Frequently Asked Questions Page
Do I need any specific skills to volunteer in Ghana
No. Our placements are designed to accommodate all levels of skills and experience
What is the support we provide on arrival to Ghana
All our volunteer / interns are met on arrival at the airport and escorted straight to the volunteer accommodation where there is an English speaking program director who is reachable for placement and health advice during your stay.
I am worried about traveling on my own
You are not alone. More than 80% of our volunteers travel alone to projects which means almost everyone is in the same position and will be keen to make new friends. Get in touch with us at anytime and we can put you in touch with others traveling to your project around the same time.
How safe are the PREVOG Volunteers and Interns Programs
Safety is our number one priority. At PREVOG we operate programs in carefully chosen areas that offer a safe environment for the volunteer / intern. Although Ghana is a very peaceful country we take great strides to ensure the safety of our volunteers or interns. Volunteering based in one location with coordinators, local people and fellow volunteers for company and support means you will always be in a more comfortable position than backpacking in the same area on your own. Most placements are hassle-free, the most frequently reported incidents to us are the self-inflicted health ones! Sunburn after sunbathing, not drinking enough water, the alcohol-related or the sometimes hard to escape Delhi Belly, also known as traveler's diarrhea.
What are the accommodation and food arrangement
The accommodations we provide are HOME STAY arrangements. The families who host our volunteers are couples with or without children, joint families, single parents. Our friendly host family housing consists of a comfortable house in a safe, conveniently located neighborhood, Clean, fenced. Lodging arrangements always have basic amenities like modern toilet facility and running water (including hot water where appropriate). Volunteers will have a room for him or her self with a comfortable bed and a fan. You will be getting 3 Meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), which are prepared daily and served by the host family whenever you are at home. The meals are traditional, but very nutritious by Ghanaian standard. If you wish to arrange your own food due to special dietary restrictions or preferences, then discuss it with PREVOG ahead of time. Utility bills are taken care of by the host family.
A home stay accommodation fully immerses volunteers in the Ghanaian way of life, culture, learning of new language and so on. A Ghanaian host family requires that the volunteer who live in their home should be willing to become part of his/her host family with the same rights, that he/she should be prepared to help with the daily household chores (clean his/her room, help to prepare meals or to clean the dishes etc.) The volunteer is required to participate in family activities, help in the kitchen and play with the children. Enjoy meals together, read, chat, watch TV together, relax and so on!
Can I go out for dinner
Ghana, there are many delicious dishes, such as beans and fried plantains, fufu (mashed yam or cassava), ken key (fermented corn meal) and ground nut soup. Large grocery stores are in Ghana, which sells products common in the US, UK etc (cookies, cheese and other pre-packaged items) There are local markets that sell fresh produce such as tomatoes, pineapples, oranges, bananas etc.
Will there be time to travel when volunteering
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 before or after the program
How long can I volunteer
The Volunteer program ranges from a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 52 weeks.
Can I go in a group with friends, colleagues, or relatives
Yes, you can go in a group as long as the program is not overbooked and also depending on the size of your group. Please use our on line email contact form for further inquiries:
What happens after I have applied for a program
Once you are booked on, we will send you further information for all of the projects that you are interested in and add your name to that project’s arrival list for the month you have chosen. This information varies between projects but usually contains what to pack, to visa information and what you need to do next to prepare for your trip.
It will also tell you if you can also go ahead and book your flights. We want you to have the best trip possible so if you have any questions or worries before you go, do not hesitate to contact us.