fast but can be used for all the projects you want to do.
14What language is spoken?
The local spoken dialect is Twi but English is the official language used in Ghana. Moreover, most locals can speak some English
15How can I apply for volunteering?
Simply follow this link to fill our online application form. If you cannot access it or are having difficulties you can of course also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the form by e-mail.
16Why should i pay to volunteer?
Good question! A lot of people are surprised when they realize they have to pay to volunteer. However, the cost of volunteering includes accommodation, food, transport and in-country support staff. When you consider the costs you might incur at a hotel or eating at restaurants, the costs are minimal. Plus, as TANF Volunteers offer non-profit program fees you know that every penny of your program fee is going to the local organizations and the people you have chosen to support. Our projects are grass-roots, which in many cases, are solely funded by volunteer fees, and for the concept to work fees are essential. Ultimately, it is a decision of where your money goes. To a hotel, or a local family? We know which we’d choose.
17What is the program fee?
Program fee is paid before arrival. The current cost of program fee is $650 for the first month (2 weeks – 4 weeks) and $120 for any additional week. In Additions we required that all volunteers raise a one-time contribution of $120 for the TANF projects (To sponsor a child for 3months). You can do this fundraising on our Global Giving page or any other ideas you may have and we can discuss fundraising strategies. We will make a suggestion of the most urgent project where funding is needed, however, you can also play a role in deciding where the donation will go and can of course, see first hand the impact when you come to volunteer.
18What does the program fee covers?
Pre-Departure Handbook (Details on everything you need to know about your arrival to Ghana) Airport transfers from Accra airport (Pick Up and Drop Off) Rent and Accommodation throughout your stay Breakfast, lunch and Supper throughout your stay Utility bills (extra Electricity, Water and Gas) Compensation to host family and placements Orientation transportation and tours (within the first three days of arrival to familiarize yourself with the community you serve) Day Tour to the capital city, Accra (seeing the major sights such as Independence Square, National Theatre, Arts and Cultural Center, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park) Continual assistance and contact from members of TANF-Ghana. Certificate upon completion of program Reference letter upon request 24/7 Emergency Supports