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Being a volunteer requires you to contribute your time and money to help those less fortunate while engaging in a great inter-cultural experience. It sounds like a cliché, but we constantly hear phrases like “volunteering with TANF was a life-changing experience” – and that it is! Get involved in a grassroots charity where you can truly get hands-on, make a significant impact, live together with and learn from the local community, and get a rewarding feeling that a donation only can’t bring to you.
No, you don’t. Anybody is welcome at TANF. Some projects require higher education and some positions do require specific skills and previous experiences!
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 support staff in Ghana, to make your stay here a pleasurable one. 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 cent of your volunteer program fee is contributing to sponsoring the local underprivileged children or other TANF projects.
Pre-departure handbook (details on everything you need to know about your arrival in Ghana), airport transfers from Accra airport (pick- up and drop-off), rent for accommodation throughout your stay, breakfast and dinner throughout your stay, utility bills (electricity, water, and gas), compensation to host family, orientation transportation, tours (within the first three days of arrival to familiarize yourself with the community you serve), continual assistance and contact from members of TANF staff, 24/7 emergency support, and a small administration cost. The tour includes sites throughout the capital city, Accra, such as Black Star Square, the National Theatre, Art and Cultural Center, and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.
Although the program fee includes all the major expenses during your stay in Ghana, we recommend a personal budget of $50-70 per week for additional expenses as buying water, snacks, souvenirs, additional meals, events, transport, and additional weekend travel.
In your day-to-day work at TANF you’ll be helping the local impoverished children, their families, and the whole community. But ultimately, how much contribution and work do you want to provide to TANF, depends on you. With TANF you simply select the project of interest (health-screening, school-building, child sponsorship, microfinance etc.) and then get truly hands-on with donating your time, skills and ideas to TANF. Those who take most initiative, make the most out of their stay in Ghana and their experience with TANF.
Many volunteers choose to undertake additional “side projects” while working on the “main project”. If you see something missing or not working correctly while volunteering, you can make it your mission to fix it while you’re there. It doesn’t need to be huge! Maybe it’s a leaky tap, a broken gate, or a chicken coop that needs to be built. Whatever it is, it will be your legacy after you’ve left! There are so many ways to contribute, something that seems very small to you is likely to be life-changing for the person you are helping. As a small act of kindness goes a long way.
In the vast number of cases, the locations where our volunteers are placed either have Wi-Fi at the project site, or in the volunteer house/host family accommodation. However, volunteers are required to contribute to Wi-Fi costs, as many volunteers want to use it to upload photos and videos onto social media, which is very costly. Where there is no Internet on site, project sites are usually close enough to a sizeable city where internet cafés can be found. The opportunity will arise at least once a week to visit one of these. It is important to remember though, that the internet service in developing countries, as with many other aspects of life, will not be as reliable as you may be used to. Even when the internet is available, it could be slow and/or intermittent. This is a factor that every volunteer will encounter at least once, and must become acclimatized to. The lack of ability to communicate with friends and family as often as you may like can often sound daunting at first, but you may also come to find that this non-reliance on technology can be a refreshing change!
There will be plenty of time to relax in the evenings and on weekends. We find that volunteers often spend their free time together, and tend to visit local attractions, plan excursions or weekend trips to nearby areas, or simply relax at home after a busy week of volunteering. Our local team can often help to organize weekend excursions and will have some great suggestions. These will incur additional costs, but by making these arrangements once you are in-country the costs will likely be much lower than booking in advance.
Wondering why our P.O.Box is different from current TANF address? This is because in Ghana it is very expensive to register a P.O.Box at your own house/address. Therefore, to reduce costs, TANF uses a P.O.Box registered a Cantonment Accra Center, where our P.O.Box is accessible to the TANF members with a key. If you are wondering where you can find us, the map on our website is showing you the right place!